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Dazed And Confused

Is your browsing out of control? Here are some handy tools to get organized.

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This story appears in the January 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The Web is an evermore ungainly beast, with hundreds of millions of pages--and no obviously good way to store any of them, search them thoroughly or mark them with "sticky" notes. Now more specialty software creators are developing spiffy tools that make the Web both navigable and useful. Here's a roundup of the latest and greatest:

  • Webforia Organizer: Ever try to save a Web page to your hard drive? You can do it just by clicking "File," then "Save As"--but what you save will lack images and definitely won't be readily searchable. Webforia is the solution. Install it, and with a few mouse clicks, you can instantly capture and organize any part of any Web page--graphics, links and all. Webforia will also extract keywords and create readily searchable personal libraries to organize your Web research, so what you've saved from the Web actually becomes useful. A demo is free (purchase price $49.95) from http://www.webforia.com
  • ThirdVoice: It's easy enough to send a colleague a link to a Web site you think is worth checking out, but how do you also deliver your comments on specific sections? ThirdVoice software, a browser companion, is the tool. It allows you to easily create notes on any Web page, and by activating their copies of ThirdVoice, business associates can quickly observe your remarks. You can write notes so any ThirdVoice user can see them, or you can assemble private groups (say, employees or clients) who will be the only ones with access to your postings. Another big plus: ThirdVoice can be tweaked so it remembers those many forgettable passwords you've created for all manner of Web sites, from Web-based e-mail providers to your credit card companies. ThirdVoice is a freebie, from http://www.thirdvoice.com

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