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  • Big web scraper improvements for 2019

    Friday, March 8, 2019

    In addition to a re-design and a ton of bug fixes, we have made drastic improvements to GrabzIt’s web scraper these include:

  • Determining the size of PDF pages when targeting HTML elements

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Originally before we made the recent upgrades to the targeting of HTML elements in PDF, the resultant PDF page size was the same as the targeted HTML element. This is because we couldn’t find a reliable way to extract just the target from the PDF other than cropping everything else bar the HTML element.

  • Making GrabzIt’s Web Scraper more Accessible

    Monday, December 4, 2017

    Our web scraper is a very powerful tool however, it can be difficult for non-technical users to use. As you can see in this how-to video from 2016.

    To overcome this issue we now hide the raw scrape instructions unless explicitly requested, with the Scrape Instruction tab now displaying scrape instructions in plain English by default. In fact scrape instructions can now be entirely added and deleted without ever writing any code.

  • PDF Scaling and Demo App Upgrade

    Friday, August 25, 2017
    Our URL and HTML to PDF service has taken a massive leap forward by now using a configurable browser width, which defaults to 1024 pixels, like the URL to Image service, rather than fixing the browser width to be the same dimensions as the page size. This produces PDF documents of URL's that look almost exactly the same as when viewed through a browser.
  • Lots of new features coming in version 3.2

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    As you may be aware we sent a survey out a few weeks ago, asking if you wanted the ability to automatically upload captures to Amazon S3 the responses came back overwhelmingly that you do!

    So that is what we have done all of our client libraries will soon support automatically uploading captures to Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and WebDav. To do this you will need to create a export URL that can then be passed to our API.

    But we decided to add a few more features while we are at it!

  • Web Scraper Browser Upgraded!

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    Hot on the heels of our last two releases; the new HTML and URL to DOCX service and an updated version of our capture software, which has updated browser base code and fixes for improving rendering quality.

  • Do you want to create captures faster?

    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    GrabzIt is excited to announce we have just released a geo-targeting system! This applies to all captures that convert URLs, such as converting URLs to images, PDF’s and Word documents
  • DOCX conversions are coming!

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    You probably haven’t heard much from GrabzIt for a while, well that’s not because we haven’t been busy…we have been beavering away for the last three months creating a new HTML to DOCX conversion service for you and we want you to have an early look.

  • Take screenshots without popups!

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

    Over the coming weeks we are going to start rolling out an update to our API's that allows you to hide HTML elements. This will be especially useful for hiding those annoying inline modal popups that some websites use to encourage users to perform actions.

  • Milestones of 2016

    Thursday, January 5, 2017

    2016 has been a momentous year for GrabzIt here is a round-up of some of our major achievements!

  • Convert HTML with GrabzIt!

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

    GrabzIt’s API now supports direct HTML conversion. This means you can write a piece of HTML pass it to GrabzIt and it will be converted into a image or PDF. Without the need to create a HTML page that GrabzIt can read. However any resources such as CSS and images should be embedded in the page or publicly accessible.

  • Fundamental Quality Improvement for PDF Service!

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    Our webpage to PDF service is undergoing a massive quality improvement by switching our web capture technology from using WebKit to Chromium base code. This follows a similar upgrade to our image screenshot service that occurred just over two months ago.

  • Huge screenshot quality improvement!

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    We are moving our image screenshot technology from using WebKit base code to Chromium. This has been a complicated piece of work but we believe you will be pleased with the results.

  • Screenshot a web page in a browser window

    Saturday, October 24, 2015

    Sometimes there is a requirement not to just take a screenshot of a web page but to have the screenshot image wrapped by the browser window. So a user can see what the screenshot would appear like from their own browser window.

  • How to scrape a website to extract web content with GrabzIt

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

    Web scraping is used to extract information from usually unstructured data sources on the Internet such as HTML and PDF documents.

  • Three easy ways to screenshot a URL with GrabzIt

    Saturday, September 26, 2015

    The simplest way to screenshot a URL is to use GrabzIt's Online Screenshot Tool, first create a new task enter the URL of the website you want to take a screenshot of, specify any special options and then your URL screenshot will be returned to you using the method you specified.

  • Creating webpage screenshots as fast as possible

    Monday, September 21, 2015

    We have recently finished a series of improvements to our services to make it as fast as possible to create webpage screenshots, run a scrape or create a animated GIF etc.

    First of all we analysed our hardware and made several changes that has greatly sped up screenshot generation times.

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