Octoparse Smart Mode -- Get Data in SecondsFriday, September 9, 2016 5:09 AM
We are proud to announce that we just released a new version of Octoparse 6.2 and are very excited by its brand new feature: Octoparse Smart Mode.
Octoparse Smart Mode
We think that Smart Mode will lower the barrier to entry for anyone who needs data and make it a lot easier for you to pull data from the web. And it’s absolutely free of charge! This brand new feature allows you to instantly turn web pages into a structured table of data. For some obvious websites, we can now actually extract all of the data without having to configure extraction rules in the tool. The only thing you need to do is to tell it which URL has the data you want/which URL you would like to crawl. It’s absolutely simple!
How to Use Smart Mode
To use Smart Mode, you simply paste in a URL(the URL to the page you want data from) into the search box, hit the “Smart” button and then the program will turn that page into a structured table of data that can be downloaded as Excel(Limit of 3 pages) without the need for any training.
(Note: Smart Mode is built in the tool. Please download and install Octoparse before you use Smart Mode.)
When you have all the data from the page to the table, all you need to do is to delete the rows you don’t want.
You can also modify the headers to make it easier to read.
If you want more data from the web page, please switch to Local Extraction or Cloud Extraction. The extraction rule of Smart Mode is automatically created and it also allows to be edited under Wizard Mode or Advanced Mode.
When you switch to Local Extraction...
When you switch to Cloud Extraction...
As for now, Smart Mode only works best on list/table pages with more than one row of data like a search results page, category pages, etc. For complex websites that require logins, entering text, etc, please configure an extraction rule as usual using Wizard Mode or Advanced Mode.
All you need to do is to paste in a URL, and our program will do the rest for you. It’s a lot easier than copying and pasting or coding your own crawler. Even better, you will get all the data in a structured table that can be easily analyzed.
Smart Mode only takes about 6.5 seconds to pull down the data behind one page and allows you to download the data to Excel.
How It Works
Our program analyzes the HTML structure of a web page, identifies the data in a similar layout and turns the data into a structured table that can be downloaded as Excel. If you want more data from the web page, switch to Wizard Mode or Advanced Mode. The extraction rule of Smart Mode is automatically created and it also allows to be edited under Wizard Mode or Advanced Mode.
Get interested? Try out our brand new feature today!
Author: The Octoparse Team