Last Updated: 04 April
This page includes information about Desktop Search programs,
these pages on your own desktop, and some information on tools/sites
used to generate these pages.
Using these Pages Locally:
While the Magic Reference Pages are a good Internet
resource, they could be more useful on your own hard drive. The search
facility on Tripod isn't the greatest, and you are always at the mercy
of connection speed.
The alternative is to download all the pages to your own hard
Once you have done so, there are several freeware and shareware tools
you to search documents on your hard drive for words and combinations
of words. If you save all the pages on your hard drive, you can perform
a search for information anytime you need it.
Some local hard drive search tools available for
the Microsoft Windows platform are:
Copernic Desktop Search (freeware): http://www.copernic.com
Agent Ransack (freeware): http://www.mythicsoft.com
Inforapid Search & Replace (free for personal
The Sleuthhound (shareware, $20-$75)): Includes plug-ins
for Outlook, PDF, etc: http://www.isleuthhound.com
I use Xplorer2, a shareware File Manager from Zabkat that
includes a file/text search tool (http://www.zabkat.com)
Note that the free version of this excellent tool
does not include the search
All of the HTML links are relative links, so if you save each
still work on your hard drive. Below is the directory structure I use
for the magic section of the site:
Magic Book TOCs, authors A-I
\booksjr Magic Book TOCs, authors
\bookssz Magic Book TOCs, authors
\images Various graphics images
\images\books Images for Magic book covers
\images\magic Magic pages images
Main Directory contains the following
magic related files:
So, if you create a directory on your hard drive and
create the appropriate sub-directories below it, all the links should
still work, and you can
view your local pages by opening the "index.htm" file from Netscape or
Hope this is clear!
Tools Used in the making of these pages
I've used several different Web Editors during the life of these
pages. Currently I'm using the Composer portion of Seamonkey (http://www.seamonkey-project.org).
I have found it to be very easy to use and also very stable. I was
using Nvu / Kompozer (www.nvudev.com and www.kompozer.net), but they
didn't like my "../magicbooks/index.htm" page, which is a very huge table!