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Part: 4 Specialized Search Engines > Web Searcher's Toolkit

Appendix D. Web Searcher's Toolkit

Toolkit at a Glance

Categories of tools for Windows users:

  • Screen and Web site capture

  • Download tools

  • File compression and extraction

  • Fast browser and tools

  • Convenience tools

  • Multimedia players, editors, and tools

  • Sound-related tools

  • Image-related tools

  • Security and encryption

Categories of tools for Mac users:

  • Screen and Web site capture

  • Download tools

  • File compression and extraction

  • Sherlock companions

  • Sound-related tools

  • Image-related tools

  • Security and encryption


Whether it's an article, a file, or an image, getting the information you want online can be a major challenge. Fortunately, there are many software tools that can either make the task easier or help you work with the information once you've saved it to disk.

For example, a program like Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) can boost your download speed by as much as 300 percent. How? By cleverly searching the Net for copies of the target file and then downloading pieces of it simultaneously from several different sites.

Another program called Webforia lets you “clip” and save complete Web pages with fully functional hyperlinks. You can then organize them into a “library” that you can search by keyword. You can also assemble the Web pages into a report, add content of your own, and send the results as a single file to colleagues and co-workers for viewing with their Web browsers. No need for them to go online.


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