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Last Updated: Friday, 4 November 2005, 18:02 GMT

By Kate Russell
BBC Click Online Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Protopage website

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We start today with a website sent in by a Click viewer from London. Andre Parrie calls himself an internet creative, and has developed a devilishly useful little tool for those of you that do not like to leave home without your homepage.

Protopage really is an amazingly simple tool to use, and yet it provides some excellent features. Start in the obvious place by clicking to create a new page.

The idea of this tool is that you can click to add boxes containing links, notes, images, pretty much anything digital you want.

To edit a box click Edit, of course, or if you want to add a new links box or sticky, note use the relevant option at the bottom. Personally, I have included links to my forums and groups, my webmail accounts, and a search, dictionary and encyclopaedia section too.

I have even put up an image I like, by posting a new sticky and then typing the appropriate source code around the URL where it can be found. For more information on how to do this click About Protopage and look at the tip about how to upload pictures.

Changing the background and colours is easy too using the Choose Colours button at the bottom. You can even have an animated background, though obviously this will affect the loading time.

Finally, to save your page you must register, and choose to make it either public or private. It will now be available wherever you find access to the internet, by typing into a browser window the Protopage URL followed by your own unique identifier.

Power Bullet website

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If you have a website or make presentations, you are going to love this next free software package.

Powerbullet Presenter is a comprehensive package for making impressive, professional animated slide shows and presentations, complete with the option to add sound, using the web-based language of Flash, meaning it is ideal for displaying on websites.

The first step is to download it using the link on the left, then follow the path through to the FTP site at Download.com.

After installation you might be a little put off by the amount of buttons and functions on the toolbar. And while many of them will be familiar to those used to using graphics and word processing packages, a lot of them will not be.

But it is worth persevering as it is not actually as complicated as it first looks. There is an excellent and very friendly forum on the website too, where you will find no end of tips and lovely people willing to help out with advice.

My top tips for getting started: Use the options under the Insert menu to add pictures and text boxes. You can animate these to come on and off the page using the Animation and Effects button, which looks like a little wand.

Add sound by recording with the Mic button, and the Page+ button will add a new page for you to work with. Project and Export, or hitting CTRL+E, will save the finished work in a file in your Documents folder. You can now publish the .swf file to the web for all to enjoy.

Real Print website

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Readprint is a free online library containing some of the all-time classic reads, such as 1984, Animal Farm, Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice.

All the listed authors have a picture and biography, together with links to all of their work that is published on the site.

It is a great resource if you are looking for a classic to read.

Guitar Shred Show web site

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This final website was sent in by Chris Hopper. He said he was addicted within minutes, so of course he sent it to me, because I clearly have lots of time to waste playing guitar solos online.

This quirky site puts you in the boots of one of the true masters of shred guitar, Mr Fastfinger.

Now, this guy is not real, at least I hope not with a hairdo like that.

It is a cartoon animation that allows you to trigger killer electric guitar moves using the keys on your keyboard, to most satisfying ends even if you have no musical talent whatsoever.

The first thing you notice is the loading screens which all made to look like part of the story unfolding. A nice touch the first time you visit the site, but a little annoying thereafter.

Inside the main menu, clicking the plectrum by Show Off Solo will launch a demo of the kind of effects you can achieve, but the real fun is to be had behind Lesson and Jam.

With the plectrum pointing at Lesson you can try out the sets one by one, and a printable tablature even appears at the bottom if you fancy trying to recreate them in the real world.

But the pinnacle of the site resides under Jam, the joys of which I will have to leave you to discover on your own.

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