Networking Diagnostics Website-Watcher

Website-Watcher 17.2 for Windows

by Martin Aignesberger

Avg. Rating 2.6 (980 votes)

File Details

File Size 29.3 MB
License Shareware, $29.95
Operating System Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 24,911
Publisher Martin Aignesberger
Homepage Website-Watcher

Publisher's Description

WebSite-Watcher checks an unlimited number of web-sites for updates and changes with a minimum of time and online-costs. When changes in a website are detected, it saves the last two versions to your hard disk and highlights all changes in the text.

Latest Reviews

dubstepmaker

dubstepmaker reviewed v13.0 on Feb 14, 2013

great app!

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v13.0 Beta 2 on Jan 25, 2013

This program is perfect. Highly customizable and goes the extra miles to do everything you ask of it. I love using it.

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v11.5 Beta 1 on Oct 3, 2011

Neanderthal66:
"lots of free products around which do the job correctly"

Alright, it would have been easy to just name one then. It obviously has to support regular expressions like Website Watcher to "do the job correctly".

Neanderthal66

Neanderthal66 reviewed v11.3 on Jun 20, 2011

Looks likes a 20 years old thing, behaves like a 20 years old thing, and is slow like a 20 years old thing. Indeed, lots of free products around which do the job correctly, this one doesn't (and probably never will)

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v11.0 on Feb 4, 2011

This top-of-the-line software is being lanced by morons simply because the author doesn't want to work for free.

New Doraemon

New Doraemon reviewed v11.0 on Feb 4, 2011

You b!tches rating this under 3 stars are simply joking, aren't you? You freeware weirdos can't think of paying for a top-notch product, can you?

WSW is a great product, reasonably priced and can do lots of things that that FFox add-on surely can't. Please review apps for their purposes and not their price. Then that would be interesting to read.

Now you can get back to your Ubuntus... :weirdo:

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v10.5 on Nov 9, 2010

I am rating this shareware product highly, therefore I must either be the developer, or a friend of the developer. Definitely.

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v10.2 on Jun 30, 2010

It's all been said before. WsW cannot be competed against with a stupid Firefox extension or an MSIE add-on.

supersonic

supersonic reviewed v10.1 on Apr 16, 2010

Just saw that UpdateWatcher now also supports Firefox...

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v10.1 on Apr 9, 2010

Let me reiterate what has been said: comparing Website Watcher with products such as UpdateScanner and UpdateWatcher is ludicrous. I do use Firefox, and I did try UpdateScanner. However, WW has a feature which is critical in my view, namely regular expressions support. I quickly stopped using UpdateScanner because the lack of regex makes it largely inadequate. For instance, if I was checking the Fileforum Firefox page, I just want to know if there is a new version, not if there is a new comment or its average rating changed. That's where WW blows the competition out of the water, and despite searching/testing at length, WW stubbornly remained my tool of choice. Don't get me wrong, I'd be delighted to see a serious cheaper contender, but we are nowhere close to see it happening with the alternatives mentioned.
It is true however that quality doesn't come cheap, and I do find the price hikes of WW to steer towards being prohibitive, hence a point taken out, and why I stick with v5 (which itself didn't offer much more than v4).
To conclude: although it is not always the case, in this case don't listen to the freetards as you do get what you pay for. I tried UpdateScanner, didn't pay anything, and didn't get anything.
Shrek: if your definition of bloatware is "offers sufficient features to flexibly carry out everything you might need", then yes, WW is definitely bloatware. Size-wise, the installation package lets you make it portable. My installation on my pen drive is 5.3MB in 55 files (excluding bookmarks archives of course). If this is bloat, Firefox+UpdateScanner on your pen drive would be a hell of a lot more (and yes, you could technically use WW to browse, although that's not its purpose). But then you were not trying to be honest.

Avg. Rating 2.6 (980 votes)
Your Rating
dubstepmaker

dubstepmaker reviewed v13.0 on Feb 14, 2013

great app!

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v13.0 Beta 2 on Jan 25, 2013

This program is perfect. Highly customizable and goes the extra miles to do everything you ask of it. I love using it.

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v11.5 Beta 1 on Oct 3, 2011

Neanderthal66:
"lots of free products around which do the job correctly"

Alright, it would have been easy to just name one then. It obviously has to support regular expressions like Website Watcher to "do the job correctly".

Neanderthal66

Neanderthal66 reviewed v11.3 on Jun 20, 2011

Looks likes a 20 years old thing, behaves like a 20 years old thing, and is slow like a 20 years old thing. Indeed, lots of free products around which do the job correctly, this one doesn't (and probably never will)

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v11.0 on Feb 4, 2011

This top-of-the-line software is being lanced by morons simply because the author doesn't want to work for free.

New Doraemon

New Doraemon reviewed v11.0 on Feb 4, 2011

You b!tches rating this under 3 stars are simply joking, aren't you? You freeware weirdos can't think of paying for a top-notch product, can you?

WSW is a great product, reasonably priced and can do lots of things that that FFox add-on surely can't. Please review apps for their purposes and not their price. Then that would be interesting to read.

Now you can get back to your Ubuntus... :weirdo:

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v10.5 on Nov 9, 2010

I am rating this shareware product highly, therefore I must either be the developer, or a friend of the developer. Definitely.

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v10.2 on Jun 30, 2010

It's all been said before. WsW cannot be competed against with a stupid Firefox extension or an MSIE add-on.

supersonic

supersonic reviewed v10.1 on Apr 16, 2010

Just saw that UpdateWatcher now also supports Firefox...

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v10.1 on Apr 9, 2010

Let me reiterate what has been said: comparing Website Watcher with products such as UpdateScanner and UpdateWatcher is ludicrous. I do use Firefox, and I did try UpdateScanner. However, WW has a feature which is critical in my view, namely regular expressions support. I quickly stopped using UpdateScanner because the lack of regex makes it largely inadequate. For instance, if I was checking the Fileforum Firefox page, I just want to know if there is a new version, not if there is a new comment or its average rating changed. That's where WW blows the competition out of the water, and despite searching/testing at length, WW stubbornly remained my tool of choice. Don't get me wrong, I'd be delighted to see a serious cheaper contender, but we are nowhere close to see it happening with the alternatives mentioned.
It is true however that quality doesn't come cheap, and I do find the price hikes of WW to steer towards being prohibitive, hence a point taken out, and why I stick with v5 (which itself didn't offer much more than v4).
To conclude: although it is not always the case, in this case don't listen to the freetards as you do get what you pay for. I tried UpdateScanner, didn't pay anything, and didn't get anything.
Shrek: if your definition of bloatware is "offers sufficient features to flexibly carry out everything you might need", then yes, WW is definitely bloatware. Size-wise, the installation package lets you make it portable. My installation on my pen drive is 5.3MB in 55 files (excluding bookmarks archives of course). If this is bloat, Firefox+UpdateScanner on your pen drive would be a hell of a lot more (and yes, you could technically use WW to browse, although that's not its purpose). But then you were not trying to be honest.

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v10.1 Beta 2 on Mar 18, 2010

The advice to use a Firefox extension instead of WsW is akin to the advice to use AdBlock Plus instead of Ad Muncher. Both recommendations ignore the fact that not everyone uses Firefox, and that both extensions don't do (nearly) everything the other software does. WsW does a lot more than simply check websites for changes. WsW does not take up much space. If having lots of features makes it "bloatware", then sure, it's bloatware. Whatever.

supersonic

supersonic reviewed v10.1 Beta-1 on Mar 12, 2010

For IE user that want a lighweight alternative, I would recommend a look at http://www.flekdev.com/UpdateWatcher.html. Very easy to use and only $1.50

FixXxeR

FixXxeR reviewed v10.1 Beta-1 on Mar 4, 2010

shrek, what if I do not use firefox? Why would I care about a FIREFOX addon? You seem to be mistaking an addon that has very limited functionality for this program which offers far more than any addon currently in development. How about giving a recommendation of a program that does NOT require another program be installed in order to use it.

shrek412

shrek412 reviewed v10.1 Beta-1 on Mar 3, 2010

This is a bloat-ware :) @ "emanresU deriseD", I think you're a developer of this BLOAT-WARE :)

But for other BetaNews Fans

If you wanna monitor web pages for updates. Even websites that don't provide Atom or RSS feeds. Use "Update Scanner Firefox Addon" (http://updatescanner.mozdev.org).

Features:
* Select how often each site will be scanned
* Changes to pages are highlighted automatically
* Minor changes can be ignored
* Full international support
* Right-click on any page, and select "Scan Page for Updates"
* Totally Free & Easy
* No need to run as a separate process or a program

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v10.1 Beta-1 on Mar 2, 2010

You're right, shrek. That's the kind of solid thinking we should all employ in other facets of our lives. I just visited an automotive site and gave the BMW Z4 a really terrible review, because hey, feet are free, and both feet and the BMW Z4 can get you from one place to another.

Oh, almost forgot: " :) "

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