- Mac OS X
23 May 2012
We read a lot of documents coming from the World Wide Web, and we sometimes save entire web sites to our hard disks. This will keep us, Sainte-Force people, from whining when the Internet will come to an end : our documentation will still be with us, far away from the impermanent nature of the web. To copy whole web sites to my computer, I either use wget or Site Sucker.
The problem is that when your copy is done, you are left with only a plain folder containing many files. Whenever you want to read the web site, you must :
- find the folder, which doesn't differ from other folders;
- and find the
index.html, which is surrounded with other files that also look the same.
This lengthy operation isn't respectful of a modern knight, who deserves a one-click operation to access his precious readings. The Sainte-Force has heard you ! You can now use Website Opener (Mac OS X 10.6+). This little application will open any website, provided that :
- this website is enclosed in a folder whose extension is
- and a file with a name like
index.htmlis enclosed in this very folder.
Let's see what happens after you just download some website, say Wikipedia. You get a folder called
Wikipedia, with some files in it, and particularly a
index.html. If your Website Opener is in your
Applications folder, then you just have to rename the folder
Wikipedia.website, and the icon changes, indicating that your plain and dull folder is now a pimped website !
Just double-click it and the site is opened in your favorite browser. If you want to change the favorite browser, just open the Website Opener application and use the Preferences menu.
- Website Opener (Mac OS X 10.6+)
Take care, it has only been tested on Lion. Tell me if something goes wrong.
Looking forward to hearing from you,