11-12-2001 08:36 PM
**I thought Id posted this last week. Hmmm. Okay, Ive removed all the swear words for the repost.. wouldnt have bothered, but the iGetter tells me its about to die in two days! So now I add a Number 0. which is ..
THE NEW VERSION PLEASE!!!
a decent download manager for the mac.
And it's almost as good as Flashget! It certainly looks nicer.
(I just know you Presenta guys have heard of Flashget, heheh..)
What iGetter does it does amazingly well, but there are still some key features that it lacks. like..
1. a speed limit facility.
By default, iGetter *gets*, often so aggressively that the entire bandwidth is choked with its multi-threaded acceleration. I like to surf and download at the same time. A nice dial or slider thingy on the dashboard somewhere ought to do it.
2. That box on the left..
This masquerades as some sort of filtering system. Obviously it was worked out on the back of a cigarette packet. The first three (intuitive) things I tried to do with this area of the interface produced no effect whatsoever. Seems its for show only. It seems to sort downloads by their extension. Erm.. this isnt windows, you know.
The possibilities are limitless, but firstly, if I want to change where the download lands I shouldnt have to wade through dialog boxes, I have a mouse.
It looks like it might end up being a really useful tool, where users can drag and drop their downloads, catagorising, classifying, and filing as they go, but for now, it is a shambles. And as that download database increases, so does startup time; whats essential here is some sort of..
3. Export facility..
So that I can have some reference to the original URL. Im gonna have to wipe all those file records soon if i want that zippy start-up back. Bummer. Some applications thoughtfully place the files URL into its comment box. But they will all be gone the next time you rebuild your desktop, or allow the file to be post-processed.
I do like how you can drag a download out of iGetter and drop the URL onto the desktop, I guess I could select all first and just drag all those URLs out, but then Id have a folder with 300 links to sort.
4. This automatic download business..
why should it make a difference if something is auto or not? If I say I want four MAX downloads, I mean four, not four autodownloads and a dozen non-autodownloads, all going simultaneously.
I click download with iGetter, and that should be the end of my downloading involvement. The 'Force when drag and drop' checkbox that iGetter support recommended to one user in this forum simply doesnt exist!
Maybe they meant the start download immediately option. Truth is, most users will give up before they worked out the exact combination of checks and unchecks to get it to behave the way it should by default.
An interface this gorgeous should also be intuitive.
5. A browser.. (or rather.. explorer)
Anyone whos ever browsed an FTP site with Flashget will know whats possible here. Beats messing about with your average FTP client any day; just hold the down arrow key and *whoosh*.. one hundred subdirectories reveal their contents.
An integrated site browser/spider (http sites can be browsed in this way too) is essential, not only for getting whole directories in one action, but for rummaging through interesting servers and, of course, checking out what happened to the lost downloads..
6. yes, it misses some urls.
cgis, redirections, ssl, % symbols.. files that really are there! I know you guys are working on this. In the meantime, pity there isnt a browse referer conceptual command.
7. links list
quick parse job.. a simple conceptual menu item.. Get all files/pictures on this page would be good.
8. Data death!
Where does all that data go when a file has been successfully downloaded? Login information, transfer speed, etc, all dissappears. Id like a chance to see that stuff sometimes. Not just for the failed downloads.
9. a few wee things..
The sample rate on the transfer speed indicators is wonky, and thence the estimated eta.. completely useless.
A huge chunk of the gui is taken up by a useless banner (ok, its free so Im not complaning too loudly).
The ticked stop automatic downloading menu item is insanity. Think about it.
The resume column sucks. The how many retries number needs its own column. Maybe turn the file name red if a site doesnt resume, something like that.
And why does the iGetter window insist on jumping to the front everytime I drop a link on the target box? I want it just to get on with it
Also, what about a batch download option, ie.. file(1-99).
Apart from these minor foibles its an excellent piece of software which Ive been using solidly, and recommending willy-nilly for the last couple of months. Beats every other Macintosh download client Ive tried hands-down.
Ill be back tomorrow [the last day of iGetterness].. iGetter tells me that it will still be able to download a new copy of itself, even after the 15th. I just hope it doesnt have to.
the man in the moon
aka. nah, forget it