Ever wanted to browse websites but have no access to WiFi or 3G? Perhaps you are on a train or a flight with no wireless internet access but you still want to read your favorite web pages. Or maybe you want to save some web pages for viewing later without using your (now limited) 3G mintues. Here’s a perfect solution.
The Offline Pages iPad app allows you to save entire web pages (including formatting and images), and read them offline.
How It Works
The Offline Pages app (Price: $4.99) is actually a web browser much like the Safari app. When you want to save pages for offline viewing, you surf the web within this application. There is a button at the top of the screen that you tap when you want to save a particular page for viewing later. You can save all kinds of pages, PDF and Word documents, secure HTTP, and images of all types.
There are quite a few features that kept me entertained for quite awhile. Here are a few that you will find useful:
Organization of saved pages using tags
Ability to mark pages as read automatically or manually
Automatic refresh of saved pages
Search saved pages by tags
Choose to view all pages,or unread pages only
Send a link from any PC, Mac, or iPhone directly to your iPad using their built-in bookmarklet
The Bottom Line
Being able to view websites when you have no internet access or don’t want to use up your valuable 3G minutes is a really good feature if you are on the go a lot or a commuter. I thought the app did a perfect job at what is it supposed to do. I didn’t need all of the features but the ones that were there worked and I was able to view several websites (on the train) with no problem at all. There is also a free version but it does not have as many features and is very limited. Yet, it’s a great way to try it out.
I give this iPad app 5 out of 5 Daily Dogs for it’s functionality and usefulness