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.
With aTube Catcher you can download videos from web sites like YouTube, and YouTube (HD), Xtube, Dailymotion, Megavideo, Google, Yahoo, Metacafe, Spike, Megarotic , Pornotube, Yahoo, MTV, Comedycentral, Globo, RTVE. Download Videos from thousands of Web Sites like YouTube. YouTube HighDefinition 1080p, 720p, and 480p support. Download and Merge videos. Turbo Mode, upto 600% faster than other YouTube Downloaders. Integrated Audio and Video Converter. DVD, VCD and Audio CD Burning support. Audio Recorder mode, to capture Audio from any input to MP3, WAV, WMA. Profiles Editor, to create and share custom encoding output profiles. IE Cache Browser, search FLV's and SWF's on Internet Explorer's cache. Video Search Tool, thousands of videos in just seconds (adult content sources supported). Stream Catcher Mode, to capture any video directly from the network interface. MP3 Downloader, to search more than 150,000,000 millions of mp3's from social sites. URL Monitor helps to you monitor your web browser windows to get the links.
Create GIF's with your downloaded videos. Clip board monitor, helps to keep a history of links from your clipboard. Batch download support. Downloads List, to manage and download multiple videos at the same time. Create playable home DVD's with your downloaded videos in just a single click. YouTube/Megavideo Login support to download private and original files. Screen Recording support, capture any area of your screen, so you can capture video presentations, video conferences from messenger, games. Video Joiner to merge your existent files. Create high quality Audio CD's capable with any player, just drag your video/audio files to aTube. Burn DVD/CD ISO/MDS images previously created with aTube or with any software. Create Ring Tones for your mobile phone. Multi-Language Interface. Optimized for multicore processors and low memory usage. Formats supported WMV, MP4, MPG1, MPG2, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, DIVX, XVID, MP3, MOV, FLV, WAV, WMA, GIF, IPOD, IPOD TOUCH, PSP, FLAC, OGG, MP2, VOB.
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All versions:3.6 stars
out of 140 votes
Current version:1.3 stars
out of 3 votes
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"Installs software without permission"
Version: aTube Catcher 2.6.769
It installs Ask Toolbar without asking and changes your browser's home page without asking to Ask. Unacceptable.
Stay away. Not trustworthy.
"Program is fine but you can't opt out of embedded SW"
Version: aTube Catcher 2.6.769
Program works well
As others have mentioned embeds Ask search engine, changes or attempts to change your default search and home page / If your not familiar with all the locations you might want to look elsewhere / T
"I'll avoid this one in the future."
Version: aTube Catcher 2.6.769
Well it works but ...............
Very difficult to remove all the Ask toolbar stuff from the browser. Myself, I did a thorough cleaning of the browser after this download. I also cleaned all my temp files out as well (see below.).
Cnet should review it again after looking it over thoroughly. The last version did OK but this one had numerous problems that reappeared after I rolled it back to the previous version. Hmmmm, very odd stuff with this program.
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