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Test of Achiving Software - MM3-Webassistant

 

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Type

Name

Platform

Version

Price

URL

Remarks

Entire Websites

MM3-Webassistant

Java

Private, 2005

Free

www.mm3tools.de/-WebAssistant

Is avalible in a 'Professonal' version with several options (29.95 EUR)


Conclusion

MM3-Webassistant saves web pages visited by the browser in a cache for offline use. The archived material often appears extremely correct. However, a disadvantage of this archiving program is that the archived web pages can only be viewed on a computer with MM3-Webassistant installed. This archiving programme is most applicable in cases where the archived material is personal (working) copies, rather than serving as documentation or appendices. The programme can be used on all platforms, if Java Virtual Machine is installed (which is the case for most newer operative systems).


Recommended settings

It is most advantageous to use MM3-Webassistant with a browser that uses its own proxy settings (such as Mozilla or Firefox ). The browser is set to use the proxy 127.0.0.1, port 8080, and MM3-Webassistant is started. The web pages visited by the browser are archived in a cache for later off-line use ñ but in a format that can only be used in interaction with MM3-Webassistant.


Archiving speed

Archiving time (min)

File size (MB)

Archiving speed (MB/min)

Degree of presence required

Not tested

Not tested

Not tested

high


Test details


Test date and time: Monday November 15, 12 p.m. – 2 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/baggrund/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

Aa

4

aa

Aa

Cascading Style Sheets

4

The archived material appears as defined in CSS.

Page construction

4

Elements are positioned correctly on almost all archived web pages

Background

4

All backgrounds are archived

Pop-up-windows

4

Pop-up windows are active

Archiving of all the desired web pages

4

All web pages visited by the browser are archived

Movement between elements in the structure

Link

3

aa

Print/writing

Textual link

4

All textual links are archived ñ incl. textual links referring to JavaScript.

Pull-down menu

4

Pull-down menus are archived, and act as links

Formulas such as login

0

Formulas act as links, but require an online connection to show the link target.

Image

Animation

4

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

Graphics

4

All graphics links are archived and active (except some JavaScript links)

Photo

4

All photo links are archived and active (except some JavaScript links)

Moving images

-

Not tested

Link target

2

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.

Photo

3

Most photos are archived.

Moving images

2

Only moving images not requiring an online connection are archived

Other

-

Sound

2

Only sound not requiring an online connection is archived

Automation

4

Automatic redirection

4

Automatic redirection is active.

Movement in elements in the structure

Automatic + inherent

3

Print/writing

4

All text is archived.

Image

Animation

4

Flash- and Shockwave-elements are archived perfectly

Moving images

3

Moving images 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 is archived correctly

Automatic + online

0

Print/writing

Chat as reader

0

Elements requiring online connection are not archived

Image

Moving images

0

Elements requiring online connection are not archived

Sound

0

Elements requiring online connection are not archived

User intervention + inherent

3

Print/writing

Archived chat

-

Not tested

Mouse-over

4

Mouse-over text is archived and active.

Quizzes

-

Archived correctly

Clickable maps

4

Clickable maps (such as Micromedia Flash) are correctly archived and functional.

Image

Non-streamed image (such as slide show, clickable map)

3

Usually functional in the archived version

Games

2

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

Quizzes

2

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

Clickable maps (w. zoom or activation)

4

Clickable maps (Macromedia Flash)† are correctly archived and functional

Mouse-over

4

Mouse-over images are correctly archived and functional

Sound

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

3

Sound is archived and is usually functional in the archived version.

Mouse-over

3

Sound is archived and is usually functional in the archived version.

User intervention + online

0

Print/writing

Chat (as participant)

0

Elements requiring online connection are not archived

Polls

0

Elements requiring online connection are not archived

Test-yourself

0

Elements requiring online connection are not archived

Image

Streamed images

0

Elements requiring online connection are not archived

Games

0

Elements requiring online connection are not archived

Sound

Streaming (both activated and live)

0

Elements requiring online connection are not archived

Non-movable elements

3

Print/writing

ss

4

All print/writing is correctly archived.

Image

3

All images are correctly archived.

Sound

3

Sound is correctly archived.


  

 

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.