BlackWidow

BlackWidow

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 40 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.30
File Size:
2.77MB
Date Added:
November 08, 2011
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $39.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
421,262
Downloads Last Week:
44
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

This Web spider utility detects and displays detailed information for a user-selected Web page, and it offers other Web page tools.

BlackWidow's clean, logically tabbed interface is simple enough for intermediate users to follow but offers just enough under the hood to satisfy advanced users. Simply enter your URL of choice and press Go. BlackWidow uses multithreading to quickly download all files and test the links. The operation takes only a few minutes for small Web sites.

Webmasters will love the comprehensive list of broken links and error codes. Finding file locations is simple, since the utility displays the full Web site directory structure. A handy feature searches a Web site to find all properly formatted e-mail addresses, although a tool to find broken addresses would have been a nice addition. It's easy to track the spider's process in the Threads tab, and you'll find a powerful net sniffer in the Net Spy tab that can watch all traffic that moves through your network card. Advanced users will enjoy tools to create plug-ins and apply filters to the spidering process.

The program loads with tips and information and includes a demo. The information is helpful, but the demo is incomplete, leaving some users with only a partial idea of the program's flexibility. Advanced users will appreciate BlackWidow's numerous features and flexibility.

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  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star: 26
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4 stars

    "I'm impressed -- up and running in 10 minutes."

    January 31, 2013   |   By karynl

    Version: BlackWidow 6.30

    Pros

    This couldn't be much easier. Its fast, efficient, and I haven't found any glitches so far. When I had a weird javascript message show up in the browser address line, their support got back to me within an hour and explained the issue.

    Cons

    When you use the browser, don't click the enticing green arrow. It might work for you, but I got a javascript message in the URL field and of course it couldn't scan that. When I followed support's instructions, and just put the address, didn't click anything, and then said "Scan" everything worked perfectly.

    Summary

    I haven't finished evaluating the program yet, but so far it seems very fast, flexible and full featured. Of all the things it says it does, I can vouch for all the ones that fall under the "Basic" tab. I will leave it to someone else to evaluate the Advanced features. If you have a use for this, it's going to save you some SERIOUS time and frustration!

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