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Old 11-03-11, 12:14 PM
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Best way to view a website offline on an android tablet?

Got a new Asus Transformer and want to be able to view our company website offline (if without wifi).

Whats the best way to download the website to make it easy to navigate on (dolphin?) with Android honeycomb?
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Old 11-03-11, 02:24 PM
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Re: Best way to view a website offline on an android tablet?

Did you try the appropriately-named Offline Browser app?
https://market.android.com/details?i....offline&hl=en
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Re: Best way to view a website offline on an android tablet?

That app makes my website look really shitty, which defeats the purpose of using it to showcase things when offline. My site uses wordpress but I have access to all of the files, I was hoping that would help.
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Try copying the site files, maintaining folder layout, to the transformer, then using a file browser to access and open the main index.html file.
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Re: Best way to view a website offline on an android tablet?

I am viewing this forum offline and none of my replies seem to work. Any ideas?
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Re: Best way to view a website offline on an android tablet?

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That app and Read it Later are good for single pages, but the OP was about browsing offline an entire site. Neither of those apps are going to cut it.
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Re: Best way to view a website offline on an android tablet?

yeah its not going to be easy. Maybe i can screen cap the most relevant stuff :\
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I remember back in the day Internet explorer 4 used to do this, over dial up
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yeah its not going to be easy. Maybe i can screen cap the most relevant stuff :\
If it's that messed up on that offline browser, try printing it to PDF and storing those on your phone.
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I remember back in the day Internet explorer 4 used to do this, over dial up
Internet Explorer never stored entire sites offline. Select pages, yes, but not an entire site.
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If it's that messed up on that offline browser, try printing it to PDF and storing those on your phone.
The people using the tablet want to be able to show it off with the flash and navigate to parts of it while talking to customers. I guess I thought it would be easy but I can understand why it isnt.
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Re: Best way to view a website offline on an android tablet?

hello, I'm the developer of Offline Browser.
The new version fixes some css problems. Try it and feel free to send me feedbacks to improve my app or send me the links that has problems.
If you have the source of the site, you can put all the files in a folder and then open it with "Open external" option.
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The people using the tablet want to be able to show it off with the flash and navigate to parts of it while talking to customers. I guess I thought it would be easy but I can understand why it isnt.
your customers don't have wifi?

or stop being cheap and pay the $30 a month for the wifi hotspot feature on your smartphone
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the $30 hotspot is an option but this tablet will also be going to other countries, and places where it's not always easy to buy wifi or even communicate in english 'whats the password' or change it multiple times when visiting 20 factories in a one day tour of Shenzhen.
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the $30 hotspot is an option but this tablet will also be going to other countries, and places where it's not always easy to buy wifi or even communicate in english 'whats the password' or change it multiple times when visiting 20 factories in a one day tour of Shenzhen.
Is your site available in different languages. Because if they can't understand enough English to give you a wifi password, I'm not sure what use showing them your website would be anyway.

There should be a mobile hotspot option in China too, like this:
http://www.3gsolutions.com.cn/page/mifirental/

Of course, your site will have to not be trapped by the Great Firewall.
http://www.greatfirewallofchina.org/

I did find a program called "Instant Wordpress" that is a configured WP server that can be run from a USB drive on any Windows PC:
http://www.instantwp.com/

So if you use a laptop instead of the tablet, you may be able to make a portable local version of your site.
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unless you have an iphone 4S or another world phone you will have to buy something like an SGS 2 and use different SIM cards based on the local carrier
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Re: Best way to view a website offline on an android tablet?

we do that with the phones for overseas for business trips.

I'm getting 70% there using HTTrack to download and one of the android offline browsers to view. Some files aren't getting through or have broken links. Still working on it.
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