Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pages with overlapping images

User question:
> the gray area overlaps the text so that the changes are difficult to 
> see

When a web page uses layers or certain CSS definitions, it can happen that images overlap some other areas in the checked bookmark. This could be a side effect when WebSite-Watcher converts script based content into static content as the following screenshot shows.

To avoid that problem, you can select the option "Don't display images" in the bookmark properties. With that option, WebSite-Watcher shows a transparent image instead the real images or the gray replacements.

The result:

The option "Don't display images" was introduced in WebSite-Watcher 2017.
If you use WebSite-Watcher 2016 or prior, a solution might be to create a private plugin and remove all images from the HTML source code (this can be done in the event function "Wsw_PreProcessPage").

Monday, January 30, 2017

Can I check pages when I shut down my PC?

User question:
> When i shutdown my PC does your application still check my bookmarks?

Both, your PC and WebSite-Watcher must be running, otherwise it's not possible to monitor web pages. WebSite-Watcher is designed as desktop software that runs on your PC.

However, some of our customers use Amazon WorkSpaces or a similar service, then WebSite-Watcher can fully work online.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Can the AutoWatch feature monitor pages in real time?

User question:
> I need to monitor pages in real time. Every second is critical. Can 
> this be done with your tool?

No, it's not really possible to monitor pages in real time.

WebSite-Watcher always performs a check run of your bookmarks with AutoWatch enabled. After the check run has finished, WebSite-Watcher calculates the countdown to the next check run based on your AutoWatch time configurations.

So, if you have 100 bookmarks, then WebSite-Watcher will check these 100 bookmarks before a new check run can be started. If you have all bookmarks configured to be checked every second, then WebSite-Watcher will still check these 100 bookmarks, calculates and performs the countdown of 1 second and starts the next check run. But checking these 100 bookmarks will take some time. It means that the countdown is 1 second in that case.

If you would like to check bookmarks every couple of seconds, then in reality this would only work if you have just one or a couple of bookmarks with AutoWatch enabled.

Starting with WebSite-Watcher 2017, you can install and start multiple instances of WebSite-Watcher at the same time on the same PC. That way you can save and monitor critical bookmarks in a separate database/instance.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Which bookmarks have a plugin assigned?

User question:
> I wanted to know what are the bookmarks that uses plugins.

You can show that information in a custom column and sort the bookmark list by that column. Then you can easily see which bookmarks use a plugin.

1. Call Options + "Columns..."

2. Then use the configuration as shown in the following images.

Then your bookmark list will show two new columns with the plugins that are used.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Scripts: Select and check the folder "Errors"

User question:
> Can we run Scripts for the virtual folders like "Changed Bookmarks" or "Errors".
> If yes, I need script for the below action requirement:-
> Mark as visited to "Changed Bookmarks" folder --> Check folder "Error" Folder

Yes, this is possible.

Here's an example script that marks all bookmarks as visited, select the folder "Errors" and checks all bookmarks in that folder:

MarkAsVisited /all
SelectFolder "Errors"
CheckFolder "Errors"

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Browser integration: Ability to move the WSW eye icon to the left

User question:
> is it possible to position the browser icon a bit somehow ?
> It covers the chrome new tab icon by default when numerous tabs are open...

There's a program tweak to move that WebSite-Watcher button to the left.

1. Open the program configuration
2. Select the "Advanced" tab
3. Select "Tweak" on the left side
4. Enter the following line:


     where 50 is the number of pixels. Change that value to your needs.

5. Restart WebSite-Watcher

Friday, January 6, 2017

Can I use my license on multiple PCs?

User question:
> I wonder if my license (single user license) permits installation on 
> a 2nd pc (laptop)? Both are used only by me so it is still "single 
> user".

Licenses are "single-user licenses", you need one license per user. You can of course use that license on all your PCs. Simply install WebSite-Watcher on your second PC and enter your license key.

See also:

Welcome to our new blog

In that blog we will post about new features of WebSite-Watcher and typical support questions that might also be useful or interesting to other users.

You can also use that place as additional source to our knowledge base and the forums archive.