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    "Simple yet effective"

    April 15, 2012  |   By dreamlander


    Supports sites other download managers do not - Gorillavid for one. The footprint is minimal from a visual standpoint. A standalone program is unnecessary and RealDownloader is well aware of this adding the simple "download this video" button. Often times multiple videos appear on a page and you may not know what your getting with some of the other programs.


    Years ago I used this programs and loved it but discontinued its use because I encountered some sites that were not merely difficult to download but had deliberately blocked access to content assumably for copyright reasons. RealDownload respects these boundaries which is all well and good for the copyright holder but frustrating to those of us wanting to download the video. Based on CNET's review, this has not changed.


    This is a must have based on ease of use, reliability, and its resourcefulness. Its not the magic bullet when it comes to video downloaders since its support is limited to legal content but Ive not seen any free programs yet that are and of all of them, this one comes closest.

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