Choose SurfSaver if you need to save Web pages for reference
- By John Breeden II
- Jul 13, 1998
Pros and cons:
+ Easy to use
+ Powerful enough for professional use
+ Competent search tool
Works only with Microsoft Internet
PC running Microsoft Internet Explorer
A problem with the Internet is that there is no guarantee that the information you
tapped into one day will be in the same spot the next.
SurfSaver from AskSam Systems Inc. satisfies the need to control and capture enormous
amounts of information on the Web. It takes about 10 minutes to master the products
features and begin building a personal database of topical Web pages.
Once SurfSaver is installed, the program attaches itself to your computers
browser. It works only with Microsoft Internet Explorer, though AskSam plans to release a
Netscape Navigator version next month.
Its a simple program. If you come across a page of Web data that you want to
keep, you click the right mouse button to activate SurfSaver and save the page in the
exact format it appears in. The program accurately saves graphics, frames and hypertext
links in a folder you create on your PCs hard drive.
The hypertext links remain active in the stored version, so clicking on the links when
you retrieve the page will take you to the proper location. Basically, SurfSaver lets you
create a personal Internet of relevant pages on your hard drive.
Unlike on the Internet, your personal Web pages in the SurfSaver database are frozen in
time. Theres no need to print interesting pages and keep paper
records. SurfSaver lets users set up an unlimited number of folders within the
Youre undoubtedly thinking, Wont this application suck up hard drive space
as more and more pages are saved?
Thats not a big problem. The program requires 2.5M. I created a test folder and
stowed more than 400 Web pages, which only took up another 12M.
But if space on your hard drive is at a premium, you can program SurfSaver to ignore
graphics and save only text.
SurfSaver also has a full-text search engine that lets users look for keywords in the
The search can target a single folder or the entire database. Multiple folder searches
took only a few seconds, even when the folders were brimming with pages.
The program lets you access and make use of the pages. You can attach a single-page or
multiple-folder e-mail message and send the archived data to other users running
SurfSaver. SurfSaver is inexpensive at $29.95 and available directly via the
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.