Taking notes from the web

Isn’t the web wonderful? What did we do without it? I know that I spend far less time in the library looking for information--and I spend far less money and use far less space since I don’t have to rely on photocopies to keep information.

There are many ways to capture and store information from the web. For example, if I go to a recipe site on the web I can use their tools to store my flies on their website. However, I vist too may sites to find this an effective method of storing recipes!…
Isn’t the web wonderful? What did we do without it? I know that I spend far less time in the library looking for information--and I spend far less money and use far less space since I don’t have to rely on photocopies to keep information.

There are many ways to capture and store information from the web. For example, if I go to a recipe site on the web I can use their tools to store my flies on their website. However, I vist too may sites to find this an effective method of storing recipes!


http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/zesty-grilled-vegetables-52677.aspx

I can use their print button which will reformat the page to be printed. Just what the result will be can vary widely. On some sites, I can choose to have the recipe print in various sizes, with or without a picture.



Since I seek to run a paperless house, and since my Mac does such a great job of making files searchable, I might print a copy to use next to the stove, but I will print the recipe as a PDF file if I might want to use it again.



This allows me to store individual recipes, but I often want to look at many recipes if I am preparing menus and shopping lists. There are several methods that can be used to store and save recipes besides buying special recipe software..

There are several general programs that work very well for making a computer recipe book. My favorite is Circus Ponies Notebook. Although this application costs $49.95, it is a program that I use every day. I have lots of different notebooks and I really like the notebook-like interface for storing and organizing information. In fact, I own a copy for every computer in my home and regularly give it as a gift to friends and family.



To move the information from the web to the notebook, I simply used Drag and Drop. To do this, highlight the portion of the web page that you want, then move your cursor so that it is over text, wait about one second, click and hold the mouse button or trackpad button, then drag it from the web page to the page in Notebook (or a blank document in your word processor--even TextEdit!



As you can see in the screen shot above, I highlighted the portion of the recipe I wanted and then used Drag and Drop to move the selected text (and picture) into TextEdit. I got some things I did not want (extra graphics from the web page). My results would have been better if I had used the Print page from the web site.



Another way to grab the information is to drag the highlighted text directly to your desktop. You will then have a textClipping file with an icon similar to this.



When you double click on the icon, a window similar to this will open. While you can view it, rename it, use Spotlight to search for it, and copy it to another document, you cannot print textClippings. While some people store many items as textClippings because they are so small, I tend to only use them as an intermediate step in producing some other document.



Some people have trouble getting Drag and Drop to work. Check out my next blog post to learn how to get the best results.

This entry evolved from a tutoring session that I did for one of our Doctor Mac clients at Bob LeVitus consulting. I cannot make blog entries for every tutoring session I do, and you probably don’t want to wait around for a blog entry to be published!

However, if you need help learning to do something on your Macintosh, scheduling a tutorial session might be just the thing to do! Tutoring costs $60 per hour. While I am showing you how to do something on your computer, we will be taking screen shots so that you can remember what you learned!

Give us a call at 408 627-7577 if you would like to schedule a tutoring session.

--Pat

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