Web Content Extractor

Web Content Extractor

Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 7 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.1
File Size:
2.5MB
Date Added:
January 05, 2012
Price:
Free to try (14-day trial); $129.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
12,661
Downloads Last Week:
15
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

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  • All Versions:

    3.7

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current Version:

    3.3

    out of 3 votes

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