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    "Will download when Freemake refuses"

    May 19, 2013  |   By Jim Harmon


    It is rare that Realdownloader doesn't offer to download a video you're watching.


    It can be finicky at times.


    On my system, it either works flawlessly - or it crashes. I HAVE found a predictable pattern to the crashes, although I have yet to predict WHEN it will happen. At the end of the download of a video, it attempts to display a thumbnail of the video. If it does this successfully, it won't crash. If it can't make the thumbnail, it'll crash - taking any unfinished downloads along with it. It does seem, though, that the file that finished downloading and caused the crash IS complete on the drive. I recommend either downloading one video at a time or keeping close track of every file's progress.

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