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    Recently we had a conference of Association of Physicians of India (APICON 2011). The Scientific Proceedings are available on the web site:
    APICON 2011- Welcomes you !
    as a link
    "Medicine Update Vol 21, 2011. Proceedings of Scientific sessions, Apicon 2011"

    This link is directed to a Book which opens here: A simple frameset document
    This Book is in .aspx format

    Can you please suggest a software for downloading or converting this book to another format which can be read offline.
    Please help.
    Thanks in advance.

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    I can't see how
    I can download all the pages with DownThemAll and they are all viewable in a browser or in office, but each page has to opened individually
    But the images are missing of course

    LibreOffice reports it was produced with Pagemaker
    and the original document is:
    Code:
    "C:\Documents and Settings\Server\Desktop\MEDICINE UPDATE 2011\02. Recent Insights in Coronary Artery Disease in Women.pmd"
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    Thank you so much. I found the way to read them offline. I right clicked each page and downloaded them all.
    Thanks once again.

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    On 03/21/2011 06:06 AM, caf4926 wrote:
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    > I can't see how
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    > "CDocuments and Settings\Server\Desktop\MEDICINE UPDATE 2011\02. Recent Insights in Coronary Artery Disease in Women.pmd"



    given the way the document is presented on the web site, i do not
    believe there is a way except this labor intensive way of downloading
    _each_ page as a complete web page file, numbered to match the actual
    page number:

    1. make a new folder (say /home/[you]/Documents/Recent Insights in
    Coronary Artery Disease in Women)

    2. in your browser go to page one of that book on the web site and (in
    Firefox--others are probably the same, but maybe not) do File > Save
    Page As, and
    a. in the opening Save As dialogue, navigate to the new "Recent
    Insights..." directory just made
    b. make sure to select save/filter "Web Page, complete" [not
    "...HTML only, because then you miss the images]
    c. CHANGE the name of the page from "Book.aspx.htm" to something
    like "Book01.htm"
    d. click save

    3. in the browser click to page 2 of the book and click "Save As"
    a. *check* that save/filter "Web Page, complete" to your "Recent
    Insights etc" directory is still set (it is in my Firefox, it might
    not be in your browser)
    b. CHANGE the name of the page to save from "Book.aspx.htm" to
    something like "Book02.htm"
    c. click save

    once you see your browser is keeping the save to place and save web
    page complete constant, then it is just

    1. click to browse to next page
    2. change save as file name to match the number of the actual page
    3. click save

    over and over to fetch and save EACH page into that one
    directory..when you are finished you can (in konqueror and firefox for
    sure--i just checked) browse the book using its internal links, and
    all images should be there..

    there is probably a way to automate the process, but i don't know
    how...anyway, i guess once you are down to the last 1-2-3 and get a
    rhythm going you can do a page every 5 to 15 seconds..

    it would of course be a LOT easier for you if the web site designer
    set a link to allow you to download the entire book as a pdf document...

    hope this helps, even if time consuming..

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    Thanks a lot. Now I can read this book..........

    (I was using rekonq browser till now. It gave me no option of saving these book's pages. Now I understand why people use Mozilla Firefox. This may just be another reason for using firefox which has more features than rekonq.)
    Thanks once again.

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    On 03/21/2011 01:06 PM, babloo75 wrote:
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    > Thanks a lot.


    no, i did so *very* little..

    i have a friend in Nepal working to help 'unclean' women find
    jobs...and a son who pays his own way to Uganda to volunteer in a
    medical clinic...

    i thank all three of you...and ask you to accept my thanks for your
    willingness to help women with cardiovascular disease in India..

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    aspx is dotNET asp. If you don't download/save pages individually (which wouldn't preserve internal site links so you can't click page to page), the problem for many apps is that ASPX typically contain plenty of server-side code that constructs pages on the fly (but then cached in RAM).

    Did you try something like WebHTTrack which is a website copier? You might lose some pretty page layout formatting, but you should get all the text and images, and re-write the links you can click page to page in your book offline.

    Tony

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    On 03/21/2011 06:06 PM, tsu2 wrote:
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    > Did you try something like WebHTTrack which is a website copier?


    the method i gave works perfectly...including live links, images and
    exact page layout..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    On 03/21/2011 06:06 PM, tsu2 wrote:
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    > Did you try something like WebHTTrack which is a website copier?


    the method i gave works perfectly...including live links, images and
    exact page layout..

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    Boy,
    If that works that's a new one for me, but unless I can't follow instructions correctly (I Tried! I Really Tried but I may be dense!) it doesn't work for me if you're talking about clicking on the hypertext links and not simply clicking on the individual files (like in a File Manager).

    Are you sure you did your testing offline without a working network connection (aboslutely required to test for offline viewing).

    For one thing, it would seem to me that if the hypertext links were to work offline, they <must> be re-written to point to the offline location and I can't see how a simple "SaveAs" does that.

    Another way to check is to inspect the page sourcecode. So, for example if you downloaded three pages which should link to each other but renamed as Book1.htm, Book2.htm and Book3.htm, open up one of the pages and search for the name of another. For example with pages renamed this way,

    - Open Book2.htm with your text editor (eg Kwrite).
    - Do a "Find..." and enter text strings "Book1" or "Book2" -- Since these pages are flat HTML, any link <must> include the name of any other location in the hypertext link code and be clearly visible in the text editor.

    Am I missing something?

    Dumb and Dumber,
    Tony

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    On 03/21/2011 11:36 PM, tsu2 wrote:
    > Are you sure you did your testing offline without a working network
    > connection (aboslutely required to test for offline viewing).


    no, actually i didn't try that..

    and, yes i was speaking of the links at the top of the page..
    so, if they don't work while off line then is not 'perfect' as i had
    claimed....

    > For one thing, it would seem to me that if the hypertext links were to
    > work offline, they<must> be re-written to point to the offline location
    > and I can't see how a simple "SaveAs" does that.


    you may be right....frankly, i don't want to unhook from the web to
    find out....if you say FF is too dumb to make those changes, i believe
    you..

    i know there _was_ an OS/2 program which would fetch htm/html code and
    automatically rework the links to be off-line readable..

    and, (i'm having flash backs...have you and i discussed this before) i
    think wget can be set with command line switches to the do the same
    thing..

    BUT, i just look at the source and i very much doubt that wget has
    been 'taught' how to rewire the links in that perverted code (save as
    any page and look in the new directory named Book1_files (or however
    you elect to name the .htm

    what a mess..

    i suspect my Indian doctor will come back and complain that it didn't
    work so well at home (off-line), after all..

    > Am I missing something?


    nope....you nailed it.

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