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Web Scraper Video Tutorials

These video tutorials will guide you through the process of scraping web data with Web Scraper Plus+. You will learn how to create a datapage, test it, and automate it using a package.  Is there a tutorial that you would like to see here, but don't?  Tell us.



Introduction


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A top level talk about what Web Scraper does. Length: (3:20)
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An overview of the Console. The launching point for all of Web Scraper Plus+'s features. Length: (8:22)
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Things to consider before you undertake a site. Length: (13:10)


Datapage: Creating a Datapage


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An overview on how to create a datapage, the templates used to extract information from websites. Length: (5:57)


Datapage: The Dataset


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An overview of probably the trickiest part of a datapage. Length: (6:36)
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Goes into tips and tricks for quickly getting the dataset right if you know there is only one row of information on a given page. Length: (5:53)
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Shows how to build a dataset when multiple rows of information are on a single page. The most powerful use of the dataset. Length: (5:38)
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Goes over the Dataset Wizard. This covers where your data will be written, be it Excel, MSSQL, Access, or another location. Length: (7:54)
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Covers an often very useful feature of the datapage, meta data. They're columns of information that you can add onto any table. Length: (3:14)


Datapage: The Field


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If you understand datasets, then the next thing you need to know about is the field. Even if you're still hazy on the dataset, learning about fields may help put things into perspective. Length: (5:56)
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Add your first field via the datapage wizard Length: (7:09)
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A continuation of the previous tutorial. Adding the remainder of the fields needed. Length: (7:05)


Datapage: Editing and Testing


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Changing where you data is written, and where the datapage will pick up new rows. Length: ()
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Learn how to tweak all the field properties. You can cut down on your data cleansing after extraction via column filters. Length: ()
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Sometimes you want to override what the wizard did, and dictate exactly how the field works. Length: (8:06)
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Testing and Debugging. A necessary evil. Length: (11:43)
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Finishing up. Length: (2:42)


Datapage: Advanced Techniques


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You'll want to do this when you have two separate types of information on the same page. Length: (6:34)
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One more way to add fields. Length: (11:35)
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How you can save yourself a lot of time with the datapage, without having to implement completly automated site navigation. Length: (9:17)


Package: Introduction


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An overview of the package, the means of building and scheduling automated site navigation in Web Scraper Plus+. Length: (6:12)
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A package is nothing more than a series of tasks. This is an overview of all the tasks that you can add via the wizard. Length: (4:07)
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All about those tasks that you can't add via the wizard. These are what gives Web Scraper such flexibility. Length: (8:16)


Package: Counter Page


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If you're lucky enough to be scraping pages that have an incrementing ID in the URL. Here is a great way of getting to them. Also a good foundation for all Counter Page related tutorials. Length: (8:16)
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A more challenging tutorial. We share with you the method we use to tackle the most common type of package in our consulting work. Length: (21:15)


Package: Samples


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This is a full half hour tutorial on creating a package to crawl a site (AccessLighting.com), then scrape the local files, and finally, download the images from the product listings into a folder. Length: (~30:00)
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This is a task which focuses on a login (ACGInteractive.org), but can also be used for submitting information for a search box or other form submission. Length: (17:23)