I'm really glad to have found this site and forum. So much really useful stuff has been learned in the short time I have joined the PB-owning populace. The one thing I would like to be able to do is create & edit web pages.
1. Is there an HTML editor for PB there that will allow me to create web pages offline? That is, I don't want to have to log in to a remote server to pull up pages; I want to just edit & run the pages without having to connect to the Internet. I have a few sites that I have made and would love to be able to use the PB to modify and store them independently from my PC. I use NoteTab Lite on the PC and don't know if there is a similar (even if a cut-down) package available for PB. I don't necessarily need an FTP client package, as I can copy finished pages to my PC.
2. NoteTab also allows me to test those HTML pages offline by running them in Internet Explorer. Can I do something similar on the PB?
3. How do I create file folders in the PB to store these HTML documents?
4. Is it possible to connect a memory stick to t#a PB, to act as an external drive? If so, this o#would presumably be done via the micro-USB port.
Later, I may even post more articulate questions/comments. Thanks for the site.
- 01-02-13, 12:54 PM #2
I'll tackle one or two of the questions.
NO external usb support from the usb port. We all hope Rim will provide usb-otg eventually.
You can create folders on the pb. Either connected to Win/Mac and use their Explorer type programs to navigate to the pb as a Drive and then peruse the standard folders. You can add subfolders. The main program is that many of the pb's apps do not respect folders. So if you created subfolders under the "documents" folder, every file in the entire hierarchy will show in most apps. Some of the File Managers can help to some extent. And speaking of File Managers, some of them can also create subfolders. The one app on the pb that does deal reasonably with subfolders is the Pictures app. Subfolders show up as Albums, like birthday, summer vacation, etc.
At this time, I have no looked around for a full featured editor in a while. That was an app I wanted early on to edit html homepages for my pb.
Oh, and WELCOME
- 01-02-13, 01:02 PM #3
Re: HTML Editor
You may be one in a million there. Personally I don't want a HTML editor, even like notepad from Windows. Who really wants to code extensively on a PlayBook? For a start, the PlayBook keyboard is awkward for opening and closing tags. PlayBooks are really just an extension of computer tools to be honest, so let's keep programming and coding to ojr computers, eh?
- 01-02-13, 01:43 PM #4
I have the BlackBerry Bluetooth Mini-Keyboard and create and edit documents using the Syntax text editor when working with LaTeX, HTML, Python, among others. The virtual keyboard would not be as comfortable for extended keyboarding sessions in my experience but the remote keyboard feature of the BlackBerry smartphone via BlackBerry Bridge works in a pinch.
- 01-02-13, 01:55 PM #5
File Management: Files and Folders (manage file organization)
HTML Editor: Syntax Text Editor (colour highlighting of syntatic elements)
Web Server: Web Server (to test your web pages on the tablet)
Thanks very much, guys; both for the advice and the welcome.
I, too, have ordered a bluetooth keyboard. Having found myself unwittingly joining the train-travelling public following the sdeath of my car, I wanted to spend some of that time updating sites. It's the only level of Geek I have in me, so I'll check out BB9700CA's suggestions. I presume you refer to Syntax by Travis Redpath, Web Server from Jason Ernst and File and Folders from Innovatology? If they're good, I'd even be prepared to buy them. There's a shock.
- 01-03-13, 04:02 AM #10
Files & Folders = well worth getting. I don't remember how much it was, but I've never looked back since buying! Also, there's a free trial so give it a whirl!
Would love to hear people's views on Syntax - any experience from anyone here? @F2 - link is Buy Syntax - Download Syntax - Buy Apps from BlackBerry App World
Files & Folders cost me 3, as did Syntax. Both are very good.
As far as F&F is concerned, I think the Playbook should have something like that pre-installed. It is very user-friendly, just like using Windows Explorer.
When I get back home, I'll copy my html files over, organise the folders (courtesy of F&F) and get to work.
Until I get the files loaded, I'll not be able to see how well Web Server works. Still; that one was free so, if it's no good, I'll just remove it.
- 01-03-13, 08:55 AM #12
I use Files and Folders for my file management (creating folder structures, etc.), and Syntax for coding, then to test I just go to the browser and type in file:/// and navigate to the files I made (they start with accounts/1000/shared/ to get to the main PlayBook file system). This is nice, because I can see stuff as it would actually appear if I visited the site on my PlayBook, then I can just do a side-swipe and I'm editing again.
- 01-03-13, 05:18 PM #14
Another option that I've discovered for those into sideloading is WebMaster's HTML lite - Get the Latest Blackberry Playbook Business Apps | Good e-Reader Android APP Store - Playbook App Market
Seems plain but functional for some basic editing.
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While it does not feature syntax coloring, for quick updates straight on your site host you have RemoteDeFTP Pro, that allows you to connect via FTP and edit "in place", with versioning.
Can memorize various servers, with dedicated default paths for each.
An android port (and that's very visible on the interface) but very practical and fast, definitely -and also one of the very few actual FTP app that works on any PC / unix / linux server, indeed...
Dev is reactive and I understood he intends to port to BB10.
The syntax colouring is what makes Syntax stand out for me. I used it properly for the first time this morning. It's an excellent pice of kit. Brilliant recommendation brom BB9700CA - thanks for that. The only issue I have at the moment is that the BT keyboard hasn't arrived and using the touch screen keyboard loses half the viewing area. Still; I hope tha'll only be a short-term issue.
I played briefly with WebMaster HTML Lite but didn't get on with it at all. Syntax is a far more professional package. It's the little things like being able to highlight blocks of text, copy & paste, along with the previously mentioned syntax colouring that made using it a breeze.
The same applies to Files & Folders. Now I am using F&F all the time to organise files. It makes it so much easier, especially when I am editing the web pages. How these guys can sell these apps for only 3 is beyond me; they are real bargains.
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