How to get Safari to view local html files?

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  1. healer

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    I want to store some html files in the iPad and use Safari to view them. Is it possible? I don't seem to be able to see any option with Safari to allow me to access local html files.
     
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    You don't have any access to the iPad's file system. Apple lock down their idevices pretty tightly. However, that does not mean you can't view your own HTML files using an alternative method.

    Have you tried Dropbox? Free cloud storage. You can put anything you like on there and the free app can be used to browse any HTML files you put on there with ease.

    Goodreader is also an excellent "swiss army knife" file viewing tool, which can integrate with any number of storage services, or sync content on via iTunes. Again, this would be a fairly simple way of doing what you want.

    If you want to actually save pages you visit from Safari to read later offline, then that feature will be baked right into the Safari app when IOS6 is released, estimated to be around September time. You will them be able to add pages to your "reading list" and save them for offline viewing later. At the moment, the features in IOS5 only allows on-line reading later.

    If you really want full access to the iPad's file system, your only option is to jailbreak. Head on over to our hacking section if you want to find out more about that.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    You can't read the Safari Reading List offline. It's just a collection of bookmarks, optimized as a temporary reading list. It does not save the site locally.
     
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    Really? Woops. My bad. That will teach me to talk about features I don't use, but think I know the purpose of... Thanks for the correction TP.

    In my defence, this is a description from the Apple web site - " Save articles to your Reading List and read them later — even without an Internet connection.". I guess I made a bad assumption that applied to the iPad reading list too...

    UPDATE - Offline reading lists are available in IOS6... Phew. I knew I'd come across it recently... I'll update my post accordingly. Thanks again for the prompt. :)
     
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    Ok. I was surprised to see that it did work on the computer. I turned off wi-fi and 3G on the iPad and my internet connection on the computer, just to be sure. Offline on the computer works, on the iPad it does not.

    So I got to learn something too. :D


    Nice to hear it will work offline in iOS 6.
     
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    Thanks Guys!

    I do use Dropbox. However I do want to view the files in the local file system, no Internet, so the Dropbox doesn't help.

    I have the basic iPad1 only, so no 3G. I would like to be able to put our product catalogue into the iPad and take it around to show our prospects. They are purely HTML pages, no flash or anything fancy, probably just some JavaScript.

    I seem to be able to transfer files by connecting the cable to my Windows system using Windows Explorer. I believe iTune can do the same job too. I haven't tried it yet as I want to do a backup before I could muck up the system.

    The guy from Apple store told me that I have to place files under or associated to the app like iPhone. In other words, there is no shared area in which files can be accessed by all apps. Conclusively I have to get the app first.

    I am not planning to buy another iPad at the moment. Is there any free app available that would allow me to do the same job? A free app that would execute HTML files and JavaScript.

    The Apple guy at the shop does recommend Goodreader which is a paid one. Perhaps I have no choice but to buy one. Is the licence for one iPad only? What for some reason if I need to re-install sometime down the track?
     
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    Please tell me something about this. Where is your hacking section?
     
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    Thanks a lot. There is a lot to read. I hope they suit my iPad1 where there is no specific declaration.
     
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    No problem. Good luck. I don't do the jailbreak thing myself, at least not yet.
     

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