The Image Surfer Pro Grab Page Data tool found on the Tools & Settings menu grabs a copy of every image and video associated with the webpage currently in the IE display window and writes them to disk. It is similar to right clicking on every image and video and choosing "Save Picture As..." or "Save Video As...". However, this utility has several improvements over the Internet Explorer option.
The Grab Page Data tool does not grab Frame data (neither Raw nor Shockwave) - this type of data does not typically represent a single file which can be downloaded and used on your PC outside of a browser. It does however capture recognized types of static video files.
The webpage itself is also not saved as a file. To do this you should use the Internet Explorer save as option.
Data grabbing is done in a few simple steps:
The HTML code of the currently displayed webpage is parsed to extract the file names of all displayed images, referenced images, static video formated files, both displayed and referenced. While there are numerous ways to display video on the internet not all will directly reference a video file which could be downloaded and used directly. For this reason Frame data will not be downloaded, this includes both Shockwave Flash (SWF) files and Raw Frame URLs. The Grab Page Data process is ideally suited for grabbing the data in Free Hosted Galleries because both embedded and directly referenced files are extracted from the HTML code,
This step in the process will typically complete quickly enough that there is no visual reference to indicate it took place.
Because Image Surfer Pro runs within Internet Explorer it is subject to the limitations of a low security application. This is by design and helps protect you from hazardous content encountered by Internet Explorer and Image Surfer Pro. Part of the Internet Explorer Security Suite limits the locations embedded applications may write on your hard drive. For this reason, the files are downloaded to a temporary directory specific to the browser window from which you chose the Grab Page Data tool.
A progress window may not appear if the time it takes to download the files is less than a couple of seconds. This may happen even if the files are large and numerous if the they have been stored in the Internet Explorer cache and easily accessible.
The standard windows file browser is provided for you to choose the destination directory. The top most directory where browsing starts is determined by your user preferences. You need not select a file, just navigate to the directory where you wish to save the media files and click "Open".
If you cancel or close the file explorer window rather than clicking "Open" the file will not be transferred and will remain in the temporary location until the Internet Explorer tab associated with the images is closed - at which time they will be deleted along with the temporary visualization files created by Image Surfer Pro.
The images will be moved silently from the temporary location where they were downloaded in Step 2 to the directory you choose in Step 3. You may continue browsing while the move is in progress. However, do not immediately close the IE browser window as this will trigger the deletion of the Image Surfer Pro scratchpad directory where the temporary files were stored.
Each file is given a name based on the fully qualified URL from which the file was downloaded. Each "/" is in the URL is replaced by a ".". This allows images from different locations to be saved in the same local directory with a clear indication of where each came from and avoids accidently overwriting a file with file from different web location with the same name.
General Tab: Default Data Directory:
The Default Data Directory is used as the starting location of the standard windows file browser in Step 3.