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SurfSaver 6.1

SurfSaver, from askSam Systems, does just two things, which sets it apart in this age of do-it-all PC search tools. First, when you right-click on a Web page, SurfSaver lets you save the page to a folder of your choice. Second, you can search all SurfSaver folders for matches to your terms.

It sounds simple and easy, and just about everything about SurfSaver 6.1, from its quick, simple installation to its clean implementation as a sidebar in Internet Explorer, supports that impression.

Users of SurfSaver 6.0 may not find the upgrade to 6.1 worthwhile, even though the upgrade is free. However, for $9.95 users of earlier versions may appreciate the improved user interface and the ease by which you can create folders from the SurfSaver’s toolbar and organize saved pages into folders.

The downside is that in the eight years since SurfSaver 1.0 first appeared, the program has grown a tad long in the tooth. My evaluation of the program surfaced a number of inconveniences that ranged from small to larger. Examples:s

  • It's not a Microsoft world anymore, but Internet Explorer 5.5 and above is still the only browser that SurfSaver integrates with -- no Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox, or Opera.
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