App for That: How to print emails, webpages, and photos as PDFs

There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for just about everything -- so how come the one you need, the one you know just has to be there, is so hard to find? Enter TiPb's new weekly feature where staff and readers alike sort through the App Store and help you find just the right App for That. This week, Patrick asks:

I'm looking for an app that will convert anything (website, email, email attachment, picture from camera roll, etc.) on the iPhone/iPad to a .PDF file from the built-in Print > Select Printer dialogue.

To see what we found for Patrick, follow along after the break!

Print to PDF [$3.99 - App Store link] is exactly what Patrick is looking for! It's a universal application for the iPhone and iPad that adds "Print to PDF" as a printer when using Apple's built in printing feature. This includes, emails, email attachments, websites, and photos. All you need to do is have Print to PDF running in the background.

Another really cool feature about Print to PDF, is that if you have multiple devices running Print to PDF and they're all connected to the same WiFi network, you can print to any of those devices.

Anyone else have any App for That suggestions for Patrick? Let him -- and all of us -- know in the comments.

UPDATE: Print for PDF has been pulled from the App Store.

Having trouble finding what you need in the app store? Send us an email to news@tipb.com and let us know what you're looking for, and we'll do our best to find you just the right App for That!

Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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There are 12 comments. Add yours.

Kevineu says:

Great app... just the app I've been looking for! Thanks!

bergman says:

Once one creates the PDF, does the app then allow an option to mail the pdf as an attachment?

Ro says:

I'd appreciate knowing if this app (or, for that matter. any other app), when converting a Word document to pdf, manages to preserve any footnotes that exist in the original document. So far, the different apps that I tried couldn't do so.
Thanks.

Ask4Jay says:

I've been using ACT Printer for a while. To save one of my own rtf or txt files, or a web site, I go to File, Print, PDF and select Print to iPhone. On my iPod touch I open ACT Printer, which immediately shows up as the destination. Once the file is on my iPod touch, I tap on the Send box and select Open with -> GoodReader. In GoodReader I change the name and move the file into the proper folder.

PMac says:

Print to PDF has disappeared from the app store.

Oldboneian says:

Sounds like it would be ideal but it is no longer there! What has happened? If it received rave reviews why has it been taken down? What can I use instead?

Sdaddario says:

When to apple store but this app is NOT listed pity,,

Querida2 says:

can someone tell me how can i save my text messages from iphone 3gs to my laptop

Mail@becker-harald.de says:

Bad enough, Apple has removed this uniqe App from te Appstore without telling why and without offering any equal option.
But now since new iOS5 is out, Apple has simply pulled the plug and the App is no longer working. This is definitely a fraud, committed by Apple! I have paid for it an without any notice, now as a sudden this App is useless.
I don't want my money back, but I need a possibility to print to PDF!
Otherwise my iPad is quite useless. A screenshot is not the same.
This is again an awful piece of Apple's customer service. Not many companies can efford to treat their customers like dumb little children.
I's pretta clear why this happens. With this App nobody needs to buy any Airprint capable printer. Despite the fact, I will never buy such toy, I won't carry it with me! I do always print into an electronic document first

Strong says:

Print to PDF should be able to be used either via AirPrint or another means. Sometimes a file only needs to be saved as a PDF to an iPad and this app was providing that function. Apple needs to resolve this issue

Keith Gardner1 says:

I can't believe it's been years and still there seems to be no solution to this most basic of basic needs?!