Hello and How do I show HTML pages on the iPad?

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  1. JimmyHill

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    So I just got an iPad - it's a second-hand one but No less of a thrill.
    Didn't give much though to actually what to do with it before buying... But now I'm here, I'm wondering: How do I: save and show HTML pages on the iPad? Ideally I'd like to preview websites to test and show to clients, which are not online... Possible? If so, how, please?
     
  2. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    Good to hear from you. You’ll find a whole bunch of iPad enthusiasts in this Forum who are only too willing to help other iPad owners and to hear of their experiences. Don’t be afraid to post any questions you may have or use the ‘Search’ button near the top of the Forum web page. I usually find I discover one new interesting and useful piece of information about my iPad every day - and often not even what I was looking for!!

    Hope to hear from you soon with your thoughts about the iPad.

    Have fun and enjoy your iPad

    Although the iPad browser can't display HTML pages off-line, it is possible to save web pages as PDF documents using a 'bookmarklet'. This creates a PDF files that's an exact copy of the web page that you're viewing. The good news is that you can then view that page off-line using a PDF reader, such as iBooks. The bad news is, of course, that embedded hyperlinks don't function as such.

    If you don’t already have it you can download a copy of the iPad manual for free.

    Apple - Support - Manuals

    Please read the rules too!!

    http://www.ipadforums.net/forum-rules-help-info/2119-forum-rules-everybody-please-read.html

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  3. JimmyHill

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    Thanks, Tim, another early-bird,eh?
    I undersand your answer, but it is curious that it can't be done, don't you agree? The PDF method would be fine for quite static pages, but these days there's often some scripting, animation or image effects that are integral to a web page. I guess they just need to be seen online so no great problem.

    Thanks again and I'm sure there will be other questions.

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  4. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    It may be that there are some third-party browsers that can load stored HTML pages. I'm sure you'll get some recommendations over the next few hours....but, you're right, it's strange that the Safari browser can't load HTML pages.

    Yes - early to bed, early to rise - or something like that...

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    If you really must use your iPad for this purpose instead of a laptop or cheap portable with a web server and a wireless router then you can check out these two apps available via Cydia... You can google them too.
    >>> lighttpd & file:// for MobileSafari <<<

    I just installed them on my iPad(v1) to test out your idea, but jumped the gun and posted before actually trying them because it's late and I need to get some sleep.

    Option 2 is to search the Apple App store For 'web browser' and look for the Offline browsers which save content to your iPad. >>>h t t p : / / o f f l i n e p a g . e s /<<<

    Best to you.
     
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    Thanks for your reply although I detect a bit of disaproval ("...If you really must...") and think I understand your anxiety; to seek your approval may I say that I do have and use a MacBook Pro with extensive server facilities for that purpose. I hope you would agree that any current web project ought to be tested on a variety of hand-held devices and for me, the iPad is top of that list. Which is why I'm looking for that functionality.

    Your suggestions are much appreciated and I'll certainly look into them.

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  7. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    Also, you'd need to jail break the iPad to use that poster's suggestion, and I'm guessing that you don't necessarily want to do that.

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    Sorry about the disapproval implication. I understand your desire and intentions, however; I do not understand why a developer would want to tax the limited memory (not storage) of the iPad by trying to run a server directly on it.
    While I agree with you about testing other devices, there are other less challenging options to help you succeed in testing whatever device you wish wherever you may roam instead of trying to deploy a web server directly on each device.
    Further complications will arise as your web pages evolve away from static.

    Personally, I would use my
    Along with a mobile hotspot or wifi router.

    Also, yes you would have to jailbreak your iPad in order to make it do much of anything past what Apple approves.

    Best regards,
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  9. JimmyHill

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    Thanks again, and I do agree with you. I'm no developer so my lack of technical knowledge has been exposed here!
    The jailbreak thing doesn't appeal and I've found the browser apps that do 'offline' seem a bit flaky (eg no images etc) so - your solution is good enough.
    Cheers.

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    Doesn't goodReader save HTML webpages for offline viewing?
     

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