File Panther: scan websites and download files to your PC
Internet users have so many options when it comes to downloading files from the Internet. They can use their browser's in-built functionality to do so, use a download manager, browser extensions that provide them with the functionality, or desktop applications. File Panther is a program for the Windows operating system that can scan one or multiple websites for you and display all the files it finds in its interface.
Here you can preview the contents or download some or even all of what is displayed to your local system. Before you start adding website after website to File Panther, I highly suggest you take a look at the program's preferences as you may need to configure the target files that you want the program to find on websites and related scanning and download parameters.
The following preferences are important for that initial configuration:
- Filter URL's which contain one of the following patterns enables you to exclude addresses from being scanned.
- Set the download directory you want the files to be copied to.
- Set the file types and order of priority in which you want the files to be recognized and added to the program.
- Change the maximum number of pages that the program scans (the default is set to 65536 which is a lot) and the maximum layer count.
- Disable the automatic transfer of cache files to File Panther and to the user system.
File Panther recognizes several file types automatically including document file types such as pdf or doc, and images. You may want to use the preferences to add or remove file types that you are interested in or not interested in to speed up the scan and reduce the size of the results listing.
Once you have made the initial configuration you can start to add urls individually or in bulk. To add a single address click on the add website button in the main toolbar. You can alternatively load a csv file containing multiple urls into the program to add several addresses at once to the program. Websites can be grouped as well but the feature seems to be purely cosmetic at this point in time.
A double-click on any of the listed websites, or the selection of multiple sites and a click on the go button, starts the scan. This takes a while depending on the number of sub pages you have set in the preferences. Results are populated immediately and you can stop the process at any time with a click on the red stop button.
Files are not sorted by default and the first thing you may want to do is sort them by location, size, name or file extension to get started. The Ctrl-i shortcut opens the image preview window that you can use to preview images found in the list.
You can now download one or multiple files by highlighting them first in the table, right-clicking, and selecting the download option afterwards or using the Ctrl-Enter shortcut to do so.
File Panther uses a caching system to speed up scans of websites. Whenever a user of the software completes a full scan of a website, the cache file that is created in the process is transferred automatically to the File Panther website where it is added to the cachepool accessible by all users of the service.
File Panther is a specialized program that may come in handy at times.Advertisement