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10.4: Save web pages for offline viewing in Safari Web Browsers
Tiger only hintI did a search about this and I have not found it on the database, so I thought it might be very useful to somebody.

A while back I went into the forums to ask for a way to save web pages in Safari. That was the only feature I missed from Internet Explorer. I am not sure if this was already fixed in Panther, as I had given up on the feature. I just found out, quite by accident, that Safari 3.0 has the save as web archive feature that I like to much for offline browsing. Select File -> Save As (or just hit Command-S) and make sure the Format pop-up is set to Web Archive.
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10.4: Save web pages for offline viewing in Safari
Authored by: agraboso on Jun 08, '05 10:14:43AM

That would be Safari 2.0, not 3.0...



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10.4: Save web pages for offline viewing in Safari
Authored by: critcol on Jun 08, '05 10:53:42AM

Actually, you have to be careful when saving as a web archive, WinTels don't recognize the format. If you really want to read pages offline, on the save screen there's a pdf button and you can save your webpage as a PDF file for easy viewing/printing anywhere.



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10.4: Save web pages for offline viewing in Safari
Authored by: adrianm on Jun 08, '05 11:05:38AM

I thought obvious new items on menus are not considered hints?

Plus I though this was already covered, along with the hint that TextEdit can open web archives too.



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10.4: Save web pages for offline viewing in Safari
Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 08, '05 11:57:18AM

Safari 2.0 is Tiger-only, right? When I check my Safari version on my Panther 10.3.9 box, I see it's only ver. 1.2, and my search of the Apple site turns up only 1.2 available for download. I could have sworn I had a newer version of Safari on my Panther box at home.

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10.4: Save web pages for offline viewing in Safari
Authored by: fds on Jun 08, '05 03:45:22PM

Safari 1.3 was included with the 10.3.9 update.



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10.4: Save web pages for offline viewing in Safari
Authored by: arg on Jun 08, '05 12:21:17PM

Yeah, I thought so too. This is one of the more highly advertised new features of Tiger's Safari. This is info that's available in about 100 other different places, not the least of which would be Apple's Safari web page:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/safari/
and the 200 new features page:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/newfeatures/over200.html

I just don't see this as hint-worthy. It's like sending in a hint that you can now search your files by metadata using a new technology called Spotlight. Or that pressing F12 now magically transports you to a strange and wonderous realm they call "Dashboard."

Okay... Maybe it's not that bad...

In any case, if this sounds shrill, I'm admittedly bitter that my far superior hint never got published. I'm a twisted loser with nothing better to do.

Apologies in advance.



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10.4: Save web pages for offline viewing in Safari
Authored by: adrianm on Jun 08, '05 12:41:24PM
Maybe Rob should put in an uber hint that basically says, "if you're interested in making the most of your Mac:"
  • read the manual
  • read the "200 new features" page
  • read the "What's new" section in all the help files
  • generally look at menus/buttons in apps.


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Re: Hint? to be published? or not?
Authored by: brw3sbc on Jun 08, '05 01:49:59PM

Re: Hint? to be published? or not?

I've not yet progressed to 10.4, so all discussions have value to me. Please keep the rules loose.



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Safari 1.3 too?
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Jun 08, '05 11:55:06AM

I've seen claims that this can be enabled in Safari 1.3/10.3.9, too, but never seen any "proof" or instructions. Any hints gurus here that can confirm/deny?



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Only current page
Authored by: echo on Jun 08, '05 02:40:57PM

Yes, I also agree that this is not a hint since it is found in a menu item, but I wanted to point out that the feature only saves the web archive of the current page, and does not progress any deeper link levels of a site, so it still does not provide what other offline viewing apps do.



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Only current page
Authored by: adrianm on Jun 08, '05 03:01:30PM

for that you can use automator + safari.



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10.4: Save web pages for offline viewing in Safari
Authored by: hamishb on Jun 09, '05 04:20:08AM

IE for PC can "dump" a whole site for offline viewing, including menus, links etc. Handy for a kiosk at a conference (where I needed to do this as unsure I would get an internet connection on my booth).

Can Safari do this - archive a whole site so that it can be browsed locally with drop down menus, hyplerlinks to other pages in the site etc?

Have tried to use DeepVacuum and WebDumper to do this, but if a site uses dynamic technology such as .asp or .php then it gets a little tricky to make the links to other pages on the site work.



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.webarchive components?
Authored by: Chas on Jun 09, '05 11:00:37AM

I've been using the .webarchive files for a while, and I'm wondering if anyone knows how the format works. I notice other browsers save the HTML and linked files, for example, Mozilla saves the raw HTML in one file, and linked images (and other files) in a separate folder.
But so far I've been unable to dissect the .webarchive files and get anything out of them. I'd like to be able to access the HTML, make a few changes, resave it; or maybe extract a couple of jpgs (or just delete the jpgs for advertisements before printing it).
You can open a .webarchive file in a text editor and see the HTML, but it looks like the attached files are stored inside this file as binary data, which is a very clumsy way to do things. It would have been a lot more useful to store these files in a Package, so you could control-click and do "Show Package Contents" to get at the data.
So.. does anyone know how to get into these .webarchive files and do anything useful with it?



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.webarchive components?
Authored by: Chas on Jul 09, '05 06:05:31PM

I found the solution to extracting .webarchive files, thanks to another hint at this address:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050621010532552

To extract an example.webarchive file, use this command:

textutil -convert html example.webarchive

This will extract the HTML file as well as the attached jpeg, gif, and other image files.



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