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WebHarvy’s new user interface

We have significantly updated the user interface of WebHarvy in the latest version available in our website and the following video explains how the features and options are laid out in the new UI. Existing users of older versions will find this video useful so that they know where to look for specific features and options.

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WebHarvy 5.2 | UI revamp + Oracle db support

Changes in 5.2 are mainly related to user interface and experience. The most visible change is the introduction of the ribbon menu system for providing easy access to most software features.

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In addition to the main interface, other windows like Scheduler / Export etc. have also been updated. The export functionality (to file or database) has now been made cancel-able. User can now cancel an ongoing export to file or database.

As with every release, the Chrome browser has been updated as well. Issues related to URL update (in address bar) while navigating links in some websites has been fixed with this update.

An important non-UI feature addition in this release is the support added for exporting data to Oracle database. The default file export option is changed from CSV to Excel format.

All main settings are now displayed in snippet format in browser view’s status bar.

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Help (videos, articles) related to the website loaded in the configuration browser is automatically loaded and displayed as a smart tip.

Miner Settings can now be opened and changed directly from the Miner window.

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JavaScript can now be typed in multi-line code format.

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Browser settings now include a new option to share user location to the loaded page.

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In addition to the above this release also contains minor bug fixes and improvements as always. You may download and try the latest version from https://www.webharvy.com/download.html

 

 

 

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WebHarvy 5.1 released (Includes direct Excel Export)

The following are the changes in 5.1.0.152 :

New Features :

  1. Excel export – supports directly saving mined data as an Excel file (details)
  2. Handles page numbers in JavaScript code to load next page data (details)
  3. Updated Chromium engine from V54 to V62

Minor changes :

  1. Default values of ‘Enable Plugins’ and ‘Enable Browser Security’ in Browser Settings set to false (details)
  2. Browser address bar can be used for Google search

Bug fixes :

  1. Fixed issues related to handling headers and post data for HTTP requests
  2. Fixed issue in selecting data using mouse when Zoom-level of browser is not equal to 1 (zoomed in or zoomed out)
  3. Text formatting issues (line-breaks, spaces) in Capture window fixed
  4. Fixed issue where order of applying capture-html and capture-more-content was relevant (for applying regex to follow links or to capture images)
  5. Bug fix in editing keywords. With the previous version changing the first keyword was not possible.
  6. Minimizes memory usage in mining thread by limiting the number of browser instances created

As always, the latest version may be downloaded and installed from the following page :

https://www.webharvy.com/download.html

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WebHarvy based on Google Chrome Released (version 5.0.1.148)

This release comes with least bells and whistles since we have not added features or changed cosmetics of the software. But still, this is a major upgrade. The change is all internal.

WebHarvy has been using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) as its internal browser since inception. Microsoft stopped supporting IE a few years back when they introduced the Edge browser.

So WebHarvy had to switch to another solution to power its internal browser and we believe using Google’s Chrome Browser Project is the way forward. This makes WebHarvy more stable, faster and secure. Switching to Chrome also opens up the possibility of porting the software to other platforms like Mac and Linux.

You may download and install the latest version which is based on Chrome browser from the following link.

http://www.webharvy.com/webharvysetup.exe

As mentioned before the change from IE to Chrome is internal to the software and transparent to the user interface.  So, the configuration process and user interface of WebHarvy remains the same.

Minor Changes

  1. For scraping data from sites which require login, the steps have been simplified. You no longer need to login to the website separately from IE. See https://www.webharvy.com/articles/sites-requiring-login.html

  2. The ‘Internet Options’ menu option under Edit menu has been removed. Instead a new Browser options tab has been added in Settings window.

Running configuration files created using the older version which was based on IE on this new version based on Chrome

Configuration files created using the old version should normally work fine with the new version which is based on Chrome, but there will be exceptions. In such cases we recommend that you create a new configuration using the latest version.

As always, in case you have an questions or need assistance you may contact our support at https://www.webharvy.com/support.html

 

 

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WebHarvy 4.1.5.141 released

The main changes in this release are :-

  1. Pagination via JavaScript – see https://www.webharvy.com/tour3.html#JS

    This powerful feature is the main highlight of this release. When all other methods of pagination fails, this method, where you can directly provide a JavaScript code which when run would load the next page, can be used.

  2. Increased size of virtual browser used by miner

    The dimensions of miner’s virtual browser has been increased. This solves issues related with websites whose layout changes when the browser has a smaller window dimension (mobile layout). This also helps the miner to load more items in a single page and scroll, in case of websites which display data based on the size of the browser window.

  3. Support forLoad more content&Scroll to load next pagetype pagination even when the real listing page is reached by clicking links/buttons from the start page.

    In earlier versions if the listing page loads more data in same page via a button/link click or scroll and if initial navigation (click, java-script etc.) is required in the configuration itself to load the listing page from another start page, then pagination would fail. This release removes this limitation.

  4. More support for extracting data from popups.

    Popups now handle clicks and javascript. This can be used to close the popup window, in cases where closing the currently opened popup is required to open the next one.

  5. SQL data export encoding issue related to foreign languages fixed. 

    Encoding issues while exporting text in non-English languages like Chinese fixed.

  6. Other minor bug fixes

As always you may download and install the latest version from https://www.webharvy.com/download.html.

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Scraping high resolution images from pinterest.com

In this blog post, we will take a look at how to scrape images from www.pinterest.com in their full sizes.We follow a two stage extraction process to capture the high-res images from pinterest.com.

In the first extraction stage, we capture the image URLs which are present in the listings page. These URLs actually point to smaller sized images (236 Pixels). Then using any Text Editor, we replace the /236x/ with /564x/ in all the URLs.

For example the URL : https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/99/….

is modified to : https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/99/….

In the second extraction stage, we use ‘Add URLs‘ method to add the modified URLs and scrape the full sized images ((564 Pixels) from each of these URLs using a single WebHarvy configuration.

This method is displayed in the following video :

Links:-

  1. Know more about WebHarvy, the easy to use visual web scraper
  2. WebHarvy video tutorial series
  3. Various methods of extracting images and image URLs using WebHarvy
  4. Download free WebHarvy trial

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