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Old 18th November 2017, 02:48 AM   #1
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Is there some way for the text of a long thread to be downloaded as a single text file?

I've been part-time here, and haven't kept up with every thread I've read or even posted to. I've just discovered the "What is wrong with op-amps?" thread has exploded over the last year or so, now having about three times the posts as it did a year ago since it was started in 2010. It has almost 5,000 posts, or 100 pages at my setting of 50 posts per page. I could save each of 100 pages for reading offline, but this would be a bit of trouble (I've done this with smaller threads). Being able to download whole threads would be great for various other "blowtorch" threads that look daunting but I'd like to be able to read offline.
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Old 18th November 2017, 06:32 AM   #2
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Hi benb, If you donate $10 or more to diy audio the advanced print view option is available. See here diyAudio - Donations

I think that will do what you want

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Old 18th November 2017, 05:20 PM   #3
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Old 19th November 2017, 02:25 AM   #4
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Sorry wasn't supposed to sound like a sales pitch It's the only way I know of that you can do what you want though.

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Old 25th November 2017, 04:46 AM   #5
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Yep, that's a good use for the enhanced print view tool The print->Save As PDF (depending on your OS/Browser)...
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I just gave it a try on the "what's wrong with op-amps" thread. printing to pdf does make it into discrete pages, which don't always break in a convienient place, but it's still quite readable.

You can save as a complete html offline copy and then it is one massive page you can continually scroll through.

In both cases it was around 50MB!

See screenshots below so you know what you get. 1st is the one saved as pdf showing a page break. 2nd is begining of saved html and 3rd is an example where there was an embedded image.

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File Type: png whats_wrong1.png (115.3 KB, 136 views)
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Old 27th November 2017, 03:33 AM   #7
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Yes, even the HTML file of a long thread is massive. The text only files is useless for reading.
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Old 27th November 2017, 07:46 AM   #8
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Does it show only embedded figures or also attachment figures ?

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What's the difference between "embedded or attachment" figures?
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I just tried on one of my threads, and attached images are shown in full in the enhanced print view version, one after the other at the end of the post.

Non Image attachments appear to not be downloaded or linked (or even evidence that they were present). So that is a bit of a caveat.

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