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aTube Catcher

CNET Editors' review

If you generally skip to the back of a review to read the results, we'll save you the trouble and state up front that aTube Catcher is the YouTube downloader to get. Not just because it's one of the few free and non-ad-supported tools of its kind, though that ought to be enough because it means it's not ad-linked and can download videos from lots of other Web sites, too, including Google, Dailymotion, Yahoo, Comedy Central, Spike, and many others. But aTube Catcher is actually a video toolkit packing many free tools such as DVD/Blu-Ray/CD Creator, DA DVD Ripper, Video & Audio Crop Tool, Queue Manager, Screen Record, Audio Recorder, and others. Some are built in while others require free downloads but integrate fully with aTube Catcher. This program also creates animated GIFs, Audio CDs, ringtones, and MP3s. It captures video streams, converts and merges videos, and erases rewriteable disks, too.

Neat, clean, and compact sums up aTube Catcher's dialog-size user interface, which opens on the Normal mode tab. This is the program's main tool, its video downloader. It's a lot like the others, with some notable (and welcome) exceptions, such as the Enable YouTube HD check box. Better yet, an Output Profile drop-down list offers dozens of different devices and formats, everything from AVI to Zune. It also offers No Conversion, NTSC and PAL TV formats, animated GIF, HD, and lots of other interesting choices. The other tabs access the program's other capable, no-nonsense tools: Stream Catcher, Screen Record, Video Converter, and more. As if that weren't enough, clicking the Tools menu revealed still more utilities as well as the General Settings, Cache, Language, and YouTube options. Add a Video Search Tool and MP3 Downloader to the tool list, incidentally.

Does it seem like aTube Catcher offers a bit too much? Nonsense! Just click Help on the toolbar. This program has one of the longest Help menus we've seen, including the Web-based Manual that opened as soon as our installation completed, as well as links to download codecs, WinpCap, and an Encoder Version. If you skipped to the end, we'll say it again: just get it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the greatest software programs"

    March 13, 2014  |   By BlazeNFury

    Version: aTube Catcher 3.8.5188

    Pros

    Everything I need to record all activity on my desktop!

    Cons

    You tell me. ha!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I tried all the others, this one works"

    March 3, 2014  |   By RasmusSkovgard

    Version: aTube Catcher 3.8.5188

    Pros

    Fast speed all the time, quick conversion

    Cons

    they could make it fulli integrated, so it was just a right ckick and then select download,

    Summary

    the must secure and fast version, of movie you tube downloaders, there is out there, and n f### ads..

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Many bugs in this new version. Disrupts XP system."

    February 2, 2014  |   By MoTurn100

    Version: aTube Catcher 3.8.5188

    Pros

    I used to like aTube but the new version runs poorly on my XP platform.

    Cons

    aTube 3.8.5188 has a lot of bugs. It caused other programs to stop running properly, closed browser windows when I was trying to screen record a news video, failed to download the video also. Was very buggy and kept half-vanishing from view. A couple of times, it hid all the icons and applications everywhere so I was left with a clean desktop (just the wallpaper in view). Had to reboot the system and clean the registry. It tries to debug its operation, but to no avail.

    Summary

    There are too many bugs for it work properly on my PC. I am left to remove it. Hopefully aTube will work out the problems soon.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I love aTube Catcher BUT ...."

    January 6, 2014  |   By Doug6388

    Version: aTube Catcher 3.8.5188

    Pros

    It does a great job of downloading music files

    Cons

    It does a great job of downloading music files, but it puts a "TIP" bubble right in front of download button and then puts another bubble in front of the wording ( this is a coding error ) The software also has trouble keeping the dash between the Artists Name and the Song title. It also leaves an tempicon folder that must be deleted.

    Summary

    I use it but it is not finished.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Slipshod program"

    December 2, 2013  |   By Minkcpl42

    Version: aTube Catcher 3.8.4272

    Pros

    Null. :-( None at all

    Cons

    I cannot believe i was fooled on this one.Contains Delta spyware toolbar.I wasted way too much time. . Trust me

    Summary

    Stay away. **************.tk is by far better. . Don't take my word. See for yourself...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Slipshod app"

    November 20, 2013  |   By Chloexfv44

    Version: aTube Catcher 3.8.4272

    Pros

    nothing at all.I can't think any

    Cons

    I wasted way too much time such a pain to remove all this malware:(. Period.

    Summary

    Really bad. Get **********************.tk or even ****************.tk. . I mean it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So far so good..."

    November 12, 2013  |   By BennyTejadaMaglaya

    Version: aTube Catcher 3.8.4272

    Pros

    Downloads Streaming videos in High Definition
    Converts to various formats
    Screen Recording capability

    Cons

    Slow Download and Conversion as usual (but I can wait)
    Constant nagging of updates on startup

    Summary

    Being an aTube Catcher user for 4 years, I initially hesitated to download this version because my last two years with aTube Catcher have made downloading streaming videos a living nightmare. So traumatizing that I developed a habit of not moving a single muscle whenever I'm using aTube Catcher (or any other download manager) for fear of interrupting my downloads leaving me no choice but to start all over again. Just a few months ago, I eventually grew tired of frequent incomplete downloads and constant lagging so I uninstalled aTube and tried using Replay Media Catcher instead. Sadly, RMC is not working as they say it would, leaving me no choice but to try aTube Catcher once again in hopes that it is now fixed. Using this version, I downloaded 18 videos from YouTube and 2 from DailyMotion just to test whether aTube Catcher is working fine now. Out of the said 20 streaming video downloads, only one of them has stopped at 88% and never finished downloading. One failure out of 20 is not bad considering what I've been through before. So I guess I'll stick with aTube Catcher for another year or so.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "a Tube Catcher certainly does exactly as advertised."

    October 27, 2013  |   By carmar89

    Version: aTube Catcher 3.8.4272

    Pros

    It is easy to understand, and it seems to effortlessly downloads videos direct fro utube. Giving quality downloads.

    Cons

    I have found nothing that I view as a con.

    Summary

    Exceptional Software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "only one I've found that works like it says it will"

    October 25, 2013  |   By gunshypete

    Version: aTube Catcher 3.8.4272

    Pros

    I've used this to get songs from youtube videos and it hasn't failed me yet. I see a lot of bad comments but my own experience has been that out of maybe ten that said it will do this for me only this one has actually done it and done it easily and fast. I don't see any of the adware or other stuff people are claiming. maybe I got a clean copy. Just saying from my experience I won't try any other. This has been a great downloader and converter.

    Cons

    I haven't seen any bad stuff from it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great YouTube downloader"

    September 6, 2013  |   By Stitchintime48

    Version: aTube Catcher 3.8.1496

    Pros

    I've only used it simply to download YouTube videos that I'll want to watch again in the future and don't want to take a chance on them being removed from or dropped off of YouTube. It has performed beautifully every time

    Cons

    There are actually many choices of configuration that I'm not IT enough to understand how to use...so it's a little above my pay grade.

    Summary

    I've used it for several years, and highly recommend

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