PowerMapper

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PowerMapper
Developer(s) Electrum
Stable release
5.6 / Nov 18, 2011
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Web crawler
License EULA
Website http://www.powermapper.com/

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.

Map styles[edit]

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.

Reviews[edit]

The product received positive reviews in InfoWorld [1] for the 1.0 release in 1997, and subsequent reviews for the 4.0 release in Microsoft Technet Magazine [2] and WebsiteTips.com [3] were also favorable.

A list of problems commonly encountered by users is provided by the vendor in the PowerMapper FAQ.

Licensing[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

  • Site map, a graphical representation of the architecture of a web site
  • Sitemaps, a standard for URL inclusion in search engines

References[edit]