It has a simple and easy to use graphical interface. Many of the basic extraction tasks are set-up in less than 10 minutes.
Pagination and looping is tricky on most pages. The auto loop detection only works on simpler webpages. Based on .net, so no os x version ;(
As a CEO of a fast growing company I don't have the time to write a crawler myself (and not the best skills at hand either :) ). So a visual point and click approach sounded pretty good to me. Sometimes I just want to bulk extract data or "set it and forget it". Octoparse is my new buddy in this endeavour, e.g. when I want to monitor product prices in my industry or content on a given website. Most of this basic tasks are easy to setup with octoparse and you get the data within minutes. The scraping process is visualized step by step, which makes error solving easier. And it gives you some flexibility because you don't need to ask an engineer everytime you have a simple scrape to do.
Easy to use. Graphical support when builder a crawler.
Learning Videos on Youtube could be better. Looping is a bit complicated
I had no idea how crawlers are working, but a friend of mine told me to give Octoparse.com a try. After a few minutes my first crwaler was working and I had some data to play with.
I'm currently using Octoparse to be prepared for the work environment, since I'm a Computer Science Student.
Defenetly a tool to recommend!