||This article appears to be written like an advertisement. (February 2012)|
|Stable release||5.6 / Nov 18, 2011|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
PowerMapper is a web crawler that automatically creates a site map of a website using thumbnails of each web page. A number of map styles are available, although the cheaper Standard edition has fewer styles than the Professional edition.
Site maps can be displayed in a number of different map styles which arrange sites into a tree structure. Some styles display thumbnails for each page, others use text-only presentation. Map styles include:
- Electrum - a simple thumbnail map style
- Electrum 2.0 - a variation of the Electrum style that works better on larger sites
- Isometric - a thumbnail map style using a pseudo-3D isometric projection
- Page Cloud - a thumbnail map style with pages clustered into 3D clouds
- Skyscrapers - an abstract representation of pages that looks like city blocks
- Thumbtree - a hierarchical thumbnail map style
- Table Map - a plain text list of pages in a table
- Table of Contents - a plain text list of pages
- Tree View - an expanding table of contents
Site maps can also be exported in XML sitemaps format for use by the Google, Yahoo and MSN search engines.
The product received positive reviews in InfoWorld  for the 1.0 release in 1997, and subsequent reviews for the 4.0 release in Microsoft Technet Magazine  and WebsiteTips.com  were also favorable.
A list of problems commonly encountered by users is provided by the vendor in the PowerMapper FAQ.
PowerMapper is commercial licensed software which uses serial numbers to prevent unlicensed usage. Standard licensing is per-user, but pooled floating licences are also available at extra cost.
- Site map, a graphical representation of the architecture of a web site
- Sitemaps, a standard for URL inclusion in search engines