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.
Colin on 31 Jan, 2018 05:08 PM
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?
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!
Colin on 01 Feb, 2018 03:29 PM
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
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.