Serving Up Web Summaries
Jason Linhart, who maintains the Macintosh version of the freeware Web log analysis program Analog, has released Summary 1.0, a fascinating take on Web log analysis. Rather than generate a single Web page containing multiple reports, Summary acts as a special purpose Web server, serving up any one of its more than 60 reports on the fly to anyone with a Web browser. Luckily, password protection is available, and an option enables you to quit Summary and restart it without re-indexing log files, making it possible to run Summary only at selected times. Summary can also analyze multiple Web logs to provide totals over time, something that was difficult using many traditional Web log analyzers. Summary is $59 shareware and is a 345K download. Requirements include a PowerPC-based Macintosh, an active Internet connection, and a Web browser.