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Note: This version has a bug: the landmark feature does not work properly due to using an old version of a software module. We will fix this as soon as we find the correct version.
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# '''Install the Collabary'''. This is a COM package used by our software, version 1.0.27.
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# '''Install the Collabrary'''. This is a COM package used by our software, version 1.0.28.
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**Run ''regsvr32 Collabrary.dll'' to register it.
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**Install it by double-clicking the msi file.
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Note: This version has a bug: the landmark feature does not work properly due to using an old version of a software module. We will fix this as soon as we find the correct version.
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Creators: Saul Greenberg and Michael Boyle
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* Version 1.0.1, June 4 2006.
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'''Download the latest version''': [[Attach:WebTracker-v1.0.0.zip | WebTracker]]
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** This is the version described in the paper listed in the [[#links | Links section]].
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# '''Installation directory'''. Create a folder C:\Program Files\Grouplab\ , copy the zip file into it, and unzip it there. If you put it somewhere else, various dependancies will not work.
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The Web Tracker is a set of systems that let people create a visual history of custom notifications to track personally meaningful changes to web pages. Notifications are assembled as a collage of regions extracted from the fully rendered bitmap representation of the web pages. They are triggered when visual changes between successive visits are detected within regions. To use the system, a person specifies a notification by clipping personally interesting regions from the bitmap representation of a web page and reformatting them into a small collage. The person then specifies regions on the page that will be monitored and compared for visual differences over time. Based on this specification, the system periodically revisits the page in the background on behalf of the user and automatically generations a notification (the collage plus a title and timestamp) when differences are detected. Finally, the person views the generated notifications through a viewer, which displays them as an image history that can be individually browsed or played back as a continuous video stream.
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'''Web Tracker''' is a set of systems that let people create a visual history of custom notifications to track personally meaningful changes to web pages. Notifications are assembled as a collage of regions extracted from the fully rendered bitmap representation of the web pages. They are triggered when visual changes between successive visits are detected within regions. To use the system, a person specifies a notification by clipping personally interesting regions from the bitmap representation of a web page and reformatting them into a small collage. The person then specifies regions on the page that will be monitored and compared for visual differences over time. Based on this specification, the system periodically revisits the page in the background on behalf of the user and automatically generations a notification (the collage plus a title and timestamp) when differences are detected. Finally, the person views the generated notifications through a viewer, which displays them as an image history that can be individually browsed or played back as a continuous video stream.
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The Web Notifier is a set of systems that let people create a visual history of custom notifications to track personally meaningful changes to web pages. Notifications are assembled as a collage of regions extracted from the fully rendered bitmap representation of the web pages. They are triggered when visual changes between successive visits are detected within regions. To use the system, a person specifies a notification by clipping personally interesting regions from the bitmap representation of a web page and reformatting them into a small collage. The person then specifies regions on the page that will be monitored and compared for visual differences over time. Based on this specification, the system periodically revisits the page in the background on behalf of the user and automatically generations a notification (the collage plus a title and timestamp) when differences are detected. Finally, the person views the generated notifications through a viewer, which displays them as an image history that can be individually browsed or played back as a continuous video stream.
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The Web Tracker is a set of systems that let people create a visual history of custom notifications to track personally meaningful changes to web pages. Notifications are assembled as a collage of regions extracted from the fully rendered bitmap representation of the web pages. They are triggered when visual changes between successive visits are detected within regions. To use the system, a person specifies a notification by clipping personally interesting regions from the bitmap representation of a web page and reformatting them into a small collage. The person then specifies regions on the page that will be monitored and compared for visual differences over time. Based on this specification, the system periodically revisits the page in the background on behalf of the user and automatically generations a notification (the collage plus a title and timestamp) when differences are detected. Finally, the person views the generated notifications through a viewer, which displays them as an image history that can be individually browsed or played back as a continuous video stream.
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* ''Set the Notification Properties'' in the Notification Properties pane, e.g., have it check the web site every 2 minutes (this is pretty often!), and retitle the notification to Sunshine Village Webcams. Keep Record history selected, as this will let you later play these back as a movie.
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* ''Set the Notification Properties'' in the Notification Properties pane, e.g., have it check the web site every 2 minutes (this is pretty often!), and retitle the notification to Sunshine Village Webcams. Keep Record history selected, as this will let you later play these back as a movie.
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* ''Set the Notification Properties'' in the Notification Properties pane, e.g., have it check the web site every 2 minutes (this is pretty often!), and retitle the notification to Sunshine Village Webcams. Keep Record history selected, as this will let you later play these back as a movie.
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'''6. Start notifications'''. Finally, in the WebTracker, click the Generate button. This will automatically start monitoring the web page, and will generate notifications in the Notificatin Viewer as they appear. In the Notificatons Viewer, you can resize the notification, play back notifications as a video (when there are more than one), or step through notifications one at a time.
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* ''Assemble the notification'' from image regions. For each step below, click 'Copy Region', drag out that region over the area of interest (which will make it appear in the notification pane in the lower right), and move/resize it as needed. As with the Change Region, you can give this a descriptive label.
** Today's date by dragging a region over the main Webcam region. Make it larger by resizing it in the notification pane at the bottom right.
** The Sunshine Logo, by dragging over the logo at the top left of the page. Resize it so if fills the space at the right of the time stamp.
** The main WebCam image by fitting the image below the caption.
** The Standish WebCam by resizing it to give a picture in picture effect
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'''4. Start the Notification Viewer''' by selecting shortcut in the main folder or by finding it in the Notification debug folder. This program automatically monitors and displays notifications added to the Dictionary Monitor. You will get an empty window that looks something like the one below.
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'''4. Create a custom notification''' that looks like the one below by the following steps.
* ''Select a change region'', which will be monitored for changes. The time stamp in the big webcam is a likely candidate. Click Change Region, and drag out a rectangle over it. You can give this region a descriptive name in the right panel, and indicate how much that image should differe before its considered a change.
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'''5
. Start the Notification Viewer''' by selecting shortcut in the main folder or by finding it in the Notification debug folder. This program automatically monitors and displays notifications added to the Dictionary Monitor. You will get an empty window that looks something like the one below.
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''''3. Bring up a web page''''. This will be the page you want to track. For test purposes, one with rapidly changing content (such as the Sunshine Ski Hill Live webcam page) is a good choice.
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'''4. Start the Notification Viewer''' by selecting shortcut in the main folder or by finding it in the Notification debug folder. This program automatically monitors and displays notifications added to the Dictionary Monitor. You will get an empty window that looks something like the one below.
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# ''''Bring up a web page''''. This will be the page you want to track. For test purposes, one with rapidly changing content (such as the Sunshine Ski Hill Live webcam page) is a good choice.
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''''3. Bring up a web page''''. This will be the page you want to track. For test purposes, one with rapidly changing content (such as the Sunshine Ski Hill Live webcam page) is a good choice.
** Type the URL into the top of the Web Tracker http://www.skibanff.com/conditions/webcams.html. The image should appear in the main window.
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** Type the URL into the top of the Web Tracker http://www.skibanff.com/conditions/webcams.html. The image should appear in the main window.
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# ''''Bring up a web page''''. This will be the page you want to track. For test purposes, one with rapidly changing content (such as the Sunshine Ski Hill Live webcam page) is a good choice.
** Type the URL into the top of the Web Tracker http://www.skibanff.com/conditions/webcams.html. The image should appear in the main window.
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# Connect and open Grouplab.Networking Shared Dictionary Monitor'''. This server collects and distributes data between various processes.
** Open the Dictionary Monitory in the main folder. This is a shortcut to Start Menu -> Grouplab -> Networking -> Dictionary Monitor.
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# ''''Connect and open the Dictionary Monitor''''. This server collects and distributes data between various processes.
** Click the '''Connect''' button at the top of the WebTracker. The Dictionary Monitor will appear
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* Read the paper below, which provides a detailed description of the system and a scenario of use
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This Tutorial illustrates a variant of the example described in our GI paper. Note that several systems work together in this application. Make sure each are started as described below. The instructions below have all parts working on a local machine; it is quite easy to make this all work across several machines, but we do not describe how to do that here.
# ''''Start a Grouplab.Networking Shared Dictionary Monitor''''. This server collects and distributes data between various processes.
** Open the Dictionary Monitory in the main folder. This is a shortcut to Start Menu -> Grouplab -> Networking -> Dictionary Monitor.
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# '''Install Grouplab .Networking'''. This is another package used by our software, version 1.0.2 (although it may appear as 1.1.4322 in the references)
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# '''To recompile the source'''. You shouldn't have to do this, but if you want to, here is what to do.
** This was built under Visual Studio 2004
** Change into Source, and open WebTracker.sln
** There are three projects in here: Notifications, Recorder, and WebTracker.
** For each project, check that the references to Collabrary and .Grouplab .Networking are ok. If in doubt, delete them and add them again.
** Compile. All should build properly except for Recorder, which will generate an error: "CinAwareBinaryFormatter does not exist in... Grouplab.Networking". We are working on fixing this.
* The executables should all be in the normal places, i.e., the debug folders of each project.
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# '''Install the Collabary'''. This is a COM package used by our software. Through the start menu, open a CMD window. Change into the Collabrary folder, and run ''regsvr32 Collabrary.dll'' to register it.
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# '''Install the Collabary'''. This is a COM package used by our software. Through the start menu, open a CMD window. Change into the Collabrary folder, and run ''regsvr32 Collabrary.dll'' to register it.
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Installation instructions
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# '''Install the Collabary'''. This is a COM package used by our software. Through the start mmenu, open a CMD window. Change into the Collabrary folder, and run ''regsvr32 Collabrary.dll'' to register it.
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* %newwin% [[http://grouplab.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/papers/2006/06-CustomNotifications-Greenberg.GI/06-CustomNotifications-Greeenberg-GI.pdf | Greenberg, S. and Boyle, M. (2006) Generating Custom Notification Histories by Tracking Visual Differences between Web Page Visits. Proceedings of Graphics Interface (GI'06). (Quebec City, Canada), June 7-9. PDF.]]
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The software is an experimental vs. a production system. We release this software to let people try out the ideas described in the GI paper [[#links | listed below.]]
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The Web Notifier is a set of systems that let people create a visual history of custom notifications to track personally meaningful changes to web pages. Notifications are assembled as a collage of regions extracted from the fully rendered bitmap representation of the web pages. They are triggered when visual changes between successive visits are detected within regions. To use the system, a person specifies a notification by clipping personally interesting regions from the bitmap representation of a web page and reformatting them into a small collage. The person then specifies regions on the page that will be monitored and compared for visual differences over time. Based on this specification, the system periodically revisits the page in the background on behalf of the user and automatically generations a notification (the collage plus a title and timestamp) when differences are detected. Finally, the person views the generated notifications through a viewer, which displays them as an image history that can be individually browsed or played back as a continuous video stream.

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* [[#download | Download and Installation]]
* [[#recipes | Recipes, How-To's]]
* [[#tutorials | Tutorials and Examples]]
* [[#links | Links]]
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[[#download]]
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!!! Download and Installation
* '''Download the latest version''': [[Attach:XXX.msi | Version X ]] (updated December, 2005)
** Changes:
*** Version 1, as described in the paper below.
* [[Toolkits/CBPreviousVersions | Old Versions ]]

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[[#recipes]]
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!!! Recipes and How-To's
* None

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[[#tutorials]]
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!!! Tutorials and Examples

* Read the paper below, which provides a detailed description of the system and a scenario of use.

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[[#links]]
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!!! Links

* %newwin% [[http://grouplab.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/papers/2006/06-CustomNotifications-Greenberg.GI/06-CustomNotifications-Greeenberg-GI.pdf | Greenberg, S. and Boyle, M. (2006) Generating Custom Notification Histories by Tracking Visual Differences between Web Page Visits. Proceedings of Graphics Interface (GI'06). (Quebec City, Canada), June 7-9. [PDF File]


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