As important bookmarks and favorites are, both Netscape and Microsoft offer wimpy "solutions" for saving the location of web pages you'd like to revisit. There are numerous add-on programs that extend bookmark functionality, but I've never found one that really worked the way I wanted it to -- until now.
Cogitum Co-Citer is an elegantly simple, but very powerful application that's an admirable replacement for Internet Explorer's Favorites. It works like a bookmark manager, in that it stores the title and URL of pages you want to find again. But it goes beyond that, by allowing you to highlight and save relevant text from the page, and annotate the listing with your own notes.
It's easy -- simply highlight text, right-click and select "Grab Selected Text" and then click OK in the small confirmation pop-up window. The program automatically captures the text, the page title and URL, and any notes you care to make. The program is integrated with the Internet Explorer browser, so unlike many other bookmark managers that must run in tandem with your browser, it's essentially invisible until you need it.
Citations are stored in a folder-like database, allowing you to easily organize the information you capture into "collections." You can store a citation in an existing collection, or create a new one on the fly when you save the data.
Once a text from a web page has been grabbed, you can:
- Follow the link associated with the grabbed text just by clicking on it
- Import/export collections to work with them at other computers, to split a large collection into smaller ones, or to combine small collections into a larger one
- Publish the collection as a Web page
- Send the collection by email
- Control how the grabbed texts and information are displayed
- Search the collection
- Print texts from a collection
- Delete grabbed texts from the collection
One feature that's missing is the ability to preserve hyperlinks in grabbed text. Although hyperlink anchor text is grabbed, you'll have to revisit the page to launch the underlying URLs.
Admittedly, Co-Citer is simpler than many other bookmark managers, but this simplicity is also a strength. If you're looking for a bookmark manager that extends the pathetic capabilities built into your browser, but isn't a heavy-duty program in its own right, Co-Citer may be just what you're looking for.
Cogitum Co-Citer is freeware. It runs under Windows 95/98/2000/NT and requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. Note to Mac users: I'm not aware of a similar product for the Macintosh.
Bookmarks: Our Unruly, Unmanageable Friends
In search of a better way to organize and utilize her massive collection of bookmarks, Sheri Lanza tests out several options, including URL Manager 2000, Powermarks 3.5, and URL Organizer 2, to see if any are worth the switch from Internet Explorer's built-in bookmark utility. From the March 2001 issue of Searcher Magazine.
A Bookmark Manager Roundup
An overview of the features and advanced capabilities you should look for in a bookmark manager, with reviews of five programs. From the September 1999 issue of Online Magazine.
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