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Likelihood to Recommend

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

It's great for repetitive or regularly scheduled activities like reports or file transfers. However, it's not so good for on-demand activities. It doesn't support task shortcuts to run specific tasks. If it did it would be perfect.
Kwame H. Baptiste | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octoparse

I used Octoparse to get mostly ecommerce data and it is working well. I think it can get data from most web pages as long as you can see it on the pages. Because it is scraping the data by getting into the source code of the page or something. And it is good for people who do research: the software can organize and clean the data, so you are able to export structured data into Excel or CSV. This is convenient for further analysis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

  • FTP jobs. Flexible scheduling and file watching options (send a file when added to a folder). Also flexible file naming capabilities - when a vendor wants a file with a different format (or vice-versa) Also the new encryption steps are handy.
  • File watching capabilities - If you have files that have to be somewhere by a certain time this is very handy. You can pair this with Automate's email capability (easy to use).
  • File Copying - If you have a lot of files that have to be sent on a schedule this is the way to go. You can also filter by date so only recent files are copied.
  • File Purging - like copying you can use date filters to purge old files - no more clogged folders!
  • Conditional statement functionality - If/Then, Loops, etc. Easy to use and makes the tasks MUCH more useful.
David Croney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octoparse

  • Web Scraping.
  • Crawling.
  • Data Export.
  • Market Comparison Analysis.
Peter Angel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

  • Calendars
  • Tasks scheduling
Farjad Habib | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octoparse

  • there is more about practical use: sometimes you need to wait for the data to show in the preview section
  • there can be more tutorials for scraping popular websites like shoppee, wayfair etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

HelpSystems Automate Desktop 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It's just very easy to use, extremely versatile, and very reliable. It's hard to find use cases where it won't work.
Kwame H. Baptiste | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octoparse

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Support Rating

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

HelpSystems Automate Desktop 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Support is very helpful and responsive, although using the tool is very user-friendly, so I hardly use the service.
Kwame H. Baptiste | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octoparse

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Alternatives Considered

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

Farjad Habib | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octoparse

I have absolutely no experience with any other web scraping tools. That being said, Octoparse is so good, I've never needed to go find another one to try out. Is it the best thing out there? I have no idea, nor would I be qualified to make that statement. But I can say for someone with little to no background, it's very easy to pick up and start using.
Peter Angel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

  • Positive: Reliability on FTP jobs - really important on bank files.
  • Negative - annual support a little pricey - but not unusual for this level of software.
  • Positive: Does not require a dedicated administrator, especially after the jobs are created and tested. I perform other job duties and this rarely interferes with them.
  • Positive - Since it is easy to learn and use it makes it easy to have a back up administrator
David Croney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Octoparse

  • it gives profound database for my research and make the whole process a lot more easier. the power of automation!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

HelpSystems Automate Desktop

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

HelpSystems Automate Desktop Editions & Modules

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Octoparse

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$89*

* per month

Octoparse Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard Plan$891
Standard Plan$8902
Professional Plan$8903
Professional Plan$1,8904
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