Configuring URL box


Today I integrated my URL box plan with GLIDE. All good as explained in the documentation. However, I need URLBox to convert a LINK of my app into a pdf, a variable of course for each user. But it asks me for parameters that I don’t understand, HTML, CSS, etc. I also need it to print the entire page, which is long at the bottom, it represents approximately 5 to 6 pages of a PDF document. How can I correctly configure this action?

I’m not sure what you mean by this.

The PDF is created from HTML (and CSS if your HTML needs any CSS styling). You have to build the HTML code yourself.

Thanks Jeff, yes I understand, I was afraid of that, I thought that configuring all the parameters in urlbox was enough. But I must create the document in html. Thanks for your answer.

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You might be able to test out Screenshot API solutions. I did this before, but it’s not straightforward. I have to keep my app as optional sign-in, and give the public URL to the API, but it does work if you are willing to test a bit on the height needed for the screenshot.

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Thanks ThinhDinh for your advice. I’ll try the API

I used this one for a project last year, you can try to see if it fits your need.

Thanks again, RhinDinh. I am building an app for my colleagues, which consists of creating a technical report. I am already solving the way to build this report for users thanks to GLIDE. But the success of my app depends on the data being converted into a PDF report with a variety of formats. I tried with pdf monkey, with url box with docs sprint, but they all end in the same thing, I must create the html document to convert it into pdf, there I am left without resources, because I really don’t know anything about code, I don’t have the experience or the skills. It occurred to me that something very creative was to synchronize my table with an AirTable table that in turn synchronizes with WordPress, because there I can create a template post to my liking, but all that flow is expensive and the synchronization is slow and unstable. For me the real deal would be to find a no-code PDF builder, where I can clearly identify how to link the texts and images of the Glide content. I thank you again for this option, but when I see code I already paralyze, jeje . Thank you

I don’t know much about code, but I do know a little about business, so I’m going to concentrate on finishing my app, before investing in more PDF format solutions. I’m going to check the idea, and let the users validate the solution, and if so, it would be economically viable to invest in a solution to print the reports with many alternatives.

Have you tried DocsAutomator?


Thanks for tagging @ThinhDinh! :pray:

@JL_AV I’m the founder of DocsAutomator. Let me know if I can help in any way :slight_smile:

Rupert, nice to meet you, thanks for your message. To be super practical, I need to create these PDFs, is it possible to do it with docs automator, in the simplest way and without code possible?

How many of those would be variables from the app? That looks big, but as long as you can name variables and put them into a template, I believe that can work.

Thanks, @JL_AV

As @ThinhDinh said, it’s doable but creating that template in Google Docs will of course take a bit of time. Also please note that PDF export is limited to 10MB currently, so you’ll have to make sure that the added images are properly compressed / optimized.

Let me know if you need some help with this :slight_smile:

Thanks for your time @ThinhDinh and @Rupert, I’m going to create a template to use with docs automator and I’ll tell you how it turns out,

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