This free Google Chrome extension can be used to copy basic HTML tables to Google Docs and Excel, but its limited functionality makes it ill-suited for computer-assisted reporting. It can't scrape information from multiple pages or data hidden behind searchable forms.
It draws a strong comparison with Dafizilla's Table2Clipboard. Unfortunately, its poor element recognition (for example, inability to discern between hyperlinks and basic text) and purposefully stunted functionality doesn't bring anything anything new to the table aside from its compatibility with Chrome.
It only takes a few clicks from installation to authorization to get Table Capture up and running. A search bar icon appears whenever it detects a scrapable HTML table. Clicking on the icon opens a static menu displaying each detected table, with the option to copy the data to your clipboard for pasting into a spreadsheet application or Google Docs. You can also toggle inline selection, which allows you to hover-and-click on each table individually.
But these databases must be formatted as HTML tables, and the plugin is unable to iterate through multiple pages, automate searches or drill down into detail pages. It is also unable to detect tables located within iFrames. Combined with perplexing UI quirks (like an inability to drag the menu pane to my second monitor), Table Capture becomes more of a hindrance than a help.
We've contacted developer George Mike regarding these issues, and will update this review if he responds.
However, since he has stated he intends to keep this scraper as spartan as possible, Table Capture's overall functionality is not likely to change anytime soon.
May 6, 2012//
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