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About.com Reader’s Choice Awards February 3, 2010


DownThemAll! got nominated in the About.com Reader’s Choice Awards in the category Best Overall Add-On (Non-Security).

Now it’s up to you to vote for DownThemAll! 😉

The competition is very strong, which makes it even more remarkable that we got nominated, and we certainly cannot beat Adblock Plus (which got my vote; don’t vote for yourself). But being in the top 5 already is a great sign of your, the DownThemAll! users, support and trust.
Thank you very much for that!

For those wondering: The next major release is still in the works, and makes pretty good progress. Expect a first official Beta version in the next few weeks. Or try the development version already using a nightly build.

First DownThemAll! release in 2010. January 11, 2010

We’re proud to release DownThemAll! 1.1.8, which is a bugfix release.

We corrected some issues with the integration into Firefox Privacy Controls (Clear private data and such), and furthermore fixed a bug with resuming downloads after being redirected from HTTP to FTP.
Some other minor changes went in as well.

You can get it on addons.mozilla.org. You may also want to check out our release notes.

Video tutorial in Spanish January 9, 2010

One of our users dropped us a mail saying that he made a DownThemAll! video tutorial for people who speak Spanish.
Unfortunately I don’t speak Spanish myself, so I do not really understand what he says, but the video looks good.
Enjoy 😉
Many thanks to meneameland

Check out his blog for downloads of this video in other formats.

Of course, there are many other videos in all kinds of languages on YouTube.

Happy 2010! January 2, 2010

The DownThemAll! Team hopes you’re spending happy holidays, and wishes you and your families an amazing 2010!

No Google Chrome support December 10, 2009

As more and more people are asking us for a DownThemAll! version for Google Chrome:

We won’t support Google Chrome (and Chromium for that matter) in the near future, if ever.

There are multiple reasons not to support Google Chrome (at the moment):

  • While support for some types of extensions was added to Chrome just recently, the extension system in Chrome simply doesn’t cut it. It is only very limited in what you can do. Right now there is no way to port dTa over without losing the majority of functionality.
  • Even if there were the technical means to port dTa! to Google Chrome, we still wouldn’t have the time and resources to support it.

    Right now we’re in the middle of university studies or only recently completed our degrees and hence need to “settle” for a real-life work. Some of us are now family men.

    As you clearly noticed the number of dTa! releases was always low with only a major release once a year. Due to these time constraints we don’t think we can handle supporting yet another application.

  • We are not yet sure about the privacy in Chrome. Chrome itself is closed source (not to confuse with the Chromium basis, which is open source) and it can only be guessed what happens “behind the scenes”. Google Chrome is known to transmit data back to the google servers. This kept us away from using Google Chrome, although we watched the progress made so far.
  • Lastly, we are still Mozilla supporters.
    While this surely won’t keep us away from a Chrome port, it surely does not provide us with a lot of motivation to code for Google Chrome.
    Not only is Firefox the superior browser in our opinion, the Mozilla Foundation and Co. and the great people in the Mozilla community – developers, translators, designers, users and all the other folks – and the truly “open” mindset keep us in the Mozilla base. 😉

Thanks for your interest in a dTa! version for Google Chrome, but we have to pass at this time.
Nils

Update 2009/12/11:
Here is Giorgio Maones take on the Chrome extension system, with some explanation why there are no NoScript or decent ad-blockers for Google Chrome yet:
http://hackademix.net/2009/12/10/why-chrome-has-no-noscript/

Five years later. November 12, 2009

Five years of Firefox. 5. It seems like yesterday when we released DownThemAll! for the first time.

A long time has gone, and dTa has grown up along with Firefox, in the common purpose to improve the web experience of Internet users. Firefox’s got more than 25% of the browsers’ market starting from zero, and most of all it has made the web better, safer and faster.

We as add-on developers, you as users, promoters, translators and donors have been part of this miracle, and we all have had our role in making this world a little better.

We want to thank Mozilla for having built such a great piece of software, and DownThemAll! users for their support and their more-than-30-million downloads.

Well done, mates. We’re a great team.

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DownThemAll! 1.1.7 with Seamonkey 2 support October 27, 2009

DownThemAll! 1.1.7 is now available.
This version is the first to officially support Seamonkey 2. We’d like to thank the Seamonkey developers for their hard work and congratulate them for the release.

Other than this we updated locales and added es-GL and tr-TR.

You can find details here, and download it here.

DownThemAll! 1.1.6 bugfix release September 17, 2009

DownThemAll! 1.1.6 is now available.
The new preallocator code introduced in the last release contains a bug where temporary files will be recreated if an previously completed download is gone but still in the list when the manager is reopened. Only large files were recreated.
Version 1.1.6 fixes this.

We are sorry for any inconveniences this might have caused.

You can find details here, and download it here.

DownThemAll! 1.1.5 September 16, 2009

DownThemAll! 1.1.5 is now available.
The most notable change is the use of a new pre-allocator, that will not block the user interface that much anymore while allocating large downloads on the disk, making the application more responsive.

Also some other issues where fixed.
You can find details here, and download it here.

DownThemAll! 1.1.4 June 30, 2009

DownThemAll! 1.1.4 is now available.

We fixed some compatibility glitches with Firefox 3.5 and updated some languages.

You can find details here, and download it here.

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