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Editors' Rating:
Good
Average User Rating:
out of 27 votes out of 27 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.9.12
  • Total Downloads:
    369,701
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 28, 2012
  • Price:
    Free

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Editors' Review

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This tiny Firefox add-on helps with downloading items from the Internet, but install suffers from a minor glitch. As soon as we installed it, DownloadHelper immediately directed us to the publisher's Web site to read a message that we hadn't downloaded the latest version. The problem was that the version it was pointing to was the same as the one we'd just installed.

That issue aside, the program could use a less convoluted approach. It isn't a difficult process, but it's not as intuitive as we'd expect. After install, you'll find a new icon on your browser toolbar. When you access a site that DownloadHelper can pull files from, the icon goes from gray to multicolored and becomes animated. However, instead of the expected click on the icon to download files, you place your mouse on the Web page that holds the file you seek. Then right-click to choose DownloadHelper from the menu and you'll see the file listed. Click it to download the file to your computer.

If you just click the program icon, you'll get a hyperlinked list of sites where the program works. Instead of directing you to the listed site, each link sends you to the publisher's Web site. You'll find some user comments about the site that aren't always useful. That final page does include a link to the originally chosen site, but that's a couple of clicks you really don't need to get to what you sought.

DownloadHelper does work, and it couldn't be easier to use once you understand the process, but less-experienced users may give up before they ever get to save a single file with this freeware app.

 
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.9.12
Version 4.9.12 added MP3 192kbps as a default output format in the converter.
General
Publisher Michel Gutierrez
Publisher web site http://www.downloadhelper.net
Release Date November 21, 2012
Date Added November 28, 2012
Version 4.9.12
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later
Download Information
File Size 735.35KB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 369,701
Downloads Last Week 64
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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