Local Website Archive easily saves the pages you need most
When carrying out research online you may often find important pages that you’d like to save, and of course you might do this by simply clicking File > Save from your browser. The results can be a little messy, though, with files and folders scattered everywhere, and reviewing the pages later might be difficult.
Local Website Archive tries to help by storing the pages for you. There’s no need to worry about file names or folders -- the program can handle all of that -- and when you’re done you’ll have a neatly presented archive of pages, which is far easier to browse and search.
The process starts in your browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera are supported). Just search the web as normal, and when you’ve found something interesting, switch to Local Website Archive and click Add. The program grabs the URL and name of the current page from the browser, and can then save it in the current archive in a couple of clicks.
If you’d like to get a little more organized, though, you can customise the website name, or have the page saved in a particular archive subfolder. And it’s also possible to add your own text notes to a saved page, perhaps useful as reminder of whatever content you found particularly interesting.
But even if you don’t go that far, what you’ll be left with is a convenient list of saved pages. These can be reviewed at any time in Local Website Archive’s internal browser (even if you’re offline). And the program’s search tool helps you scan all of these for the particular data you need.
If you’re reasonably disciplined then you could plainly do a lot of this with Windows alone. You might create a new folder for a specific research project, say; save your pages there; each file will be given the name of the page, and you could use Windows Search to locate specific content of interest.
Local Website Archive still does a little more, though, while keeping everything very straightforward, and could be of use to anyone who regularly carries out research online.
And if you like the idea then there is a more powerful Pro version available, too. This can import text and HTML documents from a predefined folder, is able to archive PDF files via a PDF printer, and includes additional management tools: you can rate documents, highlight them, mark them as read, highlight or edit text in archived documents, and more. Prices start at around $38 and you can find out more at the author’s site.