Monday, 31 October 2016

Webscraper from PeacockMedia - usage

[updated 3 Apr 2017 with the release of v2]

I've had one or two questions about using WebScraper. There's a short demo video here  but if, like me, you prefer to cast your eye over some text and images rather than sit through a video, then here you go:

1. Type your website address (or starting url for the scan). Like Integrity / Scrutiny (Webscraper uses the same engine) the crawl will be limited to any 'directory' implied in the url.

2. Hit Next. The way that version 2.0 works is that you configure your output file, and the app crawls your site, collecting the data as it goes. This makes version 2 much more efficient than previous versions (it can scan bigger sites) but it does mean that if you want to change the configuration of your output file, you'll need to re-scan.

3. Hit Next, and you'll be able to either begin the scan, or generate a preview. The preview button will perform a very short scan and present your output as a quickview. If all looks well, you can press Go, or if you need to make changes, you can head back to the Output file configuration with the breadcrumb widget at the top of the window.

4. When the scan is complete, the export dialog will open. This is the only time that your output file will be saved. The Save Project option from the File Menu will only save your setup, not the scan data.

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