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Scrutiny 5.0.1
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Scrutiny 5 is a suite of web optimization tools including link checking, SEO checks, Sitemap generation, page load speed test, html validation. Version 5 is a major update and includes these new features. This beta version is free but will expire in a month. In return I'd love feedback.
  • Cleaner 'task based' interface
  • Website monitoring of as many urls as you like with alerts on screen or by email, plus written to a log file
  • Able to scan pdf documents for links
  • Scheduling made easy with a few easy clicks (the old method using iCal will
What's New
Version 5.0.1:
  • Auto-detects character encoding of pages, character encodings now supported include CP1251 (Cyrillic script eg Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian Cyrillic)
  • Adds headings and schedule column to sites table v5.0 (beta)
  • Cleaner 'task based' interface
  • Website monitoring of as many urls as you like with alerts on screen or by email, plus written to a log file
  • Able to scan pdf documents for links
  • Able to execute javascript before scanning the page
  • Scheduling made easy with a few easy clicks (the old method using iCal will still work)
  • On finish of a scheduled or manual scan, Scrutiny 5 can send an email, save a report, open a file or applescript, ftp the sitemap xml and other actions
  • Opens and scans a list of links in html, plain text format or xml sitemap (automatically detected)
  • Improved page analysis - finds more elements making up a page
  • Scan a site for pages containing specific text.
Version 5.0.1:
  • Auto-detects character encoding of pages, character encodings now supported include CP1251 (Cyrillic script eg Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian Cyrillic)
  • Adds headings and schedule column to sites table v5.0 (beta)
  • Cleaner 'task based' interface
  • Website monitoring of as many urls as you like with alerts on screen or by email, plus written to a log file more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later







  • Integrity
    +3

  • SEOSpyder
    +1

  • SiteOrbiter
    +1

  • Link Checker X
    +1
Scrutiny User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Veltin reviewed on 26 Oct 2013
If I will buy Scrutiny here (by MacUpdate) will it also Lifetime Lisence like on your Website? Did not found any information about it. Thx in advance
[Version 4.5.1]

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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 28 Oct 2013
Hi Veltin, thanks for your interest. Lifetime is as opposed to the annual fee that one of Scrutiny's competitors charges. Your licence will always work for this version and you will get free updates. I can't promise that there will never be a paid upgrade in the future but it would have to be a seriously major change and you will still be able to continue with the version you have. I've never made a paid upgrade and I have no plans to do so.
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Rgator commented on 25 Oct 2013
Ok, I’ve been working with ORGANIC SEO creation since about 1997. So I can tell you that some of the tools might be real and can actually help get things done. But the crap about checking and correcting meta keywords is the give away that this is NOT serious SEO ware!

It has been about a dozen years since the search engines have last used meta keywords in the evaluation of search query for a website! Anyone that does real SEO knows that! http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html

I’m giving them a one star for not being honest.
[Version 4.5.1]

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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 25 Oct 2013
The meta keywords column wasn't originally in the SEO table, but it was requested by users. Most if not all search engines ignore meta keywords now but some people still like to include the field for completeness.
I will consider making the column optional and off by default but a one star review for one column of many in the SEO table which is one tool of many in this app?
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Peleve reviewed on 31 Jan 2013
I have been using Scrutiny, and before that Integrity (also by the same developer), for over a year. It does an excellent job of finding broken links. I use it both on my desktop web development and remote servers. Early on I had questions and issues, and the developer was very responsive by helping out with a problem and listening to suggestions. One suggestion I lake to make now is to keep a list of previously tested websites so that one does not have to enter the site name every time you want to test another site.
[Version 4.0]

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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 31 Jan 2013
Hi there, thank you for your review and rating. Unless I've misunderstood then Scrutiny will keep track of as many sites as you like, and remember the settings for each. (Integrity doesn't have this feature). See the screenshots above, your sites live in that sidebar on the left of the settings screen. Just press the little [+], fill in the details and press save. Scrutiny will even make a thumbnail if you'd like to view them that way.
Let me know if you actually meant something different.
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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 31 Jan 2013
It might also be worth mentioning a couple of advanced features - Scrutiny will let you save a set of settings - you can simply double-cilck that resulting settings file to start Scrutiny running with those settings, or even schedule that settings file using iCal.
Also, if you maintain a few sites, you can check multiple sites with a single crawl.
See the manual (under the Help menu) for more details of these.
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Yazarim reviewed on 23 May 2012
Aòready reviewed but I repeat: Perfect. It makes me spare a real lot of time with my RapidWeaver site. Many thanks, developer: the idea of adding the possibility to check the links locally has been simply splendid.
[Version 1.6.2]

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Yazarim replied on 24 May 2012
Me again. Mmmm… I am afraid something is not working well in version 1.6.2 - In my Site the software used to find 700 links, now it finds more than 30.000! Version 1.6.1 and Integrity go on finding 700 links. HELP!
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Yazarim replied on 24 May 2012
Oh, my God, old Integrity, I mean. And locally. I do not dare anymore to check links on my published Site. HELP!
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Yazarim replied on 25 May 2012
Me again, and feeling very ashamed. It seems that the problem does not depend on Scrutiny or Integrity, but on the new RapidWeaver 5.3 beta 3. I will check more thoroughly.
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Yazarim replied on 25 May 2012
And me, again. Sorry but I hope that my experience could possibly be of help for some other user. Tehe problem definitely depends on this version of Scrutiny (162) when used LOCALLY. When used on my real Site on ts server, the links checked are correctly 700 and not more the 30.000 (!). I am mailing the developer on the issue
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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 25 May 2012
Sorry for the delayed reply - macupdate isn't the best place to ask for help. Thanks for your email today, I've identified and fixed the problem, emailed you a workaround and will put the fixed 1.6.3 out as soon as possible. As you've noted, this problem only affects the crawling of sites locally and I'm happy to email the workaround to anyone who gets in touch.
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Yazarim replied on 26 May 2012
Sheila, you are always perfect. As a matter of fact, though, I was not asking for your help here: before asking it in the correct way, with a mail, as I did, I wanted to be sure that the problem depended on Scrutiny and not on my configuration. As soon as I have been sure, I have reported and you fixed. Brava ("A" because you are woman, "bravO" is a man…)
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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 26 May 2012
it's fine, I just meant to say that I see emails right away but may not see comments here for a while.

Thank you for the Italian tip. I don't speak it but as a musician I know many words and it's beautiful, bella.
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Bdikkat commented on 18 Apr 2012
Looks good, but beware XHTML fallacies:

http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/topic/use-html-doctype-not-xhtml

http://www.webkit.org/blog/68/understanding-html-xml-and-xhtml/
[Version 1.5]


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Caberlin reviewed on 24 Mar 2012
Good software. helps me finding bugs quicker.

A tip for validation: I found out that for the validation it is very important to set the software to make only a few requests per minute. Otherwise the validation gets stopped in the middle because the company that provides the validation locks out your IP for a while (because they obviously do not like automated requests of a certain frequency).

Btw: Why is their free version, named "Integrity", receiving frequent updates, and this paid version not?
[Version 1.3.4]

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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 28 Mar 2012
Thanks for the review and the tip. It is frustrating that the w3c do block requests after x pages; I can't find this documented. They have asked that software does not make requests more frequently than a second and Scrutiny does respect this.

I do try to update both apps roughly monthly, and the version histories (available in full at peacockmedia) do show this. The free Integrity (just a link checker) may have had a little more attention in the last month because of a problem that required a fairly quick release.
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Detlevski reviewed on 26 Nov 2011
Scrutiny is a handy app, validation seems nice but always times out and I have not discovered a way to disable validation. Interface and GUI have some glitches. Why is the menu name scrutiny and not Scrutiny (capitalised) ?
Despite this I consider buying it.
But there still is some work to be done.
[Version 1.3.2]

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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 06 Feb 2012
Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated.

It's now possible (since 1.3.3) to switch off validation and / or SEO checks.

By default Scrutiny uses the public instance of the w3c validator, which has its limits. It's possible to download install the validator (free) and set Scrutiny to use that. See Scrutiny's FAQs at peacockmedia.co.uk for more details about that.
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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 28 Mar 2012
1.4 now has some improvements to the interface, and I've finally managed to fix the lowercase 's' which like a bad penny wouldn't go away!
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Detlevski replied on 29 Mar 2012
;-)
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Don Morris commented on 18 Nov 2011
From my survey of and blog post on link checkers:

"Two tools from the same developer were next to come across my desktop. Integrity is a basic link checker, while Scrutiny adds sitemap, SEO, and HTML validation features. As I began reviewing link checkers, certain features became important to me; both of these applications allow the user to set per-site delays to the scanner, so as not to overload the server, and have the ability to pause a scan and optionally scan for missing images.

"However...Scrutiny has some odd user interface issues that make me uncomfortable using it. Also, [it suffers] from a bug that makes the scanner treat URLs with 'www.' in them as a different site than those without the subdomain. The developer has indicated that this will be fixed in a later version.

"...my faves are ______ and Scrutiny. Scrutiny, as noted above, isn't a polished app. And there are features found in other apps I'd like it to have, like robots.txt exclusion and full resource checking. However, the price is more appealing than ______'s.
[Version 1.3.2]


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Singley reviewed on 09 Nov 2011
I've tried out the demo version, and I would like to review it.

It's a very nice app, the design is user-friendly.

Instant download, no need to leave email/name: want to try it out - go ahead.

Scrunity checks links, SEO stuff, HTML validation, generates an XML sitemap.

300 links were found for a tiny website I checked in less than two minutes, so the tool is really fast. These were both back links and internal links. 239 of them were reported as bad, mostly these were 404 error internal links. Thank, Scrunity, I'll fix that! So Scrunity found 61 backlinks to my website - pretty much the same I used to detect with yahoo site explorer.

Btw, where does Scrunity get back links from?

Then I moved to the Sitemap option. I liked the "only include checked and followed urls in sitemaps" option. Also you can set up the default change frequency (the same option to all pages only, I guess - please correct me if I'm wrong) and priority (that was marked as automatic only, maybe because of the demo version).

In the SEO section you get info on page title, url, description, keywords, main headings. All is accurate.

HTML validation states valid/invalid/abort, or, abundant in my case, "the request timed out".

Thanks for the great tool, I think webmasters who don't need advanced options, a variety of xml sitemap generation option to choose from, can make great use of it to spot main on page problems and remove obstacles to high rankings! I personally was amazed by the number of 404's found :)
[Version 1.3.2]

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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 09 Nov 2011
Really appreciate the review, thank you.

The priority for the sitemap is auto-generated. Note that you can manually alter the allocated change frequency by editing within the table, the same isn't true for the priority. I can see that that would be useful, so I'll add it to the enhancement list.

(No features are hidden in the demo mode)

You may find some useful tips and more information on the app's FAQ page, available via the Help menu.

I'd like to look into your back links question, please could you contact me (email address is on my site). You can double-click each link to see which page(s) it appears on and this should answer your question but it will only find links on your site, not links to your site from other people's (at least not yet!!)

Thanks again. S
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Singley replied on 10 Nov 2011
Hi Shiela, thanks for your detailed feedback! I apologize to misinterpret the link data - there are really no links from other people's websites, so there's no back link question left :)
Cheers, Anne
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Peacockmedia (developer) commented on 16 Sep 2011
have decided that it would only be fair to give a licence key (when implemented) to those who have reported problems. If you find anything, don't forget to tell me the site that you're testing and your version of OSX
[Version 1.2]

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Peacockmedia (developer) replied on 05 Oct 2011
I did wrote this during the Beta period in order to encourage bug reports and have sent keys to those who got in touch. I didn't intend it to apply after the Beta period and I can't seem to delete the comment now. Bug reports are still very welcome, but I can't now send a key in exchange.
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stefannoe had trouble on 25 Oct 2013
Hi,
I tested Srutiny and the program has found 8 Bad-Links, 7 but were ok. Most of them were links to PDF files.
Why?

Stefan
[Version 4.5.1]



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bigglz rated on 29 Sep 2013

[Version 4.4]



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Caberlin rated on 23 May 2013

[Version 4.1.2]



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Giorgio_swiss rated on 29 Jan 2013

[Version 3.2.2]



Sapid rated on 11 Dec 2012

[Version 3.2]



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Caberlin rated on 11 Aug 2012

[Version 2.0.1]


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Scrutiny 5 is a suite of web optimization tools including link checking, SEO checks, Sitemap generation, page load speed test, html validation. Version 5 is a major update and includes these new features. This beta version is free but will expire in a month. In return I'd love feedback.
  • Cleaner 'task based' interface
  • Website monitoring of as many urls as you like with alerts on screen or by email, plus written to a log file
  • Able to scan pdf documents for links
  • Scheduling made easy with a few easy clicks (the old method using iCal will still work)
  • On finish of a scheduled or manual scan, Scrutiny 5 can send an email, save a report, open a file or applescript, ftp the sitemap xml and other actions
  • Opens and scans a list of links in html, plain text format or xml sitemap (automatically detected)
  • Improved page analysis - finds more elements making up a page
  • Scan a site for pages containing specific text


Note: This will be a major update from the separately-available Scrutiny 4.


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