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Please reinstall the "save website snapshot" feature to the Web Importer.

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  • Sharon JacksonSharon Jackson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I strongly recommend you follow Jacques suggestion for saving the full contents of webpages as pdfs. Thanks so much for the tip Jacques!

    To save any webpage as a pdf, when using Chrome:
    Go to File menu/Print
    Click Save
    If the Print window does not give you an option to Save, check under Destination. It should say 'Save as PDF'. If not, click the Change... button and choose Save as PDF.
    Then click Save.
    It will save a pdf with a datestamp, web address and the complete contents of the webpage, including images.
    You can then import this pdf into Mendeley.

    The full contents of the page are there, so you don't have to just hope that the URL will keep working (which of course it likely won't). You also have the date stamp for the date accessed, when citing it later.

    If you just use File/Save page as.. in Chrome, it will only give you options for Webpage, HTML only or Webpage, Complete (which will save all the accompanying images and other files in a separate folder - still good for preserving the content, but not as standardised, it's bigger, and it's not as easy to access or share as a pdf).

    I recommend this approach, until this feature returns in Mendeley. Please Mendeley do reinstall this feature - I was surprised to find it is not included, and even more so that you used to have it and no longer do. Though most users apparently didn't use it, if they were aware of it I think many more would.

  • James PageJames Page commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would vote, but I'm all out of votes to give. Mind-boggling that it's been removed, given that webpages disappear and move all the time.

  • Christopher JonesChristopher Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am very surprised to hear that this was removed. No serious researcher is going to just hope that the web page is not taken down or changed.

  • rosa lloprosa llop commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I also will appreciate the "Save PDF snapshot of the current web page" option mentioned by Jacques.

  • RadinaRadina commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Good points, Jacques, I can see how that workflow works better for you.

    I don't necessarily need the PDF snapshot, but I wouldn't mind having it if it's the only/easier way to have this option back.

    In short, Mendeley PLEASE give us back the option to save web page snapshots, we do miss it! I have hardly used your platform since I discovered "snapshot-ing" was not possible anymore... :(

  • Jacques RaubenheimerJacques Raubenheimer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Fellow Mendeley users

    I also miss this option, but am actually glad that it was removed, because it forced me to an alternative which I in any case think is better.
    I use PDF Creator (or the Chrome browser's built-in tool) to save a PDF snapshot of the page. Some reasons why this is better:
    - date & timestamp stored with PDF (important for referencing)
    - PDF can be annotated in Mendeley (html not)
    - PDF better preserves page layout and images than html snapshot.
    - PDF is a near universal format that can be shared with most users. Yes, html is also universal, but the eventual layout is not as standardised, which makes sharing the captured file with other users more difficult.

    In short, it is more work to first save a PDF of the web page and then to add that to Mendeley, but I find it is better in the long run.

    If Mendeley does give us this back, I hope they give it back to us in the form of "Save PDF snapshot of the current web page."

  • RadinaRadina commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, please give us back that option! Or at least some alternative way to save the chosen page. This was one of the the main reasons I used Mendeley in the first place!

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