Created by TheBrain.com, a visual information management software company, this new site offers a nifty way of browsing the Open Directory Project (ODP) (see the November 20, 1998 Scout Report
). With WebBrain's animated interface, users can view their search and browsing results as a dynamic diagram instead of a long list. As with any other site that accesses the ODP, users can browse the Directory's 1.7 million sites by category or search by keyword. Due to the visual effects, however, faster connections and newer browsers are a must. Although the Beta claims it does not support Mac browsers, we were able to use the site, though with noticeably better performance from IE 5.5 compared to Netscape.