Still feel compelled to print? New file format makes it impossible

Still feel compelled to print? New file format makes it impossible

Summary: I've admitted in this blog forum more than one time that my main green tech vice, if you will, is my habit of printing the news releases and information that I'm reading and sourcing for my entries. Now, the World Wildlife Fund is scheming to make it impossible for me to do so.

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I've admitted in this blog forum more than one time that my main green tech vice, if you will, is my habit of printing the news releases and information that I'm reading and sourcing for my entries. Now, the World Wildlife Fund is scheming to make it impossible for me to do so. Good for them!

The non-profit has come up with a new file format called WWF, which is literally a PDF than you cannot print out. Not because of security reasons (although that could potentially be seen as a side benefit), but to prevent idiots like me from wasting paper.

So, right now, I'm reading about this new format over on my Apple iPad (which is about to start getting a whole lot more use as an e-reader for my potential blog topics), and I'm writing about it over on my Apple MacBook Pro (which has a decent-sized screen but not decent enough for me to really look at two browsers at once, comfortably).

Lucky me, because the free file utility from the WWF is actually available on the Mac operating system first (there's a first). It will come later on Windows. The organization has created a Web site to promote the software, and it is encouraging organizations to place a button on their Web site directing people not to print stuff out. Right now, the software supports English, French, German and Spanish languages.

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  • Common sense

    People should use common sense and then we wouldn't have a problem. Print only as much as you need and when you absolutely don't have a choice. I'm in school so I need to print a lot of my documents, but I have also seen many people abuse the system and print 100 pages of Pokemon for their personal use (???) or a whole novel when they need only a few chapters. Now that's wasteful!
    statuskwo5
  • Print Screen

    'nuff said.
    Stormbringer_57th
  • "Can't" LOL

    Anyone who uses the word "can't" in connection with a user restriction on the internet has clearly never used the internet.
    rgcustomer@...
  • Is that a dare?

    Is that a dare? Impossible to print, eh? Nothing a digital camera can't fix. Or, for a better picture, a virtual machine so the app can't hook into the host's PrintScreen key >D.

    Sorry, making it impossible to print - is, well, impossible. The problems with stopping printing are similar to the problems with stopping DRM - and, as we all know, any DRM big enough to get attention eventually gets cracked.

    . . . and frankly "killing trees" isn't as big of a deal anymore. We've got much better methods of managing our paper supply so that we can keep up with demand without killing large forests. Tree farms and recycling are making things a lot better.

    In any case - why not just stop buying paper for your business if this is really such a big problem?
    CobraA1
    • Dude, you are the kind of person who suggest ....

      @CobraA1 ... dumb, expensive and complicated solutions for simple problems.

      Have you ever heard of SNAPSHOTS or SCREENSHOTS (aka: Print Screeen) ??

      Your suggestions are way beyond ridiculous for a problem that has a very simple solution.
      wackoae
      • RE: Still feel compelled to print? New file format makes it impossible

        @wackoae

        "Have you ever heard of SNAPSHOTS or SCREENSHOTS (aka: Print Screeen) ??"

        It's possible that a program like this could hijack the use of the PrintScreen key, and prevent it from being used when the program is open. My solutions aren't affected by such measures.
        CobraA1
  • WWF printing format

    So there is a format of file that you absolutely cannot print? Why would this help a green printing initiative, won't people just use PDF? How am I supposed to use these <a href="http://www.inkcartridges.com/">ink cartridges</a> I just bought? lol
    rctnp6