Why didn't I know this one? It's a real discovery.
I tested the program right on the Mozilla addons pages, and all features actually worked like a charm on my first attempt. If you want to try: when it's installed, click on the new toolbar icon with a W, it brings up a news browser window. Go to Mozilla Addons, do any search that returns several result pages of extensions (I searched for 'video').
The program recognizes that there's a series of result pages and adds several navigation arrows to the traditional ones: the first arrow goes to the next page, the second one automatically browses all result pages, the third digs into all pages and the last one goes up the hierarchy to the site's home page.
Then, you have a series of available views: 'links' gives you all URLs found in the page, 'images' gives you all pictures with their size and info, 'emails' is empty as the page doesn't contain any, 'tables' dosen't contain much in this case, 'lists' is more interesting but the 'guess' view is pretty amazing: it somehow extracts a well-formed list of all the extensions of the page that you can automatically move to the collection basket or directly export to Excel. Then I went to Yahoo, looked for 'sunset' images, it directly grabs the hi-resolution images and you can view the whole search result (hundreds or thousands of pictures) as a full screen slideshow in a single click.
All this is just a first impression. There are many features I haven't had time to test yet, but I though it was worth talking about it. That's a great addition to FF3.
I agree. This program is a brilliant idea. I've been waiting for a tool like this: It breaks web pages down to its base elements and lets you sort them, filter them and save what you want. Simple and necessary.
This is one of the best Firefox extension that I have tested. Very useful for selecting and extracting images from a webpage. A valuable tool for web designers and ordinary internet users alike.
great addon, hope you'll soon get out of the sandbox!
very powerful Web harvester ! I wrote some tutorials in different languages to help everybody knows how to use this great add-on at http://www.outwitter.org. Hope you will enjoy them !
worth waiting for the FF3 version, bravo!
Excellent. The Firefox 3 version includes several features that were missing in the first beta like the drag & drop to the catch. The scraper editor is still pretty basic but the scraping is efficient and rather simple (although some help would be really welcome)...
fantastic tool, it need a little time to understand the way it works. But for capture documents (Pdf,word,..) by links it is very effeiscient . Save hours and tousands of clicks. Waiting for more tools.
Excellent tool to retrieve structured information from web sites. A way to do "semantic web" practically. Works for pictures, which is appealing to most users, but also for all sorts of lists, even lists flowing through multiple pages.
Product is still in beta, but its expansibility and flexibility makes it a very promising tool.
A big part of my job is research and data collection and I'm of course very interested in all available tools in this field. I downloaded this beta version a few days ago and I spent quite some time testing it.
I must say that it's already an amazing piece of software and if they keep their promise, it's the beginning of something interesting. The program basically starts like an enhanced version of "page info" and turns out to be a search/automation/download center with features I hadn't seen anywhere before.
It's a first beta. Some features are somewhat unpredictable, others look like they've been carefully hidden, help is... well... yet to come. But, by and large, this is going to be a very cool tool for anybody who does serious search on the Internet and wish to cut repetitive tasks. The automatic extraction features are enough for many data sources and for the others, scrapers are not extremely sophisticated but rather efficient and very simple to create.
Outwit promises wizards, API for developers, simple one-purpose applications... I'm definitely keeping this in my toolbar. And I'm very curious to see what is coming.
super program to collect images. It browses and collects almost anything for you.
great one !! can you make it available for 3.0+ ?
Fantastic tool that lacks good tutorials. Anyway I prefer things to be that way ;-) Keep pushing and create new features !
Great tool! For those who spend time doing research on the Web, this is really worth trying. It works, it's poweful and it's (rather) easy to use. Tons of features to discover by yourself (documentation almost nonexistant)... Never seen anything like it.
Great tool! Why didn't we have this earlier?
I downloaded it yesterday and I've already saved hours. Love it!
Just one thing: why can't we drag and drop stuff to the catch?
Thanks for this, and keep up the good work! (Looking forward to the scripting engine...)