browseback
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Graphically browse & search your visited Web pages.   Demo ($29.95)
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browseback allows you to visually see and search past Web pages that you've visited in your browser. It stores a PDF of every Web page visited and makes the pages accessible through an interface that allows the user to browse thumbnails of the pages. This visual Web history can also be searched by content, making it possible to retrieve visited Web pages with a few keywords.

Example use: Browse the Web like normal for the next week, and at the end of the week search for "MacUpdate." It'll bring up thumbnails of every webpage that you've visited that has linked to mentioned MacUpdate.
What's New
Verison 1.5:
  • Support for Firefox 3
  • Minor fixes and improvements
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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browseback User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Donperreault commented on 22 May 2011
Developer seemed to erase all existence of Browseback on their web site. I am going to assume that they are no longer developing BrowseBack.
[Version 1.5]

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Penguirl replied on 07 Nov 2011
Here is the url for BrowseBack:

http://smilesoftware.com/BrowseBack/

Though it hasn't been updated in about 3½ years.
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Alan commented on 25 Oct 2007
still incompatible with leopard build 9a581
[Version 1.4.1]


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Wile-E. reviewed on 03 Aug 2007
I tried a demo of this app and was pleased to get it with the MacUpdate Bundle recently. Easy to use, stable, and with a single click can save the page as a pdf, print it, present it in an e-mail, or take you back to the site. For my needs this is a perfect application done well although, arguably, a bit pricey.
[Version 1.4]


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howiec reviewed on 20 Jul 2007
I hope you have a 10k RPM hard drive, lots of RAM, and a really pressing need to see a visual timeline of your websurfing, because otherwise this program is a big disappointment. It's slow, takes up a lot of space on your drive, and has a confusing UI. I could see this as a great tool for admins if it had some sort of VPN tools built in, because then you could visually monitor web surfing on a host of computers, and that would be useful for corporate and school IT departments. For the average user, however, I simply don't see the purpose. Just use your history menu!
[Version 1.3.1]


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Sentience reviewed on 18 Jul 2007
As others have said, browseback is a good idea coupled with extremely poor execution. Performance is slow and stuttery, the full-screen UI routinely pops up when it is not wanted (like when attempting to use the Preferences window), the application provides no facility to hide the dock icon even though it is designed to run as a background service, and although the background color is adjustable, the color of the text displayed on that background is not.
[Version 1.3.1]


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Andrael commented on 17 Jul 2007
Needs a "Flush all from History" or "Flush X period from history".
[Version 1.3.1]


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Wanderer tipped on 03 May 2006
A great concept, many a time I remember the look of a site I want to go back to but can't remember the name, Browseback quickly finds it.

However, once the specified cache "limit" is reached the application dies!

Surely it can delete older files in the cache by itself? If you do it manually it works again.

Note: The files are kept in Documents/browseback.
[Version 1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Nov 2005
Very interesting concept but extremely flawed execution for the moment. This application is meant to be invoked via cmd-f12 but it shows up in the dock. When brought to the foreground the app frequently grinds for several seconds (on a dual 2.5 ghz) and scrubbing over the thumbnails is anything but smooth. You can't tab to get to the search box and the app freezes for a few seconds again when you hit x in the search box to remove the search term. In addition, it swiftly becomes a memory hog (After indexing my history it was at 434MB. I quit it and reopened and it was soon back to 230+).
[Version 1.0b1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 05 Nov 2005
it is worth to know that (h)iStoryboard roughly does the same.
[Version 1.0b1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Nov 2005
browseback has a terrific non-windowed interface. The main paradigm is sliding over a deck of cards. It's very mac-like, but you won't find any Aqua windows or buttons. Mac-like like the Finder's eject button and Tiger's slideshow. The world need more interfaces like this.

That said, generating thousands of PDF's for thumbnails of browser history is a monumental waste of RAM and CPU time. Thumbnails should be tiny bitmaps, and only when printing a page should the PDF's be generated. At the very least, they can be generated in the background at low-priority and left on-disk and not in-RAM. It would also be nice to be able to save pages (or groups of pages) as HTML.

At $30, I would expect a little more features, like being able to specify sophisticated filters and perform operations in batch.

Didn't crash, but brought my computer to its knees.
[Version 1.0b1]


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Igaucho had trouble on 03 Jan 2008
Crashes on startup for me in Leopard on two different Macs every time. Both were clean installs too. I guess it's not very Leopard compatible yet.
[Version 1.4.1]


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Djinibaby had trouble on 27 Jul 2007
bought it with the macupdate bundle, crashes all the time ... deleted and reinstalled, nothing helps, no support, NOTHING, very poor
[Version 1.3.1]


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Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Demo
Date:15 Jul 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $29.95
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browseback allows you to visually see and search past Web pages that you've visited in your browser. It stores a PDF of every Web page visited and makes the pages accessible through an interface that allows the user to browse thumbnails of the pages. This visual Web history can also be searched by content, making it possible to retrieve visited Web pages with a few keywords.

Example use: Browse the Web like normal for the next week, and at the end of the week search for "MacUpdate." It'll bring up thumbnails of every webpage that you've visited that has linked to mentioned MacUpdate.


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