Win Automation Vs. Visual Web Ripper

Luke

  • Joined: Jul 11, 2011
  • Posts: 1

Mon 7/11/2011 - 3:07

Hello,

I am currently trying out Win Automation and I was wondering how it compares to the program Visual Web Ripper? I am going to buy one of them.  I'm leaning towards Win Automation since it's cheaper and looks like I can do other things besides just extracting web data.  Do you think I can perform all the web data scrapping I could want  with windows automation?

I'm trying to learn how to do web scraping to gather phone, address ect. data from business directories.  I'm finding the parser regular expression stuff a bit overwhelming--but I guess if I get good enough there isn't really anything that can't be done.  Thanks in advance for any input!

Best, Luke

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Samantha

  • Joined: Apr 23, 2010
  • Posts: 2734

Mon 7/11/2011 - 16:34

Hi Luke, Welcome to our Forum! Regarding the tasks you are interested in implementing with either of the two programs you are mentioning, I guess it would be more a matter of what (extra features) you need more. I mean.. the Visual Web Ripper, seems to be very good at what it does, and is proficient for using it to extract information from web pages, which is something expected since its only feature is this. WinAutomation, allows you to do the same thing too with the current version using the Parse Text action in combination to the download from web action and can do all this in the background too. In the forthcoming version of WinAutomation a similar Web Recorder which will allow you not only to retrieve information, but also post information to a web form plus other features. Obviously, you would not need only a way to extract the information, but also a way to manipulate the extracted data.. which is where WinAutomation comes in much more handy. You can try WinAutomation out, and see whether it fits your needs :) Do you need any help you can always make a post here and we'll be glad to help :) Samantha

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