Monday, May 15, 2017

Restore previous version

User question:
> Sometimes Website Watcher checks a bookmark when the site is doing
> maintenance and there is a general maintenance message displayed.
> The comparison with an old version is then useless. It would be nice
> to have a functionality where you could disregard the latest change.
> In that way I can check the bookmark again after the maintenance and
> the comparison with an old version is useful.

This works with the shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+R

Or via context menu: Right click + Organize + Restore previous version

You can also display a toolbar button in the toolbar of the internal browser to quickly restore the old version.



If such a maintenance message comes often, you can also use the bookmark option "Ignore updates" to avoid false positives.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Archive monitored pages

User question:
> I believe Website Watcher also archives web pages.  Can you tell me 
> how many versions of each page are archived,

This can be done with the tool Local Website Archive. After you have installed Local Website Archive, you have to enable the action "Local Website Archive" in the bookmark properties.



There is no real limit of archived pages, you can however limit the number of archived pages with the option "Delete pages from archive".

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Start WebSite-Watcher when Windows starts up

User question:
> How to I configure website watcher to startup when windows starts up?

You have to create a shortcut in the Windows Startup folder. You can
also do this directly in WebSite-Watcher:

1. Click "Options" in the main menu of WebSite-Watcher
2. Click "Icons"
3. Click "Start with Windows (Startup)"


Thursday, March 16, 2017

My watch filter doesn't strike out content

User question:
> I have applied watch filters, but when alert generated for these 
> pages, we found that the unwanted data is not showing strike out. 
> Ignore filters however work correctly.

If you work with watch filters and want to strike out unwanted content, then you have to enable that behavior with an extra option in the bookmark properties.



Unwanted content is only striked out automatically in combination with ignore filters and doesn't always make sense in combination with watch filters. For example if you use a watch filter for a text such as "Number of comments: 123" and WebSite-Watcher should highlight the new comments.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

How to backup my data to dropbox

User question:
> Where do I change saving the data from my C drive to a Dropbox
> folder, in case I ever lose this hard drive, I will be able to
> restore my data and settings to another PC and not lose anything?

There are several ways you can do that.

First we do not recommend to save the database in your dropbox folder, just a copy or a backup.

1) Use a third party tool to mirror or backup the bookmark database and configurations files

2) Use the internal backup feature (Tools menu) to regularly backup your data to your dropbox folder

3) Save the AutoBackups in your dropbox folder (the AutoBackup path can be changed in the program configuration + Advanced + AutoBackup, just change it to your local dropbox folder)
The AutoBackups are generated automatically by WebSite-Watcher.

4) Use the CloudSync feature to regularly sync your bookmarks into your dropbox cloud folder.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Archive pages to LWA with the first check

User question:
> I archive pages via the bookmark action "Local Website Archive", but 
> this only archives the page after a change was detected. Is it 
> possible to archive a page instantly (i.e. not as a trigger on a 
> change). 

If you also want to archive a page with the first check, then you have to enable the bookmark option "Alert/Actions on initialization" in the bookmark properties.



You can also pre-define that option for new bookmarks, then you don't have to enable it manually for each bookmark.

You can pre-define that option
1) globally in the program configuration
2) rule based for certain domains
3) via the folder properties for all bookmarks in that folder

More information on how to pre-define bookmark properties can be found at http://www.aignes.com/wswhelp/help_predefine_bookmark_properties.htm

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Apply created filters to similar bookmarks

User question:
> We are able to create filters for individual pages. Specifically,for 
> example, we create filters to ignore a date string on a website. Is 
> it possible to apply filters to multiple websites in bulk, or do 
> filters have to be created and applied to web sites one by one? 

Usually filters have to be created individually per bookmark.

To apply the same filter definitions to similar bookmarks, you can
check the "Update similar bookmarks" in the bookmark properties.