Once in a while I stumble upon information that I want to preserve. Sure, I can bookmark the page to access it at a later time, but what if that page gets deleted or moved? I can also save the HTML page to the local computer, but unless I install an extension that adds a single file format for those saves, it means that every saved web page stores multiple files on the target system.
I usually copy and paste the information into a text document, or Word document if I need to copy both text and images.
The Firefox extension Trails offers another option. It supports the creation of so called booklets, local files that contain text and image information that have been created by you via copy and paste.
Trails adds several entries to the Firefox context menu that you can use to send information to the active booklet. Before that's happening though you need to create at least one booklet and select a location for it on one of the local hard drives.
The extension displays a popup window whenever you want to add text or images to a booklet. Here it is possible to edit, delete or add information, include separators or change the text formatting from light to bold. A click on Save saves the information in the booklet.
Trails opens up as a sidebar item, and you will notice the text and images that you have added to the open booklet immediately. The zoom level is tiny, a click on the information opens them in full view on the screen.
Each individual text and image entry in the sidebar is selectable, and a small delete icon is available to remove information directly from that preview window. Booklets can contain multiple pages of information. A click on the Booklet menu opens options to manage that and the creation and saving of booklets.
The Publish menu displays options to create a pdf document out of the selected information or to publish the booklet publicly, which most users probably would not want to do.
The developer has created a video that demonstrates the functionality of the Firefox extension in detail. Keep in mind though that it reviews an earlier version of the add-on.
Privacy conscious users need to keep in mind that the booklet information are stored in a SQLite database which can be accessed by anyone with local access. A solution would be to store the booklets on an encrypted partition or container on a drive.
You find additional information on the Trails page over at the Mozilla Firefox add-on repository. Trails is compatible with all versions of the Firefox web browser from 1.5 to the very latest stable builds of Firefox.
Update: Trails has not been updated since 2011 and while that is the case, it is still comaptible with recent versions of the browser. Note though that you may run into issues especially when using the first booklet. If that happens to you, create a second booklet and the issues should go away.
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