After Kimono’s death, many developers and data journalist cried their eyes out. Losing such a good scraping tool made it hard for all of us who use data as our daily input. Luckily, developer Kevin Çobanaj decided to follow Kimono’s steps and will launch Spiranca, a new app that will allow anyone to easily crawl websites and turn them into structured API’s.
To understand this new product, Datasketch got in touch with Çobanaj. This is what he told us:
1. Why launch Spiranca?
During my career as a developer and entrepreneur, I have built a lot of crawlers and similar tools to help facilitate the process. Since I was doing a lot of repetitive tasks which ended up being very time-consuming, I felt the need to build a service that serves me but as well other developers and non-technical guys in a very intuitive way.
2. When's the launching date?
Our goal is to launch by the end of March. But nothing confirmed yet.
3.How will it work?
You first set a data structure. Then, you simply select what you want to crawl through very few easy clicks. After that, you can choose what you want to do with those data. Either use them as an API or export them as JSON, CSV, excel or directly synchronize them with Google Sheets.
4. What difference will it have from Kimono?
Our main focus is enabling the end user to be able to easily and intuitively crawl any website. Be it custom built or not. So basically, crawl any website you want, no matter its structure.
5. Will it be free or a paid app?
We're thinking to start off by offering a free plan, but still a long way towards confirmation. But we can promise it will be so great that paying a few bucks for it won't feel like an expense, that's for sure.