Crystal is a website downloader program that is intended to save websites for long-term archival, even after the original site has fallen off the internet. Today I’m pleased to announce Crystal’s first beta release, bringing support for downloading more complex static sites than ever before, and generally being stable enough for a full public release.
Update: These download links have been updated to point to the 1.1.1b release, which has a number of fixes related to first-time-launch issues.
Many new types of sites can be successfully downloaded with this release of Crystal, including DeviantArt portfolio websites at
*.daportfolio.com (which are scheduled to fall off the internet in about a week after this post), Otaku World, and 16Personalities.
I personally care a lot about digital preservation, which makes it possible to access and enjoy digital content even after it was originally released, substantially beyond the usual lifetime of such works. I’m planning to work on a few projects this year to advance the state of the art in preserving both online sites and old Macintosh programs from the 1990’s. If this topic is also of interest to you, please consider following me on Twitter or RSS. I like hearing from people who have similar interests.