PDF: Five Smashing Wisdom Treasures


In our recent posts we’ve promised to publish the .pdf-versions of the articles you’ve considered useful and important. We’ve received many e-mails in which you supported us and asked us for print-friendly versions of five of our articles. Thanks for all the tremendous support we apparently have. It’s important to know that what we do is useful. But it is also important to state, how important you are for us.

So now it’s time to keep the promise we’ve given. Below you’ll find the .pdf-versions of five of our recent articles.

The .pdf-files of our previous posts included some mistakes – for instance, you couldn’t click on the links provided in the article. Besides, the .pdf was presented in the landscape format instead of portrait format. Both issues are fixed in these version. If you find any inconsistencies, please let us know1.

You can download five wisdom treasures – print-friendly-versions of our recent articles from the following URLs:

  • What Do We Really Know About Google PageRank2 (1 Mb)
    How does Google PageRank work, which factors do have an impact on it and which don’t? And what do we really know about PageRank? In this article we put the facts straight.
  • Copyright Explained: I May Copy It, Right?3 (0.5 Mb)
    Copyright in Web is often considered as the grey area; as such it’s often misunderstood and violated – mostly simply because bloggers don’t know, what laws they have to abide and what issues they have to consider. We’ve collected the most important facts, articles and resources related to copyright issues, law and blogging. We’ve also put together most useful tools and references you can use dealing with plagiarism.
  • 200+ Hotkeys To Boost Your Productivity4 (0.9 Mb)
    This post covers the most useful keyboard shortcuts for essential software applications users and web-developers can/should use on a daily basis – OS, Browsers, Music Players, Communication Tools, File Management and Coding. You will also find references to related resources – there you’ll find more specific shortcuts for your needs.
  • Outstanding Startpages5 (3.4 Mb)
    Between standards and creativity there is a lot of room for design experiments. We observe these experiments. We explore new approaches. And we collect them, so you don’t have to. Unusual, remarkable and outstanding start pages – in a brief overview.
  • Golden Rules Of Linkbaiting6 (0.8 Mb)
    Linkbaiting is about gaining reputation, finding your niche, writing useful and creative content. Let’s take a look at non-trivial and most effective rules, principles, techniques, strategies, methods, examples and resources related to link building.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 mailto:office@smashingmagazine.com
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/pdfs/pagerank.pdf
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/pdfs/copyright.pdf
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/pdfs/hotkeys.pdf
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/pdfs/startpages.pdf
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/pdfs/linkbuilding.pdf

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    Great Post! Thanks :)

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    Nice compilations, downloaded!

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    Another fabolous post.

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    You can use CSS to make the printed version of the actual webpage formatted for the printer (i.e. hiding the navigation and ads, changing the width of the page) – you don’t need to make a PDF version especially for printability. It might be useful for emailing to colleagues or something, but that would probably be a real edge-case (why not just email them the URL?).

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    Paul argues a good point. You could simply create a print style sheet using the media attribute, but, on the other hand sometimes I find that I work on my website locally on a laptop which isn’t connected to the internet so in some cases I quite like the portability of .pdf document.

    Nice work BTW. Love the site and now it’s easy to show others how things should be done :D

  8. 8

    I love pdf, thanks for sharing :-)

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    Good stuff, thanks!

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    This is useful especially for me!

    As my mobile cannot be connected to the Internet, I can still put these PDF files into my PDA and read them while going to work.

    Great stuff :D

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    Thanks for sharing!!

    You use wordpress there’s some plugins like post2pdf that can convert each post to pdf, i think that’s a good idea!!!

  12. 12

    I want more. I want more. I want more! This is an awesome post. I think you should do this to every article. :)

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    Great post, very useful. It also reminds me that I need to produce some pdf case studies and user experience one-sheeters for potential clients who would rather view and print a pdf document for their consumption – long live pdf’s!

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    This is great! At some point, it’d be great to have all posts in PDF format.


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    what about a book of all smashing advices in one year?

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    oh wow, some really useful info here on pdfs – i had no idea on some of these! Ive bookmarked this :-)

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    Juan Manuel Lemus

    August 7, 2007 5:06 am

    Yeah, is a fantastic new, that help you to make my Smashing Magazine Book Collection.

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    Wooww..i really like this article, lot of useful knowledge i have, i like the google pr actually, thanks

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    This is dumb. Just use CSS, and stop making a big deal out of this.

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    Love it…


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