The Smart Way to Browse

By: William He

Organizations need information from the Internet for various reasons - to look for data, laws, regulations, contacts, and many other things. And while the amount of data available on the web is constantly increasing, companies are becoming more and more demanding then it comes to data collection and storage.

The above processes are still done manually by many organizations - employees search for information, copy it, and then store it for use or future reference. The problems with this approach are that it is very time-consuming and therefore dubiously cost-effective. Besides, as the volume of work increases, so does the possibility of making mistakes.

The faults of manual data collection and storage are the main reason why many companies have already decided to use the services of 'data rippers' - software companies which provide various solutions to make the process completely easy and trouble-free, usually for very small amounts of money well able to compensate for expenses saved from manual work.

While automated data rippers are gaining popularity, some companies have gone one step further to choose unique solutions specifically tailored to their business needs. An example here is Ficstar Software (Ficstar.com), which is a Toronto-based company aiming to offer powerful and innovative solutions that help organizations capture and save information from targeted websites. One of the company's new products, the Custom Web Crawler, is an outstanding example of how far the firm has gone in trying to meet customer needs related to web data collection.

Ficstar Web Grabber allows organizations to fully automate their Internet searches, so that they are conducted in the most efficient possible way. It allows browsing the web for specific keywords and provides result page content or search engine page rankings and locates results from search engines, portals, or listings of input URLs. The web Crawler makes it possible to navigate through complete websites, thus following all static and dynamic links, as well as internal links to other sites.

Ficstar Web Grabber allows customers to archive and store their results in a database, text file, or any other popular format. And, most importantly, it allows them to keep their data current and accurate at all times by automatically searching for updated or new data based on pre-defined schedules.

Internet data collection and storage has therefore gone a long way from the simple copy-and-paste after long manual browsing. Companies are quickly developing, progressing, and need to make their operations as efficient as possible. Products such as the Web Grabber are a proof that data rippers indeed have a limitless potential.

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