UPDATE: There now a portable version of Firefox with Navicrawler included:
More information on these:
- These folders are zipped. Unzip and run “Firefox Portable”. You might have some obvious messages, and after that you have a fully functionnal Firefox 3.6 with Navicrawler installed.
- These are portable apps, it means that they do not interfere with other versions of Firefox that you might have. They do not install, you have to run them from their folder.
- Two other extensions are also installed: Flem and Greasemonkey. You an remove them if you want…
The Navicrawler is no longer supported. But it is actually a good news! I am currently working to the future of the Navicrawler, even if it will probably get a new name. This project is codenamed “Hyper Corpus Initiative” and supported by the Sciences Po Medialab. Firefox is changing faster and the documentation is still incomplete. Keeping the Navicrawler “alive” needs more and more time while I have no more. Because my priority is now to prepare the “next gen” Navicrawler, I officially stop to fix bugs and incompatibilities. Of course, if someone wants to do it, I can provide help !
In this “next generation Navicrawler” you will be able to dynamically change the boundaries of every website, to have graphs with pages and websites at the same time, and to declare aliases (the same website with different domain names). The memory structure will be separated from the interface, so that you can host your data on your computer or on a server, and you’ll be able to edit the corpus from an extension (like the current Navicrawler), from a web page or from a rich client (a dedicated software). The connexion with Gephi will be more efficient, the data will be searchable, the performance will be better and there will be a real crawler. We wrote most of the specifications, we have proofs-of-concepts for the memory structure, the user interface and the crawler. We plan to release a public prototype before the end of 2012.
Until then, the most reliable way to use the Navicrawler is probably to install Firefox 3.6 and the Navicrawler 1.7 (you might be able to install both versions of Firefox, the old one for the Navicrawler and the last one for you). I’m sorry for the patience I ask you!
Documentation (in French):
- PDF – Documentation du Navicrawler 1.0 (vieux mais toujours utile)
- PDF – Méthodologie d’analyse du web, pour Navicrawler 1.5 et Guess, 2007 (vieux aussi, mais toujours utile aussi)
- PDF – Uniquement le flowchart de la Méthodologie d’analyse du web, pour Navicrawler 1.5 et Guess
The version 1.8 (and above) use a toolbar button to launch the sidebar. You have to add this button to your toolbar. Here is how to do it:
- Right-click on the “Home” button in the menu
- Choose “customize” (“Personnaliser” in French)
- In the end of the list, there is a “Navicrawler” icon. Drag and drop it to your menubar.