Aaron's WebVacuum promises to help users capture all of the pictures and other files they can handle from their favorite Web sites. This unique program could be a huge help to many, but runs the risk of being overly complicated.
The compact interface is densely packed with tabs, buttons, and check boxes, and may overwhelm novice users. Fortunately, a brief tutorial pops up to explain the program's purpose and how to get quickly started, which is very helpful. Like a browser, there's a field for the URL of the page you want to pull from. Below that are a series of buttons and check boxes that won't instantly make sense to casual users.
Users simply type in a URL and instantly a list of all the pictures from that site appears. You can cycle through the shots and double click to open a larger version in a separate window that can be saved as a jpg. This is a very cool feature that most will find easy to use, but it is only a taste of the options available from Aaron's WebVacuum. There are boxes for starting queues, as well as options for starting, stopping, and digging into layers of a Web site, all of which are given no definition. These options are completely unusable without a trip to the tutorial section, and, even then, less experienced users might not fully grasp every setting.
Overall, we found this to be a unique download with value for certain users, but it's marred by being slightly over complicated. Experienced users looking for a way to quickly grab images and other files will appreciate Aaron's WebVacuum's comprehensive approach.