Please add my strong vote for web page/site archiving capabilities. For me, this is the biggest hassle. There’s no quick, elegant, searchable solution for Macs that archive the web pages in an integrated way with other non-web data.
My work requries me to do fast web research, grab a lot of stuff quickly in case I need it later, and then when writing documents, access the info really fast through robust searches.
I often need to archive entire sites, or numerous pages from a site because my research takes me to sites that aren’t well maintained and can’t be relied upon to be there next time I need the info
DT seems to be the best for text and rtf. And DA is promising to be a great way to search the web, and to archive search results. But what the world needs-what I need-is an integrated approach for all of that and archiving entire pages, pages to a specified depth, and entire sites.
Until DA was released, Acrobat 6 was the best for archiving web pages or entire sites. You have to put up with the page breaks of a print oriented application, but they’re always clean breaks. Links remain active. The original URL is saved in the footer. And, if you place all the web grabs in a common folder, you can build an index in Acrobat 6 that makes searches lightening fast. But, you have to rebuild the index whenever the folder changes. The results are displayed in a reasonable convenient way. And Acrobat is cross platform. Archiving in Acrobat is not likely to lock one’s data into a file format that might be only a memory in a few years.
But, it’s a kludgy process. I’ve automated it somewhat with a Quickeys shortcut.
DA/DT has the potential to be an elegant, seamless solution. And I’m going to support the cause with my registration in the next few hours even though the product is still in beta.
In my mind, one of the biggest services DT could perform would be to simplify, automate, and expand the choices the user has to conform all the incoming text, that is invariably different font styles, sizes colors, and formats, into a user defined syle sheet. In a manner of speaking, DT would have a built in textSOAP function that deletes multiple spaces, insures there’s two carraige returns between paragraphs, and changes the font to a user-prefered font style. And allows me to set that as a import default, and allows me to decided on a case by case basis. I don’t have the processing pwoer between the ears to deal with complex content AND a complex array of font styles too.
Sorry for the length. Consider it a sign of a supportive user who is rooting for your guys in a big way.