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post Nov 4 2013, 02:16 PM
This year, Fanfiction.net made it so no one, account holders or not, can select text. They're not the only archive out there, but they are a major one (and my personal favorite), so it was somewhat important to figure out a way around this! Programs like fanfictiondownloader are still, last I checked, working on this new obstacle. Until then, here's the method I use.
Also, I don't read every thread, so if this has been explained already then I apologize. smile.gif
Oh, one last note. I'm using Firefox, and haven't been able to try this on other browsers. So feedback would be nice! One person who I showed this method said that it doesn't work on Chrome as well.
1) Go to the first chapter you'd like to copy.
2) Hover your mouse over the story text. Right click.
3) You'll see "Save Page As". Click it like your life depends on it!
4) Figure out where to save it. Title it differently, if you want. But most importantly! In the Save As Type bar, choose "Text Files".
5) Boom! There are a couple cons. You need to do this for every chapter so it might get a little tiring, and you need to go through and reformat the text. But you would need to code it for PA anyway, so that isn't the worst thing.

If you save this in Chrome, or go through a method I tried before finding this one, you get the text but it's littered with </P><P>. If you don't understand, ask me to clarify and I'm more then willing to.
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Alternate Method

For those of you who find dealing with the formatting errors caused by the above method too tedious, I have an alternate workaround that eliminates the need for reformatting at the cost of a few extra clicks.

The first thing you'll need to do is download CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor. Of course, you can skip this if you already have access to a fully-functional HTML webpage editing program; for those who don't, however, CoffeeCup's editor is a quick download that's completely free and functions well for our purpose.

Once you have a program capable of editing and displaying HTML pages, follow the steps below:

1) Navigate to the FF.net page containing the text you want to copy.

2) Right click anywhere on the body content of the page and select "View Page Source" (in Firefox and Chrome) or "View Source" (in IE). This will open a new window or tab containing the page's raw HTML code. Right click again and choose "Select All", then copy the code.

3) Open the CoffeeCup HTML editor and click the "New Blank Page" button on the program's splash screen. Click OK on the next prompt to accept the default settings for a new page file.

4) Delete the base code the program automatically generates in the main HTML editing window, then paste the code from the FF.net page you copied earlier.

5) Press F11. This should open a new "External Preview" window that displays a nearly exact copy of the FF.net page you were on. If the preview doesn't work at first, click the Refresh button inside the new window or close it (along with any error messages that pop up) and try to load a new preview. It should work within a few attempts.

Congratulations! You now have the full story/chapter text all nicely formatted and ready for you to copy and paste into the word processor of your choice, just like before the dick admins at FF.net disabled text selection.

Mac users can probably follow a similar process using their own freebie HTML editor compatible with OS X. You'll have to find one on your own, though. I'm not wasting my time helping people stupid enough to use a Mac for internet browsing.

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Best Method

Go to this site:

http://archive.is/

In the red box, paste the URL of the fanfic chapter in question. Click "submit url". Presto; a copy of the webpage with selectable text!

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post Nov 4 2013, 02:22 PM
Thanks, Duck! You're a stand-up babe, and your plumage is suitably pleasant to look at!

Thanks, Duck! You're a stand-up babe, and your plumage is suitably pleasant to look at!


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post Nov 4 2013, 03:40 PM
Weirdly, my PC is so old it will still save text from the Fanfiction.net mobile, but not the regular site.



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post Nov 4 2013, 05:09 PM
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Thanks, Duck! You're a stand-up babe, and your plumage is suitably pleasant to look at!

Thanks, Duck! You're a stand-up babe, and your plumage is suitably pleasant to look at!


Thanks, Al! You're a cool moderator, and your mocking is suitably hilarious to peruse!


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post Nov 5 2013, 02:23 AM
Gracias, Pata! I appreciate your contribution to the boards, Ducky.

I hope you don't mind, but I edited the original post to add an alternative workaround that might be of use to people who find it too frustrating or time-consuming to deal with the formatting issues created by the process you described. Either method is a viable way to beat the system and harvest that sweet, horrible raw fanfiction; which one is easiest will depend on each individual's preferences and system setup.


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post Nov 5 2013, 05:07 AM
Huh. Well this might save me time and energy.

Here all I thought I had to do was select,
Right click, choose, "View Selection Source" and copy the the whole HTML coded to Word.
Huzzah! You just saved me hours of work, Duck!

ETA: Actually, it seems that might be what I will have to do from now on, what with Firefox not giving me much else to choose from.

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post Nov 5 2013, 09:58 AM
QUOTE (Master of AFTER @ Nov 5 2013, 05:23 AM) *
Gracias, Pata! I appreciate your contribution to the boards, Ducky.

I hope you don't mind, but I edited the original post to add an alternative workaround that might be of use to people who find it too frustrating or time-consuming to deal with the formatting issues created by the process you described.

De nada.
Of course I don't mind. smile.gif That way seems a lot neater then mine! Unfortunately for me I have a severe fear of anything with "HTML" in the name, so I'll continue on with my current course.

QUOTE (RuneDragon1985 @ Nov 5 2013, 08:07 AM) *
Here all I thought I had to do was select,
Right click, choose, "View Selection Source" and copy the the whole HTML coded to Word.
Huzzah! You just saved me hours of work, Duck!


If I'm going to be honest, I don't know what you are talking about. I followed the steps you described here, and it only gave me a few lines of code, and no story text. Perhaps you were using a different setup then myself?
And I do not know why you are using such sarcasm.


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post Nov 5 2013, 02:24 PM
QUOTE (RuneDragon1985 @ Nov 5 2013, 03:07 PM) *
Huh. Well this might save me time and energy.

Here all I thought I had to do was select,
Right click, choose, "View Selection Source" and copy the the whole HTML coded to Word.
Huzzah! You just saved me hours of work, Duck!

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post Nov 5 2013, 07:22 PM
QUOTE (RuneDragon1985 @ Nov 5 2013, 06:07 AM) *
Huh. Well this might save me time and energy.

Here all I thought I had to do was select,
Right click, choose, "View Selection Source" and copy the the whole HTML coded to Word.
Huzzah! You just saved me hours of work, Duck!

ETA: Actually, it seems that might be what I will have to do from now on, what with Firefox not giving me much else to choose from.



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And another thread is shitted, thanks to the worst PA member that isn't Arc.

Anyway, thanks for this Ducky. You're a doll, may your feathers always be shiny.






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post Nov 8 2013, 05:21 AM
QUOTE (oneluckyduck @ Nov 5 2013, 12:58 PM) *
If I'm going to be honest, I don't know what you are talking about. I followed the steps you described here, and it only gave me a few lines of code, and no story text. Perhaps you were using a different setup then myself?
And I do not know why you are using such sarcasm.

No sarcasm intended, actually. Not sure why everyone thinks I was being sarcastic about it. Wasn't aware inflections could be read. Sorry, man.
Probably it's a different setup. But usually, the "View Selected Source" option for me leads to a new pop-up window with the story coded HTML, which I then harvest for my own recipes for disaster.
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post Nov 8 2013, 09:20 AM
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No sarcasm intended, actually. Not sure why everyone thinks I was being sarcastic about it. Wasn't aware inflections could be read. Sorry, man.


People tend to think the worst of you.

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post Nov 10 2013, 05:54 AM
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People tend to think the worst of you.

Not sure why that could be.

So you're not coming to the coke party, then?

It was worth a shot. I'll have to get my deposit on the blackjack and hookers.


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post Nov 10 2013, 06:01 AM
A swing and a miss!

You never replied to my last PM either, you naughty lil' thing.


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post Nov 10 2013, 06:44 AM
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A swing and a miss!

You never replied to my last PM either, you naughty lil' thing.

Yeeeeaaaahhh, one of my minions caught fire testing a cryocannon. Been busy with making necessary adjustments to that. On the plus side, I now also have something to toast bread from up to 200 yards away!


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post Nov 10 2013, 06:47 AM
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post Nov 10 2013, 07:02 AM
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Yeeeeaaaahhh, one of my minions caught fire testing a cryocannon. Been busy with making necessary adjustments to that. On the plus side, I now also have something to toast bread from up to 200 yards away!


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post Nov 10 2013, 02:00 PM
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Yeeeeaaaahhh, one of my minions caught fire testing a cryocannon. Been busy with making necessary adjustments to that. On the plus side, I now also have something to toast bread from up to 200 yards away!


I wish you would leave.


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post Nov 10 2013, 05:21 PM
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Yeeeeaaaahhh, one of my minions caught fire testing a cryocannon. Been busy with making necessary adjustments to that. On the plus side, I now also have something to toast bread from up to 200 yards away!


So do you hire your minions to go steal trading cards from children?


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post Nov 11 2013, 01:43 AM
Well, the "issue" has been resolved. For good this time.

I recommend everyone return their attentions to the first post in this thread (which is just oozing with tasty tips for harvesting the sweet nectar of terrible fanfiction from FF.net) and ignore everything below it.


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post Nov 11 2013, 01:54 AM
QUOTE (Master of AFTER @ Nov 11 2013, 01:43 AM) *
Well, the "issue" has been resolved. For good this time.

I recommend everyone return their attentions to the first post in this thread (which is just oozing with tasty tips for harvesting the sweet nectar of terrible fanfiction from FF.net) and ignore everything below it.




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