Web page Export - Downloadable Web App

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Kent Sandvik

27 Jan, 2018 08:48 PM

I always wondered what that feature in VoodooPad Export to HTML really does, especially if it's possible to download a whole VoodooPad html package into an iOS device as a self-contained unit in html? This might require some code spelunking to figure out what it does. Thx.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Colin on 29 Jan, 2018 07:17 PM

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    Hi,

    Thanks for reaching out to us about this. Could you go into a bit more detail on what you mean by downloading a VoodooPad HTML package into an iOS device as a self-contained unit?

    I'm not certain if it would help based on your question, but you can find some additional information about the Export to HTML functionality on our website here.

    All the best,
    Colin
    Primate Labs Inc.

  2. 2 Posted by Kent Sandvik on 29 Jan, 2018 07:40 PM

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    Yes, I'm wondering what the Downloadable Web app is really creating, looking at the source code there could be more clues as the documentation does not tell much about this. I'm not even sure how to install a whole web html exported directory into an iOS device unless it's an old feature that is no longer supported.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Colin on 31 Jan, 2018 05:08 PM

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    Hi,

    I'm not sure exactly what feature of VoodooPad you're referring to when discussing the downloadable web application. Could you let me know what VoodooPad command or option you're using (e.g. the Web Export command in the File menu and Export Document folder)? Which documentation are you looking at that describes it being used for installing an HTML exported directory to iOS?

    All the best,
    Colin
    Primate Labs Inc.

  4. 4 Posted by Kent Sandvik on 31 Jan, 2018 06:19 PM

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    https://www.voodoopad.com/documentation/web-export/

    See first screenshot, check box Downloadable Web App.

    All the documentation says is:
    Downloadable Web App: Check this box to enable your document to be downloaded and saved to mobile devices.

    I suspect this is a remnant from the early day iOS days when I think there were ways to install whole web folder bundles, but maybe it's something else...

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Colin on 31 Jan, 2018 08:27 PM

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    Hi,

    I see, it seems that I misunderstood you before. Thanks for following up. I'll take a closer look at this and get back to you as soon as I can on the status of this feature.

    All the best,
    Colin
    Primate Labs Inc.

  6. 6 Posted by Kent Sandvik on 31 Jan, 2018 09:23 PM

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    OK, thx, if it's a feature that iOS no longer supports, maybe best to remove it from the dialog box. If only for Android devices, worth documenting this and how ti works. If it's a cool feature across al mobile devices, more documentation!

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Colin on 01 Feb, 2018 03:29 PM

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    Hi,

    The Downloadable Web App functionality is designed for iOS devices, and is still expected to work without issues. If you run into any difficulty with it, please let us know and we'll look into it right away.

    It seems that the documentation for this feature could be improved, and I've passed that along to my team to see if we can explain it better in the application or the website in the future. In the mean time, I can provide a short description of how the feature is designed to be used.

    When you export a document as a Downloadable Web App, it creates HTML files along with a manifest page which you can upload to a server. When Mobile Safari (on the iPhone or the iPad) encounters this, you can save the website as a self contained app by tapping the + button and then "Add to Home Screen". The resulting app should also check the server for updates when launched. For this to work properly, your server needs to set the mime type of the .manifest file to text/cache-manifest. You can check your server by using curl with the -I option from Terminal:
    curl -I http://[PATH]/app.manifest
    ... Content-Type: text/cache-manifest

    All the best,
    Colin
    Primate Labs Inc.

  8. 8 Posted by Kent Sandvik on 01 Feb, 2018 11:23 PM

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    Thanks, I will test this out. Self-contained HTML apps are nice if you travel and don't want burn up your data plans.

    Compared with using iOS VoodooPad, the web pages VoodooPad archives also makes it possible to zoom and resize the pages for easier reading on smaller devices, hint hint. You could save a home screen icon for any web site in iOS but this makes it possible to also keep the contents on the device.

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