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URL Organizer 2

Type of Program: Browser assistant
Supported Platforms: Windows 9x/NT 4
Author's Name: Edward Leigh
Version: 2.3
Price: $20
Installed Size: 500K


When you surf, how do you remember the addresses (URLs) of the sites you like? Do you use Netscape Navigator's bookmarks, Internet Explorer's favorites, or Opera's hotlist? Do you use more than one browser? How do you organize them? What if you wanted to make notes like log-in names and passwords? What about making a back-up of this data, in case you system goes belly up?

Now, there are numerous ways you can solve these problems, and the way I do it is to use URL Organizer. I class myself as a bit of a hoarder, when I get something, I find it very hard to let it go, as you never know when it might come in useful. This, of course, goes for web sites. I currently have nearly two hundred URLs stored - can imagine how hard this would be to organize with Navigator's bookmarks? I shudder at the thought.

URL Organizer uses a 3 level hierarchy. So, for example, you could have a "Computing" group, which has a sub-category called "Software", and finally a URL for SharewareJunkies. If you only have a few addresses, then this may sound long-winded - but when you have 100s of sites listed it makes things a lot easier. I doubt if anyone will get anywhere near the 100,000 URLs the program can store (10 collections, of up to 10,000 URLs). Thankfully, there's a search option.

The program can be used with multiple browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera). It can even import your existing addresses, so no having to re-enter the information if you want to swap browser. Visually, the program can best be described as "functional". There are three different modes of operation Compact (takes very little screen space, handy to have it set as always on top), Regular (bigger, gives more information like URL, and when the site was visited) and finally Organizer (similar in size to Regular, but this is where you add and edit the site's details).

Right, that's the description done. But, I hear you say, what is it like to use? I've been using it for a couple of months now, and I'd be lost with out it. There's a few things I'd change, but I suppose you could say that about any program. No, I can't complain, it does what it is supposed to do, and it does it well.

So, who needs it? If you a web surfing power user, or use more than one browser, then I recommend this program. However, if you're not, it might be more than you need.

Performance - it does what it is designed to do, and does it well.
User Friendly - pretty obvious how to use it, and has a good help file.
Cost - $20 to sort out your surfing, a bargain in my book.
Ease of Installation - not the best install, but functional
Support - good web site
Reviewed by Mike Hathaway
Payment Method: Online

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