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Mac Analytics - What Are The Best Programs?

 4:26 am on Apr 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

What are the best native osx mac analytics programs? Right now I have webalizer, but I am looking for more. I do have virtual pc and I am able to run windows analytics apps, but I am looking for some good macintosh ones.

What can you recommend?


travelin cat

 4:11 pm on May 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Advanced Web Ranking is what we use...


 5:15 pm on May 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

I use a combination of Summary, google analytics, and some home made tools. :)


 6:17 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

I use Summary and and a few homegrown tools as well.


 3:45 am on May 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

I just tryed out summary and it is great!

I think I will pick that up.


 5:38 am on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Look for FunnelWeb, its free, commercial quality and hugely customisable.

I've been using it for the past 5 years and have yet to find any other option that comes close... summary, analog, sawmill etc... they all produce reports that look like junk compared with FW.

If you're ever going to provide the reports for clients, FW is the only free solution that will make you look like a true pro!


 4:20 pm on May 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

AWStats should work on a Mac (Perl).



 3:10 am on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

FunnelWeb is free, commercial quality and hugely customisable and runs native on Mac OSX. I find its reports to be much more accurate than Webalizer, Analog, or AWstats - but a litttle less accurate than Urchin (v5 on the server - so I guess not OSX native).

Google Analytics, and similar programs make me a little nervous - I prefer to have my stats to myself and not on someone elses computer (locally or on a server), who knows how someone else will handle your data.

I have found Mint and Slimstat to be nice alternatives to Analytics (though not OSX native apps & not as in depth w/ fancy moving graphs & such - the stats stay on your server, not Google's). They require a little of your own db building (very basic), and each have a javascript file you can use if you don't want to have a PHP only site.

All-in-all I've found that one should take any specific stat application w/ a grain of salt (the size of the grain is in direct proportion to the quality of the app.) and focus more on the aggregate of the various statistics.

For native Mac OSX apps - FunnelWeb is quite nice, can be very detailed, and if you need to present your stats, they really do look professional. I'm amazed its free.

All my mumbling aside: are there tips / suggestions for cultivating some home-grown tools? How have the hand crafted stats compared to other stat apps?


 3:15 am on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sorry, one more quick bit. I've heard that the perl script refstats works well, but I haven't been able to run it natively (though I also haven't spent too much time trying either). Has anyone given this one a run?

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