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Pub Crawl - URLsOut!
Save your favourite web site addresses to an HTML file

by Alan German

You probably surf the net, storing all sorts of site addresses which just might be useful -- some day. If you are really organized, you probably have a neat set of folders containing many such addresses. The question is: can you store these away, as a text file, on a floppy disk, so that you have a backup copy of all those hard-won favourite sites? 

What you could do is check the file area of The PUB for:

URLSOUT1.ZIP 10k 1-22-98 URLs Out! v1.4 converts MS Internet
Explorer shortcuts into a single HTML
document. Minor bug fix.

I came across this tiny utility program recently and found that it was just what I wanted - a quick, and not-so-dirty, way to turn the favourites stored by my browser into a textual listing of site names and URLs. All that's necessary is to point at the sub-directory which contains the shortcuts, and give a file name for the output listing. There is even some minor customization which you can add in terms of selecting which HTML tags are to be wrapped around the headers and hyperlinks in the final document. 

The program automatically scans the favourites directory and any sub-directories. The output file is in HTML format, so this gives a different way to display all those favourite sites. What you end up with is a list of useful links such as:


Internet Shortcuts

c:\windows\favorites\web design\

html station
javascript for the total non-programmer



List generated by Bill Reid's URLs Out!, version 1.4
Updates posted to Bill's Personal Freeware Dumpsite as the need arises...


At the same time the source code stores the actual links. See, for example, the underlying HTML code (e.g. View - Source in Internet Explorer) for the above extract which is taken directly from a URLs Out output file. 

The program installs easily, and the compact visual basic code runs very quickly. Best of all the package is freeware. All that the author requests is an E-mail message with your feedback on his program. Give this one a try -- it's well worth sending a congratulatory E-mail. 

Bottom Line:

URLsOut! (Freeware)
Bill Reid
Version 1.4

Originally published: April, 1998

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