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DownThemAll: DownThemAll! 2.0

DownThemAll! 2.0 was released after more than two years of development.

The file is digitally signed by Nils Maier and has a SHA-1 hash of
d58c4df2a33f240ac7087d360e71cac38faee108.

Compatibility

DownThemAll! 2.0 is compatible with

  • Firefox
    3.5 – 4.0
  • Seamonkey
    2.0 – 2.1b2 (limited support for the development versions, limited functionality)

Limitations

  • The bleeding edge applications (such as Minefield) are not thoroughly tested by us
  • Firefox 4 support is still ongoing, as there is no stable Firefox 4 release yet, and things still change quite often

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/RFC 5854) support
  • Support for partial checksums and recovery from Metalinks
  • Manager toolbar now has two modes: Icons, Icons and text. The Icons only mode is now the default.
  • 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
    (Firefox 4 has threads disabled at the moment, regular threads were disabled from regular add-ons)
  • Real window menu on the mac making it easier to switch between windows or open new tabs
  • DownThemAll! will now sent primary icons even though third-party cookies are disabled in the browser configuration. So users of services that require cookies to authenticate downloads (like e.g. rapidshare/hotfile premium) won’t have to turn third party cookies on in the browser anymore.
    (Cookies as send by DownThemAll! are not third-party cookies. The previous behavior was an incorrect limitation/bug)
  • Some different defaults for various preferences:
    • Auto-Retries: Now enabled by default to make up to 5 auto-retries waiting 5 minutes between each try
    • Concurrent Downloads: Changed from 4 to 8 concurrent downloads. However there is still a limit of 4 concurrent downloads per server
    • File Permissions: The permissions of newly downloaded files now include read access for the user group

    Of course, you’re still be able to change these settings according to your own preferences.

  • New about page, which will also be automatically opened on each major release and upon first installation. That about page is tailored towards giving new users a quick overview about the basic functionality that DownThemAll! adds to your browser
  • More modularization and a lot of refactoring to simplify code and improve load times
  • Other performance-related changes
  • Visual refresh
  • Lots of small improvements
  • Digitally signed release

Additionally a lot of bug fixes were made since beta 4 and first translations were included.

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.

Furthermore there are several (old versions of) other add-ons which cause a high memory consumption, most notably old versions of Firebug and similar addons that store information about http requests (and most downloads are just that) and several Anti-Virus add-ons automatically installed into your browser when you install the Anti-Virus/Firewall software itself. It is recommended to update these addons to their latest version and/or disable/remove them if nothing else helps.


Thank you…

…for trying your brand new release.

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

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