Vidferret's 123 YouTube Downloader offers a lot of tools to make downloading videos simple. However, this program was laden with issues that made it too difficult to use.
The program's interface is characterized by a professional-looking design. It's easy to operate, with a few relatively straightforward commands. However, one thing we didn't like was its complete lack of a Help file. Even when the program directed us to the company's Web site, we found nothing more than a commercial for the developer's other products. The program did allow us to cut and paste a URL from YouTube for conversion, as advertised. Interestingly, it also did the same for videos from MetaCafe, FunnyorDie, and Break.com. Unfortunately, when we entered a Web address from any of these sites, 123 YouTube Downloader informed us the URL was incorrect. We cut-and-pasted several different videos and got the same response each time. The only option that worked was the program's lone feature, the Search for Any Video option. Suspiciously, this also took us to the company's Web site, which doubled as a search engine for videos.
We were frustrated by 123 YouTube Downloader because it initially appeared to be so simple. We're also skeptical of its purpose, because the only two functional aspects of the downloader sent us to the company's Web site (a site, we might add, that didn't mention 123 YouTube Downloader). This version of 123 YouTube Downloader is freeware. Because of its lack of functionality, we can't recommend this program.
123 YouTube Downloader is an easy videos downloader. You can use it to download directly from YouTube, metacafe, break.com and funnyordie.com. It's as easy as 1-2-3. You simply paste video URL, then click mouse. 123 Video Downloader will download the video as FLV file instantly. You don't have to use any other download manager, 123 Video Downloader uses its own fast download function.
Version 1.5.2 added more feature at video search engine and fixed bugs.
March 10, 2009
Version: 123 YouTube Downloader 1.5.2
No settings options. Have to plough through to some folder tucked away in the Program Files in order to access the downloaded file.
There is simple and too simple. This is the latter. No option to determine an alternative download directory (folder) target. The video quality is poor in that the colour depth has been reduced, causing banding in graduated shading. There are plenty of other poor download programs available on Cnet that are better than this worthless junk.
Yet another waste of time from a Cnet download.
Updated on Mar 10, 2009
I've just tried to uninstall this junk and it doesn't do the job properly. It comes back to say that all components could not be uninstalled but they can be removed manually. Who needs that? Poor program, poor uninstaller. Save your time and trouble and stay well clear unless you want to waste another 30 minutes of your life.