Best internet browser for viewing webpages offline

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by waynerrr, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. waynerrr macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2008
    cardiff, UK
    Camino has been my favorite until now

    But I'm going to switch back to firefox

    as Camino has no way of viewing webpages offline (previously visited).

    Useful when away on business and sorting through saved bookmarks etc

    I have done a lot of research and only a few browsers have the ability of using the:-
    "file" "work offline" preferences

    Internet explorer (wouldn't touch with a barge pole)
    Netscape (Cumbersome & restrictive)
    and Firefox

    These are the only 3 browsers that can view pages offline that you have previously visited (correct as of February 2008)

    Camino and safari have not got these capabilities

    Shame, I liked Camino but i can't go without this tool
  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
  3. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    safari lets you save web pages as 'Web archive' files.
  4. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    so whats the point of ~/Library/Caches/Safari :(

    I wish there was an offline mod for safari
  5. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    Not trying to be an idiot here but... why would anyone want to look at pages offline? :confused: :confused:
    I don't see the point at cruising through my cache.

    Are you on dial-up or something?
  6. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    well, think about when you take a 2 hour trip, want to read some long article previous loaded.
  7. waynerrr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2008
    cardiff, UK

    Thank you Clevin, that's correct

    Many uses of the offline browser for me. Here's 3:-

    1) Network goes down at work/home but you can continue working from the pages that you have just been viewng

    2) Mobile on the road searching for open WIFI connections is a thing of the past when all you want is the pages from last nights surfing.

    3) urgent call from work and your stuck in early morning traffic (the info was on a webpage visited last caching has saved the day)

    4) arrive at the hotel and its £5 per hour wifi connection. Yet all the sites you need were visited that day.

    an extra one & theres more!!

    Remember we are fast becoming a 24 hour anytime, anyplace anywhere society. I'm just wasting an aweful lot of time with camino as it relies totally on an internet connection.

    It is so frustrating to have no internet access for a page that you were looking at last night.

    Since i made the switch to firefox, everything is just fine, there just when i need it

    I personally set the preferences as follows:- Cache memory 2000MB, Lifetime of items in cashe 120 days (4 months)..It works for me!
  8. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    Oh goodness...that's all we need on the roads are people surfing the web or on the computer while driving! As texting wasn't bad enough!!! :D:D:D
  9. waynerrr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2008
    cardiff, UK
    Good one hankster

    That made me laugh!

    Very dry sense of humour! probably the funniest sense of humour!
  10. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    Interesting, I never thought of most of these as I surf differently.

    I would argue that number 3 is something that you just shouldn't be doing. It's probably illegal in most countries anyway. Number 1 (internet going down) has pretty much never happened to me except once about four years ago, so I never think about it.

    In my case, the other two items are taken care of by one fact. If I am on the web and reading/researching etc. I read everything right then and there. In all my years (and years and years! :eek: ) of web browsing it has never occurred to me to "save a page for later."

    I am not saying these aren't valid reasons for you or for anyone, but for me none of them apply really (thus my original confusion).
  11. waynerrr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2008
    cardiff, UK
    If you are one of the firefox converted...I am...

    after many years of camino and safari (see my first post above) Im now back to firefox.....Well i'm not a convert..I supose i'm a reborn Firefoxer after thinking the "grass was greener over the other side"....... a few years back


    I just came accross this ad-on for firefox.

    It uses thumbnails to visually remember sites visited, making it easy to find a previous webpage.

    I have done a few sessions using it

    Really good
  12. kfordham281 macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
  13. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    can you view videos and other files from the website in offline mode?
    and does it archive the entire site or just the page?

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