Twitter Client which groups Tweets by author/sender

We have released a new update of our unique Twitter client which is designed to keep your Twitter timeline organized  by grouping tweets by the same author over a period of time in a single card.

Branches for Twitter – Easy Twitter reader which groups tweets

Branches’s mission is to reduce the noise in your Twitter timeline and thereby making it easy for you to consume. Branches does this by grouping tweets from the same handle/author over a period of time and displaying it as a single item. You can tap on this to view each one of the grouped tweets or just ignore it. This lets you follow any number of people on Twitter including frequent tweeters like newspapers, journalists etc. without allowing them to hijack your timeline. Try it !

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Branches is an experiment, so right now the app has minimum features and is not ready to replace your current favorite Twitter Client. Consider this an extension/add-on which provides you a different perspective to read Twitter. Of-course based on user feedback we look forward to adding more features and to become a full fledged Twitter Client.

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WebHarvy crashes after installing the latest Windows update for Adobe Flash

Microsoft released a new security update for Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer (IE) a few days back (Dec 29, 2015). This update has caused many software (including Skype – see Skype Crash) to crash. See http://borncity.com/win/2015/12/30/windows-10-flash-update-kb3132372-issues/ for a list of other software titles affected due to this update.

InfoWorld Article : Win10 Flash patch KB 3132372 breaks Skype, HP Solutions Center, Incredimail, games

KB3132372
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3132372

Solution ?

The solution to this problem is to uninstall the security update – KB3132372. See How to remove updates.

Meanwhile we will try if we can update WebHarvy to overcome this issue. We are also hoping that there will be another security update from Microsoft which solves this problem since many software titles including their own Skype seems to be affected.

Update ! (Jan 5, 2016)
Microsoft has released another update to fix the issues created by KB3132372. See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3133431 for details. We are yet to test and confirm whether this completely solves the issue.

We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused due to this for our existing customers and trial users. In case you have any questions or assistance please do not hesitate to contact our support.

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WebHarvy : 2 new methods of handling pagination

The latest version of WebHarvy Web Scraper supports 2 new types of pagination styles for scraping data from multiple pages of websites.

Pages where pagination links are shown in sets

In these types of pages the pagination links are provided in sets. For example the first 5 pages will have direct links to load each of them at the bottom of the page. To load pages 6 to 10, an additional link should be clicked. Now each of the pages 6 to 10 will have direct links to load any of them at their page end, and also a link to load the next set of 5 pages. 

WebHarvy Online Help : Scraping pages where pagination links are displayed in sets

The following video demonstrates how these types of pages can be configured and mined using WebHarvy.

When each page URL contains the page number

Suppose the pages from which you need to scrape multiple listings of data have the following format.

http://www.example.com/search/listing?keywords&pageNumber=1
http://www.example.com/search/listing?keywords&pageNumber=2
http://www.example.com/search/listing?keywords&pageNumber=3
http://www.example.com/search/listing?keywords&pageNumber=4
etc..

Pagination in this case can be handled easily by following the method below :-

1. Open WebHarvy and load http://www.example.com/search/listing?keywords&pageNumber=1.
2. Start Config
3. Select required data from the page, Follow links and select data if required.
4. Select Edit menu > Edit Options > Add/Remove URLs from Configuration
5. Paste the following URL and Apply.

http://www.example.com/search/listing?keywords&pageNumber=%%pagenumber%%

Note that the actual page number is replaced by %%pagenumber%% in the above string.

6. Stop Config
7. Start Mine. You should specify the number of pages to mine since ‘Mine all pages’ option will be disabled. WebHarvy will automatically find and load the next pages and extract data.

WebHarvy Online Help : URL page-number based auto pagination

The latest version of WebHarvy Visual Web Scraper can be downloaded from https://www.webharvy.com/download.html. Try and in case you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact our support team.

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WebHarvy version 3.4 released !

We’ve just released a new WebHarvy update. The following are the changes in this version.

Major:

  1. Support for pagination where a link/button has to be clicked to load the next set of pages. More Info
  2. URL based pagination – automatically increment a numeral in start page URL to load subsequent pages. More Info
  3. One-click multiple image extraction from details pages (ex: capture multiple images from product details page)
  4. Human emulation mode support for automatic pause injection – see Miner Settings
  5. Online license activation introduced to prevent casual piracy

Minor:

  1. ‘Click’ option (Capture window > More Options > Click) can be used to navigate to the start page
  2. Bug Fix : Data alignment issue in miner window data table when some records fields do not have a value (blank columns)
  3. Bug Fix : Keyword based scraping when encoding is required
  4. Scheduler option to overwrite or append the export file in case the file already exists
  5. ‘Follow this link’ option enabled in details pages (pages reached by following links from starting page).
  6. Bug Fix : Images going blank in some cases while mouse hovers over them during configuration
  7. Bug Fix : New lines and tabs escaped in JSON export
  8. HtmlParser updated to parse elements from <HTML> tag, so META tags can be extracted from the full HTML source of the page
  9. Handles commas in keywords (Keyword Scraping)
  10. Starts with a random proxy address from the proxy list while rotating proxies
  11. In-built browser emulates IE 11 on default.

Download the latest version of WebHarvy Web Data Extraction Software.

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USBDeviceShare 3.0 released

We have released a major update of USBDeviceShare – the USB over Network software for Windows. USBDeviceShare allows you to share USB devices and access them remotely over network (LAN) or internet.

USB Device Share

The major changes in this version are :

  • Updated Server and Client drivers to work with latest Windows versions – Windows 8/8.1
  • Supports USB 3 device sharing
  • Minor UI updates
  • Server device stub driver is loaded for USB devices only when initiated by Server application. Prevents automatic loading of stub driver for newly plugged devices.
  • Completely removes stub driver during uninstallation
  • Fixed issue with connection initiation from Client/Server by remote computer name

The latest version may be downloaded from http://www.sysnucleus.com/usbshare/usbshare_download.html.

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Run USBDeviceShare as Service

This article explains how USBDeviceShare Server and Client applications can be run as service, so that they can operate automatically, sharing and remotely accessing devices on system start up, without requiring a user to log in to windows to start them.

Please note that USBDeviceShare Server and Client applications do not have this functionality built in, so an external tool provided by Microsoft is used to achieve this – https://support.microsoft.com/KB/137890. Here is how :

1. Download Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17657

2. Extract the contents of the downloaded file to a suitable folder on your PC.

3. Open command prompt (in administrative mode) and change directory to the above folder.

4. Run the following command

instsrv UShareSrv <full path to srvany.exe>

Both instsrv.exe and srvany.exe are tools available in Windows 2003 Resource Kit Tools. UShareSrv is the name given to the service which we are creating. The last parameter is the full path of the the application srvany.exe. For example :

instsrv UShareSrv “c:\downloads\Windows 2003 Kit Tools\srvany.exe”

The above command will create a service named UShareSrv which runs the executable srvany.exe.

5. Open RegEdit (Windows Registry Editor) and find the following key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UShareSrv

6. Create a key named ‘Parameters‘ under the above key

7. Within the newly created “Parameters” key , create a string (REG_SZ) value called “Application” and enter the full path to the application which you require to run as a service, no quotes required for full application path. (ex: c:\program files\usbdeviceshare-server\usbdeviceshare-server.exe).

8. Open ‘Local Service Manager’ (View Local Services), locate the service (UShareSrv) which we created. Right click > select ‘Properties‘. Open ‘Log On‘ tab. Select ‘This account‘ option and set the account name / password under which you are planning to run USBDeviceShare (ideally the currently logged in account). Save changes and close.

9. Run the application (USBDeviceShare-Server in this case) from the account selected in above step and create the initial settings – for example set the devices to be automatically shared on start up.

10. Restart windows. Server should start with the options set in above step even before user is logged in – as a service.

The same steps can be applied to run Client as a service. Please try and contact our support in case you need any technical assistance or have any questions.

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Web Scraping from Cloud – WebHarvy on Amazon EC2

WebHarvy requires Windows operating system to run. So in case you do not have access to a Windows PC or if you do not want to run WebHarvy on your local PC, you have the option to run WebHarvy from Cloud. Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) platform makes this possible. See the following link.

http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/

Amazon EC2 lets you run a remote Windows instance in Cloud. You can access this cloud based Windows instance via Remote Desktop

http://aws.amazon.com/windows/

Charges for EC2 are minimal and more importantly there is a free tier available for 12 months with the following details.

http://aws.amazon.com/free/

Watch the following video which shows how to launch a Windows instance in Amazon EC2.

You may also watch the following tutorial which explains the same.

Detailed AWS EC2 documentation for managing Windows instances may be viewed at the following link.

http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/WindowsGuide/concepts.html

Once you connect to the Windows instance via Remote Desktop, you can download and install WebHarvy in it. You will have to make sure that .Net 3.5 is installed in the Windows instance so that WebHarvy can run properly. Please contact us in case you need any assistance.

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