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HISTORY

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Version 2016 (16.3)   -   03-Oct-2016
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher works correctly with High DPI displays that are using scaling
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros and IE/Browser: Filtering of scripts and comments significantely improved
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros and IE/Browser: Improved support for Windows 10
  • [+] Internet Explorer Macros: Internal timeout handling improved. This can bring a small performance improvement for certain Internet Explorer Macros.
  • [x] RSS feeds: Improved detection and handling if a feed only contains removed articles
  • [+] Internal browser / Statusbar: Possibility to set the default zoom level
  • [x] Internal browser: Max zoom level is now 500 (instead of 200)
  • [x] RSS/Atom feeds: Improved sorting behavior when multiple posts have no or a similiar pub date
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros: improved form filling and more types of non-standard buttons supported
  • [-] Changes side bar didn't work correctly when the browser zoom level wasn't 100%
  • [-] Program configuration: Custom folder line height didn't work correctly under certain circumstances
  • [-] Checking local HTML files with the checking method "Internet Explorer/Browser" didn't correctly handle link addresses
  • [-] Follow-Links: Ignore parts of an URL to avoid duplicates didn't work under certain circumstances
  • Smaller improvements and fixes


Version 2016 (16.2)   -   13-Jun-2016
  • [-] Sending e-mails in text format didn't work correctly in 16.1
  • [-] Taskbar icon wasn't refreshed correctly


Version 2016 (16.1)   -   01-Jun-2016
  • [+] Add URL from Chrome: It's now possible to grab the URL from the currently opened Chrome browser tab (by installing a Chrome extension) - see http://www.aignes.com/chrome/ for further instructions
  • [+] RSS feeds / Black/White list: Support for wildcards and regular expressions with syntax: regex(...)
  • [+] RSS feeds / Black/White list: Supports whole-word feature when words are placed within quotes, eg: "keyword"
  • [+] RSS feeds / Ignore articles older than X days: Support additional date formats
  • [+] RSS feeds: WSW shows the author field (if available)
  • [+] Bookmarks that are monitored with the check-by-screenshot method can now correctly be sent as HTML e-mails
  • [+] New program tweak: CheckIEBrowserSingleConnection=1 - That tweak limits the simultaneous connections of bookmarks with the checking method "Internet Explorer/Browser" to 1 (same behavior as in WebSite-Watcher 2015 and lower). You can use that tweak if simulatenaous connections with the checking method "IE/Browser" cause problems on your system.
  • [x] Improved filtering of javascript (some pages could be displayed blank under rare circumstances)
  • [x] Bookmark properties / RSS: If the RSS options are disabled due to a pre-configuration in the folder properties, it's now possible to still call the Analysis function (which is no longer greyed out now).
  • [x] Follow-Links: URLs that start with TEL: are no longer inserted as new bookmarks
  • [x] Follow-Links: option "Don't follow links inside filtered parts" works better with CSS based ignore filters
  • [x] Sending e-mails: WebSite-Watcher no longer handles the server status code #354 as an error
  • [x] Improvements when checking facebook pages which could report check errors lately
  • [x] Improved support of SVG images
  • [x] Find bookmarks: WSW circulates the list when the end of the list is reached
  • [+] Find bookmarks: WSW shows a message if no results are found
  • [+] New command line parameter: /EXIT - exits a running WebSite-Watcher (this parameter also aborts a running bookmark check)
  • [+] Send e-mails: If a checked page could not be converted into HTML e-mail format, then WSW adds an information to the generated e-mail in text format that the e-mail in HTML format could not be created.
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Keywords window: Window caption shows the number of entered keywords
  • [x] The portable edition of WSW is now identified as IE11 when checking bookmarks (instead of IE10)
  • [-] CSS based watch filter: If no matches were found, then WSW could use the whole content to detect updates instead of putting out the warning "whole content filtered"
  • [-] The special filter "Minimum number of words" didn't work correctly with RSS/Atom feeds
  • [-] Recording an Internet Explorer Macro could crash under certain circumstances
  • [-] Reports / Variable wsw_url_removed_content: MAXLEN value wasn't used to display removed content
  • [-] Export to Excel: Field "action_sendmail_template" did not work
  • [-] Taskbar Icon could cause minor problems on Windows 10
  • Smaller fixes and internal improvements
  • Various language files updated


Version 2016 (16.0)   -   26-Jan-2016
  • [+] Highlight keywords: Multiple keyword colors supported. Just add #colorname on the right side of a keyword definition to use an alternative color. Supported color names are: red, green, olive, lime, teal, blue, aqua, magenta, orange. You can also use the Keywords dialog to add/remove the colors.
  • [+] Performance improvement: Bookmarks that use the check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser" or Internet Explorer Macros can be checked with multiple connections. The limit of one check at a time is no longer required and the checks work similar to the Standard checking method. Only Internet Explorer Macros per top level domain are limited to one check at a time. So if you have many bookmarks which use "Internet Explorer/Browser", you might see a huge performance improvement!
  • [+] Performance improvement: HTTPS bookmarks from the same domain can be checked with simultaneous connections. So if you have many HTTPS bookmarks from the same domain (eg. facebook.com), you might see a huge performance improvement! Default value: 3 connections per domain.
  • [+] Black/Whitelist for RSS feeds to include/exclude certain articles
  • [+] New option to ignore RSS feed article bodies
  • [+] Multiple Proxies. It's possible to define multiple proxies which can be used on a per-bookmark level. So it's possible to monitor different bookmarks with different proxies. This will work with bookmarks that use the http or https protocol.
  • [+] Internal Browser: Goto previous change
  • [+] Browser integration: It's possible to drag/drop the URL of a web browser over the browser eye to add bookmarks (that way it's possible to open the currently opened page from Chrome to WSW)
  • [+] SVG images supported (will be displayed within checked web pages)
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Actions: Add log file to Local Website Archive
  • [+] Browser integration: It's possible to drag/drop a link from a web page over the browser eye to add it as new bookmark
  • [+] Bookmark properties have a Tweaks section that will be used for certain configurations or enhancements.
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Tweak: HttpAcceptLanguage=... to define the accept-language header per bookmark
  • [+] Plugins: New function "DecodeHtmlChars" to decode all encoded characters (eg.   or ú)
  • [+] Virtual folders / Advanced rules: New variable {is_changed}. Can be 0 or 1, dependent if a bookmark is marked as changed (red/bold).
  • [+] Virtual folders / Advanced rules: New variables {flag_any}, {flag_red}, {flag_green}, {flag_blue}, {flag_yellow} to display bookmarks with flags. Values can be 0 or 1.
  • [+] Filter Assistant: New shortcuts "Ctrl+N" for "Create new filter" and "Ctrl+T" for "Test filter".
  • [+] Report/Export: New variable {wsw_url_domain} for the top level domain, eg. aignes.com
  • [+] Report/Export: New variable {wsw_sort_url} to sort the report by URLs (default is sorting by name)
  • [+] Report/Export: New variable {wsw_sort_domain} to sort the report by domain name (default is sorting by name)
  • [+] Auto-Filter: It's possible to delete single Auto-Filter lines
  • [x] Creating Auto-Filters improved
  • [+] RSS feeds with various non-standard syntax formats supported
  • [+] Internet Explorer Macros: Macros with "I'm not a robot" captchas supported (the captcha can now be entered correctly)
  • [+] Program configuration / E-Mail / Max e-mail size: If you send e-mails in HTML format with embedded images, you can limit the max size of the e-mails. WebSite-Watcher will remove images from the e-mail as long as the size larger than the configured max value. This option is enabled by default with a max. size of 10 MB per e-mail.
  • [+] Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+R (to restore the previous version) also works when the internal browser is focused
  • [+] Export to/Import from Excel: New field "autowatch_check_every_time" for the configuration "check every X days"
  • [x] Import URLs from Excel spreadsheets: Automatically remove leading/trailing slashes from URLs which caused an error message when checked
  • [x] Main window: Mouse wheel no longer changes the opened page when the mouse is over the URL field
  • [x] Recalculating AutoWatch countdown after checking single bookmarks improved
  • [x] Export/Report: Extracting highlighting changes improved
  • [x] Checking bookmarks: WSW is now identified as IE11 instead of IE10
  • [x] Detecting and displaying removed content at the bottom of the page improved
  • [-] Update Ticker didn't remember the last position on multi monitor setups under certain circumstances


Version 2015 (15.6)   -   10-Nov-2015
  • [x] Follow-Links works correctly with .com.tr addresses now. General improvements to .com.** domains.
  • [x] AutoWatch optimizations from v15.5 reverted to v15.4 (v15.5 could cause very short countdown intervals if many bookmarks were checked via AutoWatch)
  • [x] Check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser" and "Internet Explorer Macros": Performance improvements on some Windows systems (especially Windows Server)


Version 2015 (15.5)   -   27-Oct-2015
  • [x] AutoWatch countdown calculation improved
  • [x] Auto correction of HTML errors in web pages improved
  • [x] Performance improvements when checking pages with lots of meta tags (WSW could nearly hang under certain circumstances)


Version 2015 (15.4)   -   24-Aug-2015
  • [x] Internet Explorer Check-Macros improved (especially for pages with frames)
  • [-] Create Ignore/Watch filters with start/end text didn't work correctly
  • [x] Download-Manager: Internal timeout value increased


Version 2015 (15.3)   -   30-Jul-2015
  • [+] Windows 10 officially supported
  • [+] Improved support for Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11
  • [x] Browser Eye doesn't overlap with the minimize button of Windows 10
  • [+] If AutoWatch or a check script is running, WSW will no longer show a window about dead AutoBackup files (so that the current check process won't be interrupted)
  • [-] Follow-Links didn't work correctly with .com.au addresses
  • [-] Download-Manager could crash for certain URLs
  • [-] Bookmark action "Export page": Filename wasn't saved correctly under certain circumstances
  • [-] Dialup reimplemented (did not work in the 64bit version of WSW)
  • Smaller improvements and fixes


Version 2015 (15.2)   -   30-Apr-2015
  • [-] Sending a test e-mail could fail under certain circumstances
  • [-] Scripting language: Sending an e-mail could fail under certain circumstances
  • [-] Program configuration / Pre-defined bookmark properties: Troubleshooting properties didn't work
  • [x] Internal browser: Improved handling of spaces in URLs
  • [-] Date variables: negative offset could cause wrong results
  • Smaller tweaks and fixes


Version 2015 (15.1)   -   07-Apr-2015
  • [+] Report/Export: New variable {wsw_url_checkurl} that is replaced with the URL that was used for checking a bookmark (incl. resolved date variables, server relocations, etc).
  • [x] Improved handling of character sets if web pages have errors in the HTML source code
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could hang when working with e-mail templates
  • [-] Private Plugins didn't work if the same database was used with the 32bit and 64bit version of WSW alternately
  • [-] Plugins / event function "Wsw_MergePages": parameter sNewPostData didn't automatically start the POST command (GET was used instead)
  • [-] Creating folders with single quotation marks caused a crash
  • [-] RSS/Atom feeds: Items were not detected if only a link URL (without item title or item description) was available
  • Minor bugs fixed


Version 2015 (15.0)   -   27-Feb-2015
  • [+] 64-bit version of WebSite-Watcher
    (combined setup for 32/64 bit version. The setup will automatically install the 64bit version on 64bit systems)
    The About box shows if the 32/64bit version is installed.
  • [+] CSS based watch filters
  • [+] Bookmark action "Send mail": Customized E-Mail templates. Can for example be used to send e-mails with alternative sender e-mail address or an alternative e-mail body
  • [+] Report: New variable {wsw_url_removed_content(MAXLEN)} to show removed content
  • [+] Report: New variable {wsw_url_readstatus} shows if a bookmark has been read. ("read" or "unread")
  • [+] Report: New variable {wsw_url_update_on_keywords_table} shows found keywords of the Update-On-Keywords feature (similar to the table in the Analysis tab of the internal browser). This variable returns a HTML table, so this variable is designed to be used in HTML based reports.
  • [+] Report window / context menu: "Check selected bookmarks" and "Uncheck selected bookmarks"
  • [+] Follow-Links: New option "Don't follow links inside filtered parts of a page". With that option, the Follow-Links feature uses defined Ignore filters to exclude links from filtered areas of a page. This option only works with Ignore filters, not with Watch filters.
  • [+] Follow-Links: New option "Name Prefix". This option will assign the entered text as prefix to the bookmark name of automatically inserted bookmarks.
  • [+] Follow-Links: FTP protocol supported
  • [+] Follow-Links: IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names) supported
  • [+] Bookmark context menu / New entry "Select Master Bookmark" (if a child bookmark is selected). Useful when there are multiple master bookmarks within the same folder.
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: New option to set "Last check date"
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: New option to set "Last changed date"
  • [+] Download/Display images in a page: New option "Don't show images within filtered content"
  • [+] Script / CreateReport: New option to create a report for the currently selected bookmarks. This will make it for example possible to create and send a report by e-mail for the currently opened bookmark. (CreateReport /bookmarks=selected /...)
  • Script / new predefined variables: {windowsdir} and {winprogramsdir}
  • [+] New program tweak: HandleWarningWholeContentFilteredAsError=1 - If a check reports the message "Warning: whole content filtered (please verify your filter settings)", then this is handled as warning by default. If you enable that tweak, this status message is handled as error (listed in Error folder, the bookmark option "Alert/Actions-on-Error" is performed, etc).
  • [+] Update similar bookmarks: Window can be resized and WebSite-Watcher remembers window size
  • [+] Update similar bookmarks: WebSite-Watcher remembers column widths and sorting
  • [+] Virtual Folders: New options "Actions on Initialization" and "Actions on Update"
  • [+] Download-Manager: FTP protocol supported
  • [+] Download Manager: Remember column widths
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks / Export page: it's possible to assign the export file
  • [+] Export/Import bookmarks to/from Excel: Fields for bookmark action "Export" supported
  • [+] Backups and AutoBackups can be aborted via a Cancel button
  • [+] Internet Explorer Macros: New option to use a customized User Agent
  • [+] MiniBrowser: New option to use a customized User Agent
  • [+] Internal browser / Page button: New command "Save page as". Lets you save pages HTML, MHT and TEXT format
  • [+] Filter-Assistant / New option "Always start Filter Assistant with TEXT tab" (can be changed in the Options menu of the Filter Assistant)
  • [+] Test Filter window shows the date when the new/old version was changed
  • [+] Shortcut can be assigned to function "Disable check"
  • [+] Plugins: function "Bookmark_GetProperty" can read the check status. Useful when you want to write the check status to a log file. Example script see help file.
  • [+] Help file / new Plugin example: Write status of last check to log file
  • [+] Help file / new Plugin example: Extract and show PDF links
  • [+] Startup: WSW automatically detects if the configuration file is corrupted and can automatically restore a backup file
  • [x] AutoBackup: Max number of days to run AutoBackups is now 99 (instead of 9)
  • [x] Check method "Internet Explorer/Browser": Checks with option "Disable optimizations" significantly improved
  • [x] Checking FTP pages improved
  • [x] Repair database: Performance boost when repairing a database
  • [-] RSS feeds with IFRAME tags in postings were not displayed correctly
  • [-] Fixed a bug when sending e-mails without authentication (when username/password were entered)
  • [-] Virtual Folders: Action "Mark as read" didn't work correctly
  • [-] Virtual Folders: The action list didn't show check marks when an action is enabled
  • Smaller fixes and improvements


Version 2014 (14.3)   -   31-Oct-2014
  • [+] Atom feeds: enclosures supported
  • [x] Performance of AutoBackup/Backup improved
  • [-] AutoBackup could hang on certain systems
  • [-] Some FTP pages could not be checked in v14.2
  • [-] RSS/Atom feeds: images were not be displayed in rare cases
  • Smaller fixes tweaks


Version 2014 (14.2)   -   11-Sept-2014
  • [+] New option to optionally disable toolbar tooltips
  • [+] Plugins: "Bookmark_Setproperty" can read/write the bookmark note
  • [+] Plugins: "Bookmark_Setproperty" can write the bookmark name
  • [+] Checking PDF files with Internet Explorer Macros
  • [+] Bookmark pre-definitions: It's possible to predefine the option "Suppress frameset warning"
  • [+] Bookmark pre-definitions: It's possible to predefine the option "Ignore message: whole content filtered"
  • [+] Bookmark pre-definitions: It's possible to predefine the options "Checking method", "file type" and "character set"
  • [+] Scripting language: new function "GetLastCheckUpdatedBookmarkCount"
  • [+] Send e-mails: Header "X-Mailer" is no longer used in e-mails sent by WebSite-Watcher
  • [+] Bookmark properties / RSS feed analysis: Link URL is displayed
  • [+] Atom feeds: GUID is now used (this will cause a false positive when Atom feeds are checked the first time with the new version)
  • [x] Improved detection if bookmarks with check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser" have an error 404/page not found
  • [x] Improved detection if entered regular expressions are correct, WebSite-Watcher also show a warning when regular expressions will exceed internal memory limits due to massive backtracking
  • [x] Special filter / minimum number of changes: Max value increased from 99 to 999
  • [x] Re-creating database from cache folder improved
  • [x] Improved detection of database problems and corrupted databases
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros improved
  • [x] Tweak "PerformCheckOnlyIfUrlExists" improved
  • [x] Improved: stopping AutoWatch while a check is running (could take a long time in previous versions)
  • [+] json files are automatically handled as text files
  • [x] internal: sending e-mails rewritten
  • [x] internal: checking FTP files rewritten
  • [x] internal: checking newsgroup rewritten
  • [x] internal: backup system rewritten
  • [-] Problems with yahoo smtp servers fixed
  • [-] Bookmark properties / RSS / Keep the most recent X articles: Option did not work correctly for Atom feeds (only for RSS feeds)
  • [-] Bookmark properties + Convert Unicode URLs: Some conversion fixes/improvements
  • [-] Fix a bug where defined CSS filters were deleted falsely
  • Smaller bugs fixed


Version 2014 (14.1)   -   11-Feb-2014
  • [+] Automatically fix several invalid bookmark configurations after importing bookmarks from Excel
  • [-] CSS based ignore filters didn't work correctly in version 14.0
  • Smaller bugs fixed


Version 2014 (14.0)   -   30-Jan-2014
  • [+] Improved compatibility with Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 (Starting with version 11, an embedded Internet Explorer is identified as IE9 with an uncommon user agent string. This could cause problems with various web pages. WebSite-Watcher 2014 changes that user agent string so that IE11 is correctly identified as IE11).
  • [+] New program option "Always open links in external browser": If enabled, WebSite-Watcher will always open online URLs in your external default browser. Only checked bookmarks (locally saved pages) will then be opened within WebSite-Watcher. Currently, the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 has some bugs that can freeze applications. If you run into that problem, you can use that option to work around that bug.
  • [+] New ignore filter: Filter content via CSS class names
  • [+] New special filter: Minimum number of new/changed words (that are required to detect an update)
  • [+] New special filter: Sort page content by sentences
  • [+] Pre-define bookmark properties / Ignore and Watch filter: New option "Add to existing configuration"
  • [+] Pre-define bookmark properties / Keywords: New option "Add to existing configuration"
  • [+] Pre-define bookmark properties / Highlight Changes: More options in the "Highlight Changes" configuration (folder properties and global bookmark pre-definitions)
  • [+] Keywords and Ignore/Watch filters: New function regexcmp(regex,operator,number) - this functions searches for the defined regular expression, extracts all digits from the match and compares them with the pre-defined number. This function can for example be used to extract a price and accept it only if it is larger than 1000. Example: regexcmp(Price:\s*\d+\.\d\d;,; >1000)
  • [+] Keywords: It's possible to call the "Test regex" window to directly test regular expressions or keywords
  • [+] Global bookmark pre-definitions: New option "Continue processing with other pre-definitions". This makes it possible to pre-define multiple pre-definitions per bookmark
  • [+] Performance: Much better handling of the checking queue to avoid bottlenecks when many bookmarks with the same domain are queued or when checks are limited via advanced connection rules
  • [+] Performance: User interface should be more responsive during bookmark checks
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher can check pages and files which are encoded in UTF-16 format
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Advanced Internet Explorer check settings can be pre-configured (folder properties and global bookmark pre-definitions)
  • [+] Bookmark properties: IFRAMES settings can be pre-configured (folder properties and global bookmark pre-definitions)
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Action "Export page" can be pre-configured (folder properties and global bookmark pre-definitions)
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Action "Run program" can be pre-configured (folder properties and global bookmark pre-definitions)
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Troubleshooting settings can be pre-configured (folder properties and global bookmark pre-definitions)
  • [+] Check selected bookmarks (extended): New option "Check before other bookmarks". If enabled, bookmarks will be inserted and checked before already queued bookmarks.
  • [+] Bookmark properties / RSS feeds: It's possible to define how new RSS feed postings should be detected. Optional, by default WebSite-Watcher uses an automatic system that can fail under certain circumstances, for example when an RSS feed regularly changes the GUID (=Globally Unique Identifier) of existing postings.
  • [+] Filter-Assistant converts all links to text (optional). This makes it easier to make a selection within a link text.
  • [+] Statistics: Export statistic to Excel spreadsheet
  • [+] Statistics: Reset statistics
  • [x] The plugin "Auto-Download with Download-Manager" now also works with initialized bookmarks (if configured in the bookmark properties)
  • [+] Customizable pre-definitions for the user agent string. The user agent can then be selected from the pre-defined list (eg. to get the mobile layout of a page if available)
  • [+] File+Reopen now remembers the last 9 used files (instead of 4)
  • [+] New Tweak: HandleIgnoreUpdateAsError=0 (If a bookmark has the Ignore updates feature configured and a black listed text is found in the page, then (1) WebSite-Watcher will list this bookmark in the error folder and (2) alert an update after the configured number of errors in a row. With that tweak, WebSite-Watcher will ignore the update but not list the bookmark in the error folder nor alert an update after X errors in a row)
  • [+] Bookmark properties: WebSite-Watcher automatically checks entered regular expressions for syntax errors
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: WebSite-Watcher automatically checks entered regular expressions for syntax errors
  • [+] Assign bookmark properties window: WebSite-Watcher automatically checks entered regular expressions for syntax errors
  • [+] Checking method "Internet Explorer/Browser": It's possible to use a custom User Agent (bookmark properties + Advanced + Check options (2))
  • [+] Download Manager: New option "Move to system tray when WebSite-Watcher starts a download"
  • [+] Download Manager: New option "Show info window when a download has completed"
  • [+] Import bookmarks from Chrome
  • [+] Silent uninstall (more information see chapter "Silent Install/Uninstall" in the help file)
  • [+] Plugins / Bookmark_GetProperty: New variables "database_filename" and "cache_folder"
  • [x] Send RSS feeds via the bookmark action "Send mail": If the option "Alert/Actions on initialization" is enabled, WebSite-Watcher sent an empty feed for initialized feeds (because by default, only new or changed articles are sent by e-mail). On initialization, WebSite-Watcher will send the whole feed now.
  • [x] Internet Check Macros improved
  • [x] Several performance improvements while a check is running
  • [x] Improved filtering of HTML tags when a tag contains problematic characters or tags (eg. HTML tags in the title parameter)
  • [x] Enhanced handling of certain encoded characters
  • [x] Performance improvements when comparing pages (could take a very long time for certain pages)
  • Smaller fixes and improvements




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