Wikipedia & Linterweb

20 April 2011

Okawix for Android, iPhone and iPad: Beta Testers no more needed!

Filed under: news,okawix — Matthieu @ 16:24

A few weeks ago we wrote an article explaining that we needed beta testers for the beta version for Android, iPhone and iPad of our offline Wikipedia browser, Okawix.

Many happy owners of Android, iPad or iPhone devices offered to help, and we are very grateful to them. Thank you very much!
Sadly things didn”t turn out the way we expected, and we had to give up this idea :-( The main reason is that it was not really possible to set up the beta test for the iPad and iPhone version: if we we want to test our application, we must first make it available on the Apple store; but Apple doesn”t accept beta versions on its Apple Store… A bit hard to understand. How can we improve the software and correct the bugs if we can”t have beta testers to use it? Well, there”s something I can”t really understand… I think something is wrong with their policy. I understand the will of Apple to ensure to their users the best possible quality. But then they should find a way to offer the possibility to test beta versions…

Anyway… We are sorry for all those who were happy to help, thanks again. I hope there will be other opportunities. As for the beta tests, we won”t make any public beta test, we”re just going to test it by ourselves. Still the release of the Android version should come pretty soon. I hope you”ll try it, and that you”ll like it. As for the iPad and iPhone version, you”ll have to wait a bit longer.

Take care :-) Matthieu.

P.S.: Well, eventually, you”ll find an pre-(unofficial)-version of the Android version on the Android Market at the following address: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.linterweb.lecteur. It”s not yet the official online casinos public realease, it”s just for you, as an avant-première! :-)

Linterweb is a web company that, for now several years, has been developing various Wikipedia oriented programs, including:

  • Wikiwix, a semantic web search engine that gives only results out of the databases of the Wikimedia Foundation projects; My Wikiwix, your own search engine for your own website; wikiwix.mobi, a mobile version of Wikiwix;
  • Okawix, the offline Wikipedia browser free of copyrights and free of charge that allows you to read offline the articles of the various Wikimedia Foundation projects, as well as archives of your own website;
  • a DVD of around 2000 articles from the English speaking Wikipedia; a USB flash drive that contains the version 0.7 of the English speaking Wikipedia;
  • a program that archives the external web pages of the Wikipedia articles (that is, the web pages outside Wikipedia but linked from a Wikipedia article), so that their content remains available and that those external links don’t get broken; this program is used automatically, in particular, for all external links of the French speaking Wikipedia.
Android version of Okawix - French speaking Wikinews Main page

Android version of Okawix - French speaking Wikinews Main page

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2 Comments »

  1. I am not an apple developer, but was under the impression that there was a way to distribute in an enterprise scenario or beta scenario without using the Apple Store as a delivery mechanism.

    This open source project I came across appears to support that understanding with pointer to Apple developer documentation on the scenario:

    http://hockeykit.net/

    Hope you find this useful, and helps overcome the challenge in getting out an IOS based solution.

    -Frank

    Comment by Frank — 21 April 2011 @ 5:08

  2. Hi Frank, thanks for the tip, we’re going to have a look at the link. Cheers :-) Matthieu.

    Comment by Matthieu — 21 April 2011 @ 18:16

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