What is it?
For the Haters
What is a webgrabber?
A webgrabber downloads complete sites, including pictures and sounds (if you want) onto your harddisk. Just start it and when you come back from a short walk or whatever (You can also use your PC/Internet connection while the garbber works), chances are it already has downloaded what you wanted. You now can surf the site "offline", that's why those programmes are called "offline browser"s sometimes. It is also very handy for doing backups and routine downloads.
It is a lot easier to have a webgrabber download a site than doing it manually through a standard browser. Just fire it up and let it do everything. However, if you have to pay for every minute or transmitted Kilobyte, you might want to restrict what the webgrabber downloads. Also, please be considerate with your webgrabbing! Hosting costs are high and using a webgrabber mindlessly can cause many problems for people running the site you appreciate!
Whom is wGetGUI for?
Webgrabbers are a good idea for people who want to download complete sites, pages with inline objects, routine downloads. wget has long been a favourite among geeks. Coming from a Unix background, it has grown over the years with many options, partly interacting with one another. If you can memorize the options and use them to the fullest, wget is extremely powerful. But it took me quite some time to get accustomed to its purely command line interface.
wGetGUI main window, normal size, simple tab
wGetGUI main window, normal size, standard tab
wGetGUI main window, normal size, direct .bat access tab
wGetGUI, small size, always on top.
Just put everything from the wGetGUI-zip, the wGet-zip file (including the SSL) in one directory and execute the MS VB runtime file.
regsvr32.exe /u C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSSTDFMT.DLLfrom a DOS/Command box, where you replace the path so it is correct for your system.
After that, run
regsvr32.exe C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSSTDFMT.DLLThis registers the new .DLL with your Windows. If you already have an MSSTDFMT.DLL in your system folder, don't download this one but run both commands nevertheless.
I think that problem is pretty rare, but in case you encounter it, you now know what to do. But if you need any further dll/ocx files like the often necessary
COMDLG32.OCX and COMDLG32.DLL,
you can get them here:
If you want to know what a certain dll/ocx/... file is, go here:
If you get an error like "Error #429 - ActiveX component can't create object" you probably have Windows Scripting Host disabled or not installed. To remedy this, go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/downloads/list/webdev.asp (~670kB) and download/install it.
"Expert" hint: You could try re-registering scrrun.dll if you already have it in your Windows folder. Or install it from here: www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?scrrun
During use, make sure to read the included tool-tips when running wGetGUI: Stay with your mouse arrow over the option/field you are interested in. After a second or so, a tool-tip will be displayed.
For the Haters
At the end of 2006, one GUI expert used wGetGUI as an example for a bad GUI. Of course I felt honoured. Not. I think it was kinda suboptimal to do this without telling me, without giving me a chance to improve the GUI and without #whoa here's a thought# helping me. Well, he posted the GUI without saying which it is, but that was soon found out and I got some love mail. Not. The amount of bashing wGetGUI and me have received is a testament to the state of the internet "culture". There certainly were a few people who either liked the GUI or gave constructive criticism. But the rest was insultive bashing in mob mentality. And all this about a piece of free software that I have spent my time on - to bring it beyond what I need.
|History of wGetGUI|
I managed to get proxy support to work, so I assume it works for
others, too. Still, contact me if you find a problem.
Hopefully fixed a bug for Proxy use.
The wgetGUI window is now fixed dialogue style and the dimensions were corrected. This is basically just a cosmetic fix from 1.08.
wGetGUI now comes with .wgetrc instead of wgetrc, as required by newer wGet versions. If you have a custom version of wgetrc, just delete the .wgetrc that comes with wGetGUI. wGetGUI will rename your wgetrc into .wgetrc the first time it runs. The change was necessary, as newer wget versions do no longer work with wgetrc.
Previously forgot to include a file #duh# apologies to all and thanks to Bruce for telling me!
File accept and reject now work when nothing is selected. Save to custom dir now works correctly (at least within its limitations of not being able to change drives)- thanks to Jean-Francois for the bug report.
Ok, that's quite a waiting time for a new version, hm? Several things are new.
I just bought a new computer and am fairly busy with other stuff, too. However, the next wGetGUI version will hopefully bring some improvements users suggested. I will surely rework "Pro-Mode" and add some options I found useful, like different retry behaviours. Maybe even proxies? If you have something you'd like to see, send a mail.
wGetGUI runs smoothly for me, so far I am very satisfied ;)
Lots of changes this time. After the new wget versions (1.8->) stopped to support "no host look-up" I had to do something. Well, I took the opportunity to do the following:
I know there are other topics in the world than a new wGetGUI. I find it very hard to describe my feelings after these incredibly cowardly acts of terrorism that hit the US and the whole civilized world with them. My feelings are with those having lost hope for a good future, loved ones or their lives on that dark day.
Nothing big. When loading/saving your .ini-files or importing a .bat in pro-mode, wgetgui.ini and wgetstart.bat are now default. Makes it a lot faster for everyone who stays with the default names. People using different filenames will have no problems by that change.
After 0.82, I had to find a way to fix that bug. Kinda hard, when you cannot reproduce it on your machine(s). The bug actually would kill wGetGUI if trying to load any settings-file! Strange. I thoroughly restructured the loading procedure. It now works for me and my friend, so I guess it is fixed ;)
Unpublished version, trying to fix a bug that would only occur on a friends PC running Win2k. Sadly, this first try was not successful...
Fixed a bug that when pressing "Cancel" while in the save dialog for the .ini, wGetGUI would be terminated. Thanks to Ajay for pointing that one out!
Fixed a bug that when loading an .ini file the Accept/Reject options were mixed up. To keep your old ini file, just load it twice and then save it under the same name. When "Identify as browser" is checked, the referer is now the URL wGet is invoked with. And last but most importantly the domain-acceptance was changed. Now you just drag a link into it and need not do anything. Well that is the theory. wGetGUI now recognizes the host and the directory structure of the dragged URL. So wGet will span the host but will only include directories starting like that of the dragged URL. Not enough? Just delete some dir levels. Just remember: directories must be ended with a "/": http://www.host.com/dir1/dir2/ If you omit the last "/", wGetGui cannot recognize dir2 as a directory (it could be a file!) and just span www.host.com and including all directories starting with /dir1/, so /dir1/dir2/ but also /dir1/dirx/, ok?
Embarassing! I debugged some non-serious stuff yesterday. But today I realized I thereby created a fatal bug that would make the .bat file useless. This is now fixed. Sorry for that. I was so focused on that one thing I forgot about the other :(
You can now save your settings! You can even have multiple settings saved. For example one for ftp, one for https and one for mirroring. You can now also add command line parameters from wGetGUI directly. Pro Mode still exists for the bigger batch file operations. Added "-nh" (no host look up) option. User friendlier open/save dialogs. Many fixes, especially no more crashes if a non-existent file is addressed (hopefully).
Major bugfix: wGetGui would get messed up if you import a .bat file from another than the main directory! This now works for me, hopefully for everyone else, too.
|20/jun/01||0.45||Not published, some code restructured, commented, GPL introduced.|
Added: Pro Mode Window: Let's you edit the .bat-file, even create new lines with all parameters wGet can use.
|12/jun/01||0.3||Full working version, first published version. Beta testing starts!|
|11/jun/01||0.2||Working version, only some options not implemented (for example accept/reject)|
|10/jun/01||0.1||Non-working version, User Interface mainly done|