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Adobe Wayback Machine Competitor

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

Saturday, December 6, 2008
14 years ago2,532 views


<<Adobe researchers have constructed a time machine that lets you view any web page over time, scrolling to see changes in data. But the Zoetrope software that lets you watch pricing or news-story changes over time has even headier magic powers, too.>>

Sounds cool

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

As opposed to the Wayback Machine they don't aim to record a lot of data (almost nothing yet), I think their focus is more on being a good front end? Might be nice to see this kind of front-end coupled with the historical data available in (buggy) projects like the Wayback Machine.

<<The system is limited, however, by how much historical data is available. To test the tool, the researchers chose 1,000 frequently updated websites and stored information captured every hour over four months.

But for Zoetrope to cover the entire Web would mean capturing huge amounts of data, says Eytan Adar, a PhD student at the University of Washington who was involved with the research. He has investigated the rates at which people tend to check different pages for updates and says that such information could provide insights into how often pages need to be recorded, thereby reducing the amount of data that needs to be stored. "It's impossible to crawl and capture some of these things at the rate at which they're changing," Adar says. "But for something like Zoetrope, it's a smaller percentage of the Web that we want to track. We don't actually need to get every single page that's out there.>>

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Very odd,from Adobe...

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