Something that confuses new users to WebInspect is that the Web Macro Recorder will not record any requests to http://127.0.0.1 or http://localhost. This can cause much head scratching for someone who just wants to try something out on their local machine.
The simple solution to this is to add an entry to your hosts file, and use the alias instead of localhost.
So (for those who need me to spell it out for them), to record a macro for the HP WebTours website on my local machine (http://127.0.0.1:1080/WebTours/), I added the following line to my hosts file (C:WINDOWSsystem32driversetchosts)…
# HP/Mercury WebTours website alias
The Web Macro Recorder then successfully records all requests to http://webtours:1080/WebTours/.