Wysigot is a browser that acts both as a website monitor and downloader. One of its main features is the option to download entire websites or select pages.
The process has been streamlined to make it as easy as possible. To start the download of a website or page one would simply enter the url of the site in the assistant that pops up after installation.
Supported are http, ftp and file protocols. The next step involves selecting the update check frequency which can be set to automatic, periodical or manual.
Wysigot will check the url for updated content, and update the information automatically if new content is discovered during the scan.
The last step in the configuration defines the capturing depths which can be set to first page, first page plus links or whole site. The same menu lists options to allow popups, and to set the scanning to be careful which deactivates certain scripts and other potentially malicious content from being downloaded or rendered.
The download starts immediately after the last configuration step. The program displays the download progress of all objects on the website then during that phase.
Experienced users can define objects that should not be downloaded. Among them files like videos, cookies or scripts. Once the website or page has been downloaded it can be browsed in the program interface up to the level it was downloaded from the server.
The website downloader displays all pages that it has downloaded in the sidebar sorted by project name. A download is initiated for every link pointing to a page that has not been downloaded before. The download speed depends on several factors including the connection speed of the computer system the application runs on, and that of the server the files are downloaded from.
Different view modes are available that are difference from the default html view mode. It is possible to take a look at the content, attached files (e.g. videos or images) or information (modification date, allowed objects, site and so on).
Properties can be accessed for each downloaded website separately or combined for a project. They make it possible to set very specific rules for downloading contents including the number of page revisions to keep or the contents that should be downloaded.
Wysigot is not only a website downloader but also a website monitor. It can be set to monitor websites for changes and notify the user about those changes. Change verifications can be automatic, periodical or manual depending on the user's choice. Alarms can be set to notify the user if a website has been updated.
The website monitor and downloader uses the rendering engine of Internet Explorer to display the website's contents. It contains options to import Internet Explorer favorites which is convenient if several of those should be downloaded. An alternative is the excellent Httrack which runs on Windows, Linux and OSX.
Note: A light and pro version is available now. The light version is somewhat limited, as it does not support conditional alarms, exporting of sites to view them in web browsers, unlimited advanced searches, or the program's expert mode.
Wysigot is a powerful program that works best when you download small to medium-sized websites, or parts of sites. The internal browsing feature is useful as you don't need third-party programs for that.
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