Related link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/plucker/
I used to think that AvantGo on my Treo was pretty keen, if troubled. Imagine my happy surprise when I tried Plucker. Plucker, like AvantGo, is an offline web reader for a Palm based pda. It reads and processes the websites you want to browse offline and presents them to you in a palmish way on your PDA.
It really is a remarkable tool. I spend altogether too much time on planes, so it is very handy for me to be able to read, for instance, O’Reilly network articles on my PDA when waiting in one of the many lines that typify travel in america today.
AvantGo has some subtle annoyances…and not what you are thinking either…I’m not really bothered by ads, but avantgo allows some ads that are larger than the screen so you have to restart the app to get an ad small enough to pass on a 160×160 screen like the treo has. Also, the Avant Go program is always going to its home server…which is odd as I thought it was all offline storage. It makes me nervous when programs call home, and avantgo seems to work when I shut off the wireless networking on the phone, so I don’t know what is up with that. Also, avantgo costs money if you want a feed larger than 2mbs. I have no similar restriction from plucker. I can use as much or as little as I want. I’m cheap I guess.
Plucker allows for some very nice configurability, allowing you to chose how deep you want it to spider your favorite sites, whether or not you want images, if you want the data stored in main ram or on an addon card, etc, etc…. the only way that avantgo surpasses it is in the way that avantgo can update on the pda itself via the gprs tcp-ip connection, but that is almost not worth doing.
Plucker isn’t perfect, it doesn’t understand the Treos 5 way pad, and its interface isn’t perfect, but it gets the information to you, and that is what matters. Anyhow, for those of you with groovy palm based pdas, you should really check out plucker.
Plucker, Plucker, Plucker