How do you copy product image & text files from a website?

Diana T August 4, 2013
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I want to copy office supply products, their image and text files, to use to create an inter-company catalog of what the employees can choose from to request.

I want to be able to do this process as fast as possible, possibly copy entire website. I want to be able to edit the text and move images and text to where I decide. I want to be able to update and add to this catalog. I do not need a shopping cart, but an order form would be nice. I’d like to categorize these items and have the products be searchable.

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  1. Guy M
    August 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    You can use Microsoft Excel to copy data from a website in a nice, organized fashion.

    With Excel open, click on the Data tab in the toolbar.
    Then click on the option
    From Web
    A new window will open that is essentially a web browser. Put the address of the page you would like to copy information from, into the address bar.
    Click the arrow that is next to the tables you want to copy and then click Import

    This will give you a nice spreadsheet with all the info you need in it, for your internal website use.

  2. Oron Joffe
    August 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    That's a big question, difficult to know where to start! You can download entire websites, or parts of them, with HTTrack. The text and the pictures will all be there, but that's not quite the same as creating a website of your own, which you will need to do.
    You can usually copy individual images from a web page by right-clicking on the image and choosing "copy image" (the exact wording may differ between browsers), which you could paste into an image editor and save. Or, you could choose "Save image as..." and save it to your hard disc. Similarly, for text, you can highlight the text, right-click and copy. These techniques are not guaranteed to work, since some pages are designed to protect their contents, but that's definitely the place to start.

    Next, you need permission from the copyright holder to do any of this. The fact that it's on the web, and even the fact that you are only doing this so that your employees can buy items from the site's owners does not make it legal! ANY copying requires explicit permission. However, given the situation you describe, it sounds like it won't be difficult to get such permission.

    Having said all that, it seems to me that if you want a simple way to give your employees a restricted choice from the catalogue, you should create a page with a listing of the items, and a link to the actual catalogue page, where they will find all the information. If you like, you can include a small picture of the item by embedding the picture from the original site (i.e. copy the LINK to the image, rather than the image itself) so it will be easier for your viewers to identify the items.

    As for the order form, it's not difficult to create forms in general, that would allow you to write "1 pencil and two sharpeners", for example (you can do this via Google Drive or Weebly, for example). However, creating a basket (a form what has things added to it when you choose "order" on the item page, and tracks the quantity for each item as well as delete or change quantities) even without collecting money, is quite a different prospect, and your best bet, if this is important, is probably to use an online shop as your front end.

    This leads me to the next point. If all (or most) of your purchases are from a single supplier, contact them and see if they'd be willing to set up a page with a sub-list of items, specifically for your company. They may not be willing to, of course (esp. if your business is small), but it WILL drive business their way, so it's certainly worth asking about!

  3. Paul Y
    August 5, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Did a quick Google search for catalogues software and found this on CNET.com. It is free and features all of the flexibility you ask for, although it looks a bit overly technical. See http://www.cataloguecreator.com/index.html - the software claims to be capable of making a variety of catalogues using templates, distributable via html, and can be linked to ordering/vendor systems and paypal.

    Hope this helps

  4. Hovsep A
    August 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    on your browser use hotkey ctrl+P this will open printer option choose your pdf solution and will create pdf for you then you can convert to word or you can edit the pdf file if you have suitable software.

    The 3 Best Free OCR Tools To Convert Your Files Back Into Editable Documents
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-free-ocr-tools-convert-files-editable-documents/

    you can also highlight the page right click copy and past to word.