How to make a neat .pdf of a Mailchimp newsletter

Today’s How To:
So I’m sending out my e-newsletter via Mailchimp, which naturally hits mine and everyone’s inboxes as an email. I also want to make a neat and tidy .pdf version to send to certain recipients and for various uses.  Best way to create the .pdf?
Solution used: in email client (Postbox nee Thunderbird) set Print Setup and remove all header and footer bits and pieces. Can’t just then Print it as it will include the mail metadata – sender, subject, date etc. Solution is to forward the email (to create a new version), manually delete the header info in the new version (leaving just the body of the email) and then print it. Hey presto – neat and tidy and ready to use…

how to: make one page into two…

Problem: With a one page poster I wanted to print two copies (approx A5) per A4 page to save paper. Now normally you could do this with a print driver at the point of printing. But wanted to save/send this image to someone else, and tried to do it all from an iPad/iOS.

Solution: Working from an image in Photos (app) convert to a one page .pdf via PDF Converter (app). Use PDF Expert (app) to duplicate that page. Now print the two page .pdf via PDF printer (app). Rather than print to a physical printer, print to a PDF printer which allows you to specify two pages per sheet, scaled to fit. Save the resulting .pdf which now has two copies on one sheet for future use.
This is a general process to get used to on iPad’s which seems complex but in reality is straightforward if you have the right apps and the right approach. Many iPad/iOS users I find think in single steps rather than multiple. But if you can think through multiple steps this makes more possible.
Postscript: might be interesting to automate something like this using Workflow (app) or similar, but I’m not sure how possible that might be. …off to investigate…

how to: extract text

Problem: needed to reproduce a document that we only had a scan of (without retyping it). Needed to find a way to extract the text.
Solution: essentially needed a tool to do OCR on the scan/photo to give us the raw text to recreate the document quickly.  OneNote to the rescue. Add the image/photo into a OneNote, right click, “copy text from image”, then paste as text. Bingo. OCR built into OneNote worked a treat.  Need to remember this solution for next time!