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obGrabber ComponentPlugin

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Dreaming of an Ultimate Tool to to grab ANYTHING from out-side and store it into ANY 3rd party Joomla! Extensions?

obGrabber's mission is making that dream come true, this grabber Joomla! Extension can collect any external data sources (RSS, XML, NewsML, Facebook, Youtube, Google Base, ebay, amazon, email, blogspot, Google Calendar,...) and store into any Joomla! 3rd party Extension(K2, FLEXIcontent, DocMan, VirtueMart, redSHOP) - see more FEATURES LIST section.

This grab engine offers you fully control of:

1 - Where to to collect content for your Joomla! site

2 - How to re-format the content before pass it to 3rd party Joomla! Extension.

3 - Where the content will be stored.

For examples, this grabber Joomla extension can:
- Grab Youtube videos and store into K2 or Seyret
- Grab Ebay products and store into VirtueMart
- Grab CNN news, spin the text, translate it from English to Spanish and store into Joomla Articles, K2 or ZOO
- Grab Yahoo Answers and store into Kunena Forum

obGrabber FEATURES

* Collect content from ANY external sources *
Imaging of a series of engines to collect the whole world into your Joomla! site. Builtin RSS-Reader engine is an example, it can be used to collect content from multiple RSS Feed sources.
> Available Engines:
- Built-in: RSS Reader
- Extras: Youtube, Text Folder, Email

* Re-format collected content with smart processors *
You normally want to re-format the collected content before pass it through 3rd-party Joomla! Extensions, tons of available Processors are lovely pieces to make your stored content looks perfect.
> Available Processors:
- Built-in: Alias, Cut Introtext, Duplicate, Get FullText, Images, Keywords Filter, Strip tags, Combine fields.
- Extras: Youtube, Translator, Text Spinner, Meta Data, HTML2BBCODE, Google News,...

* Store into ANY third-party Joomla! Extensions *
Collected content can be adapted into any Joomla! Extensions with optional to configure categories, keywords, publishing state,...
> Available Adapters:
- Built-in: Content
- Extras: ZOO, K2, VirtueMart, Kunena...

* Import / Export pipes: to share or use later (new from 3.1.11).

* Friendly Dashboard *
Help you to navigate to tons of adapters, engines, processors fairly straighforward.

* Logs system *
When you want to see how your grabber worked, the Logs system is available with fully logged information of saved items, date, link,...

* Easy to Use *
The extension designed for non-technical customers, making sure everyone can use it fairly straightforward.

* One click installation *
Express Tools for quick implementation of other modules, plugins.

* Auto run with Cronjob (Scheduler) *
obGrabber will be run automatically via a smart scheduler. You can decide how often this ultimate engine run with no touch.

* Extension Auto Updater *
At foobla, we have update-stream system for every Joomla! Extensions, it works with the Updater from Joomla! core.

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Reviews: 4
This is an awesome extension - as is the support!
Reviews: 2
I have recently changed from a Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.x website and had problems with getting my former RSS Feed importer (Feedgator) to work so I changed to this extension and I have to say that not only the extension with its many options but especially the customer service are outstanding. Within less than 24 hours I had numerous replies to a small problem in setting up the feeds the way I wanted them to import into my site from the customer service, not only this, they also helped me with some overall settings on Joomla which I wasn't yet accustomed to (Joomla 3.x vs Joomla 2.5). The money spent on this extension is well worth it and I am glad for the investment!
Reviews: 2
We installed this extension on a client's site to pull items from an RSS feed and automatically create K2 items out of them within Joomla. It couldn't have worked better, and the support we receive from Tung was outstanding. I definitely recommend this extension to anyone that is trying to solve a similar problem, and we're looking forward to using it with other clients in the future.
Reviews: 1
I was afraid to buy this component and suite of add ons, after reading some bad reviews, but I'm glad I bought it! The components are great, the addons all work perfectly, and the support has been outstanding. If you're running a news portal or are in need of full text feeds with images for your website, this is the way to go. I recommend this company to any serious webmaster.
Reviews: 2
I installed obGrabber with the email plugin and obSocialSubmit together. I requested a little help in a ticket, because I just needed to get the cron jobs right and received a helpful reply shortly after.

I now have a system that turns an email into an article, then shares the article on a Facebook Page and Twitter account all automated with a cron job.

What a great system!

I'm looking forward to exploring some of the many other features of obGrabber.
Reviews: 28
obGrabber is good component with extraordinary support. Thung was extremely helpful with parser code that I wanted to make.
Reviews: 4
This extension provides a sophisticated, rich interface for mapping all kinds of content/news/rss sources to various Joomla content managers, including K2. I ordered a custom plugin that imports blog posts from a corporate content writing service into K2 blog categories. The plugin was developed and installed on time and meets our project requirements brilliantly. This involved some continuous dialogue with foobla support as we worked out the details. The support team and developers responded to all tickets in a timely, professional manner.
Working with data-centric, xml content is always a challenge. This extension provides an excellent solution for importing rss and other types of feeds into your site.
Reviews: 1
Even though you have to pick the good package to make sure you get the features (pipes, ...) once you get there the Extension is really well made and very powerful.

On top of that the support team is very reactive and helpful.
Reviews: 3
We needed a custom engine for the extension and Tung made one at an affordable price, then made some adaptations and now is working great, just as we expected. Thanks for the great work!
Reviews: 2
I requested some custom work for this extension. I needed the extension to pull media plus text. The team quoted me a very reasonable price and time frame to complete the work. Tung worked on my project and exceeded my expectations! He was prompt with answering my questions and completed the task before the quoted time. I'd recommend this to anyone and this company to anyone.
Reviews: 3
Great Tool, great support.

Does all that is says, the support received from Tung was very good, and solved me all the issues that i had on setup of this component.

Highly recommended.
Reviews: 1
Long time I haven't seen this kind of extension, especially for k2. It is so convenient and easy to use. Although its price is little expensive, it is worth using. Great!!! Thank you for creating an amazing extension like this one.
Reviews: 3
I only have 3 words for this component that will say it all:The Best Tool.
Does all that is says,the support received from Tung,was very good,and this guy,solved me all the issues that i haved on setup this component.
You will surely need his support,because this component is very technical and not so easy to setup by yourself.
This component haves lots of functionality and stuff,and truly needs and pdf book with clearly explaination of all the functions,and what does each function,as the component is very good,but also very very technicaly even for an webmaster with large experience in using latest tehnologies.
Reviews: 6
We've been using obGrabber for over a year now on several sites requiring an external RSS feed output into Joomla content and the results have been great. Foobla release regular software updates and the support is possibly the best I've come across on the JED.

Highly recommended.
Reviews: 4
The products by Foobla are always well tested, any bugs tend to be ironed out very quickly and the support is great for the price you pay. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to automate news via rss.
Reviews: 1
Fantastic component and a very good and quick support. I needed some special and complicated changes in the component, and the support-team has developped all my wishes (it was a lot of work) for a small price. Thank you very much!!
Owner's reply

Thank you for your review.
The obGrabber Joomla extension designed to work flexible to be suited for as much cases as possible. Sometimes, we will need customisation to make it works exactly to your needs. At foobla, we offer custom work to get your special requirements done at reasonable price.

Reviews: 1
I would like to say, that I bought full version of that component, but it was worth spending that money. obGrabber works perfect. It does everything what developer says. Moreover I would like to mention, that support helped very much, and did it quickly and free of charge. Foobla team good job!
Owner's reply

Thank you for your review.

We are always on the customer's side, try to resolve their problems as ours. Sometimes, we will need to make some changes to the obGrabebr Joomla extension or its engines, processors and adapters; if the changes doesn't too much, we can do that free of charge; if the changes take more time, we may charge at small cost for our human resources expense.

Reviews: 1
This is preety much a useless extension and in my country of residence the authors would be criminally prosecuted based on false advertising, which is equal to fraud.

I was kinda relieved when i saw that the extension was removed from extensions website and i m really not sure why it is back.


1. Extension is preety much useless by it self.
2. You need to buy extra plugins for it to perform anything and that will be again useless if you are not an experienced programmer able to write parsers.
3. Support is non-existent.
4. I have been getting spam emails with links to the same source, while no answer on any of the support questions, altough i have registered my site as requested.
5. Your download is only valid for 3 months. After that time your downloads are disabled and you will need to buy the extension again if you want to download it again.
6. He is also selling addons for the extension that don't even exist as a download on the page.
7. If you want the extension to perfom anything usefull you will spend 150$+.
8. I have removed it from my website altogether, simply beacuse of security reasons.
Owner's reply

Hi, we are doing serious business with this obGrabber Joomla extension and we already addressed every needed information in the pricing page, take a look: for yourself. You won't be writing this review if you read that page before buying the extension. For your question, the extension is always here, never been removed from the extensions directory, I'm not sure if you are a real customer or not.

1. The extension itself is for basic usage to grab from RSS to Content, we offer tools to test if your RSS feed works with the extension, so you will be able to know if it works for you or not.

2. You pay for what you use, and you don't pay for what you don't use; that's what we are doing for our pricing structure.
The builtin HTML Parser is the most awesome and powerful thing in this grabber joomla extension and will need a little bit HTML knowledge to use it in the case your RSS Feed doesn't work with RSS Reader engine.

3. Once again, I'm not sure you are our customer or not since in my check, all tickets have been responded on time (within 24 hours). If there is a bit delay, it's about technical issue, it means we are working on your ticket to resolve your problems.
When you say "Support is non-existent", you seems not our customer at all.

4. Don't understand what you mean, I see no un-responded ticket and no information recognize to "radioactive" in our customer database.

5. Please see #2.

6. Some plugins are no longer working due to discontinued service from 3rd-party such as: Google Translate.

7. Please see #1 & #2 again.

8. I'm so sorry to see you go (if you are our customer but never submit a support ticket which you subscribed for)

Have a good day, everyone.

Reviews: 4
I have been looking for this functionality everywhere. I run a website that raises awareness of human trafficking.

I wanted to be able to pull in articles from RSS, including their tags and populate the tags field in K2. Couldn't find this functionality anywhere. The team at Foobla were able to supply this. Now I can can pull in articles and create menu items based on tags. I can use K2 more effectively.

I need some help from the Foobla team and they were very professional. Looking forward to subsequent updates of obGrabber.

Awesome tool. Just what I needed. Congrats to all at Foobla.
Owner's reply

Thank you for your review. Automatic K2 content is pretty easy with obGrabber, we are working hard to make it even better and better every day.

Reviews: 1
This really is a good extension... If used the correct way it can be extremely powerful.
By using this tool and RSS feed builders (for example, Feed43) I can sync content to my website without the other site even supporting RSS...

I have also set up a solution where people can use Pocket (Read it later) to publish to a Joomla website with the click of a button.

I did have some issues with setting article permissions but this was fairly quickly fixed by their support!

Currently I am having an issue with auto syncing, but I am pretty sure it is my server causing the problem since it worked perfectly on another server.

Highly recommended.
Owner's reply

Thank you for your review.

This automatic articles Joomla extension is an easy solution to transfer your content from one site to another by using RSS.

There are two methods for setting up scheduler, by using builtin script or using server-side (cronjob). The first method will need your Joomla site to be visited from frontend or backend. You can find all necessary information on the Knowledge Base page.

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