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2019 Camino Guides

Can Gronze be downloaded to iBooks?

Camino(s) past & future
CF: September 2013 & April/ May 2014
CF: April/May 2016 CP Tui - SDC Feb 2018
#1
I saw reference to this possibility in another thread but am stumped as to how to do it on my iPhone. Perhaps I need to do it in my laptop. I assume only some parts can be downloaded not the site as such but I would appreciate any tech savvy advice.
Many thanks in advance.
 

evanlow

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances06
Primitivo07
Plata08
Norte12
Levante(14-15)
Vasco16
Mozarabe(16-17)
Madrid17
Portuguese18
#2
Tackle this backwards.
1. iBooks reads epub documents. Once you have this epub document you can email it to yourself with the attachment. On the iPhone open the attachment to iBooks.
2. Many ways to create an epub document. The easiest way is to create the document first in Microsoft Word. Google 'Word to epub' and you get lots of references on how to convert, via the web, with a program, etc...

Now the challenge is to get the content from Gronze to a Word document. Not so easy here. First the language. When you translate the page to English, it is not on the fly via Google Translate, not the original material in Gronze. Even if you don't mind and prefer Spanish, many modern websites are no longer static html/images, and Gronze is no exception. It has other services to generate the maps (for example), etc. One can't just use a tool to crawl through the site and download the content automatically.

That said, we could copy manually what we need onto a word document.
1. Copy the text manually from the desired page and paste it to Microsoft Word.
2. Screenshot and crop the images (maps, etc) and paste it to Microsoft Word.
3. Format it to your liking and you are ready to convert it to either epub or pdf to be loaded onto the phone.

Good luck.
 
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amancio

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
#3
It can be done, but it is an awkward, error prone, manual procedure. I did it myself for a 5 day tour in France and found that the file did not convert to PDF correctly and the result was pretty much useless. Gronze is an exceptionally valuable resource, it is free and lives on advertising, so it is a good idea to visit it often and make sure they make enough money to continue to be a free resource
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Inglés, Fisterra/Muxia, Baztanés x2, Primitivo, Norte, Portugués & hopefully many more.
#4
Another option might be to take screenshots of each page and store them as a photo album. You'll lose the functionality (especially for accommodation), but you'd have those useful visuals of daily distances and elevations.

FYI - the Eroski site has an option to download each guide as a pdf. If you do this and email the pdf to yourself, you can then open it in iBooks. To access the pdfs, select the imprime/print option on the right of the page.

Have you considered using one of the Camino apps, e.g. Buen Camino or Wise Pilgrim? Both are very good and can be used offline.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#5
FYI - the Eroski site has an option to download each guide as a pdf. If you do this and email the pdf to yourself, you can then open it in iBooks. To access the pdfs, select the imprime/print option on the right of the page.
I used the downloadable Eroski guides for the Via de la Plata and Sanabres. I think they are more useful than Gronze for route notes and historical information but Gronze is better on details of accommodation. Eroski have versions for other routes too. On this page: http://caminodesantiago.consumer.es/llevatela-al-camino/

The only problem with the Eroski guides is that they are only in Spanish. If that is an issue I found a workaround to produce a readable translation. Open the html version of the guide from the link above in Google Chrome and scroll all the way through it while Google Chrome makes a machine translation. Once that is done you can then "print" the translated version as a pdf file to be used as you like. Not perfect English but mostly quite understandable.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF: September 2013 & April/ May 2014
CF: April/May 2016 CP Tui - SDC Feb 2018
#6
Many thanks for all the useful suggestions and advice so far. This forum is such a wonderful resource. I will look at the Eroski site as an additional resource. I used Buen Camino & Wise Pilgrim apps for the Frances but overlooked Buen Camino this time. Thanks again to all
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#7
Many thanks for all the useful suggestions and advice so far. This forum is such a wonderful resource. I will look at the Eroski site as an additional resource. I used Buen Camino & Wise Pilgrim apps for the Frances but overlooked Buen Camino this time. Thanks again to all
As @Bradypus says, open the site you want in Google Chrome. It will automatically ask if you want it translated.
Scroll through the whole of the article otherwise you'll only get the bit you see in English.
Right click, change to "save as pdf" and there you go.
Google Chrome will CC Youtube videos in English if the original is in Spanish - almost in real time. There was a Spanish TV series on walking the Camino which was quite enjoyable!
 

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Camino(s) past & future
CF: September 2013 & April/ May 2014
CF: April/May 2016 CP Tui - SDC Feb 2018
#8
As @Bradypus says, open the site you want in Google Chrome. It will automatically ask if you want it translated.
Scroll through the whole of the article otherwise you'll only get the bit you see in English.
Right click, change to "save as pdf" and there you go.
Google Chrome will CC Youtube videos in English if the original is in Spanish - almost in real time. There was a Spanish TV series on walking the Camino which was quite enjoyable!
Many thanks Jeff, so simple! :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Vía de la Plata 2019
#9
YES gronze can be importen in iBooks on your iPhone.
Just go to the website, click on the ‘share’ icon and choose iBooks. It will make a pdf of the page and open it in iBooks automatically. You can do that wit all the pages you want to keep for offline use, and then put them all in one folder.
 


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