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Author Topic: RTILA visual web scraper and automation  (Read 1603 times)

flamerz

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RTILA visual web scraper and automation
« on: January 11, 2021, 09:01 AM »
Basic Info

App NameRTILA
App URLhttp://v4.rtila.net/
Github repository installerhttps://github.com/IKAJIAN/rtila-releases/releases
Helphttps://scraper.es/rtila-help/
App Version ReviewedVersion 4
Test System SpecsWindows version
Supported OSesWindows, Mac, Linux
Support Methodsemail, facebook community
Upgrade PolicyCurrently lifetime updates and upgrades are free
Trial Version Available?Yes, they have a trial. Not sure about the exact limitations.
Pricing Scheme74$ lifetime
Screencast Video URLhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH6ov8LnB8-4ZF0yraxjw8Q/videos

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Intro:

This software is a full featured web scraper. It resembles me to webharvy, or other popular point and click web scrapers.

It's young software, less than one year old.

Who is this app designed for:

Probably everybody can get use of this. On my personal uses, I scrape ecommerces, news, forums, or other pages of interest.

My purpose of scraping an e-commerce is to do a better purchase, I prefer to grab all and filter later to get better information for my shopping.


The Good

I have been using scrapers for long, sometimes I coded myself with python.

I own many tools, like ubot, winautomation, and many others. Long time I don't use them.

RTILA uses a real chrome sandbox and emulates human actions.

Second, the author is quite responsive, and he is very fast and constant in development.

The software has MANY options, and I love the fact of being written using modern technologies.

Not only scrapes text, but it can also download images, videos, files (pdf, docs..) or other type of content.

It uses CSS selectors, not xpath.

Allows filters, regular expressions, and javascript manipulation.

It has all the basic features of a scraper, and some advanced ones, like:

- ftp and mailer (store results)
- scheduler
- proxies
- ability to load chrome extensions
- captcha solving
- webhooks
- Google Sheets integration

There are many actions and events, it uses some pseudocode to execute automation, similar to ubot (visual blocks).

The needs improvement section

The user interface should be improved. This is beautiful software with a poor cover.

Other than that, very solid software. Probably I look at it with good eyes because I just love it.

There are very minor bugs from time to time but they are solved quite fast.

Probably version 4 is the most stable and advanced, having 24 minor releases in 3 months, and some features were not trivial to implement.

I'm helping the author with the documentation, and probably that should be improved.

I do that in my free time, just on my blog.

Why I think you should use this product

It has many use cases, I can be getting Minecraft skins for my kids, scraping furniture deals for my wife, or scraping seed plants or trees to plant in winter.

semillas-ecologicas.pngRTILA visual web scraper and automation

Really random uses to get information easily.

On my job, usually I do scraping tasks for clients, and they build really creative stuff from that, merging different sources of information to create valuable information.

It can be used to monitor sites too, or create simple (or complex) automations.

Internet sites can be really tricky, this tool cuts down the development time, but it still needs some user knowledge.

How does it compare to similar apps

I don't know real alternative to this. My favourite tool was WinAutomation, that has some desktop capabilities too.

RTILA is oriented to browser tasks.

Probably as I mentioned before, a similar tool is webharvy, but RTILA uses a browser extension to work.

Conclusions

Probably this is my best discovery of 2020.

I didn't have many expectations when I saw this software (sorry to the developer, if he reads this).

The screenshots were not sexy at all, and my expectations were not high, but after testing it a couple of hours I found every piece familiar and easy to use.

It's true, I had to ask some questions because I wanted to know all the details. The support was excellent, so patient to answer me all.

Links to other reviews of this application

There are very few reviews:
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24421092

Here it is the Facebook group, with 450 members:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/rtila/

I consider myself privileged to be in touch with the author of this software, and he implemented some of my suggestions.

This is my first review, sorry for my typos.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2021, 09:21 AM by flamerz »

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Re: RTILA visual web scraper and automation
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2021, 09:17 AM »
Nice review, thanks!

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Re: RTILA visual web scraper and automation
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2021, 02:10 AM »
That sounds very promising. It's an interesting proposition. It would also be fun to connect this program to the RPA system somehow.