I first learned of WebQuick's existence through Don Crabb's column in MacWeek; he considers it to be the one "must-have" internet utility. WebQuick is being developed by Europa Software, which was formed by the Now Utilities 5.0 development team. I quickly downloaded it from Europa Software's site. After using it for only two days, I have to agree that it is very, very useful. Like CyberFinder, it too comes in the form of an extension that integrates the utility into the Mac's interface (but not just the Finder). However, WebQuick is more like a URL Manager Pro which is always running and is always available in any application through a menu icon, automatically keeping track of sites you've visited, facilitating the categorization of those sites into what are called "topics," and allowing you to go to any of these places with merely a wave of your finger. It also appends its menu items to those of the pop-up menu in your favorite web browser. People familiar with Now Menus 4 and 5 will instantly see resemblances. Because of its greater integration into the Mac's interface, WebQuick is easier to use than URL Manager Pro, but this comes at the expense of some RAM (256K to 500K) and compatibility (I quickly discovered that pulling down the WebQuick menu in Eudora Pro 3 causes an "unknown mailbox" error). Unlike URL Manager Pro and CyberFinder, it is exclusively web-oriented: it will not store URLs for ftp sites, e-mail addresses, gopher locations, etc.
How it works:
As mentioned before, WebQuick installs a menu instantly available from any application. The program will automatically track all of your activities on the WorldWideWeb without any intervention required on your part.
The WebQuick menu is divided into different sections: there is a "a recent web pages" submenu which lists up to 1000 sites or "pagemarks" visited by you (this number is specified by you in the "Preferences." Like URL Manager Pro, WebQuick provides you with a certain number of permanent pagemarks, for searches, guides, computing, people lookup, etc. The next section specifies, depending on what you choose in the preferences, "Topics" or "Sites."
WebQuick is indeed a very useful utility-- one that makes the cataloguing of bookmarks easier than with any other program. It is available for a short time for $19 directly from Europa Software. I'm still not sure that it's a "must-have," however. For one, it currently has a significant disadvantage: it cannot import Netscape bookmarks, so that its "topics" list must be constructed from scratch. The designers say that this feature is high on their list to be implemented. Secondly, WebQuick, as the name indicates, is only oriented toward the web, and thus ignores ftp and telnet (the two most significant omission in my opinion). If these shortcomings seem serious to you, yet you still the tight integration offered by an extension, I would recommend Aladdin's CyberFinder. I remain partial to URL Manager Pro because of its more general abilities and lower risk of causing system crashes through conflicts.