I first learned of URL
Manager's existence from Guy Kawasaki's MacWay list-- he
mentioned it as one of his favorite programs-- and I've come to find
it exceptionally useful, too. Why might you need a program to manage
URLs when most web browsers have a facility for keeping bookmarks? I
can think of a few reasons: hierarchical menus quickly become
unwieldy, they cannot easily be searched, and adding bookmarks to
particular locations isn't easy. But URL Manager Pro does much more
than that. There are many, many URL organizing programs available,
but this is one of the best, most reasonably priced, and most stable.
Alco Blom adds features at a breathtaking pace. Here are some of the
unique features of the program:
- Using Peter Lewis's
Config, URL Manager manages all of your internet apps by means
of application dock (which can be hidden); double-clicking on a
bookmark automatically launches the app associated with that URL,
and bookmarks can also be dragged onto an application's icon.
- You can drop any text file on URL Manager, and the program
will extract all the URLs from it and make bookmarks. Bookmarks
can be imported from and exported to your browser or can be
exported as regular HTML.
- URL Manager integrates with Netscape by adding
menu to Netscape's; the contents of a URL Manager bookmark
folder can be displayed in the Netscape menu
as if they
were Netscape bookmarks. Adding a bookmark to URL Manager from
within Netscape is as easy as pressing command-K.
- URL Manager fully implements Macintosh drag-and-drop: with a
URL Manager window oriented vertically on the right side of my
screen, it is easy to drag a bookmark into a
message window .
- URL Manager can
keep track of the last 100 sites that you've visited.
- In its convenient
menu, URL Manager gives you convenient access to well-known web
search services (Yahoo, Lycos, Altavista ...), but also to your
home page (which you set in Internet Config), Info-Mac, and
Apple's tech info library.
- It is extremely easy to find a URL among many: hit command-F,
type in the first few letters, and hit return for "OK." Command-G
performs "Find again." Any list of URLs works in precisely the
same manner as the Finder's "list by name" view.
- URL Manager comes with control strip module giving you access
to some of the sites listed on the Explore menu and to your home
URL Manager Pro requires 450K of RAM and approximately 300K of
disk space (in addition to bookmark files). URL Manager Pro costs
$25; there is also a version simply called URL Manager $15 ($10 for
education customers) which omits the menu sharing features with