Easily capture, manage Web pages in Firefox

As I wrote last March, I had mixed feelings about Microsoft’s acquistion of Onfolio. At the time, it was my RSS reader of choice. I also liked its ability to capture, save and organize Web pages. I regularly used it to save and organize news articles that might later disappear from public view. My mixed feelings proved justified, as Microsoft announced new versions of Onfolio would no longer be compatible with Firefox and it would no longer support older versions. With the recent upgrade of Firefox to version 2.0, my old version of Onfolio would no longer work as a plug-in.

I had already switched from Onfolio to another RSS reader (FeedDemon, which I highly recommend), but I was still using Onfolio to capture and store Web pages. When the Firefox upgrade left me unable to do that, I started hunting for a new tool to capture Web pages. I am pleased to report that I found something even better than what I’d been using. It is a free Firefox extension called ScrapBook. Not only does it save Web pages easily and flawlessly (so far), it has many features Onfolio did not.

Once you install it, it adds a ScrapBook button to the Firefox toolbar. The button opens a drop-down menu that lets you easily capture a selection within a page, an entire page, or even all open tabs. You can capture the page to a generic folder or to a folder you create. You can add notes to captured pages and choose whether to include images, Javascript and styles with captured pages.

Among this program’s many nice touches is its ability to capture linked pages and linked files along with the captured page. So if you want to capture a page as well as all pages it links to, you can. In fact, you can set the depth to multiple levels of linked pages. Or, if a page links to audio or image files, you can set the capture to include those files.

Once you’ve saved pages, various editing features allow you to highlight text, remove HTML elements, add sticky notes and add annotations. ScrapBook also includes various file-management tools that allow you to search, sort, organize and export captured pages.

Thanks, ScrapBook, for curing me of my Onfolio heartbreak.