FirstFloor    SmartBookmarks 2.0

WORKS WITH: All browsers; Windows only.
PRICE: $24.95
METAPHOR: On one level, simple bookmarks. On another level, agents traveling around the Web, spying on sites.
BEST FEATURES: Fully integrated with Navigator and Internet Explorer. Agents search sites for updates and display results, saving you the time of going to each site. Offline browsing capabilities. Lowest priced.
DRAWBACKS: Occasionally crashes, along with your buggy browser.
STARS: * * * * 1/2

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ISYS    Hindsite 2.04

WORKS WITH: Netscape only; Windows only.
PRICE: $39.95
METAPHOR: Your hindsight, or the ability to go back to sites you should have bookmarked in the first place.
BEST FEATURES: Records every word of every site you visit. Plain English or Boolean search options. Tree diagram visually maps out your browsing.
DRAWBACKS: You have to manually update the index of sites you've visited.
STARS: * * * 1/2

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Documagix    Hotpage 1.0

WORKS WITH: Netscape only; Windows only.
PRICE: $79.00 (an online version is available for $39 at the site)
METAPHOR: A virtual file cabinet right on your computer.
BEST FEATURES: Comes packaged with a version of Netscape. HotPoint feature allows you to view documents offline. Becomes a command right in your Netscape browser. Edit and combine pages with Word and Excel documents.
DRAWBACKS: Sometimes cumbersome and unintuitive. Allows URLs and pages to pile up just like in a real file cabinet.
STARS: * * *

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Dataviz    WebBuddy beta

WORKS WITH: All browsers; Windows and Mac.
PRICE: $49.00 (cost at press time, may change with final release)
METAPHOR: Your best friend, ol' Webster. He's a sunglass-wearing dog who fetches Web sites for you.
BEST FEATURES: Toolbar for easy access. Simple bookmarking. Downloads pages and sites for offline browsing. Allows you to schedule when to download sites. Converts sites into Word documents.
DRAWBACKS: Some features were very slow. Beta bugs. Toolbar is cumbersome with smaller monitors.
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OnBase    Dragnet .95 beta

WORKS WITH: All browsers; Windows and Mac.
PRICE: 39.95 (Mac only, cost at press time; Windows versions were in beta)
METAPHOR: Based around a detective motif, more for the name than the functionality
BEST FEATURES: Simple interface. Easy to use. Search feature lets you find URLs amoung your bookmarks. You can import bookmarks from Smartmarks or Microsoft favorites.
DRAWBACKS: Not fully integrated with browsers, resulting in extra mouse clicks between programs.
STARS: * * * *

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Grasp    Know-It-All 1.01

WORKS WITH: All browsers; Windows only.
PRICE: $99.99 (list price; introductory price at press time was $49.99)
METAPHOR: Omniscient Post-It Notes.
BEST FEATURES: Allows you to collect snippets of specific info from a number of sources. You can also revisit the source material for that snippet (i.e. the original site).
DRAWBACKS: Not very intuitive. Is it really easier than cutting and pasting?
STARS: * * 1/2

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Hitachi    Zooworks Personal Edition 1.0

WORKS WITH: All browsers; Windows only.
PRICE: $39.99
METAPHOR: A zookeeper taming the wild World Web.
BEST FEATURES: Automatically records every URL you visit. Searchable by keyword or date. Works as a screen within your browser. Confidential feature lets you hide certain sites you've visited.
DRAWBACKS: Cannot index words contained solely in graphics, such as the Yahoo! logo.
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