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Offline viewing of RapidAuthor plugin-free publications

Plugin-free RapidAuthor publications (parts catalogs, maintenance manuals, work instructions) can be viewed online or offline. To enable the offline viewing, some extra configuration might be required.

Offline viewing 
The Cortona3D Solo library downloads its components and interactive publications from external files. Due to the Web browsers security restrictions (See the Same origin policy article for more information), loading from a file system will fail with a security exception. 

There are several ways to solve this issue:

  1. Change security settings for local files in a browser (this allows you to access your page as file:///yourFile.html). More detailed information about settings is provided below.
  2. Run files from a local web server (this allows you to access your page as http://localhost/yourFile.html). A sample of a local web server can be provided on demand.
  3. Pack all data into one HTML file while publishing your project in RapidAuthor.

Changing the local files security settings in the web browsers

Edge

No settings are required.

Firefox

  1. In the address bar of Firefox, type:

about:config

  1. Find the parameter:

security.fileuri.strict_origin_policy

  1. Double-click on the parameter name to set its value to false:

 

Chrome

  1. Close all running Chrome instances first.

How to ensure that all instanced are closed (on Microsoft Windows):

  • Close the Chrome instances using the Windows Task Manager or
  • If you see a Chrome icon in the system tray, open its context menu and click 'Exit'.
  1. When all instances have been closed, start the Chrome executable with a command line flag:

chrome --allow-file-access-from-files

 

On Microsoft Windows this can be done in the following way:

Create a special shortcut icon which has added the flag given above (right-click on shortcut > properties > target):

chrome --allow-file-access-from-files

On Mac OSX this can be done in the following way:

open /Applications/Google\ Chrome.app --args --allow-file-access-from-files

 

Internet Explorer

Offline mode is supported only with local server – see option #2 described in the Offline viewing section above.

Safari

  1. Enable the Develop menu: choose Safari > Preferences, click Advanced, then select "Show Develop menu in menu bar".
  2. Choose Safari "Develop" menu, then select "Disable local file restrictions".

 

For further information please contact us at support@cortona3d.com