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DownThemAll: DownThemAll! 2.0 beta 3

DownThemAll! 2.0 beta 3 was released.

It is a preview release of the next major version. There might still be some bugs, but in general this release should be ready for daily use.

This preview release is feature-complete, however it is only available in English for now.

The download link will redirect you to code.downthemall.net. The download is not secured, hence do not install in an untrusted environment, e.g. when using public WLAN.

The XPI SHA-1 checksum is: 9f11dbf20a1c7b4e4995a2a5f9cf94ebd92fce49.

Compatibility

DownThemAll! 2.0 beta 3 is compatible with

  • Firefox
    3.5 – 4.0b3pre
  • Flock
    2.5 – 2.5.*
  • Seamonkey
    2.0 – 2.1a3 (limited support for the development versions, limited functionality)
  • Songbird
    1.2 – 1.4.* (currently in development, limited support)

Limitations

  • The bleeding edge applications (such as Minefield, Songbird) are not thoroughly tested by us
  • The Windows Aero Style is still highly experimental and not finished or polished

Notable new features

  • Preliminary Firefox 4.0 Beta support
  • Speed limits – Allow to define maximum download speeds
    • Global preference
    • Per Server
    • Per Download
  • Per Server download limits
  • Mirror Management – Add/Remove/Edit download locations (mirrors)
  • Firefox Private Browsing Mode support
  • Parsing of text-only links
  • <video> and <audio> integration
  • Media-Sniffing: When enabled flv and and other videos will be recognized (http/https only)
  • DownThemAll! Selector – Select links and images by clicking
  • Fine grained queue control: Remove/Remove complete by filters
  • Metalink 4 (IETF) support
  • Support for partial checksums and recovery from Metalinks
  • Manager toolbar now has two modes: Icons, Icons and text
  • Video DownloadHelper integration (in cooperation with mig, the VDH author)
  • Lots of small features

Notable changes

  • Weighted average download speed calculation: The more recently calculated speed statistics count more towards the “average” speed.
  • Better context menu integration, showing all available options (link, image, video, audio)
  • Fully multi-threaded pre-allocator and file verification, less hangs with large files
  • More modularization and a lot of refactoring to simplify code and improve load times
  • Other performance-related changes
  • Visual refresh
  • Lots of small improvements

Additionally a lot of bug fixes were made since beta 2.

High memory consumption in Windows 7

There were multiple reports that using DownThemAll! causes a high memory consumption in Windows 7. This is caused by a bug in the Windows 7 Filtering Platform (WFP), which some software, especially Anti-Virus tools, uses to filter incoming traffic (for malicious content).

DownThemAll! isn’t actually buggy in this regard, nor does it explicitly trigger this bug. However since DownThemAll! is often used to download large files using multiple connections this windows bug becomes more visible.

Microsoft released a hotfix for this, which we recommend you install if you’re affected by this:
Knowledge Base article with download link.
The bugfix hence is supposed to fix any high memory consumption you may also be experiencing with other download managers or internet tools.
We are not sure if this hotfix is also provided via the Windows Update service.

Thanks to one of our users for pointing this out.


Thank you…

…for trying your brand new beta release.

Please, as always, file any bugs with our bug tracker.

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