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Editions & Licensing

The Content Grabber software comes in three editions, each of which requires a license. Please see the license agreement in the Content Grabber installation folder for the full license agreement. In this article we highlight the most important differences among the Content Grabber editions.

 

These are the current license editions of Content Grabber:

Professional Edition

Premium Edition

Server Edition

 

This user guide describes all features for all editions of the Content Grabber software. Some sections of this guide present features that are only available in specific versions, and these features may not be available in the software edition that you are using. We explain these differences below.

 

Professional Edition

If a current-license copy of the Professional Edition of the software is running on a computer, then a single user may create, edit, and run web-scraping agents without restrictions.

 

The Professional Edition can create self-contained agents that you can distribute and users can run royalty-free. These self-contained agents use a standard user interface that display a promotional message for Content Grabber, and it isn't possible to edit the display templates to remove this message.

 

It is not possible to open any agents in the Professional Edition that were built in the Premium Edition.

 

The Content Grabber Runtime cannot run or edit web-scraping agents built with the Professional Edition. This also means that the entire API and the Script Library is unavailable to agents built with the Professional Edition.

 

The runagent.exe command-line program will only run agents built with the Premium Edition (so long as that edition of the software is on the computer).

 

Premium Edition

The Professional Edition is the most feature-rich version of the Content Grabber software suite.

 

As with the Professional Edition, if a current-license copy of the Premium Edition of the software is running on a computer, then a single user may create, edit, and run web-scraping agents without restrictions.

 

With the Premium Edition, you can use the API and the Script Library.

 

The Premium Edition can create self-contained agents that you can distribute and users can run royalty-free. These self-contained agents use a standard user interface that displays a promotional message for Content Grabber, but the Premium Edition gives you the ability to change the display templates to remove this message.

 

You can open agents in the Premium Edition that were built in the Professional Edition, but the only features that will function are those that are available in the Professional Edition.

 

Server Edition

The Server Edition of Content Grabber is intended for use in production environments for running your agents and carrying out simple maintenance. It is not a developer license and is priced accordingly.

 

The Server Edition cannot create new agents, but it can run and edit agents built with either the Premium Edition or the Professional Edition.

 

Restrictions for the Server Edition:

 

With this edition, you may not change the agent command structure, or alter an agent in a way that would change the output data structure.

It is not possible to add, delete, move, or copy commands in this edition, nor can it modify the Disabled and Export command properties.

This edition cannot export agents or create self-contained agents.

This edition cannot edit script libraries, though it can run agents that use script libraries.

 

Content Grabber Runtime

The Content Grabber Runtime cannot change the agent command structure, or modify the agent in a way that would change the output data structure. Also the Runtime cannot add, delete, move or copy commands, nor can it change the Disabled and Export command properties.

 

With the Premium Edition, you can create and distribute agents royalty-free with the Content Grabber Runtime. Please be aware that the Content Grabber Runtime has its own license and restrictions.

 

The Content Grabber Runtime cannot run or edit web-scraping agents built with the Professional Edition. This also means that the entire API and the Script Library is unavailable to agents built with the Professional Edition.

 

An agent built with the Professional Edition that you later edit with the Premium Edition cannot be run with the Content Grabber Runtime.