Web Retriever is powerful and versatile software that automatically retrieves content from the Web. By "content" we mean any information or object on a web page that can be copied or downloaded to your computer. The web content that can be captured by Web Retriever therefore includes text (words, numbers, phrases, and paragraphs), images, icons, photos, videos, audio clips, and other directly accessible content.
The program is designed for web users who visit sites on a regular basis to obtain specific information or access other material that is updated periodically. Unlike a web browser, Web Retriever does not require that you manually open and view a web page in order to read or extract its new content. Instead, the software stores a collection of web objects of interest to you and then retrieves them automatically with the click of a button whenever you want.
By automating web content retrieval, Web Retriever serves as a valuable productivity tool that saves hours of work when using the web.
Web Retriever features a powerful yet simple pattern-matching system for identifying the objects (content) of interest to you. The program enables you to collect and format text or data from different web sources so that it can be imported into other programs, such as word processors and spreadsheets, or output as html. It includes a flexible report system, allowing you to create customized reports that aggregate, summarize, and format selected information to meet your needs. You can set up jobs consisting of multiple web objects and reports, and then retrieve all items in a job with one click of a button. When retrieving files, the program displays the progress of the file download and can be set to skip the download if the target has not changed since it was last retrieved.
Web Retriever saves time and work by eliminating the need to visit websites regularly to download or copy new content. It can be used to fetch and archive information and other content from a site before it is replaced and becomes unavailable. By setting the program to test for specific strings in context (such as the date of a new blog entry) it can alert you automatically when new content of interest is posted on a website, so you don't have to frequently check the site manually. And Web Retriever enables you to precisely target only the content on a web page that you want, extracting it from unimportant surrounding material and reformatting it as desired.
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