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Old 31-10-2014, 03:56   #1
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Offline version of the cruisers wiki

Hi all,

I just built an offline version of the cruising and sailing wiki.

I have uploaded it to filehosting.org and the link to download it is here:

filehosting.org | Download | cruiserswiki.zim

The file will stick around for about 3 weeks minimum, or about 20 days after the last download. It's about a 1.1GB download including all of the images, so make sure it's something you download before you go anywhere rather than trying to do so at sea.

In order to use it, you need an offline ZIM viewer, these are about for the Android and iPad type platforms. The one that I have been using is called kiwix, it gets pretty good reviews. Do a search for kiwix in the android or ipad app stores, it should be there. No doubt you'll need some kind of external storage such as a micro SD card. kiwix has windows, Mac and Linux versions as well.

I've loaded a copy on to my samsung tablet and it seems pretty good so far. There are a few formatting issues but most of the information is there just like in a web browser.

I'll try to update the offline copy at regular intervals if people find a use for it.

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Old 31-10-2014, 20:43   #2
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Re: Offline version of the cruisers wiki

Can you explain what it is and what it does
for us luddites?

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Re: Offline version of the cruisers wiki

There is a link that looks like this at the top of each page here.

Here is the direct link.


World Cruising and Sailing Wiki - a Cruising Guide on the World Cruising and Sailing Wiki
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Hmmm. I've never seen that. The link just looks
like another ad to me.

Not to be critical, but is it new? Because there's
not much information for where I sail (Salish Sea).
Or am I missing something?

Thanks for the explanation.
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Re: Offline version of the cruisers wiki

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Hmmm. I've never seen that. The link just looks
like another ad to me.

Not to be critical, but is it new? Because there's
not much information for where I sail (Salish Sea).
Or am I missing something?

Thanks for the explanation.
The way wikis usually work is that they are 'crowd sourced'. In other words, the contributions are by members. If you have local knowledge of the Salish Sea, perhaps you can add some editorial there?
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Re: Offline version of the cruisers wiki

To add to what abv3 said.

The cruisers wiki is a user contributed web site so anyone can contribute. It's just a matter of registering for an account and jumping in to edit pages. Accounts have to be approved by a moderator so be patient while one of the admins allows you in.

We are quite a bit short of information on the west and east coasts of the Americas in particular so any information you can provide about the Salish Sea would be useful. I cruise in Australia, the South Pacific and SE Asia and so I don't know anything about it myself. There are probably some pages that you can expand on, if you need any tips or help then I'm happy to guide you through the process of creating and editing pages. Either PM me here or reply via this thread and I'll see what I can do.

Some parts of the wiki are as good as some of the pilots now with all of the information provided by members -- in particular Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, some parts of Australia and parts of the South Pacific. The information in the pages on Samoa and Rarotonga as well as parts of French Polynesia are as good as any of the cruising guides you might purchase, and it's all been contributed by people who have been there, cruise there or in some cases live there. For other parts of the world, as you pointed out the west coast of Canada and down through the USA and Mexico as well, we really need a few more contributors to add to the information that we have.

The offline version of the wiki, although it's a big file and needs some time to download, is a copy that you can take with you. You can load it up on a PC or laptop, or stick it on a SD card and put it into an Android tablet with a copy of Kiwix and then you don't need an internet connection to read it. That's useful if you need to look up things like the email address of harbour masters and/or customs advance notification addresses while you're on passage.

We're working on some more changes and improvements over time. We just rebuilt the home page so you can click on an area and follow that through to countries and ports listed in that area. We're adding some other non-country specific stuff such as guides on engine maintenance, battery charging, etc.
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Re: Offline version of the cruisers wiki

Hi all,

I created a new copy after optimising the images, which brought the file size down to about 850MB.

filehosting.org | Download | cruiserswiki.zim

I'm reluctant to do one without images -- a lot of the images are things like marina plans, pilot charts, etc, and would be useful to have even if they take up space.
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Any updates? How do you create these files?
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