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04-11-2005 02:11 AM

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David Morrison

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I used to use iGetter back in the days of OS9, but have not really felt the need with OSX until today....

I have been trying to download an image from the Apple Developer site which is 2.5GB. Unfortunately, after several goes, I have concluded that browsers are not designed for such big files. Firefox stops exactly on 2GB, and claims it is finished - but the image does not mount.

Safari stops at various sizes, and despite a tip on macosxhints, I still do not have a workable image.

So now I am using iGetter which looks as though it will finish correctly in about 5 minutes.

However, while I can see the overall progress on the Info tab, the Chart tab display is almost useless. It takes minutes (!) to scroll from the top to the bottom.

What would be nice would be for it to have a zoom function to zoom out or in so I can get a reasonable view of what is happening. Other possibilities might be to make each circle represent a larger number of bytes so that fewer were needed to display the whole file, or to use smaller circles or dots for large files.

Hope this is useful.

Dvaid

04-11-2005 06:26 AM

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iGetter Support

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Hello David,
Thank you for your post.

Currently, iGetter uses 4 KB drops to represent each download in the chart panel. A simple calculation shows that 2.5 GB must include 655 360 drops which may cause slow chart rendering. So, the idea to make each circle represent a larger number of bytes (according to the file size) is very good and I already added it to the iGetter To-Do list.

Thanks,
iGetter Support

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