Searching and Retrieving Keywords/Files

Search and retrieve anything you want from a remote website -- graphics, text, movies, images, sounds, programs, and zip files just to mention a few.

Benefits of Searching and Retrieving

Some of the benefits include:

  • Perform surgical searches for items of interest.
  • Drastically cut down time looking for what you want.

A Tutorial

To show you a live example of searching and retrieving a keyword from a website, let's use Websnake's Web site (www.websnake.com).

1. Open WebSnake through the Start Menu. By default, the program opens with the Project Wizard (a Windows feature that leads you step-by-step through the process). If you're already in the program, click on the Add button on the main screen or select the Add Project Wizard command in the File menu.

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2. Select the last radio button "Search and retrieve files from a website," then click on the Next button.

3. For our example, we'll search by keywords in the HTML files. So, leave the "Search by keywords in HTML files" radio button selected, then click on the Next button.

4. Type in "www.websnake.com" in the Starting Address/URL field. Also, give the project a name. Call our project "Websnake Search." So, type the words "Websnake Search" in the Project Name field, then click on the Next button.

5. The next wizard screen asks if you need a password to access the website. For our example, just click on the Next button to go to the following screen.

6. You must tell WebSnake how deep you want it to snake as well as give tell it when to stop in the event that you're snaking a large website. For expediency, use the arrow buttons to reduce the number of levels from "3" (which is the default) to "1" in the "How many levels do you wish to snake?" field, then click on the Next button. You're not going to be snaking that much so the "Automatically Snake/download all matching files to local hard drive" field doesn't come into play.

7. Type in the keyword "Gravity" in the Keyword field. Also, click on the "Match entire word" checkbox, then click on the Next button.

8. On the next wizard screen, click on the Finish button to conclude the project setup.

9. Name your session. Think of a session as a category of projects, like Entertainment-related or Sports-related. For our example, type in "browsers" in the file name field, the click on the Save button to initiate the snaking process. Note that this step is skipped if you've already created a session and are saving the project into that session.

10. WebSnake will snake www.websnake.com for off-line browsing.

11. That's it, you're done. You've just performed your first search-and-retrieve snake!

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