by jcc - November 4th, 2014
For those of you who do not need or wish technical explanations:
If you are a Mac user of OutWit Hub or Email Sourcer (standalone version), you should use one of the following versions instead of the one proposed on our download page:
IMPORTANT: Once downloaded, double-click on the .dmg file, drag the program to your applications folder. In order to run it, ctrl-click on the OutWit application icon and choose open in the contextual menu, then click on open once again.
Some technical details, should you want them:
Apple changed its developer signature system with the latest version of Maverick. In the same time Mozilla did not update its Framework (which we use), to comply with this signature change, before version 35 of Firefox. Unfortunately, there are severe performance regressions in the Regular Expression engine of the Mozilla Framework latest versions (v35 included). This means that your choice is either to accept for a while performance drops in a few functions of our program (they are not very frequent and we have minimized the impact as much as possible) or to get a version made with the old framework but which is not signed. This option has no downside except that for the first launch, in order to use the unsigned versions (above links), you need to tell Mac OS to force-open the program with ctrl-click.
by jcc - October 9th, 2014
Version 4.1 of OutWit Kernel is available and brings a large number of enhancements, as well as the official release of OutWit Hub Enterprise. Don’t miss it.
by jcc - August 16th, 2014
We have been receiving daily requests since we announced the pre-release of the Enterprise edition in this blog. We have now included it in the product page. (A link to place your order is provided in the page.)
Until the official release (around the end of September), if you own a license for OutWit Hub Pro, you can use this 40% discount coupon to upgrade to the Enterprise Edition: V30UPGFPU007 (It will only work if you purchase using the email address that you used when you bought OutWit Hub Pro.) After the summer, the rate will be reduced but there will still be a discount to upgrade. If you do not own OutWit Hub Pro and wish to purchase OutWit Hub Enterprise directly, you can use this 25% discount coupon in the order form during the summer: ENT-K30TTB
The main new features are documented in the Help pages of OutWit Hub 4.0. They are highlighted in yellow.
by jcc - August 2nd, 2014
We have fixed a bug present in versions 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52 which could cause problems when trying to edit macros on some systems. These versions were not general updates but some of you may have downloaded one of them. If you are in this case, you should get version 184.108.40.206+. Simply click on the following link from the OutWit Hub browser (standalone version or Firefox add-on), do not change the menu and click on “I accept”:
Sorry for this.
by jcc - July 21st, 2014
We are getting close to the release of OutWit Hub Enterprise edition.
OutWit Kernel v.4.0.7 is preparing the path. For all our users, version 4.0.7 is an interesting update, fixing a few issues, simplifying fast scraping and optimizing performances.
The upcoming Enterprise edition is going to allow those of you who use OutWit Hub for intensive extraction workflows, to improve processes dramatically. Here are some of the additional features this new version brings to the Hub:
- Functions like “Fast-Scrape Current Website”, “Fast-Scrape Domains Of Selected Links” or “Fast Scraping + Dig + Browse” can multiply the speed of your extractions of static pages by a factor of 10 or 20.
- For those who have dozens of scrapers and macros, the new projects view allows you to organize your automators.
- A long list of directives and functions have been added to make your scrapers much more powerful, including #download# to download files directly from the scraper, #default# to assign default values to fields, #sendToQueries# to automatically grab URLs to be used in other macros, ! and ? to make fields required or optional, etc.
- Each total/concatenation function #FIRST#, #AVERAGE#, #CONCAT#…, is now applicable either to the whole page or per record and these functions can now be used within other functions.
- System commands can now be included in OutWit jobs.
- OutWit Jobs can be run from a command line and added to system scripts.
- You can snif and intercept POST queries from within OutWit Hub and even make replacements in outgoing queries.
- All frames of the page source can now be processed by a scraper.
- and much more.
We have an even longer list of very powerful functions that will be added in the coming updates.
All these are pretty advanced features, only useful to you if you use OutWit Hub for high-volume extractions or tricky cases, but if you do use our application a lot, I would definitely advise you to upgrade. The program will be officially released in September, however, for those who cannot wait, the pre-release version is available during the summer, with a 25% discount. Ask us for the coupon and the link to purchase here. (4.0.7 is a release version, not a beta-test version, but several fine-tuning and optimization updates will be made before September.)
by jcc - March 13th, 2014
Version 4.0.6 of the OutWit Kernel is (finally) solving all issues experienced by Macintosh and Linux users with Firefox 27. This update required considerable refactoring of our code but we believe it was important to keep both the standalone and the add-on version available on all platforms. With the ability to save and transfer all your automators from a version to another, this flexibility is the assurance that, whatever your system requirements and evolution, you’ll be able to keep your workflow going.
This version was tested in depth and in multiple contexts but, as it brings many modifications in the code, don’t hesitate to notify us of differences you could notice in your navigation and extraction processes.
We hope you enjoy this update.
by jcc - December 10th, 2013
Firefox 26 includes major changes in the download manager. We have modified the OutWit Kernel to make our extensions compatible with this version. The updated kernel versions 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168 are now online. Unfortunately we cannot keep supporting versions 1.x and 2.x for the latest releases of Firefox.
Of course, this only affects the Firefox Add-on versions of our programs. The standalone versions are not impacted by the Mozilla Firefox update calendar.
by jcc - November 8th, 2013
With the latest version of the Kernel, OutWit Hub now includes all features of Email Sourcer, a series of new functions and directives for your advanced scrapers, new exploration and edition functions directly accessible from a right click on the page, many new export formats etc.
We haven’t included everything yet. There is more to come in the next weeks. We hope you will like it. (We do.)
by jcc - October 21st, 2013
Version 4.0 is now in public Beta stage.
Some of the features are not yet branched but it is fully operational. If you do not want to alter your current profile, you should create a new one and install OutWit Hub 4.0 on it.
Please do send us your feedback on the support system of outwit.com. It is very important to us: the OutWit Kernel represents a very large amount of code and thoroughly testing the application is starting to be a pretty heavy task. We are very grateful for all the help we receive in this phase.
by jcc - June 4th, 2013
Our New application, Sourcer 1.0 is now online for its official launch. Thanks to those who helped us test the alpha and beta versions. We still have more functions to add, but we believe it is already a pretty efficient tool. Many of the new navigation features we developed for Sourcer will be included in OutWit Hub Pro 4.0 later this year.