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Our sales people carry iPads and they need to demo our web site to customers. The challenge is that the sales people are often on airplanes, conference floors, and other spaces where connectivity is poor or non-existent.

So I'm looking for ideas on how to demo a web site with no internet connection. I can certainly do Keynote slides, but I'd like something more interactive, even if it's a very limited demo.

Any recommendations are welcome.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Hi JimBeveridge,

There are ton of offline web browser apps available.  Googling will pull them up and you can go from there.

Searching the App Store from my iPad pulls up Offline Pages Pro as the featured app for this...

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/offline-pages-offline-web/id364859644?mt=8
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by:JimBeveridge
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Jason1178,

Thank you so much for your recommendation. The problem I'm facing is that our web site is interactive. If it were just a set of static pages, then there'd be no issue. I need to be able to enter data on a form and then have the next page come up when I hit submit.

Looking at Offline Pages Pro, it appears to just cache static pages and then bring them up at a later time. As near as I can tell from the web page, this doesn't meet the "interactive" part of my requirements?
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Jason C. Levine earned 500 total points
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To be fair, you didn't say the demo was to be form-response based :)

But even so, you can still do it with something like Offline Pages it will just take a bit more effort on your part.  You should be able to create a clickable model with linked images instead of form buttons.  Prepopulate the form fields with mock data and do the demo that way...

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by:JimBeveridge
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Mea culpa about the form :-)

Your solution is a great idea and should work well for me. Thanks.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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You're welcome.  Unfortunately, there is not an app that mimics a server for iPads so true dynamic demos would have to be coded as an App.

Good luck, hope it goes well for you.
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