Throughout the years of working in the data industry, the Octoparse team had never slowed down its pace in making data more accessible and ready to all people. It’s rooted in our belief that in the era of big data, anyone should be blessed with the capability to collect data so as to harness the power of big data.
Yet, despite the improved usability of our program, the thorough step-by-step training resources and even with such a friendly bunch of supports we have at Octoparse, there are a still a number of people feeling hesitated to use it due to limited time and efforts. This year, we are extremely excited to introduce the release of the Version 7.2.4 [download here ] which has enhanced one of the most powerful function in years - Template Mode.
What makes Template Mode so special?
If you have ever wondered about the level of technical proficiencies required to build a web scraper? The answer is “None” with the newly launched Template Mode Scraping. More specifically, now there are about dozens of built-in templates within the program and all ready to be used to fetch data instantly, with nearly zero learning curve!
Many popular sites like Amazon, Indeed, Booking, TripAdvisor, Twitters, YouTube, Yellowpage, Walmart, Zillow, Realtor and many more are covered at this moment. And the best part is if you feel any website should be added, simply tell us and we’ll seriously consider having a template created for the site.
Who is this for?
Anyone! Yes, anyone that wants to get data fast and easy. If we already have a template you need, that's great! if not, let us know.
Template Mode Scraping can be especially valuable to anyone that needs to extract data from some of the most popular websites out there and maybe those that would prefer to skip the learning and does not require a high level of data customization.
How to use it?
The Template Scrapers take over all the heavy lifting so all you have to do is tell Octoparse your search criteria, i.e. iPhone then clicks “start” to get data.
Step 1. Select “Task Templates” from the home screen
Step 2. Pick a template
Step 3. Check the pre-defined data fields and parameters
Step 4. Select “Use Template"
Step 5. Enter the variable for the parameters, such as “iPhone” for the search keyword
Step 6. Save the template and run
The Next Step…
Octoparse is always working to bringing you more accessible scraping experience. There are two things we care the most: ease of use and robustness. Please share with us how you find the new features or what templates do you need. We’ll love to hear your feedback!
If you are interested in knowing more about web scraping and Octoparse, here are some articles you may want to check out：
- How to Simplify Your Approach to Web Scraping
- Web Scraping Introduction
- Extract Data from Dynamic Websites in Real Time