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Old 04-16-2007, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a way to store HTML documents locally on the BlackBerry? I would like to convert a few reference documents to HTML to carry with me. I could host the documents and view them with the Internet Browser OTA, but my data plan is limited and gets very expensive.

The BlackBerry MemoPad does not work too well as the documents contain some tables of information that are difficult to read with a proportional font.

Is it possible to transfer a document via Javaloader and then view it locally. I know that the BlackBerry help works in a similar manner.

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Old 04-16-2007, 05:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you have a BB with a Micro SD card, you can store the files using Mass Storage Mode, but cannot view them on a BB. You could only use it as a large flash drive, essentially, to transfer from computer to computer.

Otherwise, no, there's not a way to do what you're asking.
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I know you said your data plan as limited and expensive, but if you viewed them once via the browser you could then either:

a) Bookmark the page and select the "Available Offline" option. Then every time you wanted to view that page you would first need to remember to turn off your network and then open the browser and select the bookmarked page. It's not ideal, but at least you would have access to the data

b) Select "Save Page" which will save a copy of the page to the Message List for future viewing. When I tested this it seemed to pull the page from memory and didn't show any data transfer happening. The downside with this method is that your 'link' to the page gets lost in your inbox and it doesn't appear that you can select this item and move it to your Saved Folder like a normal email message (on top of that I'm not sure if it would automatically be deleted after X days according to the email preferences you have set up)

I'm not sure if either of those solutions would be satisfactory for your needs?
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Having come from the PocketPC world I had lots of reference documents on my PDA. With the Blackberry there really wasn't a good solution. Best solution at the time was memo pad and that had a limited amount of text.

What worked best for me, although not html, was ideaMatrix. Before I found ideaMatrix, I was using my BB and a PocketPC (iPaq 4150).

Do a search and you'll find plenty of comments. Rexwireless does frequent upgrades to their products and you can access the data via a web browser as it is synced with the BB and their server for access and backup.

Regards-Michael G.
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Thanks for the ideas pondorpool. Although neither one is ideal they might work for now. I will give them a try.

Pizzle, my BlackBerry doesn't have a MicroSD card slot - so that suggestion doesn't work. I carry a flash drive with me anyway. I am just looking for a quick way to access a few documents without having to use a PC.

I am also going to look into some of the commercial products that offer various forms of document storage. Maybe ideaMatrix as suggested by mgerbasio would work. I was hoping to find a no cost solution if possible. Perhaps I just have to bite the bullet and purchase something.

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