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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:03
French to English
Jul 3, 2001

When you have to prepare a quote and/or translate the text of a whole web site, staying connected for ages to download the whole thing can be expensive and time-consuming. I discovered off-line browsers a couple of years ago and swear by them now.

In French, they are referred to as \"aspirateurs de sites web\" (web site hoovers) and in English \"off-line browsers\". What they enable you to do is to capture the whole of the site (incl. sound, photos, videos) if you wish, although you can filter out bits you don\'t want. Once it\'s on your hard drive you can do what you like with it.

For those of you who already know about these, then you can pass \"GO\" and move onto the next question. I am often surprised however, at just how little known these things are and considering their relativley low cost USD 50-100, they are a godsend.

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Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:03
Member (2002)
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Jul 6, 2001

Where Can I find an off-line browser? I didn\'t know about them!



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Local time: 06:03
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WebCopier Nov 3, 2001 one of them and you can download its free trial version from


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Roberta Anderson  Identity Verified
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WebCapture from Acrobat 4 and 5 Feb 4, 2002

WebCapture from Acrobat 4 and 5 (the full version, not the Reader)also allows you to save a whole site or part of it (you decide how many levels of links to include) as PDF, in a very neat way. Any links not included in the PDF are retained as URL links, which you access online and add to your saved pdf file.

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allys  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:03
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New approach - try caching proxy-server Feb 25, 2002

I’d like to offer a new approach to this issue using caching proxy-server. I can’t say I am satisfied with off-line browsers – I am lazy and I don’t want to start one more application. Caching proxy-server gives you more sophisticated solution - it starts at the beginning of your Windows session and caches everything you retrieved via browser.

I can recommend you this one: Smart Cache 0.64 (now there is newer version available) at

Read through the help files (not much time) to know how to configure (5 minutes work – if you have problems I can help you) and use it. When you have browsed enough and obtained all you need log off from Internet and continue browsing – all pages you have looked through on your machine is stored locally on your hard drive.

It is free and saves money!

One thing more – you should have Java installed to use Smart Cache 0.64.

Enjoy happy fast and inexpensive browsing – as I do!

Best regards,


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Erika Pavelka  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:03
French to English
Dangerous!! Feb 25, 2002

I would advise against translators downloading a Web site to quote on it. You may include pages that aren\'t supposed to be translated or not include those that are.

It\'s best to have the client/potential client send you the files (whether for quotation or translation) along with a list of the filenames. This is especially useful if there are lots of files.



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