Playing Favorites

by Daniel & Sally Grotta

Gaige WebSpace
Rating 86

If you use the internet for research, be ready to quickly outgrow Internet Explorer’s and Netscape Navigator’s cumbersome Favorites list. An information management program can do a better job of organizing all the Web sites and information found, so it can all be accessed again easily when needed. The concept is so simple that it’s easy not realize the tremendous value of such a program, until you start using one. Giage WebSpace ($99, limited-time free download) is a Web browser based on Internet Explorer that quickly fits into the way you already work, making organizing research easier and more natural.

WebSpace looks like almost any other browser. Setup is wizard driven, and can include automatic importing of your Favorites from both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. You can define separate WebSpaces so that if more than one person uses a computer, each individual can have his or her own WebSpace.

The Organizer panel to the left of the browser’s main window is the heart of WebSpace. This is where you save and organize anything you find on the Internet ­ sites, pictures, search results ­ and block selected text, etc.

WebSpace’s hierarchy doesn’t require folders (though it can use them). Instead, any object or link can have sub-objects or links. For example, you can save contact information under the link to a company’s Web page.

You can also place any item in several locations, linking it to related information for specific projects. Any edit made to a linked object is applied to all other instances of the object or listing.

You can also open a Windows Explorer panel onto the WebSpace screen, which allows you to drag and drop links to documents into the Organizer. Any item or group of items can be sent via e-mail in HTML format, using the right mouse button menu.

WebSpace delivers streamlined organization and access with minimal mouse clicks. Once you use it, you’ll wonder how you ever functioned well without it.

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.
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