Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I donate?
Webreaper is developed in my spare time, and
I make it available for you because I hope you'll find it useful. However, the bandwidth needed to host this site,
plus the time and effort I put into developing it, are all provided at a cost to me. Therefore, if you like Webreaper,
and donate a few pounds or dollars, I'll be able to continue developing new versions, adding new features and fixing any
bugs. Think of it as a way of saying thank you - no matter how big or small your donation might be!
Q: What is 'GetRight support'?
GetRight® is a rather excellent
download manager created by Headlight Software. I've been using it for a year
or so, and it's saved me stacks of time/effort by resuming downloads when connections
are lost, and so on. I decided to add support for GetRight® so that
when WebReaper is reaping a site, it can submit large files to GetRight for 'safer'
So, for example, you might choose to have all files bigger than 0.5Mb
passed to GetRight, whilst WebReaper gets on with downloading the rest of the site.
Note that I have no affiliation with the developers of GetRight, I just
like the program and thought it would work well with WebReaper. If you'd like
to download or find out more about GetRight, visit the
Headlight Software home page.
Q: Why is WebReaper no longer adware?
Unfortunately, as a result of the 'dotcom collapse', web-based
advertising is no longer generating decent revenue. In particular, the amount of
support mails generated by having the advertising in the app was far outweighing any
financial benefits it was creating. So I decided to drop the ads and return
WebReaper to real freeware status, hoping that regular users will show their
appreciation of this by registering.
Q: I registered WebReaper to get rid of the ads. Now it's
freeware again, can I have my money back?
No. Registration pays for a licence to use the application - it is
not simply payment for removing the adverts. The $40 you paid has bought you a lifetime
licence to use WebReaper.
Q: Do I need to have Internet Explorer
installed to use WebReaper?
Yes. WebReaper uses Microsoft's WinINet libraries which are only
available as part of Internet Explorer. WebReaper also uses the IE proxy and
dial-up configurations to access the internet. You can download the latest version
of IE here.
Q: Do I have to use IE to view the locally saved websites?
No. Although WebReaper requires IE in order to access the internet,
you can continue to use any browser for surfing. The pages stored locally are valid web
pages, and can therefore be viewed with any browser.
Q: Some sites result in an "Access denied" error in WebReaper.
How can I download them?
Unfortunately, you can't. WebReaper obeys the internet
Robots Exclusion Standard, which was set up to give website owners some control over which
web-crawlers and spiders can access particular areas of their sites. This is controlled
by a file (robots.txt) which will be in the root directory of the website.
Some site owners ban robots to stop people downloading the material on their sites
en masse. Others do it because they have limited bandwidth available, and robots can thrash
their servers (causing bandwidth problems with their sites).
Q: Can WebReaper download ASP and CGI pages?
Yes, in most cases. WebReaper downloads pages in precisely the
same way that IE does, so if IE can download a page then WebReaper will usually download
it too. However, some sites may be structured in such a way that the saved pages may
not match what you see when online.
Q: Does WebReaper support cookies?
Yes - Any cookies generated within an Internet Explorer session
will be used by WebReaper. So if you have local cookies which allow you to access a protected
site without having to enter user information, WebReaper will also be able to use them.
Q: Does WebReaper handle ShockWave Flash movies?
Yes. Movies will be scanned, and internal links followed. The
links will also be adjusted so that the locally-saved website can be viewed
correctly, including movie content.
are referenced within the code is very complicated. However, I plan to add some
Q: Is WebReaper free?
Yes. You can use WebReaper without paying to register for as long
as you like, as long as you aren't using it in a commercial environment. No features
are disabled, and you will get full support with any queries or suggestions that you might have.
Q: Why don't you force users to pay for WebReaper?
I originally wrote WebReaper as a utility for myself, because
I could find no similar app on the Web which was available for free. I decided to
make the application available to others as I thought it would be useful.
Q: Why should I register?
I work as a commercial developer and consultant,
and have created WebReaper in my spare time as a hobby. Unfortunately, such is
the popularity of WebReaper that I am answering 10 or so support emails per day.
This takes a lot of time - time which I would normally spend earning! So, in
order to help WebReaper cover its costs, I ask that you register your copy if
you use it regularly.
The registration fees also help pay for the site-hosting costs.
Q: If I register, will any of my details be given out to anyone else?
No. The registration/credit card authorisation is handled
by JRiver, a third-party company who provide
secure on-line payment. The registration details are sent to me, and I will not divulge them to
any third parties.