Advanced Options on
the Configuration Screen
Almost all the advanced options can be divided into five groups :
Advanced Main Screen Options, Adv Conf(Advanced Configuration
Options), Adv Comm(Advanced Communication Options, Path Filter,
and Event Conf (Event Configuration). In all cases, you must
click on the save button to make permanent, or click on the set button to keep
for this session only.
Advanced Main Screen Options
Strip HTTP Comments
You almost always want this checked. Downloaded files come with embedded
information (HTTP Comments) about the request and the status of the file. If
this information was not stripped, all the picture and binary files would be
corrupted and un-useable. Turning this option off is only useful when you are
either investigating how webservers send files, or if you are trouble-shooting
Long Filename Support
WingFlyer now supports long filenames and will save the long filenames of
the files on Win95 and WinNT systems. Do not attempt this option on Windows 3.x
Download complete Frames
Allows WingFlyer to detect Framed pages and download the related sections
even if the download level to 0.
Advanced Configuration Options
File Logger Information
You can choose whether or not to log downloads of both webpages and
graphics. There are two logfiles that keep the download information in a format
that you can then use directly as a command file. Suggested default is webpages
You can modify whether links are saved with full pathnames or relative
pathnames in the webpages. The latter is recommended - since you can move a set
of webpages without disturbing the links.
You can choose to either download only those files with certain
extensions, or choose to keep those files from being downloaded. Note
that this has no effect on embedded graphics, only on those picture files that
have links to be downloaded. Sound files (mid, wav, etc) can be filtered
though. If you choose Exclude Only, then WF will download everything but
the files with the extensions in the list box next to the options. If you
choose Include Only, then WF will only download webpages and the files
with extensions found in the listbox. To add a new extension, click in the list
box and type in a new extension and click on the Add button. To delete
an extension, click on the item in the listbox and hightlight it. Then click on
the Del button.
This controls whether WF follows links to other pages. The default is 0,
which means no links are followed and only ebedded pictures are downloaded.
Where to save files
You can choose three ways for WingFlyer to save the downloads. Save
Like WWW directory tries to create a directory structure that is
similar to the webservers layout. Keeping in mind that inconsistencies in
naming conventions may require some differences. Save in user-defined
directories gives the user the option to save webpages in one directory
and graphics in another, by using the HTML and Graphics button to define the
subdirectories. Save in the same directory will save all files in
the same directory. The last is not a good idea if you are going to download a
lot of files. Remember that DOS (and WFW and Win95) have a limitation on the
number of files that can be placed in one directory.
When running unattended, you can stop any warning messages or pop-up
windows from stopping WingFlyer`s actions by setting the Turn off Warning
Messages. To configure, open the configuration and click on the Save button
to make changes permanent.
Advanced Communication Options
Proxy Server Information
To configure for a proxy server, enter the proxy server name into the box
labeled HTTP Proxy Server Name. Enter the proxy server port number into the box
labeled HTTP Proxy Port Number. Make sure the box labeled Proxy Server Active
is checked. To disable Proxy Server services, clear the Proxy Server Active box
and click on the Save button.
Enter a new value in seconds. This is how long WingFlyer will wait for a
connection before timing out.
To configure a username password, open the configuration screen to the
Advanced Communication Option(Adv. Comm.)s. Fill in the User and Password
boxes, click on the Enable Password and on the Save Authentication. Click on
the Authorize button to activate your username/password pair and then click on
the Save button to make changes permanent. To change just the username and
password for the current sesion, enter the new values and click on the
To change which WebBrowser WingFlyer mimics, open the configuration screen
to the Advanced Communication Option(Adv. Comm.). Under WebBrowser Spoofing,
click on either Netscape or MSIE (Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Filter by String
Allows the user to filter out (Exclude) or only include (Include) URLs that
contain one or more strings defined by the user. The user adds or deletes
strings from the dropdown list, choosing the Include or Exclude Option. Options
are saved by clicking on the save button. Options do not affect the graphics
files to download, only the webpages. So if a webpage is "filtered"
out, then the graphics on that page are not downloaded, too. Excluding an URL
has priority over Including an URL. So if a URL contains both strings that are
to be included, and to be excluded, the URL will be excluded from the download.
Filter by URL
Allows the user to filter out (Exclude) or only include (Include) URL's
based on their relationship to the filer URL's. As above, if a webpage is
"excluded', then it will not be downloaded.
Event Configuration Options
Allows the user to trigger events once the download or job is complete. The
three options are : System beep, play a music or sound file (mid, wav) and open
the starting webpage with the default browser.
Additional Configuration Files
You can create additional copies of the configuration file by doing the
following : Make all the changes in the Configuration Screens that you want and
then hold down the shift key and click on the Save button. A dialog box will
pop up, allowing you to save the configurations to a separate file (this will
not change the contents of your default configuration file. You can then use
that file for your batch downloads.
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