In simple terms the purpose of Nextaris is to save you time, make your online life easier, and open new vistas for your use of information on the Internet. In other words, to take you beyond search -- to function as your personal Internet information toolkit -- to help you search the Web, save what you find, share what you find, create journals (blogs), comment on what you find and have saved, and to optionally publish the information you have gathered -- a one-stop process; seamless, simple -- taking you to the "other side of search".
Studies show that over 80% of Internet users rely on search to find information. Most use major search engines such as Google, while more sophisticated users rely on specialized engines for searching specific content such as blogs, news, and databases. As a result, the major search engines (Google, MSN, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves) are moving to incorporate additional features such as personalization and localization into their search capabilities. But these major engines have yet to address what users actually do with search results.
Enter Nextaris -- achieving the next level (terrace) in efficient use of information on the Internet.
Before you start using Nextaris, to save time and make the most of the available tools, be sure to first add the bookmarklets (see the Home Tab -- One-Click Capture).
Sharing files/Creating a personal social network (family members, friends, colleagues, business contacts)
Use the Address Book Tab:
1. Think through the folks you will be adding to your Address Book, then under Groups create some groups (e.g., family, friends, club members, work associates, etc.)
2. Send out invitations using email addresses under User Invitation/Create Invitation.
3. Or, find out the Nextaris username of those you want to add to your Address Book, and directly add usernames under Names/Add Name
4. Once you have usernames in your Address Book, under the Groups sub-Tab add users to the respective Group(s) you have created.
5. Under User Invitations monitor who has responded to your invitations.
6. Use these Groups to share Folders (Folders Tab) or broadcast Messages (Messages Tab).
Searching the Web
Use the Search Tab:
1. Select the search engine/source, enter your search string and click the Search button.
2. Use the bookmarklets to save Web pages or Clippings to you Folders
3. To search other sources, simply close the current source's window (or go back to your Nextaris window), click the radio button for a different source, and click the Search button.
Tracking News on the Web
Use the NewsTracker Tab:
1. Click on Create NewsTracker
2. Complete steps 1-5 following the suggestions for each step, i.e., the more specific the primary term in step 1. the better your results. For example, John Kerry is better than just Kerry, Tony Blair is better than just Tony, and Hurricane Ivan is better than just hurricane.
Sharing files and folders with anyone on the Web (who has joined Nextaris)
Use the Folders Tab:
1. Create a Folder by clicking on New Folder.
2. Add files. You can do this in several ways: using the bookmarklets, or click on Add File to add desktop/LAN files, or click on add URL to add pages from the Web.
3. Using the pull-down menu in the Options column, select the Share option and select from the Group list that appears in the small window the Group with which you want to share the respective Folder.
Creating blogs and Publishing your own Web page(s)
You will use the Folders and Publish Tabs:
1. Under Folders, click on New Blog and create a blog and save that blog in the appropriate folder.
2. Using the Search Tab, search for and find pages with appropriate content.
3. Or, in surfing the Web, if you find an entire page that is relevant, click on the NextarisPages
link (bookmarklet on your Favorite Bar) and save the page to the appropriate folder.
4. Or, if you find a paragraph or "snippete" on a page that you like, highlight
that text by dragging your mouse across it, then click on the
NextarisClipping bookmarklet. Save this clipping to
the "new" blog that you have created.
5. Continue to surf the web and add pages to your folder or clippings to
your blog. You can add Comments to any of your Clippings to make your blog
really an op-ed blog.
6. Go to the Publish Tab and follow the 7 steps, selecting the Folder and/or the blog as your "My Site Home page".
7. You now have a "publishable" Web page/blog. The URL is:
http://www.nextaris.com/username (where username is your Nextaris username).
Distribute this URL to all those you want to see or visit your site!
Sending private spam-free and virus-free Messages to other Nextaris users
Use the Messages Tab:
1. Add user names, create Groups, send out invitations using Address Book.
2. Create and send messages just like email, with Inbox, Drafts, Sent, and Trash options.
Nextaris functions as your personal Internet information toolkit. It provides the tools you need to effectively use information on the Web:
* one-click Search across the major engines
* automatic tracking and accumulation of personalized news
* one-click capture of web pages/content to personal online folders
* secure sharing of folders -- access from anywhere at anytime
* simple 1-2-3 publishing; your folders, blogs, or web pages
* easy creation of social networks / communities of interest
* private messaging -- virus- and spam-free; and much more
Best of all, Nextaris offers all these tools in a single interface and it is 100% web-based, meaning there is nothing to download or install.
All of the Nextaris features are integrated seamlessly as one process into one interface / point of entry. This makes it easier for you, the user, to switch back and forth between functions. There are numerous search engines and sources of information available on the Web, and Nextaris perfectly compliments these engines as a personal information toolkit to effectively use information on the Web.
For example, you can click on the Search Tab and use your favorite search engine to find information, then capture whole web pages or clippings (portions thereof) to your secure Nextaris folders, then compose your own web pages and easily publish them directly from Nextaris.
You can also track news topics that you define and save news articles directly into your folders for further research or publishing.
And at any time you can elect to share any of the folders you have created with other Nextaris users that you have added to your Address Book. You can add any type of file to your folders; files from your desktop or files and pages directly from the Web. You can annotate files and folders.
You can use your Address Book to create a private group of users with whom you can share your folders (anywhere, anytime), or you can use the Messages tab in Nextaris to send or broadcast email-like messages to users in your Address Book. Because Nextaris is a private network, you receive messages only from users with whom you have shared your Nextaris username -- this greatly reduces the risk of receiving spam or viruses.
Use of Nextaris is restricted to the use policies posted on the Nextaris Log in page. Please study these policies carefully to make sure you are in compliance with Nextaris and SurfWax Inc. requirements.
SurfWax, Inc. will not sell, rent, lease, share, or otherwise distribute your Name, e-mail address, or any information we may have about you or your hardware/software to any third parties.
Nextaris offers with 100MB of disk space for your Nextaris Folders, all files, and Messages.
Your storage limit applies just to the files, folders, and messages you personally create and save. It does not apply to folders shared with you by other users nor does it apply to your NewsTracker pages.
Bookmarklets: Nextaris offers two toolbar buttons to help you easily save Web content to your Folders, NextarisPages to capture and save "entire" Web pages and NextarisClippings to capture and save just "portions" of Web pages ("clippings").
To use these time-saving buttons, once you have signed up for Nextaris, you click on the One-Click Capture link on the Home Tab and simply drag these two links (NextarisPages and NextarisClippings) to your browser's toolbar (the Links toolbar on Internet Explorer or the Bookmarks toolbar on other browsers). These two buttons should appear on your toolbar. Do it only once and enjoy the buttons on all your browsers windows thereafter.
Each time you launch your browser or create a new browser window, your buttons will automatically appear on the toolbar. If you are not logged into Nextaris and you click on one of these two buttons, you will be automatically prompted to Log in to Nextaris from which you will have full access to all your Nextaris features, Folders, and tools.
Breadcrumbs: Several of the Tabs such as Address Book offers numerous options, and as you click through options you can end up several pages down the path from where you start. At the top of each of these tabbed sections a small "breadcrumb" navigational aide will appear showing you the path of the pages you have used (for example: Address Book > Groups > Edit Group ). Simply click in the "breadcrumb path" on a page higher than the current one to jump back to where you want to be.
The Nextaris interface uses eight seamlessly-integrated tabs. The Home Tab is first displayed when you log in. It alerts you to the number of Messages you have waiting along with any current Nextaris news or announcements. It provides you links to Policy and Learning Center information and also has the One-Click Capture link from which you can install time-saving "bookmarklets" for capturing web pages and clippings.
The 57 major engines/information sources searchable from within Nextaris:
General Search Engines
Google | Yahoo | Teoma | MSN | Ask | Jeeves | Vivisimo
CNN | BBC | News Now | Reuters | Rocket News | Topix.net
NIH | MedLine Plus | WebMD | Net Doctor | Health Finder | Health Web
Business and Finance
Motley Fool | Money Central | CBS MarketWatch | Business Week | CNN Money | Forbes
Google Images | PicSearch | Classroom ClipArt | Web Graphics | Yahoo Images
ESPN | Yahoo Sports | Sports Illustrated | WN Sports | Fox Sports
eBay | Amazon | Froogle | Yahoo Shopping | Epinions | NexTag
Weblogs and RSS
WayPath | Feedster | Daypop | BlogSearch | Blogwise | Technorati
IMDB | Launch | EOnline | Movie Review | BBC | MSN
Encyclopedia.com | About.com | Internet Archive | Librarians Index | RDN
Enter a search string, select a search engine and press the "Search" button to search. Search results will open in another window. Your Nextaris window will be left open.
Use the Nextaris bookmarklets to add pages from search results to your folders.
Use NewsTracker to automatically find news and recent information from over 4,000 Internet-based News sources. A separate news page is created and updated twice daily for each of your personalized NewsTracker topics. Click here to see a sample
By carefully thinking through the following four steps you can achieve highly-targeted retrieval of news:
Step 1. Enter the primary term(s); don't use quotes; for multiple words quotes are implied, so a primary term of John Kerry will return news articles containing the string John Kerry.
Step 2. Enter AND words, all of which must be in the article, e.g., Senator
Step 3. Enter OR words, one of which must be in the article, e.g., Boston, Viet Nam
Step 4, Enter NOT words, none of which can be in the article, e.g., George Bush, election
The result of the above examples would be a NewsTracker equivalent to searching on:
+"John Kerry" +Senator +(Boston OR "Viet Nam") -"George Bush" AND -election
In the above example only articles about John Kerry as Senator that mentioned Boston or Viet Nam but did not discuss or include reference to George Bush or the election would appear in the NewsTracker. This is a somewhat sophisticated news search; steps 2-4 are optional. For a simpler NewsTracker, for example to find news on dogs, simply enter Golden Retrievers in step 1 and leave steps 2-4 blank.
Create a NewsTracker for each separate news topic.
Please Note: each NewsTracker page is unique to the specific word(s) you want to find in the news. To change any of the words or phrases for one of your NewsTrackers, you need to first Delete that NewsTracker and then Create a new NewsTracker with the appropriate word(s) phrases (steps 1 through 4).
You can use your Nextaris Folders from anywhere you have web access. Use your Folders to save Web Pages, Clippings, and any type of document, from the Web or from your desktop. You can share Folders (and hence files) with other Nextaris users or make your Folders available as part of your published Nextaris Web site.
1. New Folder lets you create a Folder.
2. Open All opens all your Folders
3. Close All closes all your Folders
4. Refresh repaints your Folders window reflecting all the latest changes
5. View Archives displays your Archived Folders
Creating a new folder:
1. Click on the "New Folder" link on the upper menu.
2. Enter a name for the new folder.
3. Click "Save"
4. Once created, you will remain the "owner" of the folder.
Adding Documents/Files to Folders:
1. Add URL lets you add a web page directly to your Folders
2. Add File let you add a file from your personal computer/LAN directly to your Folders
Managing Your Blogs and Web pages:
1. New Blog lets you create a new blog
2. New Web page lets you create a personal html web page
My Personal Folders:
When you create a new folder it will appear under the "My Personal Folders" section as an un-shared/private folder. Personal folders can be private folders
(by default the folders you create are viewable only by yourself), or shared folders
that you create and share with users and groups you specify.
Be careful before sharing a folder to make sure you want to share that folder and that you are sharing it with the correct individual(s) or group.
These are folders created by others that are shared with you. You can see the group associated with the folder and the "owner" of the group.
You cannot "unsubscribe" or "unshare" a Folder that has been shared with you by others. To remove a Folder which has been shared with you, you need to leave the Group with whom that Folder has been shared. If you want to leave a Group you can do so by going to the Address Book tab, then clicking on the Groups Tab, and selecting "Leave" for the appropriate Group. This will remove from your Folders all folders belonging to that Group.
Files you save to a Folder "owned" by someone else will remain with that Folder even if you leave the Group with which that folder is shared. Likewise, if you save a file in a Folder owned by someone else and that someone else Deletes that Folder, that Folder and all of its contents (including the files you contributed to the Folder) will be deleted. So be sure to Copy important files that you contribute/save to Other's Folders in your own Personal backup Folder(s).
Nextaris Rules for Folders and Files/Documents within Folders
Download - owner only
Share - owner only AND if folder is not archived
Rename - owner only
Annotate - anyone with access to folder (via Group sharing)
Move - owner only AND if folder is not shared
Delete - owner only
Archive - owner only
Download - anyone with access to containing folder (via Group sharing)
Rename - containing folder owner or document owner
Annotate - anyone with access to containing folder (via Group sharing)
Move - containing folder owner or document owner
Copy - anyone with access to containing folder (via Group sharing)
Delete - containing folder owner or document owner
Nextaris offers you a simple solution for creating and publishing your own web pages and blogs. The blogs or pages you publish all come from your Folders which you select. Caution: All files and folders that you select will be available to all web users. For security, you can turn Publishing off.
Web publishing is easy with Nextaris:
1. Turn publishing on.
2. Create your site's Title.
3. Create your site's Description.
4. Decide if you want an email link on your site.
5. Select a file from your Folders for your Home page--this can be a web page or blog you have created, or a web page you have captured (click the Select Home button).
6. Select your Folders you want to Publish as part of your Web site (click the Select Folder button).
To see your site, simply click on The URL for your Nextaris published site, and Viola! you have a Web site. Share that URL with whomever you want to visit your site.
Messages can be sent to other users of Nextaris. Nextaris messages are more secure and safe then email because they are protected against spam and viruses.
Watch the Messages tab for a red number indicating when new messages are sent to you. Check your new messages by clicking the Check Messages link.
You can set up groups in your Address Book to make it easy to send a message to multiple people.
Use your Address Book to store frequently used usernames and to create groups of users.
The Address Book can be used when sending messages to other Nextaris users or when sharing folders.
You can set up groups in your Address Book to make it easy to send a message to multiple people.
Your account is secure and password-protected.
You change your account information using the fields on the Account Tab. Be sure to enter your correct email; an incorrect email will prevent you from receiving Nextaris announcements and service updates.
The Account Tab provides several time-saving options, such as linking Nextaris Messages directly with your email to form one seamless communication process. You can also change your Session Timeout or specify that your Session is Always On (doesn't time out). It is recommended that you always Log Out when leaving your computer.
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