Easy Web Page Watcher
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who developed Easy Web Page Watcher?
A: I wrote it (Patrick DiRienzo). It is a midnite and weekend venture that I enjoy. Easy Web Page Watcher was formerly known as Gotta Know Now - Web Page Watcher.
Q: This program looks a lot like "Gotta Know Now", which is a program I used for about 2 years. The entire setup and layout of the page is the same.
A: Yes, Easy Web Page Watcher was formerly known as Gotta Know Now. A Sunnyvale, California software corporation (knownow.com) who owned the trade mark rights to the words "know now", forced me to change it's name, claiming that Gotta Know Now confused people with their product.
Q: Easy Web Page Watcher tells me that a web page has updated or that text appeared, but when I examine the web page in the built-in web browser window, the page does not appear to have updated or the text that was discovered does not appear?
A: Easy Web Page Watcher simply uses your Window's Internet Explorer to display a web page in it's built-in web browser window. Make sure that your Windows's Internet Explorer is set to "Check for newer versions of stored page: Every visit to the page". This is done by going to the Tools | Internet Options | General | Settings in Internet Explorer. After changing this setting, restart Windows Internet Explorer and Easy Web Page Watcher. Note that there are no guarantees that Internet Explorer will reload and refresh the page everytime without actually manually doing a refresh. As an alternative to changing Internet Explorers settings, the Easy Web Page Watcher Preview & Login button will always show the newest version of a web page, or you can perform a manual refresh by clicking the right mouse button inside the built-in browser window and selecting refresh to gaurantee that you are viewing the latest version of a page.
Q: How do I change the sound played by the audible alert?
A: The audible alert sound played by Easy Web Page Watcher is the Windows default sound which can be changed to a different sound from your Window's control panel.
Q: Can I use my own wave sound file for the audible alert?
A: Yes, to play your own wave sound file for the audible alert, rename your wave file to alert.wav and copy it into the Easy Web Page Watcher folder/directory that you chose during installation. Remove the sound file if you wish to use the Windows default sound again.
Q: I do not see the built-in Internet browser window, when I click on the Preview & Login button?
A: If you are using a screen resolution less than 1024 x 768, the Internet browser window may not be showing at the bottom of the screen, when Easy Web Page Watcher is started. Click on and drag the window border at the bottom of the screen upward, in order to reveal the Internet browser window. In order to use the Internet browser window, Windows Internet Explorer must be installed on your machine (the usual case for most Windows users). In order to display an actual web page, highlight a previously entered web page in the Web Pages folder, then click on the Preview & Login button.
Q: How do I move about in the built-in Internet browser window?
A: Use the "Preview and Login" button to view any web page or to log into a password protected web page, then right click anywhere inside the browser window in order to move forward, backward, print a page, add a bookmark etc. Click on properties in order to view the web page's URL.
Q: How do I log into a website's login web page?
A: After entering the desired website's login web page into the Web Pages folder, highlight the web page (URL) in the Web Pages folder. Now click on the Preview/Login button and log in as normal in the built in browser window. You can also do this in Internet Explorer outside of Easy Web Page Watcher if you like. The login stays good as long as Easy Web Page Watcher is open (or until the login time expires as set by the website).
Q: After logging into a website (the login web page) and going to the page that I want to watch, how do I watch this web page?
A: After you log into the desired website's login web page, go to the web page that needs to be watched. It is this web page that must now be entered into the Web Pages folder (and not the initial login web page, where you entered your username and password). Note, you should also disable the initial login page in the Web Pages folder, so that it is never watched, but is still available in the Web Pages folder for logging in when desired. Now the question is - How to get the URL (ie: www.pageThatIWantToWatch.com ) of the desired web page, and how to enter it into the Web Pages folder? After getting to the web page desired to watch, right click inside the page and select properties. You will see an Address/URL field with the desired web page URL next to it. Highlight the URL and then right click on it and select copy. Now go to the the Web Pages folder in Easy Web Page Watcher, click the ADD button, and right click in the web page entry field and click paste.
Q: Will Easy Web Page Watcher watch all the pages at a website if I enter just one URL for that website, or do I need to enter a URL for each page to be watched?
A: No, you must enter a URL for each page that you wish to watch at a website.
Q: Will Easy Web Page Watcher tell me when a web page is unavailable for download while watching for text matches and updates?
A: Yes, Easy Web Page Watcher logs and time stamps all unsuccessful downloads while watching for text matches or updates in it's viewable Error Log folder. It also displays a running count of download attempts and download errors in the status bar displayed at the bottom of the main screen. The running count of download attempts will count and display up to 10000 at which point it will rollover to zero and start counting again. You do not have to have any words enabled if you simply wish to monitor a web page for availability.
Q: What is my outgoing SMTP email server that I should enter into the email setup?
A: Your Internet service provider (Verizon, Time Warner, etc) provides you with an outgoing SMTP email server. It is the same information that you would have entered into an email editor setup such as Microsoft Outlook provided you are using Microsoft Outlook. Check with your Internet provider, or their website, or initial documentation from them for this information if you do not know it. Also, the username and password entered into the email setup will be the same as those entered into an email editor such as Microsoft Outlook. This username and password that logs you into your email is often but not always the same username and password that logs you onto your Internet service provider.
Known Email Servers and Usernames for Internet Service Providers:

If your e-mail address ends with: @verizon.net Your outgoing SMTP email server should be set to: outgoing.verizon.net Your username should be set to: MyUsername
If your e-mail address ends with: @frontier.com @frontiernet.net @citlink.net @ctaz.com @newnorth.net @epix.net @gvni.com Your outgoing SMTP email server should be set to: smtp.frontier.com Your username should be set to: MyUsername@MyEmailAddress (i.e. your username is your full email address such as MyUsername@frontiernet.net)
NOTE: To be certain of your outgoing SMTP email server and username, you should contact your Internet Service Provider.
Q: I have entered all of my email information and email alerts are going out, but I never receive the email?
A: First, please be sure you are using the latest version of Easy Web Page Watcher available only at this website, as it contains the latest updates to support email servers. Additionally, I am always happy to assist you, just drop me an email. In an effort to prevent email spamming, some internet service providers are blocking the default email port 25. Try using another port such as 587 (edit email settings) or contact your internet service provider to request that they not block port 25 or fill out their opt-out of blocking port 25 form. Also note that even if they open port 25, they may still require that you use their outgoing SMTP email server/account.
Q: Why do I receive all of my email alerts at my home email address, but not at my work email address?
A: Your employer (IT administrator) may be blocking or filtering emails with certain subjects or from sources that they feel are security risks, spam, or not work related etc. Obtain and use an internet email account (free) such as mail.yahoo.com or www.numericnetwork.com as your "TO" address if this is the case.
Q: Why won't Easy Web Page Watcher send email notifications with my SMTP server from work, yet it sends email notifications with my SMTP email server from home successfully?
A: Your employer (IT administrator) may be blocking access to outside email servers (IP addresses) or ports.
Q: What are the allowable watch rates that I can enter?
A: 10 seconds to 9,999 seconds (approximately 2 hours and 46 minutes). A web page can be watched (checked) as frequently as every 10 seconds or as infrequently as every 2 hours and 46 minutes
Q: Sometimes I get a popup message box stating "an error has occurred in the script on this page" when the page is displayed in Easy Web Page Watcher's browser window. Easy Web Page Watcher continues to work correctly but no more web pages will be displayed in the browser window until I respond to the popup message?
A: The problem is being caused by active scripting that the web page contains. The web page's script most likely is written incorrectly, or contains unsupported objects, properties, or elements. You can eliminate the popup message box by disabling active scripting in Internet Explorer while you are using Easy Web Page Watcher to monitor the problem web page. Normally you will want to enable active scripting so that you can get dynamic and interactive features from web pages. Easy Web Page Watcher's browser window is simply a display window for Internet Explorer, so to disable active scripting in Internet Explorer, open Internet Explorer outside of Easy Web Page Watcher and perform the following.
	1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
	2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click the Security tab, and then click Custom Level.
        3. In the Security Settings dialog box, select Disable for Active scripting under Scripting.
        4. Click OK, and then click Yes to confirm the change.
        5  Click OK, and then click OK again.
Or as an alternative, you can eliminate any problems that occur when a web page displays in the Easy Web Page Watcher brower window by simply disabling the display of web pages on a text match or update (uncheck this box in the Watch Mode settings). No modifications to Internet Explorer are required with this solution.
How To Use Easy Web Page Watcher
Easy Web Page Watcher is user friendly and intuitive to use. It also includes a built-in help index. The details of operation are:
After connecting to the internet in your usual way to use other internet software such as web browsers and email programs, start Easy Web Page Watcher.  The main screen contains nine large buttons/icons (Watch & Halt, Watch Rate, Email Setup, Audible Alert, Watch Mode, Add, Edit, Delete, Preview & Login)
Select Web Pages to enter the website's URL (ie: http://biz.yahoo.com/bw) you wish to monitor for text or simply any updates.  Http://biz.yahoo.com/bw is a popular business news wire web page, that posts press releases about stock companies.  If the web page is password protected, you can log into this page using the Preview & Login button before pressing the Watch button (first button) to start web page watching.
Next enter the word, phrase, or text you wish to watch for on the web page you just entered.  This text could be a penny stock company name (ie: Celerity Systems) for which you want to be alerted upon a press release.
Next press the Watch Rate button to enter the number of seconds to elapse between a watch of each web page (from 10 to 9999 seconds).
If you would like to receive an email alert, press the Email Setup button and enter your internet provider's outgoing SMTP email server,  your "FROM email address" on your internet providers's SMTP server,  the "TO email address" where you would like the email alerts sent, your email username and password, and check the enable email box.
Now press the Watch button and away you go.  As long as you are connected to the internet, Easy Web Page Watcher will do it's job.  It will alert you by email and with an audible alarm when an update occurs, or the words you specify (ie: Celerity Systems) show up on the web pages that Easy Web Page Watcher is watching.
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