Scraper, a free browser extension for Google Chrome, mines data from Web pages and exports directly to a Google Doc spreadsheet.
Its creator considers it a work in progress, meaning users might find some bugs.
To use the scraper, users highlight a part of the webpage they'd like to scrape, right-click and choose "Scrape similar..." from the menu options. The information is exported to Google Docs as a spreadsheet.
The extension comes with the caveat that it is intended for intermediate to advanced users who are comfortable with XPath, although jQuery is also supported to an extent.
March 18, 2011//
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