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Fri Mar 5, 2021, 01:46 AM

Need some suggestions to d/l a Web page, including links.

I am trying to save a Web page from an estate sale. I haven't tried to do anything like this for years, back when Web Whacker was the suggested tool. I Googled for programs to do this and found such an embarrassment of riches I don't know where to start. Just saving the "Web page, complete" gets me all the .jpg files from the page itself, but each pic has a link which gives more info -- but the links are to the original site, not to any d/led files. Is there a way to save this info without d/ling the company's entire Web site, which would be huge ?

I've seen the phrase "Web ripper" come up, but don't know anything about what they are, though the name is certainly suggestive. Any recommendations ? I'm in kind of a hurry because I don't know how much longer this page will be up.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 01:54 AM

1. I built a webpage using Macromedia. I have no idea what to do but they

had a free trial for a month before i had to pay. That was 16 years ago. Maybe they have tools in there that could help? Good luck.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 01:54 AM

2. Save Webpage Complete absolutely should work, I just did it with this page

I just saved this page and one of the files saved in the folder was your RollTide icon. The DU and Google icons are also files in it.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/save-complete-webpage-offline-reading/

If it doesn't then the website might be blocking it from working, in which case I doubt any tool will work. Could always take screenshots in a pinch

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 02:07 AM

3. Oh, sorry misread. Yeah, you'd need something fairly sophisticated

if you want to be able to click links from the page and have it take you to other, locally downloaded files.

The save mechanism would have to be smart enough to follow every link on the page and 'see what's there' and download that as well, and then re-write that link to point at a (saved) file instead of the URL.

Which can get very complex because there could redirects and all kinds of other intermediary steps.

I think to be able to do this you need to copy the whole site basically.

Some of them might be smart enough to let you point at a particular page and grab everything needed to support that page, it's not impossible to do ... try some of the highly rec'd ones.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 02:22 AM

4. Try this one, and see if you can get anything happy going on with the filter mechanism

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 03:53 AM

8. Thanks! That looks like the kind of thing I'm looking for, will give it a shot. nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 02:27 AM

5. I was able to copy and paste an entire page into MicroSoft Word . . .

I copied an e-bay page for used computers. I was able to capture all the images with links, and the links took me to the linked page, not back to the original.

The page is spread out; I mean, the photos and graphics aren't tightly together, sometimes the text is below the photo where on the page it was next to it, but everything's there and all the links seem to work.

Is this what you were looking to do?


I'm on a Macintosh, and found I was also able to save the page the same way in Text Editor. Don't know if a PC has a similar program but I suspect it will.

Good luck.

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 03:53 AM

7. Interesting option, but I don't have Word for Mac.

Maybe I'll try it in Win8. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 04:30 AM

9. It may work in any kind of word processing program . . .

On a Windows machine I believe a comparable program to TextEdit is Notepad.

Good luck.


I just saw TreasonousBastard's suggestion below that you use Evernote. That sounds like an excellent program.

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 05:52 AM

10. It's not possible to do what the OP is asking with Word.

"I was able to capture all the images with links, and the links took me to the linked page, not back to the original."

What s/he is asking for is that when you click on a link on the saved page, is not for it take you to a web address. That functionality can be done just by clicking Ctrl-S on a webpage and saving as a 'complete' html page (it's put in a single folder on disk).

What he/she wants is for clicking on that link to take you to another locally saved page.

So, if you clicked a link on the saved page (say, your saved page is at C:/downloads/mywebsite/mywebpage1.html), it wouldn't direct your browser to (for example) https://www.mywebsite/mywebpage2.html (the web url from the original page that's saved in your local copy), it would take you to C:downloads/mywebsite/mywebpage2.html. Another locally saved page (or image or whatnot) ... that was somehow ALSO magically saved when you saved the original page ... just by virtue of the first page having a link to it.

This requires sophisticated software to accomplish

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 10:16 AM

12. I thought this had to be more complicated than what I proposed . . .

Now I understand, and yes, my solution isn't viable for what he wants to do.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 03:00 AM

6. Evernote

evernote.com Free version is all you need

It's the ultimate web clipper and organizer. Probably overkill for what you need, but it's amazingly useful and you might like it.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 06:10 AM

11. I wondered why that ended up on my desktop.

Have to play around with it someday, but now I gotta go to sleep!

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 05:19 PM

13. Thanks, I'll probably try more than one approach. nt

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