BlackWidow

BlackWidow

Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 40 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.37
  • Total Downloads:
    420,569
  • Date Added:
    December 17, 2002
  • File Size:
    2.77MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    58
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

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3 stars

"excellent if you're undemanding"

November 06, 2005  |  By npeirce

 |  Version: BlackWidow 4.37

Pros

good viewing of what you have or will download.

tabs and directory tree structure make a nice interface once you get the hang of it.

i'm looking for something that can roll numbers in pathnames and filenames and this can roll numbers, sort of (see cons).

once the painful process of guessing what features do is behind you, this program is pretty good.

Cons

it can roll numbers, but only in the filname, not in the pathname. Example:

wherever.com/folder002/pic07.jpg

It can roll pic07.jpg to pic08.jpg and so on, but YOU have to input folder002 and folder003 and so on. it lets you input a links page, so that's not quite so painful if you know how to use find-replace features in whatever text editor you use to quickly create a links page.

By the way, it can pad pic99 to pic099 and it can roll pic099 to pic100 but can't roll pic99 to pic100 which is what you need more often than not when rolling numbers in filenames.

it took me a while to figure out using a local links page.

unhelpful error comes up when executing after loading a local links page unless you have a url, ANY url, in the main url box, even though there are plenty of urls in your links page. that one was hard to figure out, because i thought something must be wrong with my local links page.

scan/download is manual usually, but automatic when you merely select a local links page.

things like that are just asking for repeated user error.

the links file can be a text file, but must be full of html links, with A HREF and such, not just a list of urls. that's just silly.

the scan filters are great, but i see no way to apply them other than to delete the current scan and start over with the filters in place.

help files mention url filter and file filter tabs for dealing with filters but help doesn't bother to mention WHERE to find those tabs. most of those features mentioned seem to be in the scan filters section, so i think the help files weren't updated since a previous version.

i gave it three stars instead of four because the price implies the intended scope/scale. for 40 bucks i want the features that it includes to be fleshed out, thought out, flexible, not stubborn and skeletal.

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5 stars

"Great product that does it's job!"

May 06, 2005  |  By nironto

 |  Version: BlackWidow 4.37

Pros

A good value for money. Does not take up much system resources. Quick and easy to use.Best of all, the support is excellent!

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5 stars

"Exactly what I was looking for"

April 29, 2005  |  By jlueke

 |  Version: BlackWidow 4.37

Pros

This is a web spider that can be tought to do exactly what is needed for a variety of downloading tasks. It is flexible and versatile. I did go with the 5.0 beta version rather than 4.37

Cons

4.37 didn't work well on 2/3 machines. 4.40 installed fine but the 5.0 beta version is truly the necessary download

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5 stars

"IT WORKS...by golly...IT WORKS"

April 22, 2005  |  By connertown

 |  Version: BlackWidow 4.37

Pros

I played around for maybe 20 minutes to get the hang of how to use it. It does exactly what I want it to. Pic grabbing from a website is a two step process - 1) get a list of all the pics (and other objects) related to a URL; 2) select and download the pics. BlackWidow made both steps very easy. Works great, and VERY easy on the RAM usage. I absolutely could not be more pleased.

Cons

Like every other program I ever downloaded from the web, the instructions are fuzzy. But I'm no computer pro, and I figured it out with a little trial and error. Very little effort.

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5 stars

"Life Saver! Great Tool!"

April 16, 2005  |  By nightmunki

 |  Version: BlackWidow 4.37

Pros

I recently had a problem with a website I own, whereby the host access went down permanently and I had also lost backups of my files. I thought I was doomed, but along came black widow! With this tool I was able to successfully download my whole website from its original host, in order to move it to the new one. I've looked everywhere for a tool like this and this is definitely the best I've found.Brilliant, 5*s!

Cons

Quite difficult to use at first, the options are somewhat confusing, and it often doesn't do quite what you wanted it to. Despite this however, once you've worked out how to use it, it works like a charm!

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1 stars

"Lacks any focus to coherent leeching purpose"

January 22, 2005  |  By SoftwareTestPilot

 |  Version: BlackWidow 4.37

Summary

This program randomly leeches a website into numerous folders and files. It does NOT coherently place specific file names into folders. It barely leeches to a second level to find any images, pdf or other files. All the positive hype you read is from corporate employee spammers. I test a lot of software programs and would NOT recommend this product. I have not been able to find a decent leech program yet (maybe the old old GoZilla leech dating back to 1999)

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5 stars

"Not for beginners, but work great!"

November 24, 2004  |  By trekalien

 |  Version: BlackWidow 4.37

Summary

Black Widow v4.40 is alot better then v4.37, but version 5 Beta is a MUST HAVE.

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5 stars

"Does more then most"

September 06, 2004  |  By max3000in99

 |  Version: BlackWidow 4.37

Summary

There is a lot to learn here but it does work ok for me

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5 stars

"My favorite downloader by far"

September 02, 2004

 |  Version: BlackWidow 4.37

Summary

I have tried about a dozen downloaders, and BlackWidow has worked best for me, especially on sites with dynamic and password protected pages. And so far, I'm just using the shareware version! To download large sites, make sure you have plenty of RAM (e.g. 512 MB to 1 GB), this program uses a great deal of it. I had a lot of trouble getting the filters to work, but I guess that's a feature they are working on still.

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1 stars

"not worth the money"

June 04, 2004

 |  Version: BlackWidow 4.37

Summary

don't bother downloading this. You can't do anything in the unregistered mode. even after entering the registration, within 1 to 3 minutes it will revert back to the unregistered mode forcing you to re-register & start what you were doing all over again.

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General
Publisher SoftByte Labs
Publisher web site http://softbytelabs.com/
Release Date December 17, 2002
Date Added December 17, 2002
Version 4.37
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Offline Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 95
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 2.77MB
File Name Download.php
Popularity
Total Downloads 420,569
Downloads Last Week 58
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.95

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