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History of older WebSite-Watcher versions

Legend: [+] added, [x] changed/improved, [-] bugfix


Recent Versions


Version 2013 (13.2)   -   01-Oct-2013
  • [+] Export to Excel: If an export fails, then WebSite-Watcher shows the bookmark that caused an error
  • [-] RSS/Atom feeds: WSW used a wrong title ("NEWS") when a feed with no articles was initialized
  • [-] Renaming folders between upper/lowercase characters didn't work properly
  • Smaller tweaks and fixes


Version 2013 (13.1)   -   18-Jul-2013
  • [+] Internet Explorer Macros / new option when recording new macros: Disable optimizations. You can try that option if an Internet Explorer Macro cannot be executed correctly (certain pages could not be monitored with the internal optimizations which are enabled by default).
  • [+] Plugins / new function: DownloadPageToString
  • [+] Plugins / Built in function Bookmark_GetProperty has a new parameter "check_log" to get the log file of the current check
  • [+] XML files are now automatically handled as TEXT files
  • [x] Improved handling of external CSS files
  • [x] Improved keywords detection
  • [x] If the configured AutoBackup folder doesn't exist, WebSite-Watcher will no longer fall back to the default AutoBackup folder. An error message will be displayed instead.
  • [x] Performance boost: Certain bookmarks could take a very long time to open in the internal browser
  • [x] Improved extraction of RSS feed titles
  • [x] Improved detection and handling if the # character is an anchor or part of the URL
  • [-] Some pages could be displayed without CSS (although the CSS files were available).
  • [-] Follow-Links: WSW could "assimilate" bookmarks with the same domain as the master bookmark when they were stored in the same folder
  • Many smaller fixes and improvements


Version 2013 (13.0)   -   13-Feb-2013
  • [+] Options + Global bookmark pre-definitions: Assign pre-defined bookark properties to new/existing bookmarks with certain URL specifications. For example to automatically check all bookmarks with domain "aignes.com" with the check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser"
  • [+] Monitoring files on local network drives supported, eg. \\server\folder\filename.ext
  • [+] Browser integration: If the browser integration is enabled, then the WebSite-Watcher Browser Eye can also be displayed when WebSite-Watcher is not running. So you can easily add bookmarks from your browser without having to start WebSite-Watcher manually. Optional, disabled by default.
  • [+] Folder properties / Assign bookmark properties: Possibility to pre-define all special filters
  • [+] Folder properties / Assign bookmark properties: It's possible to pre-define watch filters
  • [+] Folder properties / Assign bookmark properties: It's possible to pre-define shared plugins. In that case a shared plugin is already used when a bookmark is initialized.
  • [+] Internal browser / TEXT tab: filtered content is now also striked out in the TEXT tab
  • [+] Bookmark action / Send mail: New option to ignore CSS definitions (can be used when your e-mail client has problems to display HTML mails from WebSite-Watcher)
  • [+] Send mails: The e-mail template (program configuration) is now also used in HTML e-mails. This makes it possible to display bookmark name and URL within the HTML e-mail.
  • [+] Bookmark action / Export page: New option to export the new version or the version with highlighted changes
  • [x] AutoWatch countdown calculation improved
  • [x] PDF Plugin significantly improved (extraction and performance)
  • [+] Tweak "PerformCheckOnlyIfUrlExists": If a "+" is added in front of the URL, then the check will be performed with each check run (optional)
  • [+] New tweak to no longer delete outdated filter definitions automatically. See helpfile for more information.
  • [+] When the divider between bookmark list and internal browser is moved, WebSite-Watcher ensures that the focussed bookmark stays in view.
  • [x] Improved keyword searching in Atom feeds
  • [x] Improved detection if RSS/Atom feeds have just removed items
  • [x] Checking local files improved
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher automatically deletes successfully sent e-mails from the error log after e-mails could not be sent temporarily
  • [+] New plugin: MS Excel (unformatted numbers) - The default Excel plugin shows formatted numbers while this plugin shows all numbers as they are stored in the sheet (no rounded numbers, no formatted decimal values, etc).
  • [+] New plugin: Monitor all OPTION tags - This plugin extracts all OPTION tags (eg. all entries from a drop down box) from the checked page and converts them into a new page.
  • [+] Plugins / new event function "Wsw_MergePages": This event function is called to merge multiple pages, eg. when monitoring a forum thread.
  • [+] Plugins / new event function "Wsw_AfterCheck": This event function is called after a bookmark has been checked.
  • [+] Plugins / new parameter "main_url" in function Bookmark_SetProperty: Replaces the main URL in the bookmark properties. Typical example is when you monitor a fourm thread and change the page URL if further sub pages are available. Typical example see help file.
  • [+] Plugins / new parameter "ignore_filter" in function Bookmark_SetProperty: Defines an ignore filter that is used temporarily for the check.
  • [+] Plugins / new parameter "watch_filter" in function Bookmark_SetProperty: Defines a watch filter that is used temporarily for the check.
  • [+] Plugins / new parameter "filter_ignore_removed_content" in function Bookmark_SetProperty: Enables the special filter "Ignore removed elements" temporarily for the check.
  • [+] Plugin IDE: Source tab has an "Apply filter" button. This can be useful when you want to evaluate regular expressions for the Bookmark_SetProperty settings "ignore_filter" and "watch_filter".
  • [+] Plugins / Help: New example in help file: Alert if keywords are NOT found
  • [+] Plugins / Help: New example in help file: Merge search result pages
  • [+] Plugins / Help: New example in help file: Merge pages in forum thread
  • [+] Plugins / Help: New example in help file: Calculate the time of a check and write the number of seconds to a log file
  • [+] Plugins / Help: New example in help file: Alert only if there is more than 1 change
  • [-] Import from CSV file didn't work when the fields in the first line were placed in quotes


Version 2012 (12.3)   -   25-Sep-2012
  • [+] New Plugin: Monitor file by checksum (use this plugin if a binary file cannot be checked with other check settings or plugins)
  • [+] Update-Ticker: It's now optional to hide the Update-Ticker while another program is in full screen mode (Program configuration + Advanced)
  • [+] Extended Search: Show progress bar in toolbar instead of separate status window
  • [+] Folder properties: If settings are inherited from a parent folder, then a related message is displayed instead of disabled properties
  • [x] Internal browser: If default zoom is not equal to 100%, then the back button could reset to 100%
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros improved: The logout didn't work correctly under certain circumstances
  • [-] When recording a new Check-Macro, WebSite-Watcher could suggest a wrong starting URL under certain circumstances
  • [-] Bookmark action "Open page": Option to open in TEXT/ANALYSIS tab didn't work correctly
  • [-] Update-Ticker was not displayed after leaving full screen mode under certain circumstances
  • [-] Download Manager could not download files under certain circumstances
  • [-] Portable Edition: WebSite-Watcher could report AutoBackup files as dead under certain circumstances


Version 2012 (12.2)   -   17-Jul-2012
  • [-] Bookmark action "Export to file" didn't work correctly in version 12.1
  • [-] Update-Ticker (InfoWin) was not restored correctly after another program was in full screen mode
  • [-] Links didn't work correctly when a bookmark was sent by e-mail under certain circumstances
  • [x] Update-Ticker: Improved detection if another Window is in full screen mode
  • [x] Improved AutoWatch countdown calculation


Version 2012 (12.1)   -   05-Jul-2012
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher no longer shows the Browser-Eye or pops up the Update Ticker when another window is in full screen mode
  • [+] Excel Import/Export: All AutoWatch options can now be imported/exported
  • [+] Check technology "Internet Explorer / Browser": New option "Disable optimizations" - This option disables various performance and bandwidth optimizations during a check. Only turn this option on if a check does not work correctly without that option.
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Advanced / Misc: New property to add a filename prefix when downloading files via the download manager (either via RSS feed enclosures or via plugins)
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Send e-mail: Alternative BCC
  • [+] Virtual folders / Send e-mail: Alternative BCC
  • [+] Virtual folders / Send e-mail: e-mails can be inserted via user interface from a list
  • [+] Bookmark actions / Export page: New variables {infofield1}, {infofield2} and {infofield3}
  • [+] Bookmark actions / Run program: New variables for parameter: {infofield1}, {infofield2} and {infofield3}
  • [+] Check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser": New option to scroll a page down automatically. Use this option if a page loads content dynamically when you scroll down a page.
  • [+] Record Internet Explorer Macro: New command to insert a delay in seconds, for example to give a page more time to load
  • [+] Record Internet Explorer Macro: New command to scroll a page down via macro. Use this command if a page loads content dynamically when you scroll down a page.
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros improved
  • [+] New Tweak: SendMailRemoveWswTags=0 (by default, WebSite-Watcher removes help tags for highlighting changes from the e-mails to keep e-mail sizes as small as possible. With that tweak, no tags are removed. This can be useful if you want to post process e-mails and extract changes via these tags, for example wswchange1, wswchange2, etc.).
  • [+] Browser integration for the latest verison of Google Chrome (19.x)
  • [x] More precise search of keywords in new/changed content. Sometimes WSW could alert an update when keywords only were in removed content, this keyword detection algorithm works now smoother.
  • [x] Improved detection and auto-correction of problems with folder structure, eg. after database damages (was: bookmarks could not be moved correctly to other folders)
  • [-] AutoWatch countdown calculation could end in an endless loop under certain circumstances
  • Minor improvements and reported bugs fixed
  • Language files updated


Version 2012 (12.0)   -   31-Jan-2012
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Merge pages: It's possible to merge the first x pages from search results (or the last few pages with new content from forum topics) to a single page. This works for URLs that have a parameter that defines the page, eg. http://www.domain.com/search.php?text=abc&page=13
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Send e-mail: E-Mail addresses can be selected from a pre-defined list
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Options: Bookmarks can optionally be opened in the "Text" tab or in the "Analysis" tab of the internal browser
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Actions/Alert on error: New option "Alert after X errors in a row"
  • [+] Check FTP folders: The directory listing is converted in a new format and the sub folders and files are sorted. This makes monitoring FTP folders much easier.
  • [+] Folder properties / Assign bookmark properties: New option "Apply settings to subfolders"
  • [+] Export/Import from Excel: New field wswid that is written when exporting bookmarks. This makes it now possible to export bookmarks, change the URL and re-import bookmarks. Before that change, the URL was used to identify a bookmark. If the field wswid is available, then this field is used to identify a bookmark.
  • [+] Export/Import from Excel: New fields, amongst other things fields to ignore updates via black/whitelist
  • [+] Send e-mails: Advanced rules for sending (optional, can be used as alternative to send e-mails after each check run)
  • [+] Send e-mails: Global black list to suppress e-mail sending. If a page contains a defined entry of the global black list, then an e-mail is not sent. For example if a page contains the text "could not connect to database".
  • [+] Send e-mails: New option "Send before other e-mails". With that option enabled, e-mails will be queued and sent before other e-mails.
  • [+] Send e-mails: BCC (can be entered in program configuration)
  • [+] Send e-mails: HTML e-mails optimized and size reduced
  • [+] Send e-mails: size reduction when sending e-mails in text format and changes attached
  • [+] Virtual folders: New variables {added_age_hours} and {added_age_days}. These variables can be used to create for example a virtual folder "Recently created" that shows all new bookmarks that were inserted within the last 5 hours.
  • [+] Scripts: New built-in function "FileExists"
  • [+] Internal Browser / Open with external program: Optional command line parameters can be specified
  • [+] Internal Browser / "Text" tab: The "Text" tab can now also show the new or old version of the checked page when they were opened in the "Page" tab before clicking the "Text" tab.
  • [+] Initialize PDF/Word/Excel files: Automatically use the filename as the bookmark name
  • [+] PDF plugin: WebSite-Watcher can extract text from more PDF files
  • [+] Filter system: FirstRegex(...) to ignore or monitor only the first occurrence of a regular expression
  • [+] Custom columns: Increased custom columns from 3 to 5
  • [+] New plugin: Monitor image URLs
  • [+] Plugins: Function "HtmlExtract" has a new parameter to extract image URLs from the checked web page
  • [+] Plugins / new built-in function: GetComparisonInfo (see help file for detailed description)
  • [+] If an AutoWatch countdown is active while the system turns into hibernation, WebSite-Watcher will wait at least 15 seconds before the next AutoWatch check is started after the system returns from hibernation. This gives Windows some time to re-establish network connections before the next AutoWatch check run is started after hibernation. The default value of 15 seconds can be customized via the program tweak "MinAutoWatchSecondsAfterHibernation".
  • [+] program configuration / new tweak "ReopenTabsAfterCrash=0": If WebSite-Watcher crashes, then the next start will show a dialog to re-open the last opened browser tabs. This tweak suppresses that dialog and don't re-open browser tabs.
  • [x] Bookmark properties / RSS / Ignore articles older than: The minimum number of days is now 1 (30 in previous versions)
  • [-] Some conflicts with "Open in external browser" (Shortcuts Ctrl+F11 and Ctrl+Shift+F11) fixed. By default, Ctrl+Shift+F11 is now Ctrl+Shift+0, if you have customized your shortcuts, then this change doesn't affect your shortcut configuration.
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could (in rare cases) falsely report the error "incorrect file size" when checking web pages
  • [-] Some special Unicode characters were not decoded correctly
  • Smaller fixes, improvements and optimizations


Version 2011 (11.5)   -   18-Oct-2011
  • [+] Internal browser: WebSite-Watcher uses now IE9 (or IE8) instead of the compatibility mode (IE7). This should also fix the malformed display of various web pages, eg. Google search pages. If IE6 or IE7 is installed, then these versions are used automatically.
  • [+] RSS/Atom feeds: New option "Ignore articles older than X days". This helps to keep huge RSS/Atom feeds small and fast.
  • [+] Bookmarks + Search + Replace: It's possible to replace passwords in "Internet Explorer Macros"
  • [x] Extended Search: Extraction of found words improved search results, especially when searching for exact phrases
  • [x] Forum Plugins: WebSite-Watcher no longer alerts an update when only threads were deleted
  • [+] Add to bookmarks via WSW eye: If a bookmark already exists, then WebSite-Watcher displays a different menu icon
  • [+] Script: The command "CheckFolder" can check special folders such as "Errors", "HotSites", etc.
  • [-] Script: Command "MarkAsVisited" didn't work correctly if a folder with subfolders was specified.
  • [-] Plugins: Function "GetFirstWildcardMatch" returned all matches
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros improved
  • [+] PAD files and RSS feeds can be checked/viewed by source code if the file type "text" is selected (bookmark options + Advanced + check options).
  • [x] Improved detection when pages cannot be opened via the check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser" or "Internet Explorer Macros" to prevent false positives
  • [x] Stability improvements when running WebSite-Watcher 24/7
  • [x] Smaller improvements to the changes side bar
  • [-] Internal browser: cursor keys didn't work for some pages
  • [-] Import from CSV files didn't work correctly
  • Smaller fixes and improvements


Version 2011 (11.4)   -   25-Jul-2011
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher automatically checks if the IE cache configuration is set to "Never" and offers a way to automatically change this setting. With the option "Never" it was possible that WebSite-Watcher checked old pages (especially bookmarks with the check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser" and "Internet Explorer Macros").
  • [+] Send e-mails: Additional info fields can be used in e-mail subject and body
  • [+] New command line parameter /NODB to start WebSite-Watcher without a database (by default, WebSite-Watcher always opens the last database automatically)
  • [+] Script menu: New submenu to edit special scripts
  • [+] Scripts / new special script: Execute after each AutoWatch check run
  • [+] Scripts / new special script: Execute after each manual check run
  • [+] Plugins: The function Bookmark_GetProperty can return values of the last check and the last change (variables "last_check_date" and "last_change_date")
  • [+] Test filter / compare sources: New option to show character values (can be helpful to detect invisible characters)
  • [x] Check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser" improved: Better preservation of the page layout
  • [x] "Internet Explorer Macros" improved: Better preservation of the page layout
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros improved
  • [-] Sending Amazon pages by e-mails didn't work (junk could be displayed at the beginning of the e-mails due to errors in Amazon CSS files)
  • [-] Follow-Links: WebSite-Watcher could insert duplicate URLs under certain circumstances
  • [-] Changes side bar could disappear under certain circumstances
  • [-] Fixed a bug that could happen during Backup/AutoBackup under certain circumstances
  • [x] Several toolbar icons replaced and improved
  • [-] Script command "CheckBookmarks" didn't work when no folder was selected
  • Smaller bugs fixed


Version 2011 (11.3)   -   20-Jun-2011
  • [+] Bookmark properties + Advanced: New section "Forum"
  • [+] Forum-Wizard re-implemented
  • [+] Forum-Templates: Footer selection can optionally have changing numbers
  • [+] Reopen last browser tab: WebSite-Watcher has now an internal history of closed browser tabs (previous versions could only reopen the last closed browser tab).
  • [+] Automatically select the correct checking method for Yahoo Groups
  • [+] FTP-Proxy - new option: FTP-over-HTTP for proxies that do not support the FTP protocol. Using that option lets you for example check FTP URLs with the proxy Squid. A detailed description, disadvantages and limitations of that method can be found in the help file
  • [+] FTP Proxy configuration: Different proxy login types to be compatible with certain proxies. The correct login type can be determined automatically in the proxy configuration.
  • [+] Browser toolbar: New button to close the internal browser (disabled by default, can be enabled via toolbar customization)
  • [x] Improved detection of new/changed RSS feed postings
  • [x] Better compatibility with certain SMTP servers
  • [+] Internal Browser + Analysis: The "Keywords" analysis has been enhanced for virtual folders
  • [+] Import/Export from/to Excel: troubleshooting variables added
  • [x] Import/Export from/to Excel: Several improvements and fixes
  • [+] Script: The command "CheckFolder" can check virtual folders
  • [+] PDF-Plugin: Future versions of WebSite-Watcher will no longer produce false update notifications after improving/changing the text extraction of PDF files.
  • [x] PDF plugin: Improved text extraction from certain PDF files
  • [+] Word plugin: WebSite-Watcher is now able to extract Unicode text from Word files
  • [x] Removed: Alternative PDF text extraction when using the PDF plugin (The alternative text extraction was done via the IFILTER system and was removed because updating the PDF reader could cause false positives. For example, a PDF IFILTER is no longer delivered and installed automatically with Acrobat Reader 10 while it was available in Acrobat Reader 9). The PDF plugin works now independently from the installed PDF reader.
  • [x] Download-Manager: Improved detection of filename and file extension after relocations
  • [x] Checked facebook pages displayed a horizontal scrollbar, WSW now fixes a bad CSS definition in facebook pages automatically.
  • [x] Checking method "IE/Browser" and "IE Macros" improved
  • [x] Some features didn't work correctly when the option "Recheck bookmark when an error occurred" was disabled
  • [-] Text extraction from certain Excel files did not work
  • [-] Vertical scrollbar was not always displayed properly in various list boxes
  • [-] Fixed a false positive when checking certain Excel files (could only happen if the previous check reported an error)
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could freeze under certain circumstances
  • Indonesian user interface added
  • Many smaller optimizations, improvements and fixes


Version 2011 (11.2)   -   27-Apr-2011
  • [+] Automatically select the correct checking method for Facebook pages
  • [+] Automatically select the correct checking method for Twitter pages
  • [+] Automatically fix a problem in Facebook CSS definitions that broke the scrollbar in Internet Explorer
  • [x] Plugins: Performance significantly improved
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros: Filling form fields improved
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros: Execution of Internet Macros improved
  • [x] Improved user interface when no bookmark file is opened
  • [x] Improved detection of new RSS feed postings
  • [x] RSS feeds: More date formats for sorting supported
  • [x] RSS feed postings are only sorted by date if all postings have a valid posting date
  • [-] RSS enclosures could not be downloaded under certain circumstances
  • [x] Download-Manager: Copy-To generates a new file name if the target file already exists
  • [-] Bugfix with checking method "Internet Explorer/Browser" and nested framesets fixed
  • [-] Installing WebSite-Watcher could fail under certain circumstances
  • [-] Import from Excel files: Crash if the columns "check_macro" or "postdata" were not available
  • [x] Replaced several user interface controls that could cause stability problems on some PCs
  • [x] Internal improvements, optimizations and fixes


Version 2011 (11.1)   -   28-Mar-2011
  • [+] Internet Explorer Macros: New option to automatically delete cookies of the checked domain before executing the macro (This can be required if certain steps (eg. a login) are suppressed or skipped as soon as a cookie is available. Deleting the cookies for the checked domain will "reset" the page and you will always start from scratch when checking the bookmark).
  • [+] New Shared Plugin: Auto-Download binary files. If you monitor binary files directly, you can download them automatically via the WebSite-Watcher Download Manager when a change is detected. This plugin is not suggested automatically via the browser information bar and must be assigned manually in bookmark properties + Advanced + Plugin. Supported file extensions are EXE,ZIP,RAR,7Z,MP3
  • [+] New Shared Plugin: Monitor all link addresses. This plugin extracts all links (URLs) from a web page and converts them into a new html page. Then all link addresses (instead of the page content) are checked for updates and changes.
  • [+] Virtual folders: New variable {last_change_age_hours} to display bookmarks that were changed within the specified number of hours (eg: {last_change_age_hours} less than "24")
  • [+] Virtual folders: New variable {last_change_age_days} to display bookmarks that were changed within the specified number of days (eg: {last_change_age_days} less than "1")
  • [+] Virtual folders: New variable {last_check_age_hours} to display bookmarks that were checked within the specified number of hours (eg: {last_check_age_hours} less than "5")
  • [+] Virtual folders: New variable {last_check_age_days} to display bookmarks that were checked within the specified number of days (eg: {last_check_age_days} less than "3")
  • [+] Follow-Links: Include/Exclude filters support date variables
  • [+] Follow-Links: Include/Exclude filters support regular expressions with function regex(...)
  • [+] Follow-Links: Automatically removing no longer linked pages can be canceled (status dialog has a Cancel button)
  • [+] RSS feed postings are sorted by posting date/time
  • [+] Forum-Wizard works with forums which are based on LI tags, eg. phpBB3 or vBulletin4 (until now only table based forums were supported).
  • [+] Temporarily disable bookmark checking, eg. for a specified number of minutes (right click bookmark + Extra + Disable check)
  • [+] Browser integration: Firefox 4 supported
  • [+] Download Manager: New column "Bookmark Name"
  • [-] Download-Manager: the automatic Copy-To feature could fail under certain circumstances
  • [x] Download Manager: Improved detection and generation of file names
  • [+] Shared Plugins: New identification option to identify a shared plugin by file extension (of the checked file)
  • [+] Pdf/Word/Excel files from FTP servers can be checked via Pdf/Word/Excel Plugins
  • [+] Plugins: Support for password protected PDF files (the password can be entered in: Bookmark properties + Advanced + Plugin)
  • [+] Plugins: Support for password protected Excel files (the password can be entered in: Bookmark properties + Advanced + Plugin)
  • [+] Plugins: Support for password protected Word files (Conversion via MS Office only, the password can be entered in: Bookmark properties + Advanced + Plugin)
  • [+] Plugins: New built-in function "HtmlExtract" to extract all URLs from a web page
  • [+] Plugin: Built in function Bookmark_SetProperty has a new parameter "dont_check_minutes" to temporarily disable bookmark checking for the specified number of minutes. Further details see help file.
  • [-] Word/Excel plugins didn't work correctly after untypical server redirections
  • [x] Plugin function "DownloadFile": Parameter "Handle" added (if you have used that function in plugins, please update your plugin scripts to get them working again)
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros for pages with frames improved
  • [+] Import from Excel / Export to Excel: New variable "postdata"
  • [x] Import from Excel / Export to Excel: Various improvements and fixes
  • [x] Improved detection if a bookmark already exists in combination with check macros and post data
  • [x] Text extraction from PDF files improved
  • [-] Download Manager could crash with certain URLs
  • [-] Bookmark configuration could be lost under certain circumstances when the Follow-Links feature was enabled
  • Bug fixes and smaller improvements


Version 2011 (11.0)   -   04-Feb-2011
  • [+] Virtual folders
  • [+] Internal browser: Changes bar (optional via "View" menu)
  • [+] Bookmark properties - New option "Offset before first change": Scroll back the configured number of pixels when jumping to the first highlighted change (this can make it more comfortable to read the first highlighted change)
  • [+] Bookmark properties - Ignore Updates: This feature now supports a Blacklist/Whitelist mode
  • [+] Download Manager to automatically download RSS feed enclosures
  • [+] RSS: WebSite-Watcher supports multiple enclosures in RSS feed postings
  • [+] RSS: New option "Keep the most recent X articles"
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: "Follow-Links" options can be applied to selected bookmarks
  • [+] Assign bookmark properties (program configuration or per folder): Pre-define ignore filters
  • [+] Assign bookmark properties (program configuration or per folder): Pre-define some special filters
  • [+] Assign bookmark properties (program configuration or per folder): Pre-define check technology
  • [+] Bookmark action "Export page": New format "Webpage, complete" to also export related CSS and image files (these files are exported into a folder with extension ".files". If the export filename is "test.htm", then exported CSS/image files are stored in "test.files")
  • [+] Internet Explorer Macros with CAPTCHAs supported. If a page contains a CAPTCHA, WebSite-Watcher interrupts the macro execution and shows the browser window to enter the confirmation code. After that, the macro execution is continued.
  • [+] Internet Explorer Macros: Pure Javascript hyperlinks supported
  • [+] Internet Explorer Macros: Comboboxes with Javascript actions supported
  • [+] Internet Explorer Macros: More login types supported
  • [+] Bookmark check: truncated downloads are detected and handled automatically (truncated downloads will no longer cause false positives)
  • [+] New special filter: Ignore entries in dropdown and list boxes (this filter is enabled by default to have the same behavior as in previous WebSite-Watcher versions)
  • [+] Import bookmarks (with pre-defined properties) from Excel (XLS) or CSV file (supported properties see help file)
  • [+] Export bookmarks with certain properties to Excel (This makes it for example possible to export bookmarks to Excel, change them there and re-import them into WebSite-Watcher)
  • [+] Script command "ImportBookmarks" can import bookmarks from Excel (XLS) and CSV files
  • [+] Pdf/Word/Excel plugins are now assigned automatically when a pdf/word/excel file is loaded after a redirection from a html page (in previous version it was only possible to automatically assign a plugin when the URL contained the correct file extension).
  • [+] PDF/Word/Excel files can be checked via Internet Explorer Macros
  • [+] PDF-Plugin: The PDF plugin uses now an alternative text extraction in addition to the internal PDF file conversion. Should the internal conversion fail, there's still a good chance that the text can be extracted with the alternative solution. This makes checking PDF files more reliable for problematic PDF files. (The alternative text extraction is based on the installed PDF Reader and the IFilter system).
  • [+] Excel Plugin rewritten: Conversion is now ultra fast + Support for protected excel files
  • [+] Excel-Plugin: Conversion for Excel-2007/2010 format rewritten. Supports now also cell formats, cell merging, etc.
  • [+] Internal browser/URL field: If you enter a search term instead of an URL, then a Google search is performed
  • [+] Plugin IDE has now a sensitive help. When the cursor is placed on a function, event function or a statement, then F1 jumps directly to the related help topic.
  • [+] Plugin IDE / Code completion via Ctrl+Space: Several new features and sensitive help added.
  • [+] Plugins / New functions to maintain stringlists, eg. functions to insert, change or delete specific items. All functions related to stringslists start with "StringList_". More information and an enhanced example can be found in the help file.
  • [+] Plugins / New function: DownloadFile (adds an URL to the included download manager)
  • [+] Plugins / New function: ReplaceWildcard
  • [+] Plugins / New function: DeleteAllWildcardMatches
  • [+] Plugins / New function: AddStringToFile
  • [+] Plugins / New function: Sleep
  • [+] Plugins: The built-in function "Bookmark_GetProperty" supports the parameter "name" to read the bookmark name.
  • [+] Plugins: The built-in function "Bookmark_SetProperty" can write the additional 3 info fields of a bookmark
  • [+] Plugins: Built in function Bookmark_SetProperty has a new parameter "MarkAsRead" to mark a bookmark as visited. Further details see help file.
  • [+] Database Repair Tool (dbtool.exe) that can be used to repair a database. Can be used if it's no longer possible to start WebSite-Watcher or to open a database due to database corruptions and crashes.
  • [+] Scrolling with the mouse wheel works when the cursor is over the control (folder tree, bookmark list, web browser), it's no longer required to click the control before
  • [+] Image configuration: WebSite-Watcher can now optionally show embedded flash videos if absolute image addresses or image downloading is enabled (in previous versions, embedded flash videos were always displayed but this could slow down opening certain bookmarks).
  • [+] Newsgroups: Get parent postings (which can be much faster than the function "Reconstruct Thread" when you're only interested in (very) old parent postings)
  • [+] Script IDE: Code completion via Ctrl+Space added
  • [+] Script IDE has now a sensitive help. When the cursor is placed on a command, then F1 jumps directly to the related help topic of that command.
  • [x] Follow-Links runs more smoothly and no longer blocks the main application
  • [x] Jump to first/next keyword: Performance improvements
  • [x] Show removed elements at the bottom of the page: Performance improvements (also fixed a bottleneck that could freeze WebSite-Watcher in rare cases)
  • [x] Improved IFRAME handling
  • [x] Improved codepage detection for some Russian web pages
  • [x] Improved detection of PDF/Word/Excel files after redirections
  • [+] New Tweak: "CreateHighlightedChangesInBackground=1": By default, WebSite-Watcher calculates and generates the file with highlighted changes as soon as you open a bookmark. If this option is enabled, then WebSite-Watcher creates the files with highlighted changes immediately while bookmarks are checked. This will speed up opening changed bookmarks, but the check run will consume more memory and resources. It's not recommended to use this tweak if you often re-check changed/unread bookmarks without opening them after each check.
  • [+] New Tweak "SavePageWhenNoKeywordsFound=1": By default, WebSite-Watcher doesn't save a page to your hard disk when keywords are entered in Update-on-keywords but no keyword is found within new/changed content. With that tweak, a page is also saved to your hard disk when none of the entered keywords is found.
  • [+] New Tweak "UseStaticTrayIconHint=1": Shows the static text "WebSite-Watcher" as trayicon tooltip instead of dynamically generated information about check/update status.
  • [+] Report/Export: New field {wsw_url_date_created}
  • [x] The old-looking floating InfoWin has been re-designed and shows more information now. It has also been renamed to "Update-Ticker".
  • [x] Internet Explorer browser integration improved (certain pages could not be added via the context menu due to an IE problem)
  • [x] Checking Excel files: Performance highly improved
  • [-] Pdf/Word/Excel files could not be checked via Check-Macros containing logouts
  • Tons of smaller improvements and optimizations


Version 2010 (10.5)   -   04-Nov-2010
  • [x] vBulletin 4 Plugin improved to support more modified v4 forums
  • [x] Keyword highlighting improved
  • [x] Report with highlighted changes: When calculating the total length of highlighted changes, WebSite-Watcher included the HTML tags for hyperlinks. Now only the length of the readable text is used.
  • [x] Update-on-keywords feature improved (more sensitive detection of new/changed content)
  • [-] Bookmark action "Play sound" was not executed when the bookmark action "Mark as read" was also enabled
  • [-] Excel-Plugin: Hyperlinks were not converted correctly when using MS-Office to convert Excel files into HTML pages
  • [-] Check-by-screenshot: Highlighting changes could crash under certain circumstances
  • Smaller fixes and improvements


Version 2010 (10.4)   -   15-Sep-2010
  • [+] Creating Ignore/Watch/Auto Filters: Detection of changing numbers is now more intelligent and automatically recognizes thousands separators and commas
  • [+] Browser-Integration: WebSite-Watcher Eye in the browser title bar works with Google Chrome
  • [x] Performance improvements (especially when working with large web pages)
  • [x] Optimizations when sending RSS feeds via the Send-Mail bookmark action (especially improved compatibility when sending to gmail addresses)
  • [x] If the "Ignore updates" feature is configured in the bookmark properties and an entered text was found in the page, then WebSite-Watcher will re-check the bookmark (if the option "re-check bookmark when an error occurred" is enabled in the program configuration)
  • [x] Checking method "Internet Explorer/Browser" improved (especially for pages that require a minimum width to be displayed correctly)
  • [-] Pages with compressed source code were not decompressed correctly under certain circumstances
  • [-] Highlighting changes could fail under certain circumstances when certain cache files were missing
  • [+] Automatic detection and correction of damaged cache files
  • [x] Several PDF Plugin improvements
  • [-] If "View+Always on top" was active, then sub windows were displayed behind the main window and WebSite-Watcher was no longer responsive
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could crash after moving bookmarks to another bookmark database
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could not jump to the first/next change when running under WINE and using Gecko instead of Internet Explorer
  • [-] Changes were not highlighted correctly when viewed in Microsoft Outlook
  • [-] Setup: Installing the portable version could fail (v10.3 issue)
  • Norwegian user interface updated
  • Smaller improvements and optimizations


Version 2010 (10.3)   -   26-Jul-2010
  • [+] Browser-Integration: Opera 10.60 supported
  • [x] Improved performance when jumping to the first/next highlighted change
  • [x] Improved Javascript filtering
  • [x] Setup: It's no longer possible to install the portable edition over the desktop edition or vice versa
  • Smaller fixes/improvements


Version 2010 (10.2)   -   29-Jun-2010
  • [+] New function "Re-Create database from cache folder". If a database has physical damages and you don't have a working backup file and the function "Repair database" fails, you can now fully re-create a database from files that are stored in the cache folder.
  • [x] "Repair database" improved (WebSite-Watcher can now repair more data from damaged databases)
  • [x] Improved database stability
  • [x] Detection and auto correction of certain database errors
  • [x] If a bookmark was checked with "Check-by-screenshot" or the check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser", then it was possible that an embedded sound was played during the check. These checks work now completely silent. This works only under Windows Vista and 7.
  • [x] Improved AutoWatch countdown calculation
  • [x] Highlighting keywords significantly improved (you should no longer see the message "could not highlight all keywords")
  • [+] Extended Search: Save settings as default ("Options" button)
  • [-] Extended Search: "Display in Main Window" didn't remember the bookmarks after a WebSite-Watcher restart
  • [+] Plugins: New built in function "ReplaceRegex"
  • [x] Analysis tab: Analysis for Update-On-Keywords improved
  • [x] Report/Export: The pre-defined template to export to CSV files now uses a semicolon as separator (instead of a comma), so the exported files can be opened directly in Excel.
  • [+] Report: New fields {wsw_url_id} and {wsw_url_follow_master_id}
  • [+] Bookmark action "Send e-mail": New variable {date_changed}
  • [+] Bookmark action "Send e-mail": New variable {check_url} that displays the finally checked URL and also takes account of changes to the URL via the Plugin system or redirections
  • [x] The "Send e-mail" variable {url} automatically expands date variables
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros improved (more rare login types supported)
  • [x] Jump to the first highlighted change improved
  • [x] Improved detection and filtering of embedded scripts
  • [+] New program tweak: QuickInsertFromWebBrowserContextMenu=1 to quickly insert a page via the webbrowser context menu without displaying a window, bookmarks are always inserted into the root folder in that case
  • [+] If a plugin is no longer compatible with a page and a new plugin was found (eg. after a forum version update), then it's possible to assign the new plugin via the browser information bar
  • [+] If a plugin is no longer compatible with a page (eg. after a forum version update), it's possible to easily delete the assigned plugin via the browser information bar
  • [x] vBulletin 3.x Plugin improved (improved detection of new postings)
  • [x] Several PDF Plugin improvements
  • [+] Scripts / SendMail command: User defined variables can be used in the mail subject
  • [x] Improved handling of images with wrong extensions
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could not highlight changes under rare circumstances (due to conflicts with CSS definitions)
  • [-] Keywords were not highlighted in the pre-defined color under rare circumstances (due to conflicts with CSS definitions)
  • [-] Alert/Actions on error: Bookmark action "Send e-mail" didn't work when an error was detected.
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could perform AutoWatch checks endlessly without a countdown under certain circumstances.
  • [-] AutoWatch: Resetting automatic time frequency after an update could fail under certain circumstances
  • [-] Fixed some memory leaks
  • Smaller fixes, optimizations and improvements


Version 2010 (10.1)   -   08-Apr-2010
  • [+] New bookmark column: Creation date. (Options + Columns)
  • [+] Three new customizable bookmark columns. These columns can be used to display specific bookmark configurations, for example to show if the bookmark action "Send Mail" is enabled. (Options + Columns)
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher uses the correct AutoWatch countdown value after a computer was in hibernation
  • [+] Show removed elements at the end of the page: WebSite-Watcher no longer shows elements that were ignored by defined filters.
  • [+] New Plugin: IFilter Text Extraction
  • [+] Automatically assign PDF/Word/Excel plugin: New option "Don't assign plugin" (Program configuration + Bookmarks + Assign Plugins). If this option is selected, new PDF/Word/Excel files will be checked by file date.
  • [+] Import bookmarks from Firefox 3.x
  • [+] Bookmark list: Reset error status (available when you right click bookmarks in the error folder)
  • [x] Bookmarks that were checked with the technology "IE/Browser" (or with Internet Explorer Macros) could steal the focus under certain circumstances, this should no longer happen.
  • [x] Many improvements and optimizations for large window fonts
  • [x] Checking binary files improved
  • [+] New program tweak: SendMailOnlyNewRssArticles=0 (by default, the bookmark action "Send Mail" sends only new articles of an RSS feed. If this tweak is set, then all articles of an RSS feed will be included in the e-mails).
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros improved
  • [x] Mail Outbox: Show queued mails in the outbox (can help to find problems when WSW cannot send all mails)
  • [x] Update similar bookmarks feature improved
  • [x] Update-On-Keywords: Improved keyword detection
  • [x] Improved IFRAME filtering
  • [x] More precise detection of first change
  • [x] Automatic deletion of unused ignore filters improved
  • [-] Internal browser: the default zoom value was only applied to the main browser tab. Now all browser tabs uses the default zoom value that is defined in the program configuration. The default zoom value is also used for all other embedded browsers (eg. Filter Assistant, MiniBrowser, Extended Search, etc.)
  • [-] Internal Browser: Tab flickering fixed
  • [-] Filters were not saved when the Filter-Assistant was called in the Page menu of the internal browser
  • [x] Automatically repair folder structure after repairing a corrupted database (was not possible under certain circumstances)
  • [-] Last change marker could be displayed at a wrong position
  • [-] Bugfix in CSS handling that could lead to malformed pages.
  • [-] Downloading images could fail if an image didn't have a file extension or if a wrong file extension was used
  • Smaller fixes, optimizations and improvements


Version 2010 (10.0)  (02-Feb-2010)
  • [+] Filter-Assistant: The filter assistant can be called within the internal browser, either by holding the Alt key pressed while selecting a text or via the menu entry "Create new filter..." in the "Page" sub menu
  • [+] Filter-Assistant: New wizard to classify the type of the filter and the selected text
  • [+] Bookmark statistics ("View" menu)
  • [+] Keywords: Enhanced editor with sorting and spelling check
  • [x] WebSite-Watcher no longer reports an error if an RSS/Atom feed has no postings
  • [+] Follow-Links: Automatically delete no longer linked files
  • [+] Internal browser / tiled view: synchronized scrolling
  • [+] Internal Browser: Close button is now placed within the tabs
  • [+] Internal Browser + Page menu: "Copy URL to Clipboard" (if a local bookmark cache file is opened, WebSite-Watcher will copy the online URL to the clipboard)
  • [+] Automatic codepage detection if neither the web page page nor the server provide a charset definition (this is a self learning system based on pages with valid charset definitions)
  • [+] Windows 7: WebSite-Watcher shows the check progress in the taskbar icon
  • [+] New/advanced toolbar configuration, eg. order of buttons can be changed
  • [+] New toolbar button: Delete
  • [+] Extended Search: browser toolbar can be customized (context menu)
  • [+] New option: Reset toolbars to their defaults
  • [+] Add RSS feeds from the internal browser (RSS button in status bar): Preview of RSS feed
  • [x] Improved date detection in Atom Feed postings
  • [+] Plugins: IPBoard 3.x Plugins added
  • [+] Plugins: WoltLab Burning Board 3.x Plugins added
  • [+] Plugins: vBulletin 4.x Plugins added
  • [x] Plugins: vBulletin 3.x Plugins improved
  • [x] Plugins: Excel plugin improved
  • [+] Plugins: Bookmark can have a Private Plugin AND a Shared Plugin. If both plugins have a same event function implemented, then the event function of the Shared Plugin is executed before the event function of the Private Plugin.
  • [+] Plugins: New event function "WSW_ActionsOnUpdate" is performed when an update is detected
  • [+] Plugins: New function Bookmark_LoadCacheFile to get the content of new/old/changed files (this function can typically be used in WSW_ActionsOnUpdate)
  • [+] Word/Excel Plugins: Separate Plugins for the internal conversion and the the conversion via MS Office 2003+
  • [+] PDF/Word/Excel Plugins: Default plugins for PDF/Word/Excel files can be configured in the program configuration (Bookmarks tab)
  • [+] PDF Plugin: Unicode partially supported
  • [+] Plugin identification: Server log can be used to identify a file type
  • [x] Selection of shared plugins improved
  • [+] Send mails: new variables {folder} and {foldername}
  • [+] New Script command "SendBookmarks"
  • [+] Help + Check for new version (beside the (optional) automatic update check you can now also call it manually via the Help menu)
  • [+] When the update check finds a new WebSite-Watcher version, you can let WebSite-Watcher download and install the new version automatically
  • [x] Check-By-Screenshot improved
  • [x] Open-with feature in the browser toolbar could be blocked several seconds by anti virus software
  • [-] The embedded Internet Explorer could slow down or freeze under certain circumstances
  • [-] Fixed a stack overflow that could happen under rare circumstances
  • Many help file improvements
  • Romanian user interface added
  • Many smaller improvements and fixes


Version 5.1.7  (04-Jan-2010)
  • [-] Aborting a check didn't work correctly
  • Smaller optimizations and fixes
  • Romanian user interface added


Version 5.1.6  (07-Dec-2009)
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could crash under Windows 2000
  • [x] vBulletin plugin improved
  • [x] Fixed a problem with HTTPs pages and invalid certificates (on systems with IE8)
  • Czech translation updated


Version 5.1.5  (18-Nov-2009)
  • [+] Internet Explorer Macros: Date variables can be used in the whole macro script
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros: several internal improvements and enhancements (WebSite-Watcher could not record macros for various pages)
  • [x] Internet Explorer integration under Windows 7 improved
  • [x] Some stability improvements (WebSite-Watcher could crash under certain circumstances)
  • [x] Improved codepage detection
  • [x] Plugin for phpBB3 forums improved
  • [-] Checking very large local PDF files didn't work correctly
  • [-] Incorrect Unicode handling for some Japanese web pages
  • [-] Word/Excel Plugin could be falsely assigned under certain circumstances
  • Hebrew and Finnish language files updated
  • Smaller fixes/improvements


Version 5.1.4  (05-Oct-2009)
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher 5.1.3 could extremely slow down and the user interface could get unresponsive on some PCs. If you haven't noticed this problem, then this version might work at least a bit smoother.
  • [+] Program configuration: Default zoom value for the internal browser (IE8 didn't work properly with 120 DPI and a fixed default zoom value of 100%)
  • [x] Detection and better handling of problematic postings in RSS/Atom feeds
  • [x] Selecting Shared Plugins improved
  • [x] Changed default settings for simultaneous connections
  • [-] Some stability issues fixed
  • [-] AutoWatch: "Check every X days, Time: Y:Y" didn't work correctly in combination with the "Check only on days" option
  • [-] Folder configuration "Delete X days after last update" didn't work correctly for unchecked bookmarks
  • Smaller fixes


Version 5.1.3  (14-Sep-2009)
  • [x] If a bookmark is opened in the internal browser, then the bookmark name will be displayed in the browser tab (instead of the document title)
  • [x] Several stability improvements
  • [x] PDF Plugin significantly improved (layout should be preserved much better now)
  • [x] Excel Plugin: Automatically delete empty rows/columns at the bottom/right of a grid what can dramatically improve speed for grids with tons of empty rows/columns.
  • [x] Improved decoding of newsgroup messages
  • [x] Improvements when checking html pages with file type "text"
  • [x] If a server sends an empty page, then WebSite-Watcher displays now a more informative error message (instead of "Whole content filtered, please verify your filter settings")
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could not extract entries from RSS/Atom feeds under certain circumstances
  • [-] Internal Excel converter could fail under Windows 7
  • [-] Fixed a crash when WebSite-Watcher was closed without a bookmark list opened
  • Smaller fixes and improvements


Version 5.1.2  (10-Aug-2009)
  • [-] A check optimization was broken in v5.1.1. As a side effect, a change was probably alerted with some delay. This bug was unfortunately introduced between the last beta and final of v5.1.1.


Version 5.1.1  (10-Aug-2009)
  • [x] Jump to first/next change improved (WebSite-Watcher could "deface" the page layout when performing a jump).
  • [+] Microsoft Office must no longer be installed in order to convert Word/Excel files into web pages, WebSite-Watcher has now a built-in conversion routine. If Microsoft Office is installed, it can however still be used to convert these files into HTML pages.
  • [+] Checking Word/Excel files: WebSite-Watcher will now use the internal conversion routines for Word/Excel files by default. Microsoft Office can be used alternatively via an option in the program configuration ("Bookmarks" tab). Microsoft Office 2003 or higher is required in order to enable this option.
  • [x] Plugins for Word/Excel/Pdf files are now always assigned automatically to new bookmarks (the option to do that is no longer required and was removed)
  • [x] PDF Plugin improved
  • [x] Performance of reports with folder structure improved
  • [x] Many internal Unicode improvements (WebSite-Watcher didn't for example work correctly on an English Windows with Japanese codepage)
  • [x] Improved detection if all keywords could be highlighted
  • [x] Improved handling of *.txt files
  • [-] Sorting by alternative URLs did not recognize check macros.
  • [-] Sending messages with Outlook Express (via MAPI) could fail
  • [-] Encrypting new database files could delete some bookmark properties
  • Smaller improvements and bugfixes


Version 5.1.0  (14-Jul-2009)
  • [+] Full Unicode support due to moving to a new compiler version
  • [+] Optimized and reduced memory usage, especially if you have lots of bookmarks with keywords or filter definitions
  • [+] Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for writing Plugins
  • [+] New checking method: Check by screenshot
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher can highlight changes in GIF/JPG/PNG images if you monitor a graphic file directly (address of the image file must be entered into the URL field)
  • [+] New PDF plugin with built-in solution to convert PDF files into web pages, an external converter is no longer required (the addon xpdf is no longer needed, but still supported)
  • [+] New Plugin: Convert Microsoft Word document into web page (Microsoft Office 2003 or higher must be installed)
  • [+] New Plugin: Convert Microsoft Excel document into web page (Microsoft Office 2003 or higher must be installed)
  • [+] Plugins for PDF/Word/Excel files can be automatically assigned to new bookmarks (enabled by default, can be disabled in the program configuration)
  • [+] PDF-files: The Pdf-Plugin is now suggested in the Browser-Info-Bar
  • [+] If the "Plugin Selection" dialog is called from the Browser Information Bar, a "Check Now" button is displayed in that dialog to quickly re-check the bookmark
  • [x] Improved detection if the PDF-Plugin based on pdftotext.exe (XPDF) produces an empty page
  • [+] New Plugin to monitor keyword definitions of a page
  • [+] Embedded videos are shown within web pages and blogs (image download or absolute image addresses must be enabled)
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher no longer plays the "click" sound when opening a page in the internal browser
  • [+] Filter definitions - Regular expressions: (?-i) for case sensitive regular expressions, for example: regex((?-i)\d+ Comments)
  • [+] Extended Search: Search result shows the bookmark folder if "View simple list" is selected
  • [+] Report/Export: New option "Select changed bookmarks" (select all changed bookmarks that are displayed in red/bold)
  • [+] Improved file selection when restoring an AutoBackup file
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher always performs an AutoBackup before updating the database to a newer version. This helps restoring the latest database version if the update conversion fails.
  • [+] Support of web pages which are compressed via HttpCompress
  • [+] Internal Browser: Send page by e-mail (via "Page" button in browser toolbar)
  • [+] Action "Send E-Mail": Old postings in RSS feeds are no longer included in e-mails what can dramatically reduce the e-mail size
  • [+] New function "Repair Cache Folder" (in File+Database). Call this feature if WSW displays outdated or wrong files when opening a bookmark.
  • [x] Improved detection and autocorrection of outdated cache files
  • [+] New command line parameter "BatchMode" to suppress specific user input messages, for example to automatically check for new versions.
  • [x] Reports: Improved text extraction from RSS feeds
  • [x] Improved integration of Local Website Archive (requires LWA 3.1.0)
  • [x] Improved codepage detection for pages with buggy HTML code
  • [x] Improved MSAA support
  • [-] If a changed, unread bookmark was rechecked with an error, then the error page instead of the unread content was displayed. WebSite-Watcher now ensures that you always see the unread content in such a case.
  • [+] Scripts: Long lines can be wrapped if a line is terminated with the string: (+)
  • [+] Scripts: New parameter for command CreateReport: /folder="..." and /subfolder to create reports for predefined folders
  • [+] Scripts: New function "GetFolderBookmarkCount" to get the number of bookmarks of a specified folder
  • [+] Scripts: New function "GetFolderUpdatedBookmarkCount" to get the number of updated bookmarks of a specified folder
  • [+] Scripts: New directory variables: {appdatadir} and {mydocumentsdir}
  • [+] Scripts: New command "TestConnection" to test a connection to a single page, eg. TestConnection("http:www.domain.com")
  • [+] Scripts: New parameter for command CreateReport: /bookmarks=unread (select all changed/unread bookmarks that are displayed in red/bold)
  • [+] Newsgroups: HTML postings are decoded correctly
  • Many smaller improvements and fixes


Version 5.0.6  (20-Aug-2009)
  • Improved database stability
  • Some virus tools could alert a virus in version 5.0.5
  • Smaller fixes/improvements


Version 5.0.5  (14-Jul-2009)
  • Smaller fixes/improvements


Version 5.0.4  (03-Jul-2009)
  • [-] Reports with extracted changes: Links were not extracted correctly
  • [-] RSS feed were not displayed correctly under rare circumstances
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could crash when synchronizing bookmarks
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could crash during a check run under rare circumstances
  • Smaller fixes/improvements


Version 5.0.3  (11-May-2009)
  • [+] More resistant against virus scanners (virus scanner could block some WSW files)
  • [x] Improved extraction of changes when sending e-mails in text format
  • [-] Changes in RSS feeds were not extracted correctly on reports
  • [x] Plugin for vBulletin forums improved
  • [+] Norwegian user interface added
  • [+] Italian user interface added
  • Smaller fixes/improvements


Version 5.0.2  (06-Apr-2009)
  • [x] AutoWatch countdown calculation improved
  • [-] AutoWatch countdown was reset after a bookmark was checked manually
  • [-] Helper program wswie.exe was not removed from memory under certain circumstances
  • [-] "Alert/Actions on Error" didn't work correctly
  • [x] WebSite-Watcher automatically renames images with wrong file extensions (was: internal browser could not display downloaded images with wrong file extensions)
  • [-] Time configuration "Check only on [DAYS]" could fail under certain circumstances
  • Danish translation added
  • Smaller fixes and improvements


Version 5.0.1  (30-Jan-2009)
  • [+] New PDF-Plugin that converts the content of a PDF file into a text file by trying to keep the layout
  • [+] Extended Search: Option "Search in bookmarks/page content" reintroduced
  • [x] Performance of AutoBackup feature improved
  • [x] AutoWatch countdown calculation optimized
  • [-] Command line parameter /R was broken in version 5.0
  • [-] Bookmark files with UNC path could not be opened
  • Bugfixes and smaller improvements


Version 5.0  (12-Jan-2009)
  • [+] Completely new file format (introduces many possibilities for planned 5.x features and brings tons of other advantages, for example: everything is stored in a centralized database, up to 50% less disk usage, no reorganization after a crash, and much much more)
  • [+] Plugin system that allows us more individual programming for specific pages. Custom Plugin creation is currently not available to the public, but it's planned to include the whole Plugin development system in WebSite-Watcher 5.1.
  • [+] Pre-defined Plugins for major forums (phpBB, vBulletin, IPBoard, SMF)
  • [+] Pre-defined Plugin to check the textual content of PDF files similar to normal web pages (this requires an additional tool to convert PDF files into text files)
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Import properties from another bookmark (via "Extra" button)
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Update properties in similar bookmarks
  • [+] IFRAME support
  • [+] Highlighting changes works more precisely
  • [+] Highlight changes: Strike out filtered content works more precisely
  • [+] Highlight keywords: regular expressions supported (format: regex(...))
  • [+] FavIcons are displayed on browser tabs
  • [+] Tabbed browsing: Close all read browser tabs
  • [+] Tabbed browsing: tab hints
  • [+] Internal browser: Zoom functionality in the Statusbar
  • [+] Internal browser: Show if an opened page has RSS feeds with possibility to add these feeds as new bookmarks
  • [+] Integration of Local Website Archive: "Open archived pages (LWA)" if bookmarks are added to Local Website Archive via bookmark actions (requires Local Website Archive 3.0+)
  • [+] Bookmark Action / Add to Local Website Archive: New options to automatically delete old bookmarks from Local Website Archive (this works only in combination with Local Website Archive 3.0+ and pages that were archived with WebSite-Watcher 5.0+)
  • [+] RSS feeds: New option to ignore changed postings (if enabled, WebSite-Watcher will monitor RSS feeds for new postings only)
  • [+] AutoWatch: improved time configuration and countdown calculation (probably your time settings need some re-configuration due to these changes)
  • [+] Follow Links: "Follow links to external domain" is now a separate option and can be used to monitor a whole domain inclusive all external links
  • [+] Daily Auto-Backup: Backup the opened bookmark files once a day (can be restored via Tools+Backup/Restore)
  • [+] Backup: Check database integrity before backup
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher asks which browser tabs to re-open after a program crash
  • [+] Compose Newsgroups postings: Spelling check
  • [+] Extended Search: New/better presentation of search results
  • [+] Extended Search: Found regular expression matches are highlighted
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: Separate setting for e-mails and subjects
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: Append to bookmark notes
  • [+] Report - new fields: {wsw_url_foldername} and {wsw_url_folderpath}
  • [+] Bookmark Action / Export: Filename supports variables {id}, {datetime} and date variables with format "<$date$, FORMAT>" (similar to date variables in URLs)
  • [+] New bookmark option: "Prevent horizontal scrolling" if the page width is larger than the browser window (bookmark properties + "Options" tab)
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Remember tab if bookmark properties are re-opened within a short time
  • [+] Check-By-Date:WebSite-Watcher now uses the most recent file date (a check could report false positives if a server swapped between different file dates, eg after redirecting to different servers)
  • [+] Synchronize: Sync functionality is now based on bookmark id and not on URLs to sync bookmarks
  • [+] Wildcard filter: More atomic match detection
  • [+] Various dialogs: Many dialog elements can be accessed via shortcuts
  • [+] Themes of Office XP/2003/2007
  • Tons of smaller changes, improvements and fixes


Version 4.42  (21-Jul-2008)
  • [+] Pages with gzip format supported
  • [+] Resorting the bookmark list will bring the previous selected bookmark into view
  • [x] AutoWatch / automatic time configuration: Smaller improvements and fixes
  • [x] Check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser" improved
  • [x] Better handling of URLs with "&amp;"
  • [x] Improved handling of imported CSS files (wikipedia pages are now displayed correctly)
  • [-] Some bugs with dialup connection fixed
  • [-] Browser-Tabs could be re-opened multiple times under certain circumstances
  • [-] URLs with double slashes didn't work under certain circumstances
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could crash when performing some actions in empty browser tabs
  • [-] Some problems with browser forward/back buttons fixed
  • Finnish translation updated
  • Smaller improvements and fixes


Version 4.41  (05-May-2008)
  • [x] Improved handling of complex inline CSS definitions (could cause false positives under certain circumstances if only CSS definitions were changed)
  • [x] Improved detection and usage of system default font (especially under Vista with classic theme)
  • [x] Improved handling of pages with wrong character set definitions
  • [x] Handling of web pages with an invalid certificate improved
  • [-] Hyperlinks weren't extracted correctly from Atom feeds under certain circumstances
  • [-] E-Mail configuration: SMTP server used connection type from POP3 server and vice versa
  • [-] User interface wasn't displayed correctly with large windows fonts
  • [-] Image configuration: Filter images from other domains didn't work correctly
  • [-] Floating info win could disappear after changing dual monitor configurations
  • Smaller fixes


Version 4.40  (26-Mar-2008)
  • [+] Automatic time configuration for AutoWatch and manual checks
  • [+] Internal browser: each bookmark has a normal view and a text view (can be changed with tabs on bottom)
  • [+] Internal browser: Analysis functionality (can be accessed with tabs on bottom)
  • [+] Import from text file: "Check for duplicates" can now be disabled optionally (better performance)
  • [+] Scripts: If you press the Shift Key while selecting a script from the script menu, the selected script is opened in the editor
  • [+] Script command "Import Bookmarks": New parameter /TextIgnoreDuplicates when importing from text files
  • [+] Update-On-Keywords and ignore filters: WebSite-Watcher no longer searches keywords in ignored content
  • [x] Update-On-Keywords functionality improved
  • [-] Some RSS/Atom feeds didn't work
  • [-] Files in the root directory of FTP servers couldn't be checked
  • [+] Conditional Comments supported
  • [-] Opening a saved page in the embedded Internet Explorer could freeze WebSite-Watcher under certain circumstances
  • [x] Report with highlighted changes: A blank line is printed between RSS postings
  • [x] Some obsolete features removed
  • [x] Improved detection of new/old postings in RSS feeds
  • [x] Recording of IE-Macros improved
  • [x] WebSite-Watcher no longer deletes outdated Watch filters automatically
  • [x] Improved Javascript filtering
  • [x] Check technology "Internet Explorer / Browser" improved
  • Smaller improvements and fixes


Version 4.35  (26-Nov-2007)
  • [+] Internal browser: Drag-And-Drop browser tabs to a folder for inserting new bookmarks
  • [+] Internal browser: Re-open all tabs
  • [+] Internal browser: Mark tab as unvisited (via tab context menu)
  • [+] Opera browser integration: Context menu entry "Add to WebSite-Watcher" (can be added via WebSite-Watcher program configuration).
  • [+] Extended Search: Ctrl+Alt+Click onto browser toolbar buttons opens page in external browser
  • [+] Extended Search: Ctrl+Alt+Click onto a link opens the link in external web browser
  • [-] Main window could get "corrupted" after resizing the window
  • [-] Some Javscript links could not be opened in the internal browser
  • [-] Follow-Links and "Copy-all-bookmark-properties": sometimes new pages were marked as changed after the first check
  • [-] Ctrl+Tab to switch to the next browser tab didn't work
  • [-] Space to scroll page in internal browser didn't work under certain circumstances
  • [-] A check run with defined "advanced connection rules" could hang under certain circumstances
  • [-] FTP addresses could not be checked under certain circumstances
  • [-] Internet Explorer Macros could display a small version of the page while the macro was executed
  • Removed: The "Could not highlight changes" info bar since it didn't work as well as expected
  • Minor Tweaks


Version 4.34  (24-Oct-2007)
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher can be installed in portable mode.
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher automatically detects and deletes outdated ignore and watch filters
  • [+] If WebSite-Watcher cannot highlight (visible) changes in a page, then a special info bar is displayed. A single click onto that info bar opens the "Test filter/Compare versions" window.
  • [+] Deleting bookmarks with Auto-Delete option (folder properties) and deleting bookmarks from Trash are now performed frequently when you run WebSite-Watcher 24x7 (and not only on program exit)
  • [x] Filter-Wizard: TEXT and TEXT(2) tabs have been merged
  • [+] Filter-Wizard: TEXT view keeps highlighted changes
  • [+] Extended Search: Browser toolbar has a "Page" submenu
  • [+] New bookmark option: Advanced + Troubleshooting + Show hidden elements
  • [+] Browser integration - WebSite-Watcher displays in the menu (of the WSW eye icon) if an URL already exists
  • [+] "Jump to first/next keyword" uses only keywords within highlighted changes
  • [+] Date variable in URLs enhanced, the offset can now also be defined in hours, minutes or seconds
  • [+] New report variables: {wsw_url_relpath_filename}, {wsw_url_relpath_filename_chg} and {wsw_url_relpath_filename_chg1}
  • [+] After changing a macro you'll be asked if you want to change the existing URL to the new macro starting URL (if they differ)
  • [+] Bookmark notes: URLs are automatically highlighted
  • [x] Jump to first change in large .txt files: Performance improvements
  • [x] Highlight keywords in newsgroup bodies and RSS feeds improved
  • [x] If WebSite-Watcher cannot highlight all keywords in a page, then WebSite-Watcher jumps to the warning at the beginning of the page instead of the first highlighted change
  • [x] NTLM proxy authentication improved (wininet technology)
  • [x] Proxy support with user/password authentication improved (wininet technology)
  • [+] Script command "SendMail": user defined variables can be used in mail bodies
  • [x] Performance improvements during a check run
  • [x] Option "Ignore error codes from server" works now also with check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser"
  • [x] Import bookmarks from Opera and Firefox: Encoded characters (eg. &amp; or &#58;) are decoded correctly
  • [x] Special character &bull; is now decoded correctly
  • [x] Improved Javascript handling (pages with unclosed javascript tags weren't displayed correctly under certain circumstances)
  • [x] Internal browser: Tab handling improved
  • [x] Improved CSS filtering (CSS definitions weren't filtered correctly under certain circumstances)
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macro functionality improved
  • [x] Highlighting keywords improved (some short keywords could sometimes not be highlighted)
  • [x] Detect duplicates: bookmarks with macros handled correctly
  • [x] "Restore previous version" no longer deletes the old version
  • [x] Bookmark properties: if check method is "by content" and file type is "binary", then files are downloaded and saved in original format
  • [x] Simultaneous connections for local files (file:// protocol) has been limited to 1
  • [x] Speed of checking local directories with lots of files significantly improved
  • [x] Restore bookmarks/program configurations improved
  • [-] File+Open didn't use the folder of the currently opened bookmark file (as in previous versions)
  • [-] Links and image addresses were not converted correctly in phpBB3 forums
  • [-] Checking a newsgroup could fail under certain circumstances
  • [-] Some untypical URLs were not converted to absolute addresses correctly
  • [-] Browser tabs weren't displayed correctly under WinXP x64
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could crash when moving bookmarks to other folders while the Ctrl key was pressed
  • [-] Combination of features "Follow Links", "Alert on initialization" and "Update on keywords" didn't work correctly
  • [-] Redirections from HTTPS to HTTP could fail with the internal checking method under certain circumstances
  • [-] Follow-Links didn't work under certain circumstances
  • [-] Check-Macros: Some URLs with anchors could not be recorded correctly
  • [-] Multiple keywords could not be pre-defined in general program configuration
  • [-] Umlauts and other special characters weren't displayed correctly in RSS feed tooltips
  • [-] "Jump to first keyword" didn't work for initialized pages (without highlighted changes) in Beta-1
  • [-] HTML mails could not be sent under certain circumstances
  • [-] Pages with CSS could be broken under certain circumstances
  • Hebrew translation added
  • Tons of internal code improvements


Version 4.33  (30-May-2007)
  • [+] Browser tabs: Mouse middle click closes tab
  • [x] Restore functionality improved (a restore could fail if the path of the backed up bookmark file doesn't exist on the target system)
  • [x] Backup system more resistant against conflicts with virus tools or desktop search engines
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macro improved: If a link with changing numbers cannot be found when executing the macro, WebSite-Watcher tries to use regular expressions internally to find the new link (for example for links ala "Inbox(10)" where 10 can change)
  • [x] Extended Search: Newsgroup threads/bodies can be opened within the extended search window
  • [x] Import configurations via "config1.ini" reworked and enhanced (see help file for more information)
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could steal focus from internal browser -
  • [-] Add-From-Browser: Creating new folders were not possible under certain circumstances
  • [-] Some URLs could not be monitored under certain circumstances
  • Minor bugfixes and improvements


Version 4.32  (23-Apr-2007)
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros improved
  • [x] Check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser" in combination with frames improved
  • [-] Bookmark action "Send Mail": Sending bookmarks to multiple addresses was broken under certain circumstances
  • Minor tweaks


Version 4.31  (12-Apr-2007)
  • [+] Validation if invalid e-mail addresses are entered in bookmark properties (SendMail action)
  • [x] Send e-mails: improved error handling and reporting
  • [+] New Report/Export system
  • [+] Report: Extracted changes preserve links
  • [+] Report: new variable {wsw_ansi} to save reports in Ansi format (instead of UTF-8 format)
  • [+] Report: variable {wsw_dateformat(...)} can be placed within a report and must no longer be defined in the report window
  • [x] Predefined report templates reworked
  • [+] Bookmark action "Local Website Archive": Folder can be selected via user interface
  • [+] Find (Ctrl+F or Bookmarks+Search+Find) searches also in text of bookmark actions, for example in e-mail addresses
  • [x] If an RSS feed contains a content field, then use this field instead of the description field
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Ignore updates: New option "Don't mark as changed if page has less than XX characters"
  • [+] Error log window: bookmark properties can be opened directly within the error log window
  • [+] Error log window: erroneous e-mails can be deleted from the outbox directly within the error log window
  • [+] If locally saved pages are opened in an external browser, then the URL is added to the document title
  • [+] RSS template "Headlines" shows found keywords in a separate line (similar to newsgroups)
  • [x] Extended search can also be started when a check is running and no longer interrupts the AutoWatch countdown
  • [x] Extended Search: Usage of regular expression option should be more clear
  • [x] Internal check handling improved
  • [x] Check technology "Internet Explorer / Browser" improved
  • [-] Recording an "Internet Explorer Macro" within the New-Bookmark Wizard didn't work correctly
  • [-] Empty bookmark lists could not be saved into a new .wsw file
  • [x] Internet Explorer Macros improved
  • [-] Check-Macros failed under certain circumstances
  • [x] Execution of AutoStart scripts improved
  • [-] Export to Local Website Archive was broken under certain circumstances
  • [-] Vista: Internet Explorer browser integration didn't work in protected mode
  • Finnish month/day names for AutoFilters added
  • Some Windows Vista related improvements
  • Minor fixes


Version 4.30  (14-Feb-2007)
  • [+] Windows Vista fully supported: Flip 3D, thumbnail preview, use "Segoe UI" as default font, etc.
  • [+] Newsgroups functionality (this feature is only available in the Personal-Edition and in the Business-Edition)
  • [+] New Check-Macro recording method: Internet Explorer Macro (this method goes a completely different way to the already existing methods and can be used especially for Javascript based pages or logins, more infos can be found in the help file).
  • [+] Program configuration + Connections: Definition of advanced connection rules (for example limit simultaneous connections to a specified server/URL and wait x seconds between checks).
  • [+] EMails are queued in an outbox and no longer sent on-the-fly
  • [+] SSL support for sending emails (works now with gmail accounts)
  • [+] Mail server configuration: Multiple mail server configurations can be saved
  • [+] Firefox context menu extension to add the currently opened page to WebSite-Watcher (can be installed in the program configuration window)
  • [+] Program configuration / Check / Connections: The HTTP-Header "Accept-Language" can be configured
  • [+] Error log for failed bookmark actions (for example when WebSite-Watcher could not export a page to Local Website Archive)
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Alert on Initialization/Changes/Errors
  • [+] Report / New global switch: {wsw_encode_html} - use this option if you want to export into XML, RSS or OPML format.
  • [+] Report / New export template: Export to RSS feed
  • [+] Bookmark properties: If the Ctrl key is pressed while clicking the "Check Now" button, then the bookmark is opened automatically.
  • [+] Password protected pages with NTLM authentication fully supported
  • [+] Bookmark / Replace: Additional fields for bookmark actions, Check-Macro and PostData
  • [+] Bookmark / Replace: Option to replace in all/selected bookmarks
  • [+] Internal browser / context menu: "Open in new tab" and "Open in new window" supported (only if Internet Explorer 7 is installed)
  • [+] If WebSite-Watcher cannot check pages due to a wrong proxy configuration (eg. NTLM or username/password), then WebSite-Watcher aborts the check and displays a dialog with further details how to solve this issue
  • [+] Wizard for local files/folders
  • [+] Internal browser toolbar: "Test filter" can directly be called from the toolbar
  • [+] Internal browser toolbar: "Filter Assistant" can directly be called from the toolbar
  • [+] Adding RSS feeds from FireFox by clicking a RSS link works now when you select WebSite-Watcher as default feed reader in Firefox
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: "Additional info fields" added
  • [x] Changing the RSS template in the internal browser (by clicking the full/headlines link) changes the bookmark properties, too
  • [+] Improved handling of RSS feeds with unclosed tables (buggy feeds are fixed by WebSite-Watcher automatically)
  • [x] Improved processing of RSS feeds with unclosed HTML tags
  • [x] Internal check technology completely rewritten
  • [x] Internal check technology supports https protocol
  • [x] Send Mails: Better codepage handling
  • [x] Email configuration: "Secure MD5 authentication" must no longer configured explicitly
  • [x] Tweak (custom.ini): Alternative email server configuration had to be dropped due to the outbox functionality
  • [x] PDF files are now always opened in the external browser (instead of embedding them in the internal browser of WSW) to bypass some incompatibilities between the embedded IE and PDF files
  • [x] Check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser" for pages with frames improved
  • [x] Internal Browser improvements
  • [x] Improved detection if a keyword is within changed content
  • [x] Better performance when checking RSS feeds
  • [x] Automatic page type detection improved when a server doesn't send any information
  • [x] WebSite-Watcher no longer enforces checks until an "unavailable" bookmark is initialized
  • [x] Partial check of binary files improved
  • [x] Tweak "UseProxyIfUrlExists=" improved
  • [x] Some conflicts with virus scanners and desktop search engines fixed (when these kind of tools block files)
  • [x] Some performance improvements when highlighting keywords
  • Many smaller changes/improvements
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could hang when downloading CSS files with abnormal addresses
  • [-] Windows Vista: Registering WebSite-Watcher as default Feedreader could cause a crash
  • [-] Character encoding could be broken in RSS feeds
  • [-] AutoWatch could be deactivated unexpectedly under rare circumstances
  • [-] If the option "Don't prepare anything for offline browsing" is enabled, then images are no longer downloaded (even if configured)
  • [-] Images were not displayed in the internal browser under certain circumstances
  • [-] Some compatibility problems fixed (WSW couldn't be started on certain systems)
  • [+] Uninstall can optionally remove program configuration and/or bookmark lists
  • [x] Uninstall works more precisely
  • Lots of smaller improvements


Version 4.22  (19-Oct-2006)
  • [+] Included CSS files fully supported. If CSS files include links to other CSS files, then they are downloaded instead of ignoring them (for example NY Times)
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could hang when opening the version with highlighted changes
  • [x] Improved detection of new postings or replies in table based forums
  • [x] Prevent highlighting of filtered parts improved
  • [x] wininet check technology improved (a server could report an error in combination with WebSite-Watcher under rare circumstances)
  • [-] Ctrl+Shift+Click on a link didn't work when the internal browser was maximized
  • [-] "Set properties in all selected bookmarks" didn't work immediately for several bookmark properties
  • [x] Internal html code parser improved, is now more compatible with browsers (pages with strange html code were displayed different to main browsers)
  • [x] Bookmark properties + "Don't prepare anything for offline browsing" improved
  • [x] Improved parsing of some un-typical server logs
  • [-] Several Unicode issues and incompatibilities fixed (especially on far east Windows versions).
  • [x] Detection and handling of pages in UTF-8 format is now compatible to web browsers
  • [-] Sorting bookmarks didn't work correctly in the external search window under certain circumstances
  • [-] FTP addresses with %20 (instead of blanks) in the URL could not be checked
  • [x] Copy/Move a bookmark file to another .wsw file also copies the status info (was blank in previous versions)
  • [x] Some wininet workarounds and internal timeout handling improved
  • [x] Check-Macros with session-ids improved
  • [-] Monitoring a picture URL could damage the downloaded file
  • [-] Ordering bookmark columns didn't always work correctly
  • [x] Standard highlight method improved
  • [-] Highlighting changes could take a very long time under certain circumstances
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could not highlight changes for some erroneous HTML code under rare circumstances
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could hang under certain (rare) circumstances
  • [x] Several dialog elements and menus are more compatible to Windows colors
  • [-] Maximize/Minimize the internal browser made the as hidden configured main toolbar visible
  • [-] Filter-Wizard: Wrong tab was selected under certain circumstances
  • [-] Unclosed noscript tags could cause empty pages
  • Chinese_GB, Finnish and Polish translations updated
  • Smaller fixes/improvements


Version 4.21  (19-Jul-2006)
  • [-] Version with highlighted changes could be malformed under certain circumstances
  • [-] Check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser": If a checked page contained frames, then the bookmark name wasn't initialized correctly
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could crash when importing URLs from a text file that is opened exclusively by another program
  • French and Spanish translation updated


Version 4.20  (11-Jul-2006)
  • [+] Self-learning filter system. If you get a false positive (for example caused by a changing date), simply press the "Auto-Filter" button to learn the changes. WebSite-Watcher will create appropriate Ignore filters automatically. (see help file for detailed information)
  • [+] Don't highlight filtered parts (Auto-Filter and manually defined Ignore filters).
  • [+] RSS feeds - Headlines template: Highlighted keywords in the collapsed body are now shown in an extra line, this makes monitoring RSS feeds for keywords much more convenient.
  • [+] RSS feeds: Change between Full/Headlines template via links in the feed page
  • [+] Filter-Wizard can be closed with ESC
  • [+] Remember bookmark sorting after application restart
  • [+] New report template: Export to OPML
  • [+] Highlight changes + Watch filters: Highlight only matched results (this option is disabled by default and can be enabled in bookmark properties + Advanced + Highlight changes)
  • [+] Filter-Wizard: Filtered text from Watch-Filters is always displayed as strikeout
  • [x] Initializing a bookmark will write the new and the old version of a page. Due to this change WebSite-Watcher is able to highlight keywords in initialized pages
  • [x] If the whole content is filtered, then the new version is always saved to disk
  • [-] Some issues with dual monitors fixed
  • [-] Auto-filling the bookmark name didn't work correctly under certain circumstances
  • [+] Tweak for Extended Search: Text/Background color can be defined for highlighted search words
  • [+] New option: Ignore message "Whole content filtered"
  • [-] Some problems in combination with Javascript fixed
  • [-] Internal browser + "Open with" didn't work correctly under certain circumstances
  • [-] Some conflicts with Dual-Monitors fixed
  • [x] Master-Bookmarks are only sorted on-top when the sort direction is Name or URL or Alternative URL
  • [x] Javascript filtering rewritten
  • [x] Filter-Wizard: Creation of Date/Time filters improved
  • [x] Several tweaks for highlighting changes
  • [x] Performance improvements
  • Many smaller improvements/fixes


Version 4.10  (02-May-2006)

Feature Highlights in version 4.10

  • Unicode support
  • Lots of improvements to the user interface
  • Lots of new features
  • Improved handling of RSS feeds
  • Improved handling of the check process and the filter system

Detailed list of changes:

4.10 Beta-14
  • [-] Filter/Keywords didn't work with some specific codepages
  • [x] Bookmark properties / Filter strings: A bookmark is no longer initialized automatically when clicking the "Strings" button
  • [x] Format of local directories improved
  • [x] Monitor local directory: Autofilling the name will use the directory name instead of "directory"
  • [-] Report: variable {wsw_folder_name_absolute} wasn't replaced correctly
  • [-] Add bookmarks via IE browser integration could fail for pages with unicode characters
  • Minor fixes
4.10 Beta-13
  • [+] New filter option: Ignore Upper/Lowercase. This filter is enabled by default, disabling this filter may be useful when you monitor local directories or mapped Linux drives for upper/lowercase changes.
  • [x] Improved detection of new/old/changed RSS feed postings
  • [x] More speed when highlighting changes in RSS feeds
  • [x] Decoding of some non-standard RSS feeds improved
  • [x] Monitor local directories: Format changed (makes it easier to create filters)
  • [x] Internal improvements of the filter system
  • [x] Extended/Improved detection of session-ids when recording Check-Macros
  • [-] Monitor local directories + Follow Links: Local directories with a dot could be handled falsely as files
4.10 Beta-12
  • [x] Keywords: Improved and more reliable way to detect if keywords are available within changes
  • [+] Bookmark properties / new character set option: Enforce Unicode. This option will always convert a page to Unicode/UTF-8 format, especially "&#xxxx;" encoded characters (this enables compatibility with the Filter system, Keywords feature, etc. in special situations)
  • [+] Autofilling the bookmark name with the first check: &#xxxx; characters are now converted correctly
  • [x] Ctrl+0 didn't open the online version of a page when the last check had errors
  • [x] Default font for the user interface is now Tahoma, works also with Clear Type
  • Smaller improvements and fixes
4.10 Beta-11
  • [-] Folders could not be deleted under certain circumstances
  • [-] Ampersands were not decoded correctly when auto-filling the bookmark name
  • [x] Filter-Wizard and source-code view (if filter "Ignore all HTML tags" is disabled): horizontal scrollbar is available
  • [-] Import bookmarks from exported .zip file: If a special folder was selected (HotSites, AutoWatch, ...), bookmarks could disappear. Now they are imported to the root folder in that case.
  • Several language files updated
4.10 Beta-10
  • [-] Prevent highlighting before/after text didn't work under certain circumstances
  • [x] Export of IE favorites verifies if the max. length of path+filename is exceeded. Furthermore the name is truncated automatically if the length is larger than 80 characters
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could hang under certain circumstances when the codepage of a page was defined as UTF8 but saved in another format
  • Smaller improvements
4.10 Beta-9
  • [-] WSW could change the folder when "Goto next change" was performed
  • [x] Improved Unicode handling
  • [-] Some stability issues fixed
4.10 Beta-8
  • [+] RSS-Feeds: Changes and removals in updated RSS postings are highlighted (similar to web pages)
  • [+] Folder property: Auto-Collapse folder when performing function "Open next unread bookmark"
  • [+] Monitor local files/directories: Unicode is now supported for local files and folders
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Unicode URLs can be inserted via the button on the right side of the URL field
  • [+] Check method "Internet Explorer/Browser" - new option: Wait delay after page has loaded. Ths option can be used for dynamically generated pages which change the content after the page has loaded, more info see help file
  • [+] Filter-Wizard works also when the filter "Ignore all HTML tags" is disabled
  • [+] Options + Advanced: Color of changed bookmarks can be customized
  • [+] Browser-Integration works with IE7 beta
  • [x] Improved detection of changed/new items in RSS feeds (eg. for google feeds)
  • [x] Improved handling of web pages with buggy UTF-8 encoding
  • [x] Improved handling of regular expressions with multibyte characters (eg. with chinese or japanese encoded pages)
  • [x] Monitor local diectories / Options + Tweak: CheckLocalFolderUseCreationDate=1 - if this flag is set, then the folder creation date is used instead of the folder modified date
  • [x] Monitor local diectories: All directories are listed before files
  • [+] Options + Tweak: FollowLinksShowDepth=1 - show the link depth directly after the chain symbol
  • [+] Options + Tweak: SuppressInitializedInfoBar=1 - suppress the yellow InfoBar which is displayed when opening initialized bookmarks
  • [x] Improved handling of css files in combination with absolute image addresses
  • [+] Predefined bookmark properties - Cookies: Predefined properties for "IE Cookies" and "Don't use Cookies"
  • [-] Follow-Links: If a Master-Bookmark was deleted, then the chains from Child-Bookmarks were not removed
  • [-] Some problems with folders and predefined bookmark properties fixed
  • [-] Filter-Wizard Bug with french characters
  • [-] Bookmark notes: Ctrl+I deleted the selected text instead of making it italic
  • [-] Fixed a false-positive with AntiVir/Heuristic Scan
4.10 Beta-7
  • [+] Ctrl+Alt+Enter in the bookmark list opens the bookmark in the external browser
  • [+] Options+Tweak: FolderCheckAndShowRecursive=0/1
  • [x] Removed a not-really-working workaround for bookmarks with local files in Unicode format, a better solution is planned for one of the versions
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could crash under rare circumstances (seems to be a bug since v4.04, thanks for sending bug reports and error logs)
4.10 Beta-6
  • [-] Some conflicts with tray icon fixed
  • [-] Some problems with "Move bookmark file" feature fixed
  • [-] Minor tweaks
4.10 Beta-5
  • [+] Program options + Sounds + Allow default sounds: If disabled, WebSite-Watcher can be executed without any sounds or beeps
  • [+] Script / New BuiltIn function: GetBookmarkFilename (more details and examples see help file)
  • [+] Script / New commands and BuiltIn function: RasDial, RasHangup, RasIsConnected (more details and examples see help file)
  • [x] Internal Browser: Alt+Shift+Click on a link or toolbar buttons to open pages in the external browser has now finally been changed to Ctrl+Alt+Click to avoid conflicts with other shortcuts
  • [+] Ctrl+Alt+Doubleclick a selected bookmark: opens the bookmark in the external browser instead of the internal browser
  • [x] Improved performance with large bookmark lists
  • [x] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: Time configuration is now available in a separate tab, similar to the bookmark properties
  • [x] All duplicated bookmarks are selected after a duplication process
  • [x] Improved data recovery after WSW crashed during a check
  • [-] MiniBrowser could crash under certain circumstances
  • [-] RSS styles were not saved correctly in the bookmark properties under certain circumstances
  • [-] OneTimeWatch menu was falsely enabled under certain circumstances
  • [-] Bug with Always-Stay-On-Top fixed, please report any side effects!
4.10 Beta-4
  • [+] New shortcut: Shift+Enter in the bookmark list opens the bookmark and maximizes the internal browser
  • [x] Ctrl+Enter (set focus to bookmarks) and Ctrl+Shift+Enter (set focus to folder)
  • [x] Internal Browser: Alt+Click on a link or toolbar buttons to open pages in the external browser has now been changed to Alt+Shift+Click to avoid conflicts with other shortcuts and mouse drivers
  • [x] Bookmark properties can be closed with ESC when a memo field is focused
  • [x] Improved detection of removed elements
  • [-] "Start minimized" didn't work correctly in combination with "Minimize on close"
  • [-] Timeout value could not be saved in the program settings
  • [x] Startup speed improved, especially for bookmark lists with many bookmarks
4.10 Beta-3
  • [-] Follow-Links could hang under certain circumstances
  • [-] Starting a check could cause a delay of 1 or 2 seconds under certain circumstances
  • Some minor tweaks
4.10 Beta-2
  • [+] If WebSite-Watcher isn't able to highlight changes (for example when only content has been removed), then WebSite-Watcher tries to display content removals
  • [x] ALT+Click on a link opens the link in the external browser (generally said, Shift+Click always opens a page in a new browser tab, ALT+Click always opens a page in the external browser)
  • [+] New shortcuts: Ctrl+Shift+Enter sets the focus to the folder pane, and pressing Enter sets the focus to the bookmark list
  • [x] Ctrl+Enter always selects the bookmark list now (and no longer changes the focus between bookmark list and internal browser)
  • [-] Ctrl+Enter didn't work when the cursor was in an edit field of the internal browser
  • [+] Bookmark Action "Run program": New parameter %u (is replaced with the URL field)
  • [-] Pressing the Spacebar to scroll down the internal browser could cause a crash
  • [-] Assigning an rss template with the "Set properties in all selected bookmarks" feature caused that a check reported an "RSS/Atom feed has no entries" message
  • [-] Restore feature displayed a "Close" message box falsely
  • [-] AutoWatch wasn't checked correctly in the TrayIcon context menu under certain circumstances
  • [x] "Use internal browser" feature is back as global option (was available in the Tweak section in beta-1)
  • [x] Bookmark name in "Add from browser" dialog reintroduced (was removed in beta-1). Please note that this field can no longer be autofilled due to some unicode conflicts with browsers. If this field is not entered manually, it is autofilled with the first check.
  • [+] Replace All: User Agent added
  • [-] Date variables were not resolved correctly within Check-Macros under certain circumstances
  • [x] "Test filter" dialog can be closed with the Esc key
  • Smaller fixes and some performance improvements
4.10 Beta-1
  • [+] Unicode Support
  • [+] Lots of changes and improvements to the user interface
  • [+] Add-To-Wizard improved, especially when adding forums
  • [+] Each folder can be assigned a different icon
  • [+] Insert new bookmark: the URL field is filled automatically if an URL is in the clipboard
  • [+] Three new toolbar buttons in the internal browser toolbar: "Bookmark Properties", "Restore previous version" and "Close internal browser"
  • [+] Browser integration: The window eye in the browser title bar opens the bookmarks in the currently opened/selected browser (and no longer always in the default browser)
  • [+] Internal browser / Open with external browser: Userdefined browsers can be configured in the drop-down-menu
  • [+] Encrypt bookmark files (Business Edition only). Passwords can be defined in File + Encrypt bookmark file
  • [+] New global error handling: Alert after 10 errors in series
  • [+] Open link in new browser tab with Shift+Click: If the Ctrl key is pressed, then the new tab will be opened in foreground if the option "Open new tabs in background" is enabled and vice versa.
  • [+] Browser toolbar: If the Alt key is pressed when clicking the Online/New/Old... version buttons, the page is opened in the external default browser
  • [x] New shortcut: Ctrl+Enter swaps the focus between bookmark list and internal browser
  • [+] Jump-To-First-Keyword feature added (can be used alternatively to the Jump-To-First-Change feature
  • [x] Jump-To-First-Change feature improved (jumps now to the first visible change in vertical direction, not to the first change in the source code)
  • [x] Drag&Drop of bookmarks with enabled Follow Links feature: All bookmarks of a follow-links set will be moved as a bunch, also when you move only one single bookmark of the set
  • [x] Improved handling of session-ids in forums
  • [+] Internal Browser: Tabs can be moved with Drag&Drop
  • [+] Internal Browser: Mouse back/forward buttons supported
  • [x] Report: Output format is now always in UTF-8 format
  • [x] Report: Syntax of field names changed, is now {FieldName} instead of <!--FieldName-->. This makes it more comfortable to create templates with WYSIWYG editors.
  • [+] Script: New function GetSelectedFolder
  • [+] Script: New function GetDayOfTheWeek. (1 for Monday, 2 for Tuesday, ...)
  • [+] Script: New functions Lowercase and Uppercase
  • LOTS OF SMALLER IMPROVEMENTS
Version 4.06  (17-Jan-2006)
  • [-] Follow-Links could hang under certain circumstances
  • [-] Starting a check could cause a delay of 1 or 2 seconds under certain circumstances
  • [x] Some performance improvements
  • Some minor fixes/improvements

Version 4.05  (01-Dec-2005)
  • [x] Import all/new bookmarks from browser or text file: Improved detection for duplicates
  • [x] Backup feature: Improved detection if the entered target directory exists and the backup file can be created
  • [-] The main window was not restored correctly on dual monitor systems in rare cases
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher didn't work on old processors (Pentium 1 and lower)
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could not highlight changes in rare circumstances
  • [x] Improved export feature with stripped HTML tags
  • [x] After changing bookmark properties, any check optimizations are reset
  • [x] Improved link detection if the Follow-Links feature is enabled
  • [-] Open bookmark file: Remember last folder was broken after File+Reopen was used
  • [-] Changing tabs could reset the Goto-Next-Change feature
  • [-] A new forum template could not be assigned when the forum layout has been changed because WSW reported an error and didn't download the latest version
  • [-] The "headlines" RSS template could produce a Javascript error in the internal browser under certain circumstances
  • [x] Forum templates: Improved detection of last post dates
  • [-] Turning off an enabled Follow-Links feature didn't work correctly
  • [x] Assigning forum templates to phpbb forums will disable the use of Internet Explorer cookies because checking phpbb forums with IE cookies will cause a logout from the board due to the new security system of phpbb

Version 4.04  (28-Sep-2005)
Some v4.04 highlights:
  • Forum-Wizard
  • Ignore removed elements
  • Numerous performance improvements and lower CPU usage
  • New Backup/Restore feature
  • RSS/Atom-Feed support completely rewritten
  • Multi-User-Support
  • Lots of other new features and improvements, see detailed list below
Detailed list:
  • [+] Forum-Wizard: New method to monitor table based forums using Forum-Templates which can be created interactively in "Bookmark properties + Advanced + Highlight changes".
  • [+] New highlight option: Prevent highlighting before/after text
  • [+] New filter option: Ignore removed elements (alert only if content has been added/changed). This option is disabled by default and can be enabled in the bookmark properties, "More..." button.
  • [+] Small neat statistic in the About box
  • [x] Numerous performance improvements and lower CPU usage
  • [+] New feature to check for new WebSite-Watcher versions. Default setting is to show a dialog before the check is performed and can be changed to check-in-background and never-check. This feature checks only for new final versions (not beta releases) and is only available in the registered version.
  • [+] Filter-Wizard has a text view which can be used when the filter creation with the rendered HTML page fails.
  • [+] Internal tabbed browser: New tab icons for read pages
  • [+] New feature "Move bookmark file" (in Files menu) which will transfer a bookmark file and downloaded files to a new location
  • [+] Backup feature: backups can be restored
  • [+] Backup feature: new file format (WebSite-Watcher uses now the Zip64 file format which has practically no limits in size and number of files)
  • [+] Multi-User support: WebSite-Watcher no longer saves the configuration in the program folder. WebSite-Watcher should now work without problems when you are not logged on as administrator. If your bookmarks are stored in the program folder, you can use the new feature "Move bookmark file" to transfer your bookmarks to another location where you have full write permission.
  • [+] Handling and highlight technique of RSS/Atom-Feeds rewritten (as side effect all RSS/Atom feeds will be marked as changed with the first check). You can now select a template for RSS feeds in the general options.
  • [+] Internal preview / Options button: RSS-Style can be changed for the currently opened RSS/Atom feed
  • [+] Internal browser: If the internal browser is closed with unread browser tabs, WebSite-Watcher will re-open these tabs automatically next time. This behavior can be disabled in the general options.
  • [+] Toolbar: 3 new buttons to start user defined script files (must have the names button1.wws, button2.wws and button3.wws). You can also assign shortcuts to these 3 script files.
  • [+] Follow Links: Exclude parts from an URL when checking if an URL already exists in the list (for example a session-id which made the Follow-Links feature impossible)
  • [+] New script command: CloseBrowser
  • [+] New script command: WindowToTray
  • [+] New browser integration for RSS/Atom feeds. When you click a [XML] or [RSS] or [Feed] button on a website, WebSite-Watcher will add the feed as new bookmark.
  • [+] Folder properties / Automatic deletion: Don't delete bookmarks with flags
  • [+] NTLM proxy support for the wininet check technology
  • [x] Filter-Wizard window is now sizeable
  • [x] Several windows remember the last size
  • [x] Several memory and performance improvements
  • [x] Workaround for a bug in the wininet.dll where the wininet.dll could hang and block WebSite-Watcher in rare cases. WebSite-Watcher should no longer be affected by that bug and display a "wininet-error" message in the status column.
  • [x] Improved Abort-Handling of wininet check technology
  • [x] Export page in text format: Conversion from HTML to text format improved
  • [x] Check-Macros improved
  • [x] WebSite-Watcher no longer uses the URL as referrer if no referrer field is entered
  • [x] Improved save behavior when a bookmark file is blocked by a virus scanner
  • [x] Improved handling of image definitions in CSS (in previous versions of WSW the embedded browser could crash under certain circumstances)
  • [-] Check binary files by parts of the content didn't work under certain circumstances
  • [-] Filter function RegexToEnd didn't work correctly under certain circumstances
  • [-] Filter-Wizard didn't work when a bookmark file was opened from a UNC-path
  • [-] Script editor didn't highlight all parameters correctly (didn't affect the execution of scripts)
  • Several smaller improvements and fixes
  • [x] "Goto-Next-Change" no longer reloads the page
  • [x] Follow Links: Assigning folder properties improved
  • [x] Internal browser window / Add to bookmarks: You can now select the folder for the new bookmark
  • [x] Browser integration for unicode version of Avant browser supported
  • [+] Slovak translation added
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher was not terminated properly during a Windows shutdown when more than one browser tab was opened
  • [-] Folder properties -> Assign bookmark properties -> Images: "Override default" setting is now set automatically in the bookmark properties
  • [x] If WebSite-Watcher crashes and an error box is displayed, then this error box is removed automatically after a given time and WebSite-Watcher can continue working. That means, that a crash no longer blocks WebSite-Watcher until a button is pressed.
  • [+] New custom.ini setting: PerformCheckOnlyIfUrlExists=URL;ValidText based on forum threads
  • [x] New custom.ini setting: GotoNextChangeReloadBrowser=1 disables the optimized Goto-Next-Change feature which was introduced in Beta-5. The new optimized technique was not compatible with screen readers of blind users.
  • [-] Several fixes/improvements
  • [-] Bookmarks could not be exported to Internet Explorer via Drag&Drop when a bookmark with the same already existed
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could crash under certain circumstances when checking pages
  • [-] Some smaller bugs fixed
  • [-] Check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser" could block several functions in WebSite-Watcher, runs now completely in a background thread
  • [-] Manual character set definition didn't work correctly with RSS/Atom feeds
  • [-] Some sizeable windows didn't display properly with large window fonts
  • [-] Internet Explorer Browser Integration could not be configured correctly in the general options
  • [x] Creating new folder is now enabled while a check is running
  • [-] The "Enter" key works now in all browser tabs (worked in the first tab only)


Version 4.03  (09-Mar-2005)
  • [+] Disabled bookmarks can now be checked via the "Check bookmarks (Extended options)" dialog or the "Check Now" button in the bookmark properties
  • [+] New help file added
  • [+] Filter-Wizard supports foreign codepages (eg. you can create filters for Russian pages on an English windows)
  • [+] Atom-Feeds supported
  • [+] New layout and separate highlight settings for RSS/Atom feeds to make changes in RSS/Atom feeds better readable
  • [+] RSS: Comments supported. WebSite-Watcher displays a link if comments are available
  • [+] RSS: Enclosures supported. WebSite-Watcher displays a link if an enclosure is available
  • [+] Wizard to add new bookmarks
  • [+] Filter-Wizard: The selected text of the filter "Start to selection", "Selection to selection" and "Selection to end" can now have changing numbers or a date/time format.
  • [+] Filter-System supports 3 new commands: StartToRegex, RegexToRegex and RegexToEnd. If you create filters without the filter wizard, then it's recommended to use these commands instead of regular expressions which include ".*"
  • [+] Open new/old/online page via toolbar buttons of internal browser: If the Shift key is pressed while clicking the toolbar buttons, then the page is opened in a new tab.
  • [+] Synchronize two bookmark files
  • [+] New Script command: SyncBookmarkFiles
  • [+] New script command: WaitUntilTime
  • [+] Script language: if statements
  • [+] Script language: Label and Goto statements
  • [+] Script language: Variables
  • [+] Send HTML-Mail for image URLs supported
  • [+] MiniBrowser: Added charset support if a charset definition isn't available in the page source but in the server log
  • [+] Macro-Recording: WebSite-Watcher adds cookie entries to the variable list
  • [+] Macro-Recording: WebSite-Watcher replaces parts of the URL with sessionID variables
  • [+] Browser integration for Opera 8 added
  • [+] Korean, Spanish and Norway language file added
  • [+] External CSS files of "alternate stylesheets" are now correctly handled and downloaded
  • [x] Improved internal memory management to prevent memory fragmentation
  • [x] Closing browser tabs with the context menu will close the right clicked tab instead of the active tab (when right clicking an inactive tab)
  • [x] Script language: The commands MessageBox and QuestionBox can display Variables
  • [x] Script lanugage: For command QuestionBox the parameter /ContinueOnYes is no longer automatically assumed and must be defined explicitely. The result of the question is also available with the function GetQuestionBoxResult.
  • [x] Usage of Internet Explorer Cookies improved
  • [x] Unread/disabled are now displayed as unread bookmarks (instead of disabled bookmarks as in previous versions)
  • [x] Bookmark filter system: some user interface changes
  • [x] Check-By-Date and Check-By-Size rewritten: Now WebSite-Watcher saves always a HTML page with the checked properties instead of opening the files directly from the web. This change makes the flag "Save file to disk" completely obsolete and has been dropped.
  • [x] Script command "BackupToZip" supports now the variables {bookmarkdir} and {programdir}
  • [x] Several changes to the beginner mode.
  • [x] Handling of browser identification changed. WebSite-Watcher uses now the latest Internet Explorer identification by default and can be overwritten optionally.
  • [x] RSS-Feeds: If an item has no title, then the first few characters of the description are used for the title
  • [x] RSS decoding improved
  • [x] Improved detection if a page is a RSS feed
  • [x] Some improvements and fixes with the macro system
  • [x] SendMail: Log file is written directly to the bookmark log instead of general log file
  • [x] Improved character set handling for frames
  • [x] Macro-System: If no URL was specified in the ACTION parameter of a FORM tag, the page address is used automatically (macros didn't work in such a case)
  • [x] Internal browser: If the integrated Popup-Blocker is disabled, then Popups are no longer opened in a new tab to avoid conflicts where WebSite-Watcher could be minimized from the popup. Popups are now always opened in an IE window...
  • [x] Improved: don't use cached pages
  • [x] Highlight differences in text files: Speed significantly improved
  • [x] FTP-Protocol: Speed of long directory listings significantly improved
  • [x] Send HTML-Mail: If WebSite-Watcher cannot remove Javascript correctly from a page, then the email is sent as text format (with attached changes) instead of the HTML format to prevent conflicts with several EMail clients.
  • [x] Removing Javascript improved
  • [x] Filter-Wizard: Improved support for pages in UTF-8 format
  • [x] Highlight changes for files in UTF-8 format could display wrong characters when the page contained encoded characters (for example &auml;)
  • [x] Improved detection of the used character set in a page
  • [x] Improved detection and handling if a server reports the wrong file size
  • [x] Import RSS feeds from OPML file improved (RSS feeds were probably not found in some buggy OPML files)
  • [-] Bookmark time settings didn't work, if the start-time was larger than the end-time, eg. Only/Don't check between 22:00 and 6:00
  • [-] Workaround for some buggy CSS commands which could crash the embedded Internet Explorer
  • [-] Dialog "Test Filter" could crash with large pages where no old version was available
  • [-] Some problems with opening tabs in background fixed
  • [-] If a keyword could not be highlighed, then the whole page wasn't displayed correctly under some rare circumstances.
  • [-] Disabled+Unread bookmarks were not shown in the "changed folder" and not counted in the Info-Win
  • [-] Highlight differences didn't work properly for content which was placed within the PRE-Tag
  • [-] Check technology "Internet Explorer/Browser": Fixed a memory leak which could result in huge memory usage after a lot of checks
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher crashed if a bookmark was moved from the trash to the root folder with the "Move-Bookmark-To" dialog
  • [-] Sending HTML Mails didn't work under certain circumstances
  • [-] A message box could be hidden behind the application window under certain circumstances
  • [-] Special characters in highlighted changes were not displayed correctly under some rare circumstances
  • [-] Feature "Highlight Images" didn't work under certain circumstances
  • [-] Problems with some untypical redirections fixed
  • [-] Macro Execution: Some fixes and improved handling of dynamically generated session IDs in forms which work with the GET command
  • [-] SendMail: A mail could get corrupted with the %changes50% variable in the subject field, when the replaced value contained line breaks
  • [-] SendMail: HTML-Emails could be truncated under some rare circumstances
  • [-] MiniBrowser plus WebSite-Watcher could be terminated unexpectedly under Win2k when very long entries in the Postdata-History were available


Version 4.02  (06-Dec-2004)
  • [+] Internal browser: Tabbed browsing supported
  • [+] Import RSS feeds from OPML file (Import menu)
  • [+] New highlight option: Highlight new/changed images. With that option WebSite-Watcher will draw a border around new/changed images. This option works only when images are downloaded or when you use absolute addresses to display images, it is disabled for the option "replace images with local GIF". If you download images, WebSite-Watcher will use the content of the image files to determine if an image has been changed. If you use absolute image addresses, then WebSite-Watcher will only compare the filename of an image to determine, if it is a new/changed image. Please note, that a web page is only marked as changed, when a textual change in a page is detected, and not when only an image has been changed.
  • [+] Open page via URL field in internal browser: Support of IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names), also when no IE plugin for IDNs is installed
  • [+] SendMail - New subject variable: %changes50% - displays the first 50 characters of the highlighted changes
  • [+] SendMail - New body variable: %changes% - displays the highlighted changes
  • [+] Bookmark files are now opened exclusively. That means you cannot open the same bookmark file from different workstations at the same time. This will avoid data loss when a bookmark file would be opened simultaneously from different users.
  • [+] New custom.ini [Misc] setting: JumpToFirstChangeRendered=1
    By default WebSite-Watcher jumps to the first change in the source code of a web page. With this option WebSite-Watcher will jump to the first change in vertical direction of the rendered page, and not to the first change in the source code (which is not always the first visible from top). This method works only with the internal browser.
  • [+] New custom.ini [Misc] setting: ShowLastChangeMarkerRendered=1
    With that option the last change marker should be displayed after the last visible change in vertical direction instead of last change in the HTML source code (which is the default technique). This feature works only with the internal browser and if the ini setting "JumpToFirstChangeRendered=1" is set.
  • [+] Extendend Search: Highlight searched words
  • [+] Extendend Search: Jump to first found word
  • [+] Shortcut can be assigned for: Set focus to folder
  • [+] Shortcut can be assigned for: Import Bookmarks from WebSite-Watcher Export file
  • [+] Shortcut can be assigned for: Export Bookmarks to WebSite-Watcher Export file
  • [+] Shortcut can be assigned for: New browser tab (Ctrl+T by default)
  • [+] Shortcut can be assigned for: Close all browser tabs (Ctrl+Shif+W by default)
  • [+] Shortcut can be assigned for: Set focus to browser URL field (Ctrl+U by default)
  • [+] New script command: MarkAsVisited
  • [+] Scripting language - "Quit" command: "/IfNoUpdates" parameter added
  • [+] The three additional info fields (which can be entered in bookmark properties/advanced) can now be displayed as columns in the bookmark list
  • [+] The dialogs "Note" and "Show all column fields" have been merged, also the additional info fields are available in this new dialog.
  • [+] New option for check technology "Internet Explorer / Browser": Follow Javascript redirections
  • [+] Find (Ctrl+F) searches also in the 3 additional info fields
  • [+] Replace dialog: The fields can be selected where a text should be replaced
  • [+] Macro recording: New option to record a Session-ID which is part of the path of an URL (and not part of parameters after the ? character)
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: "Highlight changed images" added
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: Keywords have an append switch
  • [+] Separate import/export settings for Mozilla added
  • [x] Bookmark properties / Advanced: Sections sorted by more relevance
  • [x] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: All filter settings are now available
  • [x] If a RSS feed has no description or date, then the phrases "no description" and "no date" are no longer displayed
  • [x] If no referer is entered in the bookmark properties, then the URL itself is used as referer (instead of no referer). Some sub pages in a site can have a special referer check, without such a referer a sub page cannot be displayed in rare circumstances.
  • [x] Follow Links: Several optimizations (should now work smarter for longer lists)
  • [x] Improved published-date detection in RSS feeds
  • [x] The outdated import/export settings for NS3/4 have been removed
  • [x] PostData can now contain carriage return/line feeds (is encoded automatically by MiniBrowser)
  • [x] Bookmark properties: Button "More" is now enabled when inserting new bookmarks
  • [x] Folder names can no longer contain characters which are not allowed in Windows filenames (eg. slashes or backslashes)
  • [x] Improved handling of character sets in downloaded sites. If a page has no charset definition in the page source and server log, then WebSite-Watcher tries to detect if the page is in UTF-8 format, otherwise ISO-8859-1 is assumed
  • [x] Decoding of some special characters in RSS feeds improved (eg. RSS feeds from Sourceforge.net were not decoded correctly)
  • [-] Checking technology "Internet Explorer / Browser" didn't work correctly with pages in UTF-8 or Unicode format
  • [-] Bug with checking method "Internet Explorer/Browser" and non-default codepages fixed
  • [-] Some encoding problems in HTML-Emails fixed
  • [-] "Update on Keyword" didn't work if a page was saved in UTF-8 format and the keywords contained characters > 128
  • [-] Highlight keywords didn't work if a page was saved in UTF-8 format and the keywords contained characters > 128
  • [-] "Ignore update" feature didn't work if a page was saved in UTF-8 format and the ignore text contained characters > 128
  • [-] Filling a form didn't work in MiniBrowser under some rare circumstances
  • [-] Fixed a cookie bug which could block a check
  • [-] Images could not be downloaded under some rare circumstances
  • [-] MiniBrowser could crash under certain circumstances when recording a macro
  • [-] Bookmarks / Troubleshooting section: "Ignore document css" and "Ignore document text" didn't work under several circumstances
  • [x] Several memory optimizations


Version 4.01  (12-Oct-2004)
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Actions / SendMail: HTML-Mails supported
  • [+] New script command: ImportBookmarks - imports bookmarks from a text file, from browser bookmarks or from a WebSite-Watcher Export file. If you place this command for example to the autostart.wws script file, then you can automatically import new bookmarks from your browser when you start WebSite-Watcher.
  • [+] "Add from browser" dialog: Check Now button added, dialog is now larger
  • [+] New function "Move bookmarks to folder". You can also assign a shortcut to this function.
  • [x] Improved handling of character sets in downloaded sites. If a page had no charset definition in the page source, then the page was probably displayed with a wrong character set. If no definition is available (document source or server log), WebSite-Watcher uses now automatically ISO-8859-1
  • [x] Improved detection and handling of character sets in RSS feeds
  • [x] All usermade entries in the wswatch.ini file are now moved to the file custom.ini (file is converted automatically). The file wswatch.ini is now used exclusively by WebSite-Watcher.
  • [+] File+Open can now open BAK files of the bookmark lists (by changing the file type)
  • [+] If a bookmark file is damaged, WebSite-Watcher displays now an appropriate message box with infos how to proceed
  • [+] File+Open remembers last directory
  • [+] Import/Export WebSite-Watcher Export file remembers last directory
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: Option "Suppress frameset warning" added
  • [+] Window caption of the "Add from browser" dialog contains the bookmark filename
  • [+] Browser Integration for Mozilla 1.8 Alpha added
  • [-] Some bugs with cookies fixed (websites couldn't be accessed under some rare circumstances)
  • [-] Some memory leaks fixed
  • [-] Some bugs with function "Add from browser" fixed


Version 4.00  (22-Sep-2004)
  • [+] Check-Macros: With Macros WebSite-Watcher goes a new way to automate logins, queries with forms, etc. These check macros can be recorded interactively with the tool MiniBrowser and should support all kind of logins (session-id based, cookie based, etc.). Check-Macros replace the Advanced Login System.
  • [+] Filter Wizard to create Ignore and Watch filters interactively
  • [+] Built in scripting language to automate tasks in WebSite-Watcher
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Checking method: New method "Automatic". This method chooses the methods "check-by-content", "check-by-date" or "check-by-size" automatically or uses a combination of them. It can also speed up checking of static websites enormously if there is more than one check per day.
  • [+] Browser Integration: added menu entry to Internet Explorer context menu
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher uses now cookies from Internet Explorer by default. You can change the cookie system or disable cookies for each bookmark in the bookmark properties.
  • [+] Bookmark properties / New online technology: "Internet Explorer / Browser" - you can use this technique when WebSite-Watcher is not able to check a website or when a website can only be displayed with Javascript
  • [+] New bookmark filter: Minimum number of changes
  • [+] New bookmark filter: Watch all changes in link addresses
  • [+] New bookmark filter: Watch all changes in image addresses
  • [+] New bookmark filter: Sort words. You can use this filter to sort all words in the content which is used to compare new/old version. Useful when only the order of some phrases is changed without any other changes.
  • [x] Bookmark properties / Filter all HTML tags: non-breaking-spaces (&nbsp;) are now filtered with this filter
  • [+] Bookmark properties / keywords: New option "Keywords must be in changes" or "Keywords must be anywhere in the site"
  • [+] Internal browser position can now be on right / bottom (optional)
  • [+] General options: settings for internal browser are now in a separate tab
  • [+] Url field of internal preview: If no full address has been entered, then WebSite-Watcher adds www. and .com automatically (eg. aignes + Enter is expanded to www.aignes.com)
  • [+] Bookmark properties: dialog has now a "Check now" button
  • [+] General options / View(2): You can define a separate time format for the current day (eg. only the time without the current date).
  • [+] Tools menu: MiniBrowser is now included in WebSite-Watcher (the separate download is no longer needed)
  • [+] MiniBrowser: Many smaller improvements
  • [+] New program icon
  • [+] For bookmarks with enabled "Follow Links" feature WebSite-Watcher opens the locally saved file instead the online URL when you click a link in the internal browser
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Check(1): Ignore server error codes (for example when a server always sends error 404 for a good and existing site)
  • [+] New wswatch.ini setting to handle the bookmark double click operation ([Misc] BookmarkDblClickOpens=web or BookmarkDblClickOpens=new)
  • [+] Report: Select/Unselect bookmarks in a folder via the context menu (only if the folder view is active)
  • [+] Report: Two new fields "wsw_url_date_checked" and "wsw_url_filename_no_ext"
  • [x] Improved detection if a bookmark already exists in the list when inserting new bookmarks
  • [x] Internal improvements of the filter system
  • [x] Opening of bookmark properties works faster
  • [x] Internal browser: "Options" and "Add" menu have been merged
  • [+] Browser-Integration: Maxthon browser supported
  • [x] Improved detection of file extension (eg. for images with wrong file extension)
  • [+] For FTP addresses WSW watches and displays now also the comments from the log file
  • [+] Export/Import bookmarks to/from WebSite-Watcher Export file (extension is *.zip)
  • [+] Option to suppress frameset warnings (bookmark properties / Advanced / Check(1))
  • [+] In the bookmark properties you can access some functions which were only available in the main window (eg. show log file)
  • [+] Each bookmark has 3 additional info fields (advanced section) which can also be exported with the Report/Export feature
  • [+] Browser-Integration / Bookmark menu: WebSite-Watcher shows flags if available
  • [x] Duplicate bookmark: WebSite-Watcher duplicates all selected bookmarks (not only the first selected)
  • [x] Improved detection of incomplete downloaded framesets/frames
  • [x] Right mouse menu -> Support Info: The selected bookmark can be sent via email directly from this dialog
  • [x] The advanced login system has been removed, please use Check-Macros in future to watch password protected sites
  • [+] Check site with frames: The frame URLs (displayed in blue boxes) are now filtered automatically when comparing the new/old version to prevent false positives when only the frame URLs are changed, but not the content
  • [+] The € symbol (€ and &euro;) is now handled correctly in the filter definition and keywords feature
  • [x] Folder properties: "Override bookmark properties" feature rewritten. The properties are now assigned directly to the bookmark properties instead of overwriting them. This change was necessary to be compatible with an upcoming synchronize feature.
  • [+] Internal browser uses post command, referrer and username/password (if specified in bookmark properties) when you open an online document
  • [x] Function "Compare versions..." improved, there are now two different display modes
  • [+] General options: The color of removed elements can be defined (Changes tab)
  • [x] Bookmark properties / Exact highlight method improved
  • [x] Quality of Check-by-date and Check-by-size improved if the server send dummy values with the HEAD command
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Follow Links: You can now specify the link depth (this new system is not compatible with the Follow Links feature of previous WSW versions. That means you have to configure the Follow Links settings newly in this version)
  • [-] Some bugs with highlighting of changes fixed
  • [-] Regular expressions didn't work with non-standard blanks
  • [x] Internal archive removed, please use Local Website Archive instead of the internal archive.
  • Tons of smaller changes, fixes and improvements


Version 3.60d  (13-May-2004)
  • [+] Support of IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names)
  • [x] Check-By-Date and Check-By-Size improved
  • [x] Improved handling of POST command
  • [+] All complete language files are now included in the setup package of WebSite-Watcher
  • [+] After installation WebSite-Watcher shows a configuration wizard
  • [+] wswatch.ini / [Misc] / AutoWatchCountdownSec=nnn: With this optional entry WebSite-Watcher uses a fix AutoWatch countdown value instead of the automatically calculated countdown (of the bookmark property settings). nnn is the number of seconds.
  • [-] Links with brackets were not converted correctly in the downloaded page
  • [-] Under certain circumstances it was possible that opened dialogs went to background and the main form wasn't responsive in this case
  • [-] Some redirection problems fixed
  • [x] Some improvements with wininet.dll techniques
  • [x] Browser integration template for Avant Browser updated
  • [x] Browser integration for latest version of MyIE2 updated
  • [x] Some smaller fixes and improvements


Version 3.60c  (10-Feb-2004)
  • [+] Browser integration for Mozilla Firefox added
  • [x] SendMail: X-Mailer removed
  • [-] Closing WebSite-Watcher could cause a crash under rare circumstances, when the internal browser was opened
  • [-] Dialog "Test filter": the submenu entry "Filter all HTML tags" could not be disabled
  • [-] Insert userdefined regex in "Test filter" dialog caused an access vialotion
  • [-] Some problems when checking local HTML files fixed


Version 3.60b  (28-Jan-2004)
  • [x] WebSite-Watcher no longer uses temporary files to save the bookmark list - this should prevent some problems with blocked temp files
  • [x] SendMail: For attached web pages WebSite-Watcher uses now the content type "text/html" instead of "application/octet-stream". This should avoid conflicts with some email tools and security settings.
  • [-] Some problems with creating new directories fixed
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher could crash when renaming folders in the beginner mode


Version 3.60a  (22-Jan-2004)
  • [x] RSS with encoded HTML tags are now displayed correctly
  • [x] RSS in UTF-8 format supported
  • [x] Improved detection of RSS with exotic formats
  • [x] The image settings in the bookmark properties work now also for RSS feeds
  • [x] When inserting URLs with Powerpoint extension, WebSite-Watcher will automatically choose the check method check-by-filedate
  • [+] Browser integration for Smart Explorer added
  • [+] General options / Email: New button "Send test mail"
  • [x] WebSite-Watcher uses now IE6 as browser identification instead of IE5.5 (can also be changed in general options and bookmark properties)
  • [-] Some conflicts with untypical UTF-8 definitions fixed
  • [-] Redirection bug in combination with proxies fixed
  • [-] Bugfix: Save file to disk was always enabled when editing a bookmark
  • [-] Some problems with invalid time settings fixed (WSW could crash under certain circumstances
  • [x] Several internal improvements


Version 3.60  (08-Jan-2004)
3.60 final
  • [+] Localizations can be installed directly in WebSite-Watcher (Options menu)
  • [x] Some problems with Mozilla as non-standard browser fixed
  • [x] Some minor bugs fixed
3.60 Beta-18
  • [x] WSW no longer uses the windows temp directory to save the file list
  • [x] Report / variables for links to local files: file:// protocol is now added automatically (fixes a problem with Opera and blanks in the URL)
3.60 Beta-17
  • Some third party components updated
  • Some smaller bugs fixed
3.60 Beta-16
  • [x] Internal browser / Wait until Shift key is unpressed before opening a link is now optional (disabled by default) and can be enabled with wswatch.ini / [Misc] / BrowserShiftClickWaitUntilUnpressed=1
  • [x] Some improvements/fixes with external CSS files
  • [x] Some older and no longer needed options removed
  • Language files for translators updated
3.60 Beta-15
  • [x] Internal browser / Shift+Click opens link in new browser: WebSite-Watcher waits until the Shift key is unpressed before opening the link. (Workaround for some tabbed browsers which have problems when the Shift-key is pressed while opening an URL)
  • [+] FTP adresses with port are now supported
  • [x] If explorer crashes then the WSW tray icon is restored automatically
  • [-] Some problems with enabled option "Alert on error" fixed
  • Lots of smaller fixes and improvements
3.60 Beta-14
  • [+] Bookmark action / Add to Local Website Archive: Archive can be selected
  • [+] If global check method is wininet.dll then WSW shows a message box when Internet Explorer is in offline mode
  • [-] Some stability issues with Win9x fixed
  • [-] Fix: Internal browser could crash under certain circumstances when closing WSW
  • [+] Browser integration: Application template for GreenBrowser added
  • Several smaller fixes
3.60 Beta-13
  • [+] Browser Integration for Sleipnir added
  • [x] *.gz files are now automatically checked by file date when inserting new bookmarks
  • [x] If you change the check method (check by content/date/size) then the option to save the file to disk is chosen automatically (can be changed manually afterwards)
  • [-] wswatch.ini setting "[Misc] BrowserButtonMoveLeft=" didn't work
  • [-] Some smaller issues with popup blocker of internal browser fixed
  • [-] Some bugs with login system fixed
  • Language files for translators updated
  • Some smaller improvements
3.60 Beta-12
  • [+] General Options -> Archive: You can enable the usage of Local Website Archive as replacement of the internal archive
  • [+] The status column shows an appropriate hint if a website doesn't contain entered keywords
  • [+] Support of external CSS files which are included with the @import command
  • [+] Downloaded websites with UTF-8 format and missing UTF-8 definition are now displayed properly in the internal browser
  • [-] Some bugs with wildcard filter fixed
  • Several smaller bugfixes and improvements
3.60 Beta-11
  • [+] FTP files can now be checked by content (by default WebSite-Watcher checks FTP files via the directory listing. When you select the method "check by content" Website-Watcher downloads the whole file / useful for text files on FTP servers)
  • [+] Check process: if a website is skipped then the status column shows the reason
  • [+] Internal browser / add button: opened websites can directly be added to Local Website Archive. (The latest freeware version of Local Website Archive has no restrictions when adding documents directly from Website-Watcher, so you can use it as replacement of the internal archive).
  • [+] Browser integration: The menu of the Website-Watcher eye contains a new entry to add websites to Local Website Archive
  • [+] Local Website Archive can directly access to the internal browser of WebSite-Watcher and add websites without opening it in the internal preview of LWA.
  • [x] Restore previous version: The status column shows a hint if the function was properly executed.
  • Some small bugs fixed
3.60 Beta-10
  • [+] Highlight keywords / whole word support: To highlight only whole words you must place the keywords in quotes.
  • [+] Update only if website contains defined words / whole word support: Whole words must be placed in quotes.
  • [+] If the internal browser is maximized, then the window caption shows name and url of the last opened bookmark
  • [+] Internal browser / Toolbar: Submenu of options button has new entry "Bookmark properties" to open properties of the last opened bookmark
  • [+] Report window has "open website" button
  • [x] Several internal improvements/fixes
3.60 Beta-9
  • [+] New internal filter engine. This new filter engine provides also simple wildcard filtering (StartText*EndText, *EndText, StartText*). Wildcard filtering can be used in bookmark filter, keywords and "Don't alert when website contains...". Regular expressions must now be placed in "regex(" and ")"
  • [x] Dialog "Userdefined filter" improved
  • [x] Dialog "Test filter" improved
  • [x] Dialog "Compare versions" works now much faster
  • [-] Some conflicts with renaming of folders fixed
3.60 Beta-8
  • [x] Internal browser: Popup-Blocker improved
  • [x] Improved error handling for FTP files
  • [-] Some smaller fixes
3.60 Beta-7
  • [+] General options / Check: You can select the technology how websites are checked. You can select between the internal method (recommended) and the Internet Explorer technology (wininet.dll)
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Advanced / Check: You can select the technology how a website is checked. You can select between the internal method (recommended) and the Internet Explorer technology (wininet.dll)
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Advanced / Cookies: You can use Internet Explorer Cookies instead of the internal cookie system. In this case you must not determine the cookies with the free add-on MiniBrowser, it's enough when the cookies are stored with Internet Explorer.
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: Highlight method can now be changed
  • [-] Some conflicts with redirections and ports fixed
  • [-] Sending mails no longer consumes a lot of CPU usage
  • [-] Several internal improvements
3.60 Beta-6
  • [+] New special folder in main window displays the last search result of the "Extended Search"
  • [+] Extended Search / button "Focus": closes the search window and selects the search results folder in the main window
  • [+] Find duplicates (in "Search" menu)
  • [+] New context menu entry for bookmarks in special folders (eg. folder AutoWatch): Select bookmark in related folder
  • [x] Extended Search: Search string in quotes indicates an exact search phrase (eg. "word1 x" word2 searches for documents which contain "word1 x" and "word2").
  • [+] Extended Search: Open URL of opened bookmark in external browser (button in internal browser has now drop down menu)
  • [x] SSL: WebSite-Watcher can now handle secure websites with expired certificates
  • [+] New command line parameter /SEARCH - starts "extended search" window
  • [x] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: The name of the bookmark can be changed
  • [-] Bugfix in report with nested folders: report should be faster now
  • [x] Several internal improvements
3.60 Beta-5
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Advanced / Highlight: New highlight method for table based forums. WebSite-Watcher tries to highlight a whole line (instead of only the changed columns) when new postings or answers are available
  • [-] Change of global date strings no longer causes false positives
  • [x] Several improvements when saving websites to disk
  • [x] Improved and more secure file format for some internal files
  • [x] Internal browser / Open links in new window with default browser: due to some side effects with this feature (introduced in Beta-1) only Shift+Click can open a link with the default browser. If you use the context menu, then links are opened again in Internet Explorer .
  • [-] Bookmarks can be checked with Ctrl+K more than one time when AutoWatch countdown is running
  • [-] When adding bookmarks from the browser (via the browser integration), WebSite-Watcher wasn't displayed as top window under certain circumstances
  • [+] New wswatch.ini settings: [Misc] + UseProxyIfUrlExists= (see help file for more information)
  • [x] Several internal improvements and fixes
3.60 Beta-4
  • [+] Internal browser window: New command Textsize in command menu of internal browser window
  • [+] Report / new variable: <!--wsw_url_highlighted_changes(MAXLEN)--> extracts all changes from the site and displays it as text. MAXLEN is the maximal length of characters which should be displayed. See also new report template report_template_changes.htm in the examples directory.
  • [+] Report / new variable: <!--wsw_url_path_filename_chg--> is the absolute filename of the file with highlighted changes (is automatically created from the report if you have not opened it in the internal browser)
  • [+] Report / new variable: <!--wsw_url_path_filename_chg1--> is the absolute filename of the file with highlighted changes and an anchor to the first change
  • [x] Report: Variable <!--wsw_url_changed--> has been renamed to <!--wsw_url_date_changed-->
  • [+] wswatch.ini / [Misc] section: BookmarkSort=date_changed to sort bookmarks initially by the last change date. Use BookmarkSort=-date_changed for reverse order
  • [+] wswatch.ini / [Misc] section: BookmarkSort=date_checked to sort bookmarks initially by the last check date. Use BookmarkSort=-date_checkd for reverse order
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher stores also the log file of the old version
  • [x] WebSite-Watcher should consume lower resources on high speed internet connections
  • [x] Copy/Move bookmark to (*.wsw): Target file name must not exist. If not available, it is automatically created
  • [x] Copy/Move bookmark to (*.wsw): Log file is also copied to new bookmark file
  • [x] Improved error detection if a site could not be saved after an update
  • [x] Several improvements for websites with buggy HTML code
  • [x] Many internal code improvements
  • [-] Some smaller bugs fixed
3.60 Beta-3
  • [-] Bookmarks were not automatically saved when they were inserted via the browser integration or the import feature (introduced in Beta-2)
3.60 Beta-2
  • [x] Report feature improved: Now you can make reports with folder structure. New templates can be found in the subdirectory "Examples". (Older templates are not compatible with the new report feature, please update the field names in your old templates).
  • [+] Tools + Im/Export: Export all bookmarks to Internet Explorer (BTW: export to Opera and Mozilla is possible with the report feature, templates are available in the subdirectory examples)
  • [+] General options + Add/Import: You can define a default AutoWatch period for new bookmarks
  • [-] Bugfix: disabled bookmarks with enabled AutoWatch feature were not ignored when calculating the AutoWatch countdown value
  • [+] Browser integration: Template for AvantBrowser added
  • Several smaller bugs fixed
3.60 Beta-1
  • [+] RSS support (many websites offer new content as RSS newsfeeds, an example URL is http://slashdot.org/index.rss). WebSite-Watcher transforms RSS files into a readable format.
  • [x] Bookmark properties / AutoWatch: Settings are now check every seconds/minutes/hours. "check every x times" is no longer available and the global countdown value in the general options is no longer needed.
  • [+] Folder properties: Delete bookmark after specified time
  • [+] Folder properties: Many bookmark properties can be overridden per folder
  • [+] General options: Hide InfoWin automatically when no updates are available
  • [+] General options: Hide InfoWin automatically when WebSite-Watcher becomes foreground window
  • [+] If a server sends the file size, the downloaded page is compared with this size. If not equal, Website-Watcher tries to download the site a second time. This will reduce false alerts of truncated downloads.
  • [+] If a file download was running and WebSite-Watcher was closed, then the download was aborted. Now WebSite-Watcher asks if you want to close the program when a download is active.
  • [+] Internal preview: Open links in your default browser instead of Internet Explorer (if IE is not your standard browser). This feature is disabled by default and can be enabled in the options menu of the internal preview.
  • [+] The internal preview can now block annoying popups (a small side effect: you cannot open a link in a new window via the context menu until the site is completely loaded, but Shift+Click on a link works always). This feature is disabled by default and can be enabled in the options menu of the internal preview.
  • [+] Extended search / new search options: search exact phrase, all words or at least one word
  • [+] Archive / new search options: search exact phrase, all words or at least one word
  • [x] Columns Last Check and Last Update: If the date is the current date, then WebSite-Watcher displays only the time instead of the full date
  • [+] Send mail: You can now define the name of the sender (until now the name of the license was used)
  • [+] Bookmark Actions / Local Website Archive: Bookmarks can be exported to our product Local Website Archive
  • [+] Browser-Integration improved: Application templates are stored in the subdirectory "app" and are similar to the application templates of Local Website Archive
  • [+] Browser integration / move button horizontally: with a new wswatch.ini setting you can move the WebSite-Watcher button horizontally. (Section [Misc] / Entry BrowserButtonMoveLeft=nnn where nnn is the value in pixel)
  • [+] Tray icon tooltip / fix text: with a new wswatch.ini setting you can define a fix text for the tooltip of the tray icon (Section [Misc] / Entry TrayIconText=)
  • [+] new wswatch.ini / [Troubleshooting] setting: DownloadSleepValue = nnn (this options slows down the transfer speed, the default value is 1, to slow down the connection you can use for example 100. Only use this setting when WebSite-Watcher eats all your bandwidth and blocks other online tools).
  • [x] Dialup: The RAS-dll is only loaded when it is really needed. If you have a permanent internet connection WSW doesn't try to load this dll. The wswatch.ini setting UseRas=0 is no longer needed if you had problems with this dll.
  • [x] When WebSite-Watcher crashes while a check is running then WSW restores automatically the latest check status
  • [x] Add new bookmarks: a doubly entered http-protocol (http://http://) is automatically removed
  • [x] Add new bookmarks: If no protocol was entered, then http:// is automatically used
  • [-] websites with HTML redirections (and enabled redirections in WSW) could cause endless redirections under certain circumstances
  • [-] embedded CSS files were not loaded when the protocol was available as uppercase in the HTML source
  • [-] date variables in URLs and PostData: month names were always converted to lowercase, they are now used as defined.
  • [-] some problems with command line parameters fixed
  • [-] Enter key didn't work in internal preview
  • [x] Memory- and performance optimizations for many internal core functions
  • [x] Many smaller improvements and bugfixes


Version 3.50f  (20-Mar-2003)
  • [+] General Options / Proxy: Don't use proxy for specified domains
  • [+] Send Mail: SMTP Authentification (general options -> EMail)
  • [-] Bugfix / Highlight changes: User defined link color didn't work and links in highlighted changes were not underlined
  • [x] Exact highlight method improved (bookmark properties -> advanced -> highlight)
  • [+] Exact highlight method: Removed content can be displayed directly after new content
  • [+] If you start WebSite-Watcher while another instance is running, the running instance is activated automatically
  • [x] Internal Cookie Handling improved
  • [x] For technical reasons the syntax of login variables have been changed. The new format is {$login$} instead of <$login$>
  • [x] Flash files can be watched for changes, URLs must point directly to the .swf file. (please note that WebSite-Watcher cannot highlight changes in Flash files).
  • [-] A HTML redirection command without a target URL produced an error (is now ignored)
  • [-] When a website was requested via the POST command, related CSS files and images were also requested via POST command. This is now fixed and the GET command is used.
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher had problems displaying some specific ftp directory formats
  • [-] Version 3.5 can now read bookmark files which were saved with version 3.0x of WebSite-Watcher
  • [x] Several smaller improvements and fixes

Version 3.50e  (29-Jan-2003)
  • [+] Browser integration: Opera 7 supported
  • [x] Workaround for with Microsoft Word generated websites: "Follow Links" didn't work with local websites and blanks in the filename
  • [-] Bugfix: Follow Links was blocked when the whole content of a website was filtered

Version 3.50d  (21-Jan-2003)
  • [+] Settings / Check: Now you can specify the thread priority for the check process
  • [x] Improved detection of redirections when checking files by file date or file size
  • [x] Improved detection and handling of FTP errors
  • [x] Settings for main toolbar and browser toolbar are now merged to one dialog
  • [x] Change in the unregistered version: The browser identification is now IE5 (without the WebSite-Watcher extension). We realized that some sites were not accessible with this extension.
  • [-] Some smaller improvements and fixes

Version 3.50c  (08-Jan-2003)
  • [+] New toolbar icons
  • [-] Highlight keywords: some problems/conflicts with encoded characters fixed
  • [-] Jump to next change: didn't work under certain circumstances
  • [-] HTML redirections: some smaller improvements/fixes
  • [-] Import proxy from IE: some smaller improvements

Version 3.50  (28-Nov-2002)
  • [+] WebSite-Watcher has now a Beginner and an Expert mode (The Beginner mode shows only the basic functions and ideas of Website-Watcher while the Expert mode shows all features).
  • [+] HTTPS protocol supported
  • [+] Bookmark properties are now enabled while check process is running
  • [x] Bookmark properties reorganized
  • [+] Shortcuts are now assignable
  • [+] Local files and directories (on your hard disk) can be checked for updates
  • [+] Bookmark properties: date variables can be used in URLs and postdata, WebSite-Watcher will automatically replace these variables with the current date (usage: <$date$,format,DayDifference,MonthNames>, see help file for more details)
  • [+] New bookmark flag: HotSite. If enabled all "HotSites" are displayed in the new folder "HotSite"
  • [+] New shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+H ... Select and check folder HotSite
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Advanced: Allow redirection via HTML commands (http-equiv="refresh" tag). Not enabled by default.
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Options: Automatically jump to the first change when opening a website
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Options: Show removed elements at the bottom of the page
  • [+] Jump to the next change in a website (Ctrl+F12 by default). Note: bookmarks must be marked as changed before this feature works for existing bookmarks
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Advanced: Override Timeout
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Advanced: Override Browser-ID
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Actions: Alternative Email subject (if empty then the general subject string is used)
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Actions: Export to file
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Last change marker (is shown after the last change in a website, colors and text can be defined in the general settings).
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Login: There is a new advanced login feature where you can login to a site before you check it. Cookie based logins and session ids are supported.
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Actions / Send Mail: Bookmarks can be marked as visited after sending an email
  • [x] Bookmark properties / Don't mark as changed when a website contains the following text/regex: More entries are now possible
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Action "Export": new option "Mark as visited"
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Action "Run program": new option "Mark as visited"
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Action "Archive": new option "Mark as visited"
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Action "Run program": new variable %3 for the old version of the web site
  • [+] "check bookmarks" is now enabled while check process is running
  • [+] new bookmarks can be added while check process is running
  • [+] "delete bookmark" is now enabled while checking websites
  • [+] "delete local files" is now enabled while checking websites
  • [+] "delete from browser" is now enabled while checking websites
  • [+] "restore previous version" is now enabled while checking websites
  • [+] Bookmark Drag&Drop, Folder Drag&Drop and Import/Export via Drag&Drop is now enabled while checking websites
  • [+] queued bookmarks have an own icon
  • [+] General options / Trash: Delete after n days
  • [+] new shortcut: Ctrl+F11 - opens website online (from bookmark list and internal preview)
  • [+] Options / Browse: Open website online: Use URL instead of Alternative URL (if entered)
  • [+] Extended Search: Search in current/all folders
  • [+] New bookmark folder: Disabled bookmarks (shows all bookmarks with enabled flag "Don't check")
  • [+] New bookmark column: HotSite (shows a small image if a site is a HotSite)
  • [+] General options / View: Show/Hide Special folders (Changed bookmarks, AutoWatch, etc.)
  • [+] General options / View: Show disabled bookmarks (=bookmarks with flag "Don't check")
  • [+] Set properties in all selected Bookmarks: Filterstring and Watchstring have an Append-Mode (that means: new entered filter strings can be appended to existing filter strings).
  • [+] Right mouse menu / New entry "Show all column fields"
  • [+] Ctrl+Shift+Click on a folder checks all bookmarks in this folder
  • [+] Create Folder (Top Level): Now it's easier to insert a new top level folder without having to select the top folder first
  • [+] Search Menu / Replace: Replaces text in Bookmark-Name, URL, alternate URL, Note and report data
  • [+] Bookmark/right mouse menu: Support info dialog to copy filter settings to the clipboard
  • [+] Internal preview/pen button: "Copy Bookmark URL to Clipboard". WebSite-Watcher shows the local file name when you open a downloaded file from your harddisk. With this command you can copy the related online address to the clipboard.
  • [+] Show/Hide Toolbar
  • [+] Bookmark check / filter settings: if the whole content is filtered then an error message is shown in the status column and the bookmark is listed in the error folder (very useful with the filter "watch only userdefined strings")
  • [+] Bookmark check: The logfile is now saved for each bookmark (right mouse menu / Info / Logfile).
  • [+] Bookmark menu: Check Bookmarks (Extended Options)
  • [+] Bookmark note window has now OK/Cancel buttons
  • [+] Bookmark check: if a check reports an error the status text is displayed in blue (probably some colors are displayed incorrect before you have the checked your list with this new version)
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Advanced: Cookie Import and Export
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Advanced: file type can be set manually (in rare cases some server send a wrong content type information, eg. text file for html files. In this case WebSite-Watcher doesn't always handle these files correctly, here you can overwrite the default value "auto detect" to fix this situation).
  • [+] Browser Integration / Add to bookmarks: You can open the bookmark properties directly from this window
  • [+] Browser Integration / Add to bookmarks: WebSite-Watcher remembers the last selected folder
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Suppress redirection warnings (useful when you want to watch websites with known redirections)
  • [+] General options / Check(2): Alert only once (not with each check)
  • [+] Dialog "Filter userdefined strings" and "Test regex": The bookmark can be opened in an external browser
  • [+] Send Mail: New variable %note% in message body (will be replaced with the bookmark note)
  • [+] Send Mail: You can use an alternative email server if more than a specified number of bookmarks (with enabled email feature) has been changed. (This feature can only be configured via the wswatch.ini file, please read the help file for more information)
  • [+] Set properties in all selected bookmarks: Report tab added
  • [+] Report / new datafield: <!--wsw_checkstatus--> shows the status of the last check
  • [+] Import bookmarks from textfile: new format with one URL per line
  • [x] Changed Shortcuts:
    F11 - Maximize internal preview window
    Ctrl+F11 - Open bookmark in external browser
    Ctrl+Shift+F11 - Open website (online) in external browser
    F12 - open next unread bookmark
    Ctrl+Shift+N - open next bookmark
  • [x] Improved error handling when a website is not available
  • [+] wswatch.ini: UseRas=0 ... sometimes the file RASAPI32.DLL (used for dialup) is not correctly installed on machines with permanent internet connection and WebSite-Watcher reports an error. With this parameter WebSite-Watcher makes no attempt to use this DLL.
  • [x] Export to CHM file: Bookmarks are now sorted alphabetically
  • [+] Export to CHM file: "Use default" button for the startpage info
  • [x] Improved: External CSS files and images are downloaded immediately before an update notification occurs
  • [+] Toolbar (preview window): New button "Goto next change"
  • [x] Helpfile is now searchable
  • [-] Export to CHM file didn't work properly in several cases
  • [-] Downloaded websites: Link and image addresses with a starting // (without protocol) were not handled properly
  • [-] URLs with blanks didn't work properly (blanks are now replaced with %20, works with some server)
  • [-] Opera 6 Im/Export: several bugs fixed
  • [x] bookmark check / status column: the OK status text is placed to the first position in the status
  • [x] Improved memory handling when WebSite-Watcher is minimized to tray
  • [x] many internal changes and improvements to have a good base for future development


Version 3.40e  (16-Jun-2002)
  • [-] Start minimized didn't work properly in version 3.40d


Version 3.40d  (21-May-2002)
  • [x] Minor bugfixes and improvements


Version 3.40  (05-Mar-2002)
  • [+] New bookmark option: WebSite must contain "</html>": Sometimes the download of a website is interrupted without an error (that means the website is not transferred completely). Side effect is that the bookmark is marked as changed. If this option is enabled the website must contain the </html> tag, otherwise an incomplete download is assumed and an error will be reported. In the general options you can define if this option should automatically be enabled when inserting new bookmarks.
  • [+] When checking textfiles (extension ".txt") the changes are highlighted
  • [x] While checking bookmarks the following features are enabled: bookmark notes, mark as (un)visited, flag bookmark
  • [+] Toolbar: Classic, Highlight and Navy style (Options -> Toolbar)
  • [x] Windows XP theme support
  • [x] Drag&Drop is now enabled during AutoWatch countdown
  • [+] Additional flags to mark a bookmark (green, blue, yellow)
  • [+] General Options -> View: Font and line hight of bookmarks and folders are now customizable
  • [+] Bookmark properties / new check option: max. one update per day
  • [+] Bookmark properties / new AutoWatch option: max. one update per day
  • [+] Bookmark properties: Delete date "Last check" (useful when experimenting with check time settings)
  • [+] Bookmark properties / new check option: max. one update per week
  • [+] Bookmark properties / new AutoWatch option: max. one update per week
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Follow links - new option: Follow all links within the same domain
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Follow links - new option: Follow all links, also to other domains (but only depth 1)
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Follow links - new option: Only follow links from this site (depth 1)
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Follow links - new option: Don't follow links which contain one of the following strings
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Follow links - new option: Only follow links which contain one of the following strings
  • [+] Bookmark properties / Follow links - new option: copy all bookmark properties when inserting a new bookmark
  • [+] Bookmark properties / new option: Don't scan website for typical error messages. When a server doesn't send an error, WebSite-Watcher scans a webpage automatically for typical error messages (eg. "404, page not found") because several servers have customized error pages without sending an error code. If a website has a description of such error codes you can enable this option, otherwise WebSite-Watcher would report an error.
  • [x]: If more than one bookmark is selected then the right menu entry "properties" opens the dialog "Set properties in all selected bookmarks"
  • [+] Bookmark properties / new option: Referrer (advanced tab). In some rare cases a website can only be checked when the client reports a specific referrer to the server. In the bookmark properties / advanced tab you can enter such a referrer URL.
  • [x]: Set properties in all selected bookmarks: If a property is changed then the related "change" checkbox is checked automatically
  • [+] New report fields: <!--wsw_note--> and <!--wsw_note_format-->
  • [+] New option: Open the next unread bookmark jumps also into the next folder with unread bookmarks (General options / Browse)
  • [+] Options / New check setting: Max. HTTP connections per server (default value is 4)
  • [+] Options / New check setting: Max. FTP connections per server (default value is 2)
  • [+] Options / Direct FTP connection: "passive" mode added. (should be enabled under WinXP).
  • [+] Options / Download: "Links / ignore TARGET parameter". If enabled WebSite-Watcher filters all TARGET parameters when saving a website to your harddisk. That means if you click on a link the linked website will always be opened in the same browser window (internal preview) and never in a new window, also when a website uses this technique.
  • [+] New option (options menu): Enable folder Drag&Drop
  • [+] New option (options menu): Enable sort via header click
  • [+] When pressing a key the current bookmark selection jumps to the first appropriate bookmark (same in folder panel, archive and extended search)
  • [+] Copy to Clipboard: Name / Name+URL / Name+URL+Note
  • [x] Copy to Clipboard: copy all selected bookmarks to clipboard (instead of only the first one)
  • [x] several internal improvements and fixes when highlighting specified words
  • [x] when you watch an exe file in a cgi-bin directory the file extension of the locally saved file is now .htm (instead of .exe)
  • [+] New toolbar button: Open next bookmark
  • [+] New toolbar button: Open previous bookmark
  • [x] the toolbar buttons Sort and Search can be hidden
  • [+] Browser toolbar: new buttons
  • [+] Browser toolbar is customizable
  • [+] Select sound: play button (General options and bookmark properties)
  • [+] File menu: files can be deleted from the file history
  • [x] internal use of proxies improved
  • [x] Changed shortcuts:
         Enter ... Open bookmark
         Ctrl+Shift+Enter ... Open next bookmark
         Ctrl+Shift+P ... Open previous bookmark
         Ctrl+Enter ... Open next unread bookmark
         Ctrl+Shift+U ... Goto next unread bookmark
         Ctrl+Shift+R ... Restore previous version
         Ctrl+Shift+L ... Open/Close internal preview
         Ctrl+Shift+B ... Set focus to bookmark list (instead of Ctrl+B)
  • [x] The check info button is now in the toolbar (instead of the statusbar).
  • [x] Tray: Single click opens WebSite-Watcher (instead of double click)
  • [-] externals CSS files were saved to disk when the setting "use absolute path" was enabled
  • [-] bugfix: button "Test filter" in dialog "ignore userdefined strings" didn't work properly, if there were more than one regular expressions entered
  • [-] relative links were not converted correctly to absolute links in combination with the AREA tag
  • [-] Open website: the main URL has been opened (instead of the alternate URL) if an alternate URL was entered
  • [-] note column: control codes were shown als vertical bars
  • [-] Moving a folder to a subfolder caused an error
  • [-] Special folders could be moved
  • [-] Follow links: minor bugs fixed


Version 3.30c  (09-Nov-2001)
  • [-] bugfix in the registered version: in some rare cases / windows installations the license wasn't detected correctly. If you can see your license name in the title bar of version 3.30 there is no need to update to version 3.30a.
  • [-] some small improvements and system specific bugfixes


Version 3.30  (02-Nov-2001)
  • [+] New (improved) handling of large bookmarklists (that means: new file format, new internal handling, new cache system)
  • [+] Internal preview window can be maximized with F12
  • [+] Each folder shows the number of bookmarks
  • [+] OneTimeWatch: Checks the bookmarklist at a specific time
  • [+] Hottrack (optional, Options->View)
  • [x] Improved: copy/move bookmark to another *.wsw file
  • [+] When the mouse is moved over the note image, the note is shown in a tooltip
  • [+] userdefined date format
  • [+] Toolbar captions can now be disabled (Options -> toolbar)
  • [x] Toolbar/Open button: the dropdown menu shows wsw files in the same directory as the opened project file (not program directory)
  • [+] Toolbar options can be opened with right click on the toolbar
  • [+] Toolbar position (top or over bookmarks)
  • [x] Show/Hide folder doesn't change the folder to "all bookmarks"
  • [+] Toolbar: Open-Dropdown contains the entry "Open"
  • [+] Toolbar: Browse-Options can be changed in the drop down menu of the Browse-Button
  • [+] AutoWatch: Delay before first check (Options -> AutoWatch)
  • [+] New columns: "Check time settings" and "AutoWatch time settings"
  • [+] Move folders via Drag and Drop
  • [+] Folders can be renamed with "Alt+Enter"
  • [x] SendMail: variables works also with the subject (not only with the body of the email)
  • [x] Find bookmark (ctrl+F): searches also in bookmark notes and in report data
  • [x] Extended Search: searches also in bookmark notes and in report data
  • [+] Bookmark notes are also availabe in the bookmark properties
  • [+] doubleclick into the flag-column sets/resets the flag
  • [+] doubleclick into the note-image-column opens the bookmark note
  • [+] Improved handling of regular expressions (typical examples, userdefined macros)
  • [+] The check-Info-button in the statusbar displays now a hint/tooltip when you move the mouse over this button
  • [+] the options dialog has now a tab for notes
  • [+] new toolbar button: stay in foreground
  • [x] Many internal improvements
  • [-] many bugs are fixed


Version 3.24  (01-Oct-2001)
  • [x] the license scheme and the prices of WebSite-Watcher have been changed. In order of these changes ALL features are available in the personal edition. And new features will be added in the next major update 3.30, which is in progress...
  • [-] bugfix: when sending emails the HELO/ELHO command wasn't sent properly
  • [-] some minor bugs are fixed


Version 3.23  (02-Sep-2001)
  • [-] the size of the internal preview wasn't always saved correctly between sessions


Version 3.22  (01-Sep-2001)
  • [+] re-check bookmark when an error occurred (optional, enabled by default)
  • [+] Show check process window (permanent setting (Options) or during check with Ctrl+I or "i" button in status bar)
  • [+] SendMail: Send old version
  • [+] Support for Socks4, Socks4a, Socks5
  • [+] the folders "Trash" and "Errors" always shows the absolute number of bookmarks
  • [+] when inserting new bookmarks, the file extensions doc, xls and pdf are now automatically checked by filedate
  • [x] Follow links: the test for an already existing bookmark is now case-insensitive
  • [x] Sort icons have been changed
  • [x] improved FTP error handling
  • [-] WebSite-Watcher no longer crashes when you make a full backup and no bookmark file or archive file is open
  • [-] minor bugs fixed


Version 3.21  (17-Jul-2001)
  • Highlight specific keywords of a website (works only in the file with highlighted changes). You can enter the default color in "Options->Changes" and the keywords in "Bookmark properties->View"
  • don't mark as changed when the site contains a specific text (eg. when checking a forum it can happen that you get the warning "max. user exceeded, please try again later". Then you can enter this text into the bookmark properties and WebSite-Watcher will not mark the bookmark as changed when the site contains this text!)
  • improved browser-interation: add bookmarks from your browser directly to the WebSite-Watcher archive (via the eye in your browser title). There are two options: you can transfer the website again or copy/paste the sourcecode from your browser (must be used when the site is password protected or needs cookies to download the site).
  • New: Only mark a bookmark as changed when a website has been updated AND contains one of the entered words
  • New: Compare text of websites (compares the textual, non-HTML specific content of the new and the old version of a website). You can use this feature in the bookmark properties and in the internal preview pane (settings menu).
  • new bookmark folder: Errors
  • internal preview: new button "Find"
  • bookmark properties / actions: WebSite-Watcher remembers the last sound directory
  • the name of a bookmark must no longer be entered when inserting new bookmarks. When a bookmark has no name the document title is used.
  • more speed when opening the "test filter" and "test regex" dialog (the HTML highlighting is now optional and disabled by default)
  • Improved filtering of javascripts
  • changed: when a website has unclosed comments, no comments are filtered
  • changed: splitted preview window: the file with highlighted changes is used instead of the new version
  • changed: when comparing websites the document title is ignored (filter ignore all HTML tags)
  • changed: when checking websites all listbox/combobox entries are ignored (filter ignore all HTML tags)
  • improved: Backup files to Zip
  • improved: regular expressions in combination with deactivated HTML-filter
  • bugfix: in some rare cases WebSite-Watcher crashed while checking FTP-files
  • bugfix: URLs with encoded characters didn't work (eg. www.aaa&amp;bbb.com)
  • bugifx: sort by filesize didn't work
  • minor bugs fixed

 
 
Version 3.20  (10-May-2001)
  • Archive-Feature (stores websites permanently, F4)
  • Extended Search is now in a separate window (F7)
  • Backup your Bookmarklist, configuration-data, archive and all downloaded files to a ZIP archive
  • Export Bookmarks to CHM-helpfile
  • Export Archive to CHM-helpfile
  • PAD-file support (converts PAD-files into a readable format)
  • Bookmark-Properties / Action: Send mail when a site has been changed (PRO Edition only)
  • Bookmark-Properties / Action: Play sound
  • Bookmark-Properties / Action: Open website
  • Bookmark-Properties / Action: Run program
  • Bookmark-Properties / Action: Add to archive
  • Bookmark-Properties/download: don't prepare website for offline-browsing (only useful when website-watcher has problems to prepare a website for offline-browsing)
  • new bookmark-column: file-size
  • Highlight changes: option "link color"
  • Highlight changes: option "use link-color"
  • Highlight changes: option "always underline links"
  • Duplicate Bookmark (Ctrl+Shift+D)
  • Options/Download: Alert with the first initialization of a website
  • Options/Download: Alert when an error occured
  • Options/Download: Save website when an error occured
  • most functions are now enabled during AutoWatch-countdown
  • Shortcut: Goto next unread bookmark (Ctrl+Shift+G)
  • Shortcut: Open next unread bookmark (Ctrl+Shift+U)
  • Shortcut: Open next bookmark (Ctrl+Shift+N)
  • Shortcut: Open previous bookmark (Ctrl+Shift+B)
  • Shortcut: F9 ... check bookmarks
  • Logfiles
  • close website when closing internal preview window (options/view)
  • bookmark-list: memory-optimized/reduced handling
  • extended search-action can be aborted with ESC
  • improved handling of file-extensions
  • Improved handling/filtering of typical date-strings
  • Improved internal handling of the AREA-tag
  • improved: check-by-date
  • improved: filter javascript without comments
  • bugfix: WebSite-Watcher crashed when a website contained a link or an image-address with a linebreak in it
  • bugfix: AutoWatch didn't work when the AutoWatch-Folder wasn't selected
  • bugfix: accepting new Cookies didn't correctly overwrite old Cookies
  • workaround for a Win2k Winsock-bug
  • minor bugs fixed

 
 
Version 3.10  (Feb 21, 2001)
  • Download images
  • Download external CSS-files
  • Follow links / check whole website
  • Filter "ignore all numbers and typical date-strings" is splitted to "ignore all numbers" and "ignore all typical date-strings"
  • Auto-Watch: More options when a site should be checked
  • Manual check: More options when a site should be checked
  • Disable Proxy for single bookmarks
  • Bookmark-Notes: format text
  • Minimize on Close
  • Import Bookmarks from a textfile
  • Improved Frame-Handling: Framesets can be converted into tables with the same structure
  • Improved "Set properties in selected bookmarks"
  • Hide bookmarks in "Changed Bookmarks"-Folder after opening it
  • Internal preview window - open with external browser-button has now a drop down menu
  • Options/Icons: Insert and remove program icons (in the Startup folder WebSite-Watcher will be inserted with the parameter /MINIMIZE)
  • Restore previous version (copies old version to new version)
  • The Noscript-part of Javascripts can be filtered filtered when downloading websites
  • Cookies
  • POST-method for requesting sites
  • General settings can be imported from an INI-File (config1.ini)
  • Automatic detection of physical damages in config files
  • Automatic detection of physical damages in bookmark files
  • many other improvements




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