There are very few reasons
for capturing a site. One of them is to review the content offline at some
future time, and the other is backup.
But if the site you're capturing
is your own, you'll generally find that FTP is a much faster way to
obtain a copy of it than spidering.
FTP is so easy to learn that
if you don't know how to use it, it's worth investing 5 or 10 minutes to
FTP programs we can recommend
Voyager, all of which are available as either freeware or
Soft Concepts in
Lanarkshire, Scotland make this delightful screen capture utility for
Windows95/98/NT users. A basic version allows you to capture Windows95/98/NT
screens while the the more advanced Pro version allows you to save the captured
images in a variety of different image formats, resize them or capture the
currently active window (rather than the complete screen, which is what the
basic version will do). Both versions are distributed as shareware
and their purchase prices are modest.
Aptec Screen Capture Products
Aptec (otherwise known
as Application Techniques Inc) make 3 top-of-the-range commercial screen
capture products that are probably the last word in comprehensiveness - two
for Windows 95/98/NT and one for DOS (if you still use it). The Windows programs
(CaptureEze Pro and CaptureEze 97) provide a vast range of
facilities which are particularly apt if screen captures forms an important
part of your work. All products have won a large number of awards from such
authorities as CNN, Ziff-Davis and C/Net too. Available as trialware
downloads (full registration is $US35 to $US40).
Ever wanted to be able to download
entire pages off the web - graphics, text and everything else.....in one
go? Blue Squirrel's WebWhacker 2000 allows you to "whack" pages in
the background while you cruise the Net. This software, recently upgraded
with an extensive list of new features, offers an ideal way to obtain backups
of your web pages - whether to put together presentations of web materials
or simply to pull down pages or entire sites for detailed offline study at
a later time. WebWhacker 2000 works directly out of your browser and trial
downloads are available for Windows95/98/NT and Macintosh users. A few other
nice things available at this site too!