Nov 19, 2012
I seldom use my iPad 2 in browsing the Internet for my favorite technology blog site. I often use my laptop equipped with Chrome and have set it up to hibernate with a push on the Power button. This technique allows me open my favorite blogs and read them while riding in a bus on my way home. As a result, it allows me to save money by not incurring extra charges when I used my mobile phone as a modem to browse the Internet.
When my laptop’s battery gets busted, I can no longer use it for the same purpose that I have to resort to using my iPad 2 instead. So before leaving the office, I connect my iPad 2 to the existing Wi-Fi connection and open my favorite blog site for later reading. To my surprise after opening my iPad 2 cover, each web page automatically refreshes losing all the content. When I get back at home, I tried installing Google’s Chrome in my hope that this browser will behave differently. But after doing some tests, I found out that Chrome also exhibits the same behavior.
To my frustration I searched the Internet for some nice iOS app that can save web pages for offline use. Then I found an iOS app called WebOffline. After reading the description, it features saving web pages and can be installed in conjunction with Apple’s web browser Safari and Google’s Chrome. The only drawback of this app is that it will cost you $1.99 for the Safari version and $0.99 for the Chrome version. Another sad thing is that you have to jailbreak your device because WebOffline is also a jailbreak dependent iOS app.
After installing the app, just hit the ‘Save’ button located in your toolbar to save a particular web page. In your Safari browser, go to Bookmarks > Saved Pages to view all your saved pages that you can view even if your device is already disconnected to your corporate’s Wi-Fi.
For Chrome, a new icon will be added in the settings menu located right beside the native bookmark icon. To save web pages, just press this new icon. A green notification at the bottom of the screen will appear if your web pages were successfully stored offline in your iOS device. To access your saved web pages, access Chrome’s New Tab page. From there you will be presented a grid containing all your saved web pages with thumbnails.
Some people reported that WebOffline sometimes crashes during saving of web pages. But some people say that this problem was already solved via application updates and patches. For the adventurous, you can try this app and save money for your reading spree. It will surely cut down costs on your mobile data plans.
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