VSO Downloader

VSO Downloader


Editors' Rating:
2
Mediocre
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.0.0.19
File Size:
17.59MB
Date Added:
May 22, 2014
Price:
Free; $29.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
188,081
Downloads Last Week:
608
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

A video and audio downloader with a twist, VSO Downloader bypasses the manual process of entering the site URL with a rule-based automated detection and download procedure. That may sound easy, but when it comes to the practicalities of downloading and managing files, this app disappoints.

Pros

Quick downloads: VSO Downloader lives up to its promise of automatically detecting and downloading media files. Once you define your preferred target folder, you can grab files by just visiting your favorite Web sites, without touching a single button or menu.

Browser-friendly: You don't have to change your Web surfing habits as it works with any browser.

Audio conversions: We found the audio ripping feature quite interesting for interviews and voiceovers that you can then use to enhance your videography editing workflow.

Cons

Size of downloads: Forget that the downloader is running in the background, and be prepared to exhaust your bandwidth and fill up your hard disk in a matter of days.

Resorting to manual processes: We had to go to the download target folder to rename files to our liking and add sites to the add blocker. Call us traditionalists, but since some kind of manual involvement is unavoidable, we ended up being quite annoyed with the automatic grabbing of anything that moves in our browser.

Irritating vendor proposals: Beyond actual functionality issues, we also had to deal with continuous irritating references to other VSO programs to supplement the Downloader's incomplete functionality. Swallow the pill, and you will end up with multiple pieces of software you never intended to have that cost $79.98.

Bottom Line

At the end of the day, VSO Downloader tries to lure customers toward VSO's paid ConvertXtoDVD and Video Converter. For free you only get basic file conversions, while the automated convenience runs thin once manual file tasks start becoming necessary and VSO's ad messages become tiresome. In other words, think twice before downloading this app.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    4.7

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Surely the best"

    July 22, 2014   |   By Bradbullitt

    Version: VSO Downloader 4.0.0.19

    Pros

    Tested few days ago among many others: this one is simple, terrific on youtube and has a minimal interface. It's all I asked from a Downloader.

    Cons

    Never experienced any problem thus far

    Summary

    On a side note: the reviewer doesn't do it justice at all...

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  • 5 stars

    "It does the job perfectly"

    July 11, 2014   |   By jenjennys

    Version: VSO Downloader 4.0.0.19

    Pros

    I don't understand the reviewer's standpoint. I use the product extensively. It doesn't lure customers to buy another product, it does the job and it does it extremely well!
    The automatic grabbing is very practical when you want to download several media in a row without copying each URL individually.
    The program can also get the HD stream of youtube,

    Cons

    Since auto grabbing can be deactivated with a simple click, I wouldn't call it a drawback.

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  • 4 stars

    "Video downloader not to be missed"

    June 17, 2014   |   By old_biker

    Version: VSO Downloader 4.0.0.19

    Pros

    This program sits in the background and will capture video from the screen without any need for the user to enter url. It is very quick and once capture has started you may move on to another task while it does it's job. The captured file may also be coverted to another format of your choice.

    Cons

    If you leave the program running, it will capture any video from your screen and thus fill your file but it is a simple matter to close the program after use and re-open it when you next want to capture something.

    Summary

    A very useful addition to your armoury and one I would not be without.

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