#1984 accepted
Jon B.

Save message as PDF

Reported by Jon B. | April 4th, 2018 @ 11:44 PM

Would like to suggest a selector to save the given message as a PDF in the Downloads directory or a specified directory.

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  • Joseph P. Hillenburg

    Joseph P. Hillenburg June 19th, 2018 @ 04:10 PM

    I agree. This should be offered as an alternative to the 'Print' button, and also be available in the 'File' menu. It is obviously something that can be achieved through the Mac OS X printing subsystem, but when you're looking to convert a large number of email items, that can be tedious.

  • benny

    benny August 30th, 2018 @ 02:49 PM

    The printing system in MailMate is somewhat primitive. I've got some notes on possible improvements and I'll add this to it.

    Just for my own curiosity: Why do you need this? Dragging an email out of MailMate creates a standard .eml file (rfc822) which includes any attachments. Printing strips the attachments.

    (Sorry about the late response.)

  • Jon B.

    Jon B. August 30th, 2018 @ 02:50 PM

    One keystroke (via a selector) to do something that takes several steps as you outline is generally useful for tasks that are performed frequently.

  • Joseph P. Hillenburg

    Joseph P. Hillenburg August 30th, 2018 @ 02:55 PM

    My use case is that I am sometimes sent receipts via email that I need to preserve for tax or expensing purposes. When I have to perform this task repeatedly (such as after traveling, or at the end of the year when making donations), this can become an arduous task. In this case, many of the expense reporting systems accept PDF, but a .eml would not be an appropriate storage mechanism. "Lossiness" is okay.

  • benny

    benny August 30th, 2018 @ 02:55 PM

    @Jon: I do get that it would be an easier way to create PDF files. I'm just curious as to what the purpose of creating the PDF files is. Strictly speaking, converting from the email format to a PDF file is a so-called lossy conversion. For archival purposes, keeping the original format seems better to me.

  • benny

    benny August 30th, 2018 @ 02:58 PM

    @Joseph: Ah, so you have to upload the receipts to a system which only accepts PDFs. I'm guessing you often get receipts as PDF attachments, but some times you don't and then you need to create a PDF based on the email content.

  • Jon B.

    Jon B. August 30th, 2018 @ 03:02 PM

    @Benny, lots of people who are not very tech savvy prefer working with the PDF

  • Joseph P. Hillenburg

    Joseph P. Hillenburg August 30th, 2018 @ 03:04 PM

    @benny: This is true, but it's also probably better for long-term archiving of important documents. And as Jon alluded to, some of my documents are household documents which I need to share with others (such as my wife).

  • benny

    benny August 30th, 2018 @ 03:09 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “accepted”

    @Joseph: I cannot say I agree on the archiving aspect. A lot of information is lost when generating a PDF. But thanks for sharing your use cases. Don't get me wrong, I do not oppose the feature, but it helps when I understand why anyone would use it frequently.

  • Joseph P. Hillenburg

    Joseph P. Hillenburg May 31st, 2020 @ 02:20 PM

    Hi, is there any movement on this? If you are still in disagreement, I request that you look at it from the perspective of a user (even highly technical users who have disparate uses cases.) Thanks.

  • Jon B.

    Jon B. June 6th, 2020 @ 09:37 PM

    Now I can't get the print dialog to come up at all (either via ⌘P or the menu item). Dunno what's going on.

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