Dapper is a US company with offices in Tel Aviv, Israel. Founded by Eran Shir and Jon Aizen in late 2005, Dapper aims to make it easy and possible for anyone to extract and reuse content from any website. By doing so, we hope to allow others to realize their creativity and implement new and exciting services and applications.
Dapper allows you extract data and create a web service out of ANY webpage. No need to understand grep, curl or complex scripting. They provide a visual interface for selecting the content elements that you want to capture from a page.
They’ve done a decent job with the interface for defining which content you want to scrape from a page though I think they can and will do more to make the parsing easier.
Once you’ve configured a Dapper, you can output the resulting data in an array of formats:
XML – A raw XML feed
HTML – A simple HTML display of the scraped data
RSS – A RSS Feed
Alert – Sends an email alert whenever the data on the page changes.
Email – Emails the data to any email address
Google Map – Creates a Google map with any address data from the data source.
Google Gadget – Creates a gadget to place on your Google homepage
Image Loop – Creates a scrolling display of all the images in the data feed
Link to Another Dapper – Allows you to use data from one Dapper in another Dapper
To top it all off, they’ve created API’s for PHP4, PHP5 and Java5 allowing you to easily access the data generated from your dapper.
The BILLIONS of pages out there that don’t have an API or RSS feed can now be parsed without a lot of effort. I firmly believe Dapper will be a game changing and disruptive internet service. Dapper will empower a new generation of web applications and mashups.