I believe I've found a few programs that offer what you're looking
MetaProducts (http://www.metaproducts.com/) offers its Offline
Explorer program which I find great for downloading and archiving
sites for offline viewing.
From their site:
"MetaProducts Offline Explorer (OE) is a Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP
program that allows you to download an unlimited number of your
favorite Web and FTP sites for later offline viewing, editing or
(HTTPS, RTSP and MMS downloads are supported in Offline Explorer Pro
OE also has many web development features that will allow you to
easily edit, view or browse your downloaded Web pages (OE has a
built-in internal browser.) One of OE strengths is to allow you to
select (include or exclude) individual servers, directories, and files
using keywords. "
Offline Explorer Pro offers many more advanced features can can be
found at http://www.metaproducts.com/mp/mpProducts_Detail.asp?id=2.
Both of these programs are free to try and can be downloaded from the
URL's above, but if you like them Offline Explorer will cost you $30
while the Pro version comes in at $50.
I've had many friends tell me that Teleport Pro
(http://www.tenmax.com/teleport/pro/home.htm) is the best thing since
sliced bread, and judging from all the awards it's received, they just
might be right! I'm pretty sure it'll do everything you want, but
you'll want to check out the site and it's features list
(http://www.tenmax.com/teleport/pro/features.htm) just to be sure.
Teleport Pro has a free evaluation version if you're interested in
trying it out, and costs $39.95 to buy if you like it.
Next up is WebCopier (http://www.maximumsoft.com/)
"WebCopier is a powerful offline browser that records websites and
stores them locally until you are ready to view them." I believe that
this program satisfies all your above requirements and even incudes
the ability to be skinned so you can customize the look and feel of
the program even further. WebCopier is a shareware program, but the
author asks that if you use it for 30+ days to register it for $30 US.
There are quite a few other programs that basically do the same thing:
WebZIP Offline Browser (http://www.spidersoft.com/webzip/default.asp)
"WebZIP lets you download web pages or entire Web sites and save them
onto your hard drive for much faster offline browsing or as an archive
of your favourite sites. WebZIP lets you save all pages, images,
sounds and other media types directly onto your hard disk."
Cost: $39.95 for minor version upgrades, $59.95 for unlimited lifetime
HTTrack Website Copier (http://www.httrack.com/index.php)
"HTTrack is a free (open source) and easy-to-use offline browser
It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a
local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML,
images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack
arranges the original site's relative link-structure. Simply open a
page of the "mirrored" website in your browser, and you can browse the
site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can
also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted
downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help
Hope that's what you're looking for! If not, please feel free to ask
Search terms used:
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Request for Answer Clarification by
10 Aug 2002 06:40 PDT
Thanks for the prompt response. Your suggestions (all good ones,
thanks) focus primarily on downloading/ripping full web sites. I was a
looking more for programs that allow me to save/org/read individual
pages and specific selections within the single pages (ie, images,
paragraphs, sentencesetc), as opposed to downloading the web site.
Perhaps a good analogy is I'd rather have the felxibility of "copy and
paste" than "save the document", a subtle but significant difference
for me. For example, two others I am considering are Content Save
Professional http://www.macropool.com/en/index.html and Enotebook
Clarification of Answer by
10 Aug 2002 14:23 PDT
Net Snippets (http://www.4dev.com/ns/) appears to have the copy and
paste features that you'll looking for, along with your other
requirements above. The only problem is though, is that it requires IE
"Integrated into the browser, Net Snippets provides users for the
first time with tools to clip, annotate, edit and manage information
found on the web without leaving the comfort of their favorite browser
Selected information can be edited using familiar editing tools. For
every Snippet the program automatically saves and generates source
information including source URL, date and time and allows insertion
of user comments.
Managing information with Net Snippets is simple and intuitive. Users
create, move, rename and re-organize their own hierarchy of folders.
The Snippets are saved locally on the user's computer and can be
viewed or browsed through easily from within the browser's interface.
iBee (http://www.justdosoft.com/iBee/Default.asp) has many of the same
features as Net Snippets, but unfortunately also requires IE 5+.
You might also be interested in Keepoint
" kee<p>oint 1.0 is a Web Information Management tool, which allows
you to do all your information gathering, processing and management
while you browse, without ever leaving your browser. With kee<p>oint
1.0, you can not only save the web contents with a single mouse click,
but also assign keywords to them, annotate/highlight text on them,
send the annotated pages by email or extract and save only the
necessary information from a web page. It also automatically sorts and
organizes your web research results, which are easily accessible in
time and content sorted order or for search by keywords etc."
...but like the others I've listed here it also requires IE. From what
I've seen so far, it seems that programs with this functionality that
don't require IE just don't exist. If I do manage to uncover one I'll
be sure to post it here.
I hope these programs are what you're looking for this time, if not
you know where to find me =)