Web Content Extractor

Web Content Extractor

Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 7 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1
  • Total Downloads:
    12,960
  • Date Added:
    January 05, 2012
  • File Size:
    2.5MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    21
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

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5 stars

"Could reduce your data collection time by hours or days"

February 15, 2014  |  By mrliioadin

 |  Version: Web Content Extractor 5.1

Pros

The learning curve is not that bad and there are a couple good video tutorials online. You'll mostly get the hang of it with a little trial and error. I would encourage using a a fairly simple website to practice with. One in which the data is consistently laid out in a predictable fashion will be most helpful for getting started. The trial will allow you to test whether the tool will work as expected on the website you intend to crawl.

Exporting your data is absolutely simple. And when it is crawling appropriately, it does so pretty quickly (of course dependent on your internet connection).

Cons

I have heard others complain about the customer service. I wouldn't be surprised but I have not had cause to try to acquire support. At times the program can get hung up. It will get stuck or get into a loop where it fails to crawl through URLs successfully. It's not difficult to reset, but it does require a little baby sitting. I set up an old laptop in a spare room and simply check on it every time I walk past. The built in keyboard shortcuts mean that getting it back on track when it gets stuck takes less than about 30 seconds.

Don't crawl more than a few hundred URLs at a time. Break them up into smaller blocks. Spread out your scheduled crawls.

If the website you crawl is unpredictable in the way with the way it presents its data, the program will misapply the data to the wrong fields. This isn't catastrophic in my experience. But it requires a little more work on the back end after you export to get all of the appropriate data in the appropriate fields.

Summary

It has revolutionized the way I collect data from the internet. Though it has its problems, the gains have outweighed the disadvantages. Test out the trial for yourself. Find the online video tutorials if you need them. If it seems like it's working for you, you probably won't regret your purchase. I certainly haven't.

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4 stars

"The most useful of all extractors"

December 30, 2012  |  By dulouz11

 |  Version: Web Content Extractor 5.1

Pros

Linear thinking, program goes one page to the next

Cons

Takes a awhile to learn, instructions minimal, tinkering required, had a few "can't do's"

Summary

I scraped lots of data from a large job site reliably but it took lots of testing. Works with table heavy data well, may be befuddled by more complex data arrangements.

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1 stars

"Bad customer service"

November 19, 2012  |  By tinybushkingdom

 |  Version: Web Content Extractor 5.1

Pros

Neat tool if you know how to use it.

Cons

No support at all. Need proficiency in HTML/java/vb programming in order to use independently.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Newprosoft
Publisher web site http://www.newprosoft.com
Release Date January 05, 2012
Date Added January 05, 2012
Version 5.1
Category
Category Networking Software
Subcategory Internet Operations
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.5MB
File Name wcesetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,960
Downloads Last Week 21
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $129

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