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aTube Catcher

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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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4 stars

"aTube Catcher is a very useful, but has a lot of cons."

August 06, 2012  |  By Patrick_Garies

 |  Version: aTube Catcher 2.9.1264


* reliably downloads videos from YouTube et al
* allows download queuing


* reinstall erases user settings
* mangles videos titles that contain non-Latin and forbidden characters
* third-party software/settings clandestinely installed
* difficult to update



aTube Catcher reliably gets the job done when it comes to downloading videos from YouTube. You can get an HD version of a video without a format conversion and queue videos for download while away. (I use this program despite all of the cons mentioned below.)


Every reinstall resets user settings; if you regularly update aTube Catcher you will find yourself routinely having to restore your settings. These include repeatedly instructing aTube Catcher to:

* not do a video format conversion.
* remember the last video format used.
* download HD versions of YouTube videos.
* disable the action window that appears after a video download has completed.
* save videos in a specified directory. You have to perform this action twice since there is a default download directory in the settings dialog, but changing that does not change the directory on the download screen.

The program does not appear to be Unicode-aware. Non-supported characters, such as Asian ideographs and most operating system-forbidden characters, simply vanish from file names (which are named after videos). This behavior can make it hard to identify which video is which when most or all of a video title is not used for the file name and necessitates keeping video pages open/bookmarked in the browser to obtain the video title if you use a video name-based file organization scheme.

This program installs third-party software without your consent (Ask.com toolbar) if you download from the developer's home page. This must be uninstalled via the Windows Control Panel.

Options to decline the toolbar were present in older versions of the developer's installer, but now only appear in the CNET installer. Even after declining, your Internet Explorer home page is changed to Ask.com even when protected with another program (such as SpywareBlaster) and must be changed back from within the browser. The CNET installer asks to install several additional pieces of third-party-ware in a somewhat deceptive manner. The CNET installer also does not save the downloaded installer file in a straightforward way; you must decline installation after download completion to get the file to appear.

Additionally, the developer doesn't make clear what versions of the software are available through its site and third party download hosts linked from it. Sometimes the version numbers on that site are simply wrong. The "Search updates" facility within the program itself is also less reliable than CNET TechTracker. CNET now seems to be the developer's preferred place to post the latest version of the software.

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Full Specifications

Publisher DsNet
Publisher web site http://www.dsnetwb.com/
Release Date July 31, 2012
Date Added July 31, 2012
Version 2.9.1264
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements DirectX 9.0 library, Windows Media Player 10, Adobe Flash Player 10
Download Information
File Size 15.73MB
File Name aTube_Catcher_SOMOTO_8004.exe
Total Downloads 3,905,459
Downloads Last Week 9
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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