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Ekkie Tepsupornchai
03-29-2005, 10:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.maximumsoft.com/products/wc_pocketpc/overview.html' target='_blank'>http://www.maximumsoft.com/products...c/overview.html</a><br /><br /></div><i>"Feel the Internet right in your hands. Use this program to download entire Web sites, and view them on your desktop computer or Pocket PC. This version contains a set of new features including complete landscape and high-resolution support for Pocket PC 2003 Second Edition."</i><br /><br /><img src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/images/web/2003/wc_pocketpc200x150.gif" /><br /><br />For anyone who likes the idea of downloading entire websites for offline viewing or is perhaps frustrated with the limitations of AvantGo, this is worth a real look. Personally, I know that when I'm accessing reference and/or educational pages, I'll sometimes prefer to download those pages for me to read offline at my own leisure rather than being tied to the internet connection and being forced to recall the link if I return. MaximumSoft offers a couple of different pricing options if you're interested: $35 USD with 12 months of free upgrades or $45 USD with free lifetime upgrades. A 15-day trial is also available.

03-29-2005, 10:06 PM
I used Webcopier before, and I didn't like the fact that it does not optimize the web pages for PDA browsing. I just visited their site,and the screenshots give me the impression that that is still the case. I use Sunnysoft's World-off-line and PIE plus and the experience is great.

Jon Westfall
03-29-2005, 10:31 PM
www.httrack.com :way to go:

03-29-2005, 11:13 PM
Good link, Jon.

If I ever get some time I might take that for a spin (busy at work right now). Regardless, it's an alternative to my patchwork of iSilo/plucker/MobiPocket stuff. (I got tired of always getting "timed out errors" in AvantGo, so I've been exploring alternate offline readers/parsers. This is a timely article.)

03-29-2005, 11:37 PM
reading about this web page for pocket pc application, and the other ones you have all suggested thus far, I'm still not satisfied.

Before I dish out any money for one of these I want a firefox extension/IE plugin that allows me to do something similar to a bookmark but copies the current page to my pocket pc. There should be an advanced menu for toggling images, link depth, max size to download, and maybe even an expire date where the content automatically is deleted from the device. It should really be a two click process.

It would also be nice to have daily content channels like in avantgo that would downloaded upon every sync (or user defined time period).

I like the idea of being able to read the content in PIE, but why be limited to that? Having it in some standard format that anything could read is ideal.

Anything come close to what I'm describing here?

Until then I'll stick with free avantgo.

I really like the idea of free upgrades for life . I wish there was an option for that in something like PhatPad. Would have saved me some money already.

03-30-2005, 12:21 AM
I think iSilo &amp; Plucker are sufficient tools. I do have a firefox plug-in that allows me to right click on a page and "Pluck This" to my Pocket PC. It uses JPluck which I then read in Vade-Mecum. It's all open source = free.

03-30-2005, 02:50 AM
What are the limitations in using mobile favorites for offline browsing?

Phillip Dyson
03-30-2005, 03:08 AM
What are the limitations in using mobile favorites for offline browsing?

Mobile favorites are just like the Favorites or "Bookmarks" on your desktop. They are basically just the URL.

Phillip Dyson
03-30-2005, 03:10 AM
I also went with Sunnysoft's World-offline. I like that fact that I can download directly to the PPC. Though that can be slow over GPRS. I also have the option to do it through Wifi or ActiveSync passthrough.

However, I have it installed but found that I haven't used it in a while. Between RSS feeds and unlimited GPRS.

Perhaps I can copy the links that I get with Egress into WOL and use them in conjunction. Hmmm....

03-30-2005, 03:55 AM
I'm trying to learn some Japanese online, and I'm wondering if any of these software solutions will download multimedia links as well. These pages have WAV files linked to them, and it'd be nice to have access to the WAV files offline as well. Anyone know if this or any other software will do this?

03-30-2005, 05:40 AM
Mobile favorites are just like the Favorites or "Bookmarks" on your desktop. They are basically just the URL
I have used mobile favorites with web pages having 1-2 links synchronized to my pocket pc. I had configured the desktop IE to download webpages for offline reading ppc. The problem was it was stored on the main RAM. I am not sure if Tweaks 2k2 would change it to storage card.

03-30-2005, 09:43 AM
As a webmaster, I have a very dim view of applications such as this or HTTrack (which is a big offender by the way).
Pointing a crawler at a site and leaving it mindlessly trawling a site for hours (or days in some cases) is tantamount to abuse and can incur very real costs for the siteowner. I use the word "mindlessly" because often these scripts get extremely confused by dynamic scripts and get caught in infinite loops - which when they are being run on broadband is a serious matter.
Large websites can possibly suck up the cost of excess bandwidth caused by crawlers, but please have some consideration for hobbyist sites before you try and leech all their content.

I've no problem with sensible programs which only grab a few changed pages. My semi-rant here is aimed squarely at the ones which try for the whole site. I also seriously question whether the people that try and do this will ever read a fraction of the thousands of pages fetched for them.

I'd be interested to know this site's stance on such programs. Jason, currently someone could point a standard install of HTTrack at the forums of this site and cause a whole load of bandwidth leeching and site slowdown. As far as I can tell, there is no robots.txt file to try and prevent this.

For anyone interested in blocking normal configurations of HTTrack and other crawlers, please see Wikipedia's robots.txt file (http://www.wikipedia.com/robots.txt).

Apologies for the moaning nature of this post. As you're probably gathered, I've had excess bandwidth bills due to users abusing crawlers.

Thanks for listening! ;)


03-30-2005, 10:14 AM
What are the limitations in using mobile favorites for offline browsing?

Mobile favorites are just like the Favorites or "Bookmarks" on your desktop. They are basically just the URL.

Not quite true - if you mark the favourite for offline use then it's supposed to download the content locally and sync it to the PPC. Doesn't work terribly well or consistently IME though.

03-30-2005, 10:15 AM
Anything come close to what I'm describing here?

nic - have a look at iSilo/iSiloX, does all the stuff you want and is very stable and mature.

03-30-2005, 06:31 PM
Too bad someone didn't use this app before pocketpcpassion went belly up. :cry: