OutWit Hub Enterprise Edition Is Coming

by - 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.

For those of you who use OutWit Hub for intensive extraction workflows, the Enterprise edition is going to allow you to improve your processes dramatically. Here are some of the additional features the Enterprise edition 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. (4.0.7.33 is a release version, not a beta-test version, but several fine-tuning and optimization updates will be made before September.)

OutWit Kernel 4.0.6 and FF27

by - 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.

OutWit Hub and extensions are available for Firefox 26

by - 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 4.0.4.44, 3.0.5.46 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.

Version 4.0 is online with dozens of new features

by - 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.)

You can start beta testing version 4.0

by - October 21st, 2013

Version 4.0 is now in public Beta stage.
https://www.outwit.com/downloads/release/previews/
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.

Email Sourcer 1.0

by - 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.

Persistence of the Catch with Firefox 19 – [update: version 3.0.3.48]

by - February 23rd, 2013

We have received reports on problems with the persistence of the catch content with OutWit Hub add-on on Firefox 19. We are working on the fix at the moment. This doesn’t impact the standalone version. You can therefore use this one in the meantime, instead of the add-on, as it doesn’t depend on the Firefox update calendar.

[update] Version 3.0.3.48 is online for download. (Not yet as a general update.) It corrects the problem. Please tell us if you still notice a problem on this issue.

Important Update: OutWit Docs and OutWit Hub – documents

by - December 10th, 2012

Document extraction was sometimes requiring a reload in the recent versions because of a change in the handling of file types with the latest versions of Firefox. We corrected this in version 3.0.1.47 of the Kernel (0.6.1.47 of OutWt Docs). Please update if you are only getting partial results in document searches.

You Can Download v3.0 Now.

by - October 26th, 2012

After six Release Candidates, OutWit Hub version 3.0 is now working smoothly. We still have some work on tutorials, the help and our back-office before we can officially release but, as we know that some of you are anxious to update, here is the link to the download page. Please give us your feedback on it. We think you’ll like it. However, if you encounter any problem, you can always rollback to 2.1 by typing outwit:downgrade in the address bar of OutWit Hub.

Hope you enjoy it.
JC

Firefox next version

by - October 19th, 2012

The next version of Firefox v17.0, currently in beta, stopped supporting an important library for handling XML data. We are currently replacing this code in the OutWit Kernel, but the missing library is the reason why the add-on versions of our programs cannot be used with Firefox 17 (beta) for the moment. Please use the release version (v16.x) instead. (Naturally, this only concerns the users of our Firefox Add-ons. OutWit Hub standalone is not impacted by this issue.)