Web page watcher?
Does anyone use a tool to watch web pages and notify them when they change? I think ideally it would be something that plugs into IE so you can right-click on the page or click a toolbar button to "watch" the page.
OmniWeb (for the Mac) has this feature, and I believe Opera does as well. In OmniWeb you bookmark the page and a green arrow appears letting you know that the content on the page has changed. I'm sure the feature isn't too complicated to implement, the HTTP protocol supports a request to see if the page has changed.
What you want to do is get a HTTP Fetch component or something and grab the body. The header will always change.
True, but so long as you pull one request of just the page every five minutes or more it shouldn't be a big deal.
Let me guess, you are trying to write a watch dog :-)
Some sites do: http://www.rba.co.uk/sources/monitor.htm
There is a notification by email feature already built in to IE. Make a bookmark, then right click on the bookmark and make the page available offline. On one of the offline page options there is an option to notify you by email when the page changes.
banner ads usually screws up the thing, displaying current date as well.
Does the notification feature actually work in Firebird? I have tried it heaps of times but nothing actually happens.
I was a very happy user of MindIT! Notification service, and when it went down (or became pay-ware, I'm not too sure) I went around looking for _good_ sw to do the same: look at pages, notify when there are changes, etc.
WebMon works very well and is freeware: http://www.markwell.btinternet.co.uk/webmon/
Hmmm. Matthew, you are right. It used to work when I tested it in an older Mozilla build, but it sure is broken in the latest Firebird version.
Its been broken for a while, which is a pain, it kept me up todate without me having to do anything at all.
One more for WebSite-Watcher - it does exactly what you've asked. It amazed me so much that I've purchased it a week after trying it out .. A real tool for tracking hunderds of pages (in my case). Btw, it has started to support the RSS in it's latest betas - I tried feeding it Joel's chanel - looked very appealing, although I still tend to watch only for plain old HTMLs .. It has regex matchers, very powerful filters (Ignore user defined strings, Watch only user dfined strings)and a very comfortable navigation through all links. The support is very helpful - I usually receive letter in the same day.
Javier J, you've got me - I have only 267 links. Although, I'm starting to turn off the Autowatcher for many of them .. And use the WsW as a bookmark manager.
ChangeDetect is an online service that does what you are looking for:
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