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 (pound, dollar (US, Canada, Australian,
and New Taiwanese) and euro, presently), drag-and-drop of auction URLs,
an original, unique and powerful 'multisniping' feature, a relatively
nice UI, and is known to work cleanly under Linux, Windows, Solaris,
and MacOSX from the same binary.
Please do not re-sell the JBidwatcher program or code.
JBidwatcher is under active development, and issues are reasonably quickly
responded to. Bug reports and feature requests are always welcome, as
are praise and complaints. Always feel free to
or report bugs
If you'd like to know a bit about some of the advanced configuration
settings that are not yet available from the configuration UI, you can look at my
guide to the configuration file format
It is slightly out of date, as recent releases have added a wealth
of tuning configuration parameters. A less descriptive listing of
the existing configuration values is on the
JBidwatcher development forum
News Flash (August 11, 2012) —
JBidwatcher 2.5.2 is finally released!
This version contains fixes for some non-US auction listings showing up as fixed price, and several other relatively small changes.
JBidwatcher 2.x requires at least Java 1.5. This is available for
Windows and Linux across the board, but it means that OS X 10.4 or
later will be required for the Mac. I feel comfortable with two major
versions back (So OS X 10.4 through 10.6, Java 1.5 and 1.6), as it
combines the maximum number of people who will be able to use it, and
a relatively usable development environment.
Older News (March 18, 2012) —
JBidwatcher bumps up to 2.5, adds a first pass at scripting!
eBay related changes
- Better handle inter-country bidding failures, and some odd eBay interstitial pages
- Removed Dutch Auction support, since eBay doesn’t support that listing type anymore
- A ton of eBay-driven changes for new page formats, different bidding forms, and more.
- Better image/thumbnail retrieval, and price detection
- Improve BIN detection on fixed-price items you’ve already bought one of, multi-purchase buys, and underbid recognition.
- Fixed some snipe failures that were due to misinterpreting eBay’s broken HTML.
- Better ended-listing recognition
- Add a ‘+’ tab for creating new tabs, to make it easier and more obvious
- Tweaked some minor UI inconsistencies
- Items move to their correct category after the fact, which looks a little odd, but means that items should end up in their appropriate categories without human intervention.
- Empty tabs have a little graphic in the middle; this will eventually get swapped out for some basic instructions, to make first-launch ramp-up time quicker.
- A bunch of (hopefully) improvements to the ‘first-run’ experience, including a simplified configuration screen.
- The ‘new update’ dialog got a makeover.
- Increased the default sizes on some dialogs, as monitor sizes have grown over the years
- Improve the thumbnail shown in ‘Show Info’.
- Focus should work better in all dialogs.
- Fixed some My JBidwatcher setup/configuration issues
- Improved response to waking from sleep
- Internal improvements, reducing exceptions and deadlocks.
- Improve performance
- Some data-logging improvements
- Preserve some snipe information after a snipe has completed.
- Signing Mac binaries so JBidwatcher doesn’t get locked out by Mountain Lion
- First pass at a multicast DNS service for wireless synch
- A purely opt-in metrics/analytics system so I can learn how folks use JBidwatcher in the wild.
- Brought back the scripting framework; JBidwatcher can now be scripted in JRuby
Written by: Morgan Schweers
Last modified: Fri Nov 18 19:38:40 PST 2011