How To save documents from Scribd when disabled by user with Ubuntu Intrepid or Jaunty

Some users disable the option to download a document from scribd but the option to print is still available. We can use this to our advantage and save the document by printing the file to PDF.

In Ubuntu, we need to install cups-pdf to create a postscript printer. Check my previous post here for a tutorial.

After installing the PDF printer, go to the document you want to save on scribd.  Select more -> Print

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Select the PDF printer and hit print. ¬†and wait…...………. this can take upto 10-15 minutes depending on how big the file is.

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Check the print status. 6 minutes and still printing……

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When done, the file will be saved in the PDF folder we created and will be called _stdin_.pdf

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4 thoughts on “How To save documents from Scribd when disabled by user with Ubuntu Intrepid or Jaunty”

  1. Nice one. I’ve used this trick before, but making it more public is a good idea (especially the bit about needing cups-pdf).

  2. there’s a problem in this trick, you can not print more then say 150 pages.
    if found any solution please post it…..thanx

  3. I’ve done more than 150 pages. make sure you don’t close your browser while cups-pdf is working.

  4. thanks but i have one question why when i print using the cups-pdf i cant use the text selection tool of my pdf viewer in pdf generated files

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