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Disclaimer
Location
Intro
General Info
Basic usage info
Future Plans
Contact info & Closing

Disclaimer:

THIS APPLICATION IS PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE AND IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND/OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT AND AGREE TO HOLD THE AUTHOR HARMLESS FROM ANY LIABILITIES THAT MAY ARISE FROM ITS USE.

Location:

Latest version can be obtained here.

Intro:

That disclaimer out of the way I want to thank you for using my WebScraper application. If you have any questions or comments for me feel free to contact me at siggi@gooeynet.net. Also I would be honored if you could sign my guest book.

General Info:

This application simplifies downloading user defined file types from any web site. It comes with a fully functional browser built right in so you can surf to a web site and have this application automatically download all embedded photos on that site as well as all documents of specified types that are directly linked on that site. A good example of where this will come in handy is if you are at a site with a lot of pictures either embedded directly on the page or linked directly from a page, this tool will download all those pictures in few simple mouse clicks. Note: Picture album sites that wrap the big picture in HTML code will not work as well as those that link the pictures themselves directly to the thumbnail. This application was design for sites that link directly to the file you want. Also sites that use any sort of scripting to link the file will not work with this. In order for this application to be able to scrape the site you need to be able to right click on the picture or link and select either "Save Picture" or "Save Target As". If that gives the expected results then this application should work for you.

Basic usage info:

I hope I designed this application to be fairly straight forward to use. If I did, most of the features should be intuitive to the average web surfer. if you have comments on how to improve this application I'd be very interesting in hearing about it. First of all this application has a fully functioning web browser. Simply surf to a site and all items that match your current settings (per the options dialog) are shown in a section below the browser. Select the ones you want downloaded and click on "Add to Queue". You can keep surfing and adding items to the queue. At any time you can look at the queue by clicking on "Show Queue", this will open up another window listing all items you've got in the queue. This is also how you start the download process by clicking on "Start Download". You can also manage the queue by removing items from the queue and/or changing the order of items in the queue. While the items in the queue are being downloaded you can go back to the main window and keep adding items to the queue. All items added to the queue while download is in progress will be automatically downloaded. If the queue empties the download stops and any items added after that will not be downloaded until the queue is started again.



Menu Items Explained:

There are three Top level menus:

Future Plans:

Currently I have ideas for other features like the ability to automatically crawl an entire site, however I have no timeline as to when I might implement them. If you have ideas for additional functionality send them over and I might decide to implement them. If you have improvement ideas I'd love to hear them, I might even implement them. If you find a bug please send me details on how to reproduce the bug and I'll see what I can do about it.

Contact info & Closing:

Again if you have any questions and/or comments feel free drop me email at siggi@gooeynet.net. I'd love to know what you think about this application.
Sincerely,
Siggi Bjarnason
http://www.icecomputing.com/siggi.htm