Editors' reviewPromising to download files by type from any Web site, Medusa's real specialty is image retrieval. Managing the scope of a job is relatively easy, but excluding URLs from the download queue is possible only by restricting keywords, not by entering exact addresses. Medusa will retrieve files through up to 10 connections at once (not exactly spectacular for broadband users), and it supports automatic login. The image-preview function is speedy and useful. Medusa probably won't suit dial-up users because it lacks automatic reconnect and doesn't schedule processes. Downloads will resume if interrupted, but the program doesn't save jobs to be run again in the future. Medusa is a decent choice for those with high-speed connections looking to automate large, nonrecurring, file-retrieval jobs.
Medusa finds images, movie clips, and other kinds of files on Web pages and downloads them. You start by entering a URL, and Medusa searches for the file types you're interested in not only on that page but also on all pages found, up to a given depth. If a file has a thumbnail, the thumbnail is downloaded and displayed in Medusa, making it easy to choose which files to download. Medusa has a familiar Explorer-style interface, so it's easy to learn and use.
Version 1.2 has support for password-restricted Web sites and embedded images. It also can display 25 image formats and now offers automatic downloading as well as customized renaming of files.