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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

[Octoparase User Review] By Taylor Harris from USA - Standard Plan User

 

After searching and searching for a data-service, I couldn't quite fine one that would meet my needs. Then came Octoparse. At first, I was hesitant to use. However, after watching several tutorials, I could tell that the Octoparse team had spent a lot of time making it easy to use.

 

Octoparse is an extremely powerful tool that has optimized and pushed our data scraping efforts to the next level. I would recommend this service to anyone. The price for the value provides a large return on the investment. For the free version, which works great, you can run at least 10 tasks at a time. However, these tasks are running simultaneously in the background of the computer application. In my opinion, buying any of the plans that allow you to use the cloud interface is very helpful and provides a good bit of flexibility. You can close out of the application and know that Octoparse is running on a server somewhere.

 

My favourite feature is the multi-export options that are provided (CSV, Microsoft Excel old & new, TXT, HTML). Octoparse doesn't require you to have any knowledge of coding which is helpful. However, knowing simple x-code shortcuts makes Octoparse even more powerful because you can create your own custom script that will run based on your need. The walkthrough tutorials when you first start I think is what really changes the game for Octoparse.

 

Every once in a while, I have issues with Octoparse shutting down or troubles exporting. However, Octoparse support is super quick and reliable. The bill payment is very trustworthy as well.

 

Octoparse also offers proxy capabilities, and the ability to turn off images to speed up the process. Another addition in the cloud settings is the ability to denote and categorize tasks based on its status. I know this may seem like a no-brainer feature. However, it is super helpful to know the status or time of when multiple tasks will be completed so I can plan the extraction. I have heard great things about the API capabilities, however, I haven't had time to figure it out. Next on my list.

 

All in all, Octoparse offers a wide range of features and I'm happy to have used it.

 

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