Firefox ScrapBook: my locally hosted Internet!

One of the most useful Firefox plug-ins I’ve ever installed and used is ScrapBook. This plug-in is like an extension to the well-known “Bookmarks” mechanism, with the added bonus that, instead on not only saving/storing the URL address of a someday-might-prove-useful web page, it can save locally the whole page (images included), a snippet of it, or even a whole site!

Its main purpose is to organize these pages into virtual sub-folders, enabling the user to use them for her research or refer to them when there is a need to, and, additionally, (a) search all of them, in full text (featuring a local search engine), (b) comment on them, or even (c) edit them in order to remove unwanted stuff.

ScrapBook is an indispensable tool for researchers and casual users alike and I think it should be a part of Firefox distribution.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to store locally the pages you ‘ve found useful, or if you don’t use Firefox (there is no excuse for that… you SHOULD), there is an on-line alternative solution from Google, Google Notebook.

You must have a Google account to use this service (who doesn’t have one these days?) and once enabled, it acts the same way as ScrapBook, except that it saves the pages (or their snippets) to Google’s servers instead of the local disk, so they are available from everywhere, provided that you have an internet connection and a browser (and you remember your password of course).

Generally, I use both of them, each one for slightly different purposes of my research habits.


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