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    Making a PDF from a Web Page - Acrobat 7.0 Pro

    I'm thinking about updating the firmware in my wireless router, following an article I read in the October 2008 copy of PC magazine. Being a somewhat cautious cove, I'd like to take a listing of all the config settings my router currently has. It's a Belkin (F5D7230-4, v2000UK) and, like most routers, provides a browser-based series of Javascript pages that one can view and control the config options through. I have Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional and thought it would be easy to "create a PDF from Web Page", enter the URL of the router's index page and select the "get entire site" option. Not so...

    The config options in the router are protected by a password. I know the password and entered it in the browser prompt to unlock the pages before creating the PDF. Unfortunately, the PDF created by Acrobat only contains the Home page overview, the help page, the login page and a Parental Controls overview page, (which is the only one of the config pages that can be accessed without having to enter the password). The links in the PDF are active, but if I click the link for any of the other config pages, it jumps to the login page. I can enter the password and click "Submit" and the selection jumps to the home page overview. If I then try to click on the same or any of the other config page links, the document again jumps to the password page and then to the home page overview.

    I temporarily changed the password to nothing, thinking this might bypass the password prompt page. Not so - you're merely asked to press the submit button with no content in the password prompt box and you get back into the same loop as before.

    I know that I can print to PDF all of the config pages individually from within the browser, but this is tedious and time-consuming and the output isn't formatted in a very neat way. I dare say I may encounter other password-protected web pages that I'd like to take copies of in this way in the future and would hope there's an option in Acrobat 7 that I'm missing that would enable an elegant, formatted capture of the whole site.

    Has anyone else come across this problem and, if so, has it been solved??
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    Re: Making a PDF from a Web Page - Acrobat 7.0 Pro

    Can't you export the router settings? Most routers let you save the configuration to a file on the PC.

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    Re: Making a PDF from a Web Page - Acrobat 7.0 Pro

    Hello, Joe,

    Yes, I can and have exported them. The new firmware, however, is not by Belkin. The options and degree of control it offers are different, which is one of the reasons I want to upgrade. The export settings fie is a binary file that I can't read, and will therefore give no clue which settings to change, or how, under the new firmware. I've assumed the settings file can only be used to restore a configuration using the options offered by the Belkin firmware itself. I'm not sure whether there is a "universal syntax" for such config files and would doubt whether the new firmware will be able to use or make sense of the export file created by the Belkin firmware.

    Again, being a cautions cove, I won't attempt to make the firmware change without the exported PDF of settings from the Belkin Javascript pages, nor without an installable copy of the current firmware so that I can re-flash if things go pear-shaped.

    I thought this would be a simple, everyday requirement. The search for a solution continues...
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    Re: Making a PDF from a Web Page - Acrobat 7.0 Pro

    Since this is for personal use, you might try the trial version of pdfFactory. Each page is printed to a buffer which is quietly saved in the background to a temp file. You only have to save when you've finished printing. Much less tedious. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    (An "offline browser" product can capture a regular web site, but if the pages are largely script generated, I am skeptical that such a product will work in this case.)

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    Re: Making a PDF from a Web Page - Acrobat 7.0 Pro

    I've got Acrobat 7 here at work so I've just tried to capture some of the password protected parts of our intranet.

    If I drag and drop the URL into an Acrobat window then the initial PDF page I get is just the login page, i.e. it's a form, with a couple of boxes for my user name and password together with a login button. When I fill it in and click login Acrobat captures the page on the end of the link and appends it the PDF. As I navigate through the the pages Acrobat captures each page and apends it to my PDF. Presumably, as long as I were to follow every possible link I could get a complete PDF of the entire site.

    What happens if you try it that way, rather than using the 'Create PDF from Web Page' toolbar button and selecting 'Get entire site'?

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    Re: Making a PDF from a Web Page - Acrobat 7.0 Pro

    It is entirely your decision but unless you have some unusual requirements, I'd be very leery of using firmware from a third party as opposed to the OEM.

    I feel confident in saying there is no universal format for saving router settings. Unless the third party was a Belkin partner or decomplied the binary file it is very unlikely the new firmware could use the Belkin file.

    I think your caution is well warranted.

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