I’ve got a quick tip this evening that I figured I’d share. This tip isn’t so much related to real estate but it can come in handy as I’ve been using it for quite some time. It’s called “ScrapBook” and it’s a Firefox add-in. With this add-in, you can save a series of webpages for off-line viewing. You may be saying to yourself, “what’s the big deal, I can do that already”. Well, while it’s true that with most web browsers you can download a page for later viewing. With this add-on you can download an entire website for later viewing. And while viewing the off-line version, you wouldn’t notice that it wasn’t live.
How I use it:
(1) this add-on has come in handy for me with any site that doesn’t allow concurrent logins and (2) sites that are subscription-based and you only have access to them while you’re a current subscriber.
(1) Most MLS’s restrict concurrent logins, therefore only one user may remain logged-in at a time. Well, a lot of the time when I’m using the MLS, I may be looking at a report or some search results, etc. So, I can download the pages I need and log-off
(2) Some software programs or even real estate programs grant you access to a members-forum for a trial period. Then any time after that, you are charged a fee (like $60) monthly. Well, I use the Scrapbook add-on to download stuff like that. Granted, you can’t interact with a non-live forum…but many answers to your questions are contained in them.
I have a feeling that I may only be talking to like 1 reader who will find this useful. It came in handy for me this morning while on the MLS. The website wasn’t cooperative when I wanted to print my information to PDF. So, I just downloaded the whole thing. No biggie.
Also, I’ve had someone point out that my blog has turned “techie”. I must admit, I have to let my inner-geek glow sometimes. But, you tell me if this tech stuff is not of any interest to you (it should be…I mean…you are in front of a computer right now). I’m just curious if a lot of you couldn’t care less about Twitter-bots and FireFox add-ons and PDF Software and etcetera. And plus, I just want another excuse to use these nifty online polls you can create using PollDaddy.com