jBidWatcher
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jBidWatcher is a Java-based application allowing you to monitor auctions you're not part of, submit bids, snipe (bid at the last moment), and otherwise track your auction-site experience. It includes adult-auction management, MANY currencies (yen, pound, dollar [US, Canada, Australian, and New Taiwanese], Swiss Francs, and euro, presently), drag-and-drop of auction URLs, a unique and powerful 'multisniping' feature, a relatively nice UI, and is known to work cleanly under Linux, Windows, Solaris, and Mac OS X from the same binary.

Currently it is only implemented for
What's New
Version 2.5.5:

Bug fixes:

  • Fix (FP) issues on non-ebay.com items.
  • Seller information issues
  • Lots of fixes to how it picks up information from listings.
  • Quick Setup mode should work better now.
  • Fewer "impossible" errors.
Bugs remaining:
  • Multisnipes are disabled.
  • High bidder detection is disabled.
A large amount of the work in this version went into cleaning up the underlying parsing engine and related work to make the code fundamentally better.
Version 2.5.5:

Bug fixes:

  • Fix (FP) issues on non-ebay.com items.
  • Seller information issues
  • Lots of fixes to how it picks up information from listings.
  • Quick Setup mode should work better now.
  • Fewer "impossible" errors.
Bugs remaining:
  • Multisnipes are disabled.
  • High bidder detection is more...
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.4 or later
  • Java 1.5 or later



MacUpdate - jBidWatcher



jBidWatcher User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Just Fred reviewed on 19 Jan 2014
Mavericks (10.9.1) is reporting "'JBidwatcher' is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the Trash." I've downloaded it twice with the same result. Is it Mavericks and GateKeeper, or is this a munged file?
[Version 2.5.5]

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Neal replied on 20 Jan 2014
Damaged here too. Needs reposting.
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RavenNevermore replied on 20 Jan 2014
I updated it though the application itself.
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Setsupper reviewed on 16 Dec 2013
JBidWatcher runs fine on European Bids still in Mid-December 2013. It works fine about 99% of time (I use Lion). Sometimes the display of a passed bid does not move from active to past. But otherwise like on bids, Version 2.5.3pre3 works very stable. It’s good for a calmer life.
[Version 2.5.3pre3]


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Mark_W. reviewed on 06 Nov 2013
While Jbidwatcher may have it's occasional bugs from eBay changing their functions, I have found the software to be functional about 98% of the time.

It has been running fine on the three Macs that I own for the last year at least.
[Version 2.5.3pre3]


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chrischan reviewed on 15 Aug 2013
Right now it is drop dead broken. Has been for about a month. At least on a mac. No thumbnails, no shipping, freezes all the time. And now I can't even add auctions...and it doesn't find my watched items either. In essence, NOTHING works. And no response from the developer. I've used this for years with much success, which is the only reason I am giving it 3 stars. But don't bother downloading it right now. Does nothing.
[Version 2.5.3pre3]


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Neartheredrocks commented on 07 Feb 2013
It's only sometimes and most of the times not possible to enter a snipe bid or a normal bid for an item with "Buy it now" option. It would be great if that could get fixed. Besides that it's a great application.
[Version 2.5.3pre3]


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Zx reviewed on 02 Dec 2012
What a mess! is this a mac app???
[Version 2.5.3pre3]

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RavenNevermore replied on 04 Dec 2012
It's a Java app. They don't follow the Mac HUD guidelines. They even say above that it has a "a relatively nice UI". It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works, and that's why you use an application.
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Zx replied on 04 Dec 2012
it barely works. Many bugs inaccuracies and slowdowns.
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RavenNevermore replied on 04 Dec 2012
Not for me. I'm using it right now. Over the last couple of weeks I've won seven actions with it. The only one I didn't win was because I didn't want to spend any more for the item. There were all won by sniping at the last 30 seconds. Sorry to hear it's not working for you. I've been using it for years now.
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Jazzyguy commented on 29 Nov 2012
I've always used this successfully.But in this version using ML 10.8.2 it keeps asking me for my user ID and password I fill it out test it,It is successful and I SAVE it and it asks for my password and user name over and over and over again . I keep saving it after testing successfully and finally in total disgust trash the app. I'm sorry because all other versions on Snow Leopard and Leopard always worked!
[Version 2.5.3pre3]

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RavenNevermore replied on 04 Dec 2012
Try deleting the preferences. It's been working fine for me on ML 10.8.3.
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Jazzyguy replied on 04 Dec 2012
Thank you David but that didn't work. I completely trashed the app using App Cleaner including the preferences and saved state. I then installed a fresh copy of jBidwatcher. I tested my user name and password and saved it. When I tried to include my auctions it gave me a message that I can't include any auctions without inserting my user name and password. I did it again and after saving got the same message again,so I trashed the app and its preferences.
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Jazzyguy replied on 04 Dec 2012
I have written to the developer including all the details of the reason this app won't work for me.For future problems if anyone wants to write to the developer(His address is not on the web site or it is in a place that is hard to find)His email address is Cyberfox@jbidwatcher.com
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RavenNevermore replied on 04 Dec 2012
Good tip. The help section talks about errors:

"Pull up the context menu on the item that failed, while JBidwatcher is still running, and select 'Show Last Error'. It will show the web page that JBidwatcher got instead of the bid success page. It will give you some idea what went wrong. You should also report it, and the information that was on the 'Last Error' page to cyberfox@gmail.com "
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Jazzyguy replied on 04 Dec 2012
David,I notice that you stated in a reply to some other user that it was a Java app. I don't have the Java on my Mac only Java script.
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RavenNevermore replied on 04 Dec 2012
It is a Java app. That's what the "J" means in the name. Java Script is not Java, and you don't have that on your Mac, that's something that runs in your web browser.

If you didn't have Java installed, this would not start up. ML doesn't install Java, but if you had it already from Lion and earlier, then you have it. If you did a clean install, it offers to download Java.

Go to Terminal and type:

java -version

and hit enter and it will tell you the version of Java you have installed.

Mine comes up:

java version "1.7.0_06"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_06-b24)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.2-b09, mixed mode)
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Jazzyguy replied on 04 Dec 2012
Apparently I have Java Installed. BUT I do not see Java in Application/Utilities where it is usually stored. Here is the output of Terminal: java version "1.6.0_37"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_37-b06-434-11M3909)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.12-b01-434, mixed mode)
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RavenNevermore replied on 04 Dec 2012
What used to be in Utilities was the Java Preferences app. Apple removed that with Mountain Lion because they aren't releasing any Java updates anymore, and you have to get them from Oracle. I got the Java Preferences app from a backup and it still works. You might want to try and install the Java update from Oracle. I found it made the Java apps run faster, even if they are using the older version. I don't know what that is however.
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Jazzyguy replied on 04 Dec 2012
OK! DAVID Thanks for the tip! I will install an updated Java from Oracle. In the meantime I have written the Developer At the Gmail address you have given me.
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Jazzyguy replied on 04 Dec 2012
I did go to Oracle.Com and downloaded a new Java But when I went to terminal This Is The Output java version "1.6.0_37"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_37-b06-434-11M3909)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.12-b01-434, mixed mode)
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Jazzyguy replied on 04 Dec 2012
But In the Oracle.com web site when I ran the test to see if I have the proper version it showed I have the latest version.
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Jazzyguy replied on 04 Dec 2012
I have come to the conclusion David that jbidwatcher is just not worth the trouble I am having. In short I give up.The Developer probably gets a lot of mail and can't get around to all of it. It is working just fine on my Snow Leopard Macs.I use them more often to bid on auctions. You must admit Ihave tried my best. Even though the app accepted my user name and password the interface still said I as not logged in but the satis bar said the password cookie was assigned. The contextual interface did not appear but the activity monitor within jbidwatcher said I was not logged in. What a real mess! Hardly worth the trouble.
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Jazzyguy replied on 05 Dec 2012
I got a reply from the Developer and if anyone else needs help on this here is the reply : There's something weird about your font...anyhow, ML may be refusing to let JBidwatcher talk to the file system. It's probably part of its Gatekeeper thing...

I didn't sign the 2.5.3pre3 pre-release, and that may be what's eating at it.

Check your gatekeeper settings, and make sure you turn off JBidwatcher's 'Quick setup' mode and go to the full configuration tabs before you enter your information and save it. JBidwatcher's quick config is having problems on many folks systems, unfortunately.
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Jazzyguy replied on 05 Dec 2012
I might add that I don't use quick config and I have my Gatekeeper off so that the information from the Developer (so long waited) is of no use to me at all!
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Shk747 reviewed on 12 Aug 2012
the "must" for everyone ..
[Version 2.5.2]


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Luka1975 reviewed on 08 Dec 2011
Simply the best.
[Version 2.1.6]


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pcharles reviewed on 05 Sep 2011
At one time this was one of my favorite Applications for searching eBay, but I have since found that Auction Hunter provides a slightly better experience. both Applications are at the mercy of eBays ever changing mindset, so you never really know whether it will work when you need it or not.
[Version 2.1.5]


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Killer Klown Kar had trouble on 01 Jun 2010
I was going to file a bug report but you have to register for the forums and I'm too lazy to go through all that. What I can say is this. Pre-6 worked fine as far as I can tell. Pre-7 doesn't get My Ebay items, erases all that I've done so far, and since I upgraded minutes before I was going to Snipe an auction I lost out. Not cool...
[Version 2.1pre7]


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nowheredense had trouble on 03 Aug 2007
v1.0.2 Prerelease 5 can be downloaded here:
http://www.jbidwatcher.com/beta/JBidWatcher-1.0.2pre5.app.tar.gz

Also, keep watching:
http://forum.jbidwatcher.com/forums/9/topics/1047
[Version 1.0.1]


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BrentB had trouble on 02 Aug 2007
Great app, but stopped working for me today. Can't sync with my eBay, or add auctions manually.
[Version 1.0.1]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 02 Aug 2007
From the developer's site:

19-Jul-2007 10:30am PDT Ñ
eBay changed a few pieces of their pages and as a result, JBidwatcher 1.0.1 is not currently working; I have a fix in the source tree, and will release it as soon as I can confirm that it works in the majority of cases. Thank you very much for your patience!

Ingerj rated on 01 Apr 2014

[Version 2.5.5]



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Zzubra rated on 21 Nov 2012

[Version 2.5.2]



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Kliere rated on 06 Feb 2011

[Version 2.1.3]



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Gazzmanzx6 rated on 08 Dec 2010

[Version 2.1.3]



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pcharles rated on 06 Dec 2010

[Version 2.1.3]


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License:Free
Date:19 Jan 2014
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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jBidWatcher is a Java-based application allowing you to monitor auctions you're not part of, submit bids, snipe (bid at the last moment), and otherwise track your auction-site experience. It includes adult-auction management, MANY currencies (yen, pound, dollar [US, Canada, Australian, and New Taiwanese], Swiss Francs, and euro, presently), drag-and-drop of auction URLs, a unique and powerful 'multisniping' feature, a relatively nice UI, and is known to work cleanly under Linux, Windows, Solaris, and Mac OS X from the same binary.

Currently it is only implemented for eBay, but it is abstracted suitably to work with any online auction site with a minimum of changes.

It is under active development, and issues are quickly responded to. Bug reports and feature requests are always welcome, as are praise and complaints.


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