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Test Of Archiving Software - DeepVacuum

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Type

Name

Platform

Version

Price

URL

Remarks

Complete websites

DeepVacuum

Mac OS X

1.24

Free

www.hexcat.com/deepvacuum

A Mac OS X programme with graphic interface, built on the command-line-based open source programme 'wget' (GNU General public Licence). See test of wget.

 

Conclusion

DeepVacuum (vers. 1.24) uses the wget 1.9 programme to archive the source codes and other content of web pages, and to convert these elements to a navigable offline version. The programme cannot archive content elements requiring an online connection for viewing. The graphic interface makes using command-line based wget less complicated, but at the same time the interface means reduced flexibility and configuration speed. Furthermore, archiving is relatively slow. The archived websites often appear correct, but the programme does not archive as correctly as, for instance, WebHTTrack and WinHTTrack. DeepVacuum. allows several websites to be archived simultaneously.

 

Recommended settings

Enter the desired web address (URL) in the URL field, and choose 'Whole Site' from the archiving list. Then the programme's 'Preferences' (the 'apple menu' on the menu bar at the top of the monitor, or the keyboard shortcut 'apple +'), and a destination path are chosen for the archived files. The programme's advanced settings are accessed with the bottom key (arrow-down). Here the number of hyperstructure levels to be followed can be set, using the 'Recurse' tab, and archiving should, depending on the website to be archived, be limited to 4-5 levels. The configuration of an archiving can be saved for later repeat archiving of the same website, using the menu 'File/Save'. If several websites are to be archived simultaneously, this is done by choosing the menu 'File/New' note that a new path must always be set in the programme's 'Preferences'.

 

Archiving speed

Archiving time (min)

File size (MB)

Archiving speed (MB/min)

Degree of presence required

Not tested

Not tested

Not tested

Not tested

 

Test details


Test date and time: Thursday November 4 2004, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Tested by: Bo Hovgaard Thomasen

Tested by archiving: www.dr.dk/kroniken, www.dr.dk/nyheder, www.dr.dk/skum, www.dr.dk/skum/boogie

Speed test carried out by archiving: www.dr.dk/nyheder/html/nyheder/Background/tema2003/krise/index.jhtml

Test results

The following have been evaluated according to the following scale for the number of archived elements: 0=none, 1=few, 2=average, 3=most, 4=all

Structure

aaaaa

3

aa

aa

Cascading Style Sheets

4

The archived material appears as defined in CSS

Page composition

3

Elements are correctly positioned on almost all the archived web pages.

Background

4

All background is archived

Pop-up-windows

2

Many pop-up windows do not function in the archived version, and elements such as photos are often missing in the archived pop-up windows.

Archiving of all the desired web pages

2

aa

Movement between elements in the structure

Link

3

aa

Print/writing

Textual links

3

All textual links are archived. But some textual links referring to text routines do not work, although some links to less complicated JavaScript routines do, which affects such things as facts-boxes (which are often used) on websites like dr.dk/nyheder. (Danish TV News site)

Pull-down menus

2

Pull-down menus are archived, but act only to some degree as links in the archived version.

Formulas such as login

0

DeepVacuum does not allow archiving of active elements for login or filling in formulas (online elements are not archived).

Image

Animation

3

Animation (such as Macromedia Flash) usually acts as a link in the archived version 

Graphics

3

Graphics links are archived and are often active, although some JavaScript links are not functional

Photos

3

Photo-links are archived and active , with the exception of some JavaScript links.

Moving images

-

Not tested

Link target

2

aa

Print/writing

Text

4

All text on the archived pages is included in the archived material.

Image

Animation

2

Only animation not requiring an online connection is archived.

Graphics

3

Graphics are usually archived.

Photos

3

Most photos are archived.

Moving images

2

Only moving images not requiring an online connection are archived.

Other

-

aa

Sound

aa

2

Only sound not requiring an online connection is archived.

Automatics

4

aa

aa

Automatic redirection

4

Automatic redirection is active.

Movement/ in elements in the structure

Automatic + inherent

3

aa

Print/writing

aa

4

All text is archived.

Image

Animation

4

Flash- and Shockwave elements are archived perfectly.

Moving images

3

Moving images are usually archived correctly

Banner ads

3

Banner ads are usually archived correctly.

Sound

Background sound

3

Background sound is usually archived correctly

Banner ads

4

Sound in banner ads archived correctly

Automatic + online

0

aa

Print/writing

Chat as reader

1

Elements requiring online connection cannot be archived.

Image

Moving images

0

Elements requiring online connection cannot be archived.

Sound

aa

0

Elements requiring online connection cannot be archived.

User intervention + inh?¶rent

3

aa

Print/writing

Archived chat

-

Not tested

Mouse-over

4

Mouse-over text is archived and active.

Quizzeszes

-

Not tested

Clickable maps

4

Clickable maps (auch as Macromedia Flash) are archived and active.

Image

Non-streamed image (such as  slideshows, clickable maps)

3

The archived version is usually active.

Games

1

Games are poorly archived because they are usually constructed with online elements (reporting high scores to the website, etc.). However, some games are archived correctly.

Quizzes

1

Quizzes are poorly archived because they are usually constructed with online elements (reporting high scores to the website, etc.). However, some quizzes are archived correctly.

Clickable maps (w. zoom or activation)

4

Clickable maps (such as Macromedia Flash) are archived and active.

Mouse-over

4

Mouse-over images are archived correctly and active.

Sound

Non-streamed sound (as activated in games, quizzes, etc.)

3

Sound is archived and the archived version is usually active

Mouse-over

3

Sound is archived and the archived version is usually active.

User intervention + online

0

aa

Print/writing

Chat (as participant)

0

Elements requiring online connection cannot be archived.

Polls

0

Elements requiring online connection cannot be archived

Test-yourself

0

Elements requiring online connection cannot be archived.

Image

Streamed images

0

Elements requiring online connection cannot be archived.

Games

0

Elements requiring online connection cannot be archived.

Sound

Streaming (both activated and live)

0

Elements requiring online connection cannot be archived.

Non-movable elements

aa

3

aa

Print/writing

ss aa

4

All print/writing archived correctly.

Image

aa

3

All images archived correctly.

Sound

aa

0

Sound not archived


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The test was carried out by graduate student Bo Hovgaard Thomasen during the period from July- December 2004, and its premises and main results are explicated in the text Test of software and strategies for micro-archiving websites.

Note: We do not have the resources to offer technical support or other advice on the use of the tested archiving programme beyond what can be found on this web page.