As they say, you’re SOL; surely out of luck. Fortunately, parts of the internet can travel with you and function reasonably without an internet connection. Take Wikipedia. It’s not Google, but Wikipedia is a quick and easy online source for information. If you travel frequently and don’t have a way to connect to the internet, Wikipedia can still be available via a Mac app that downloads the whole kit and caboodle– all of Wikipedia comes to your Mac.
Is This Nuts? Or, Smart?
Talk about the mother of all cache files. Wiki Offline is Wikipedia on your Mac. All of Wikipedia.
Wiki Offline is a Mac app that downloads all of Wikipedia’s entries (limited number of languages) and stores the whole mess, the entire 3GB database, right on your Mac.
Who needs the internet when the internet comes to you. At least, the Wikipedia part of the internet.
How does it work? Wiki Offline is a Mac app. The first order of business is for Wiki Offline to download Wikipedia to your Mac. It may take awhile. The Wikipedia database is large, but once it’s downloaded, access is blazingly fast.
The only negative is that Wiki Offline doesn’t include all tables and photos in the original download, but the data you want is there.
For the most part, Wiki Offline looks and behaves like Wikipedia in Safari, or any app that purports to be the front end to Wikipedia.
If you’re online while using Wiki Offline, tables and photos can be downloaded in each article.
What you get is Wikipedia. Offline. Hence, Wiki Offline.
Unlike some Mac apps that act as a front end to Wikipedia, Wiki Offline gives you control over fonts, bookmarks, and search options.
Why would you need to carry Wiki Offline with you, and use up 3GB of precious disk space on your Mac?
First, there’s not always an internet connection at the airport bar and grill. Having Wiki Offline with you on a Mac means you can be the judge to settle arguments.