import.io 0.1 Beta
Data collection made easy, fast and fun
import.io provides a very simple and efficient means of extracting data. It’s not fully automated because you do have to give it a few pointers here and there when it comes to recognizing the data you need.
The application relies on a simple point and click interface and provides three methods for collecting information in the form of extractors, crawlers and connectors. Each of them has a distinct way in which it connects to data but every one requires that you manually select samples from a web page until it picks up on the pattern and does it automatically.
It might sound like a bit of work but generally after two or three selections, it immediately and accurately highlights the necessary data and enables you to split the data into custom columns and rows.
import.io needs a bit of getting used to, we’ll admit that, but it’s a matter of minutes and if you stumble on anything, help is around the corner. The application is not only made to be intuitive, it also comes with clear and rich documentation which can quickly guide you through any issue you might encounter.
Download, integrate and share extracted data
A feature that import.io brings into play and should be extremely helpful is its ability to integrate the data you extract into Excel, Google Sheets, Pyhton, Ruby, C# and other applications or coding languages. Again, you don’t need to worry about the integration procedure as import.io offers the right kind of assistance.
The data libraries that you create can also be downloaded into formats such as .json, .csv, .html, or .xls in case you need them right away but they can also be shared through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.
Everything you need from a data extraction tool
With the above to consider and a lot more things to discover, it’s safe to say that if you’re looking for an innovative and efficient way of extracting data from websites, then import.io can be your go-to solution.
Reviewed by Alexandru Chirila on June 13th, 2014
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Application descriptionimport.io enables you to transform any website into a table of data or a structured API in minutes without even writin...