Save trees with an unprintable file format

December 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Posted in waffle | Leave a comment
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Here’s an interesting idea – a file format that is designed for on-screen reading only, to the extent that you can’t print it out. The World Wildlife Fund have developed their new WWF format with the aim of reducing the number of forest habitats being destroyed to feed our seeming insatiable appetite for throw-away print. Its only available for MacOS at the moment, but a Windows version is imminent.

It is a variant of the PDF, so most people already have a suitable reader installed, and what you get is a simple ‘Save As WWF’ in your Print menu, so its a no-brainer to use. Roll on the day when all staff and students have iPad-alikes that mean we can ditch all those endless photocopied handouts and meeting papers that need to be hole-punched and stored in a ring-binder on the offchance we’ll ever look at them again. I want something that I can search across and link to, and WWF might be a good choice.


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