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Video DownloadHelper is a Firefox addon. Using DownloadHelper, you can easily save videos from most of the popular video sites. It is also possible to capture all the images from a gallery in a single operation. In particular, it is able to store on your disk movie files for which the web site does not provide a "Save File" feature. Note! DownloadHelper is a Firefox addon so you need to use it together with the web browser FireFox.

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Version history/Release notes:
Version 4.9.22
Released March 24, 2014 779.4 KB
Works with Firefox 3.6 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

Fixed unresponsive toolbar button in Australis (new Firefox 29 beta user interface)
Fixed a number of issues with YouTube


Version 4.9.21
Released August 13, 2013 778.0 KB
Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

Improved YouTube support (bug #536, bug #554)
Improved DailyMotion support (bug #546)
Source code released under Custom License What's this?


Version 4.9.17
Released July 17, 2013 776.4 KB

Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later
Fixed bug #536: some Youtube videos download as empty file.
Fixed bug #546: Dailymotion videos do not download anymore.


Version 4.9.15
Released May 28, 2013 774.6 KB

Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later
Fixed bug #518: some Youtube features (liking, commenting, ...), unavailable when VDH is enabled, since May 25th.
Fixed bug #525: default toolbar icon location.


Version 4.9.14
Released February 22, 2013 774.6 KB

Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later
Fixed bug #496: Downloads do not show in Firefox Downloads dialog. This is particularly an issue since Firefox 19.
Added video file size prior to download in entry tooltip as per bug #474. This does not work for YouTube and DailyMotion specific capture methods.


Version 4.9.13
Released January 8, 2013 774.4 KB

Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later
Fixed bug #477: DailyMotion support
Fixed DailyMotion URLs to capture entire video instead of chunks
Added direct access to DailyMotion quality variants (as for YouTube)
Added support for the new Firefox window-based privacy feature: bug #819378


Version 4.9.12
Released November 21, 2012 771.7 KB

Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later
Added MP3 192kbps as a default output format in the converter.
Fixed bug #470: add-on not acting to download requests when configuration parameter 'Extended download menu' was unset.
Fixed bug #467: added support for avconv converter (Linux/Mac only).
Fixed bug #471: not working on Firefox Autora and nightly in some situations.
Fixed bug #438: gallery capture fails to recognize media urls ending with extra-spaces.


Version 4.9.11
Released October 31, 2012 771.3 KB

Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later
Added MP3 192kbps as a default output format in the converter.
Video DownloadHelper now works again on Firefox Autora and nightly.
Fixed a memory leak creating zombie compartments when visiting a page containing a downloadable gallery inside an iframe.
Fixed double-pass video conversion.
Updated locales.


Version 4.9.10
Released September 15, 2012 771.1 KB

Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later
After some changes in YouTube on September 14th, Video DownloadHelper was not able to download any video from this site, except the WEBM version while using the YouTube HTML5 mode. This is fixed in this addon version.

After some changes in YouTube on August 6th, a number of users reported that all downloads were failing. This was caused by a a Youtube-generated cookie. The workaround consisting of clearing the cookies before downloading was not very convenient. This addon version takes care of that issue.

Earlier this year, some other changes at YouTube caused the FLV videos downloaded through the 'network' method to have a fixed 1.7MB size and being unplayable. This is now taken care of.


Version 4.9.9
Released March 29, 2012 764.9 KB

Works with Firefox 3.0 - 13.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*
Fixed bug #405: Unnecessary console message.
Fixed bug #731906: Add-on causes zombie compartments.
Made add-on compatible up to Aurora (Firefox 13).


Version 4.9.8
Released December 17, 2011 764.9 KB

Added YouTube WebM formats as per bug #398 request: To enable those formats, go to DownloadHelper preferences, section Capture, tab YouTube. For each variant you want to have available, select the corresponding entry in the list and click Enable.

Fixed bug #381: No in-page widget in YouTube https pages.
Fixed bug #393: History window does not sort items.

Fixed bug #384: Cannot change size threshold detection.
Fixed bug #401: SmartNamer console error message.
Made add-on compatible up to Aurora (Firefox 10).
Added Hebrew and Lithuanian locales and major update for the 27 others.


Version 4.9.7
Released November 10, 2011 683.0 KB

Fixed bug #385: Firefox 8.0 broke the video conversion feature.
Fixed bug #386: Firefox 8.0 broke the direct screen capture feature.
Fixed bug #381: Cannot download videos when accessing YouTube in https.
Updated Japanese locale.


Version 4.9.6
Released October 26, 2011 682.0 KB

Fixed bug #309: Memory leak when closing a tab.
Fixed bug #375: QuickDownload and SmartNaming not working on iframe-based embedded videos.
Fixed bug #370: Updating the list of supported file extensions requires a restart of the browser.
Updated compatibility up to Firefox 9.
Updated locales


Version 4.9.5 August 12, 2011 681.0 KB

On August 3rd, YouTube modified their pages, making DownloadHelper fail to recognize alternative quality variants of the currently playing video. Version 4.9.5 fixes that problem.
Updated locales.


Version 4.9.4 July 25, 2011 681.0 KB

Fixed bug #361: Using the social share feature produces an error.
Fixed bug #355: Link license validation not working anymore.
Fixed bug #359: Download counters should be optional.
Fixed bug #360: Not compatible with Firefox 7.
Fixed bug #358: Download counters may disappear.
Implemented bug #354: Notify user about failed YouTube downloads because of cookies being disabled in Firefox.
Implemented bug #356: Allow users to change the file extension prior to downloading.


Version 4.9.3 June 19, 2011 671.7 KB

Fixed missing toolbar dropmarker arrow in some cases
Fixed broken SmartNaming definition


Version 4.9.1 June 16, 2011 671.7 KB

Fixed bug #335: Toolbar icon does not activate.
Fixed bug #337: Wrong key mapping.


Version 4.9 June 12, 2011 670.7 KB

Introduced new capture method as a beta feature: direct screen capture. This makes Video DownloadHelper compatible with any site displaying videos with a flash player. Check details here, http://www.downloadhelper.net/screen-capture.php
Improved contribution of the add-on the browser startup time.
Fixed bug #332: Cannot add IP addresses to the black list.
Fixed bug #328: When renamed, downloaded file looses its file extension.
Fixed bug #322: Javascript error in dhCore.


Version 4.8.6 March 28, 2011 620.5 KB

Fixed bug #303: Change at YouTube:
cannot download some high-quality videos anymore.
Fixed bug #304: Using Firefox 4, the converter process crashes
on Windows when not registered.
Updated Korean locale


Version 4.8.4 March 11, 2011 622.6 KB

* Fixed bug #266: Conversion fails to launch in Firefox 4. The bug was reopened after a change in Firefox 4.0b12.
* Fixed bug #300: Cannot extract video formats from some YouTube pages.
* Fixed bug #293: Console error on social share feature usage.
* Fixed bug #286: Undesired gap at the right of the toolbar icon.
* Fixed bug #216: YouTube 4096p format renamed to 4K.


Version 4.8.3 February 12, 2011 621.6 KB

Fixed bug #266: Video Converter fails to launch in Firefox 4.
Fixed bug #187: Conversion does not support file with non-ascii characters in the path (fix only available on Firefox 4).
Fixed bug #290: Cannot download anything if the black list is empty.
Fixed bug #292: YouTube in-page widget does not display on Firefox 4.
Fixed bug #280: File name formatting error when numerical entity is encountered.
Fixed bug #278: Download helper doesn't keep download location in private mode.
Fixed bug #245: Quick download notification readability.


Version 4.8.2 January 7, 2011 606 KB

* Added SocialShare, a new Video DownloadHelper service to share a video page over a number of social services: Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Buzz, Digg, Del.icio.us, ....The former Twitter service, which was broken since the last change in the Twitter API, has been removed from the add-on, closing bug #237
* On December 1st, changes on YouTube made the &fmt=18 trick obsolete for getting the standard MP4 version. As a consequence, we removed the in-page YouTube format switcher widget. You can still access the MP4 variant from the download menu, with the entry prefixed by [Medium]. If you don't see this entry while in a YouTube page, open the DownloadHelper preferences, section Capture, tab YouTube, and enable this format.
* Added new default conversion configuration for Samsung Galaxy Tab
* Fixed bug #250: Icon layout Issue - bar deformation.
* Fixed bug #254: Better file name management when using with FlashGot.
* Fixed bug #247: Gallery capture: Files with spaces in the name get saved with %20 instead of a space.
* Fixed bug #258: On Linux, menu popups do not close when clicking the video entry.
* Added sv-SE (Swedish) locale.
* Removed minor errors appearing in the console.
* Minor layout fixes


Version 4.8.1 October 14, 2010557 KB

Fixed bug #226: Broken in Firefox 4.0 beta 2.
Fixed bug #218: On some YouTube videos, available HQ formats were not detected.
Fixed bug #246: Toolbar icon displayed incorrectly after removing it from the toolbar.
Fixed bug #245: More readable quick download notifications.
Fixed bug #234: Quick download key not working anymore.
Fixed bug #225: Lossless conversion support.
Fixed bug #227: Preserve CJK filenames not working.


Version 4.8 July 26, 2010

On July 21st-22nd, some changes on YouTube servers broke the capability to download any specific quality variant of the video being watched.

We immediately worked at finding a solution and adapt to the new system. We are now happy to release this 4.8 version, but this implied changes in the way DownloadHelper works, that you must be aware of.

Format HQ18, corresponding to standard quality MP4 format, is no longer directly available. However, you can still download this format by reloading the entire YouTube page adding &fmt=18 to the page URL address. In order to make this operation simpler we now provide a new widget that appears within the YouTube page, next to the title.

Clicking on the MP4 button, the page will reload and you will see a new entry .mp4 in the download menu. This corresponds to the former HQ18 format.

To get this MP4 switcher widget to appear, you need to enable it from the add-on preferences, section Capture, tab YouTube.

We know those changes may make DownloadHelper less convenient for some operations, but we hope you will understand we had to deal with technical constraints.


Version 4.7.4 July 12, 2010 584 KB

* Fixed bug #180: Downloadhelper Menu no longer displays HQ18/22/35/37 on YouTube.
* Fixed bug #196: Descriptive labels for YouTube HQ versions in download menu. You can define the prefix you want to be displayed in the addon preferences, section Capture, tab YouTube.
* Fixed bug #188: SmartNaming menu is now integrated into the DownloadHelper system menu, hence can be accessed from toolbar/statusbar icon right click and Tools menus. In the context menu, the SmartNaming option does not appear at the top level anymore, but under the DownloadHelper entry.
* Fixed bug #205: Video title and DownloadHelper icon mostly clipped in YouTube.
* Fixed bug #176: When setting the icon click action to Open download menu, the toolbar icon and its dropmarker (the little triangle) are now a single clickable widget.
* Fixed bug #177: If the icon click action is set to Open download menu and the download list is empty (gray icon), clicking on the icon does not open an empty menupopup anymore.
* Fixed bug #185: You now have the capability to perform a regular download (through the Save File dialog) when clicking on the icon.
* Fixed bug #182: DownloadHelper can now perform link (bulk) captures from YouTube subscription pages.
* Fixed bug #125: Fixed youtube HQ resolutions displayed in the preferences.
* Fixed bug #189: Smart naming option to use webpage title as default.
* Fixed bug #213: " shown on some videos.
* Fixed bug #211: Added support for new youtube hq38 (aka 4096p, aka 4k). Fixed hq34 and hq35 showing as mono instead of stereo.
* Fixed bug #210: Made compatible with Firefox 4.0b1.
* Defined better quality for default conversion format (WMV for Windows Media Player).
* Added Romanian locale.
* Updated other locales


Version 4.7.3 April 15, 2010 564 KB

* Fixed bug #159: Donwload from YouTube by right button menu not working anymore.
* Fixed bug #148: Donwloads from YouTube sometimes generate empty files.
* Fixed bug #165: Can't watch video in history window in Firefox 3.6 and later.
* Fixed bug #160 (1): SmartName advanced section lacks a shortcut to specify the page title as file name.
* Fixed bug #160 (2): SmartName cuts off begining (instead of end) of long file names.
* Implemented feature request #35: Clicking on the toolbar icon should open the menu. For this feature to be enabled, the preference parameter Upon clicking on the icon in section General, tab Behavior must be set to Open menu. The feature is only available on Firefox 3.0 and later.
* Fixed bug #169: Cannot download videos when on Firefox 1.5.


Version 4.7.2 March 20, 2010 582 KB

Fixed bug #144: Loosing download directory settings.


Version 4.7.1 March 6, 2010 582 KB

* Implemented a workaround to solve a major issue on YouTube when using a firewall - by the way, don't use Kaspersky !. This closes bug #5 and bug #133. The symptoms were videos taking minutes to start loading or some YouTube pages showing Don't know how to handle application.octet-stream message.
* Fixed bug #118: Quick download notification is not displayed at the right time.
* Fixed bug #129: DownloadHelper needs to honor the private browsing settings when showing the Save As dialog.
* Fixed bug #39: SmartName context menu broken layout on Vista.
* Fixed bug #124: Status bar widget not being displayed if toolbar not set in popup.
* Fixed bug #116: Can't resize download queue window on Mac.
* Fixed bug #84: Same video downloaded twice using YouTube link download feature.
* Fixed bug #114: Downloadhelper fails to pick up Video download title when download is from YouTube Channel page.
* Fixed bug #117: Comment displayed when SmartNaming is disabled.
* Fixed bug #122: Embedded widget does not appear in new youtube pages.
* Fixed bug #132: When using FlashGot, console spammed with canHandle() messages, CPU thrashes.
* Updated locales


Version 4.7 January 15, 2010 561 KB

* Implemented multiple simultaneous downloads: Up to now, you had to choose between downloading files one by one (the default), or start a download as soon as it was requested, which could badly affect your bandwidth when visiting other pages. You can now define the maximum number of concurrent downloads. The default value is 2 and can be changed from the extension preferences in section Services, tab Download.
* Implemented bug #38: Requesting a quick download should display a notification
* Fixed (reopened) bug #6: Cannot save files containing the backslash character in the name
* Fixed bug #106: SmartName error in console
* Fixed bug #86: When added to black list, corresponding should be removed immediately from the download menu
* Fixed bug #113: If smartname provides a too big description, Firefox hangs in tweet this video
* Made compatible with Songbird 1.4.1 to 1.6a.
* Updated locales.


Version 4.6.5 November 19, 2009 555 KB

* Fixed bug #71: Handle new YouTube high-quality format HQ37 (1920x1080). Note that to be recognized, this format must be enabled in the DownloadHelper preferences, section Capture, tab YouTube.
* Fixed bug #47: Some YouTube pages loosing possible capture because of late frame load in YouTube ads.
* Fixed bug #55: Network capture fails if file name contains a colon.
* Fixed bug #58: Download failure when YouTube video has a colon in the title.
* Fixed bug #49: Gallery download deletes an existing folder.
* Fixed bug #50: Downloadhelper fails to pick up video download title when download is from Channel page.
* Fixed bug #41: Striking color for adult sites list. Adult sites names are now shown in red.
* Made compatible with Seamonkey 2.0.
* Added Sinhala (Sri Lanka) locale.
* Updated other locales.


Version 4.6.4 October 7, 2009 542 KB

From 4.6.2 to 4.6.3:

* Added the capability to perform a Quick Download operation of the currently viewed media when clicking on the icon (either in the toolbar or the statusbar). The default is still to display the supported sites list and can be changed from the preferences.
* Added alert message when failing to create the output file.
* Added .mp4 in the list of possible extensions when defining a conversion rule.
* Added Arabic locale.
* Fixed bug #28: Media capture method could lockup Firefox for a while if the page contains too many links. The number of links to be handled is now 50 by default and can be changed from the preferences.
* Fixed bug #16: Smart naming not working in the history.
* Fixed bug #33: Smart naming not working for gallery capture.
* Fixed bug #8: Supported sites dialog opens collapsed after Customize toolbars has been used.
* Fixed bug #26: Download a YouTube video containing the character '' caused the download to fail on Windows. Also fixed similar issue with character.

From 4.6.3 to 4.6.4:

* Passwords for Twitter and MP3Tunes features are now stored in the login manager and not in the preferences anymore.


Version 4.6.2 August 18, 2009 536 KB

Updated YouTube capture method to cope with August 17th change at YouTube.


Version 4.6.1 August 14, 2009 536 KB

******************************************************

IMPORTANT: Since today (August 13th), a change in YouTube servers has made DownloadHelper unable to detect and capture files other than standard FLV, in particular MP4 format cannot be retrieved. We are aware of the problem and will do our best to provide an updated version.

Please, do not use the comment system on addons.mozilla.org to complain about this problem, this would be counter-productive.

******************************************************

UPDATE ON THE YOUTUBE ISSUE (August 14th): we released a fix for the YouTube bug that is currently being reviewed by addons.mozilla.org admins. Until it goes public, you can get this new version from http://www.downloadhelper.net/install-beta.php?version=4.6.1
You can report on this new version at http://www.downloadhelper.net/support.php

* Updated the YouTube capture method that was no longer working due to a change in YouTube pages.
* Fixed bug introduced with the SmartNaming feature where YouTube high-quality format (like [HQ18] was no longer displayed in the menus.
* Fixed bug with SmartNaming causing the context menu entry SmartNaming still appearing while the feature was disabled.
* Added Danish and Slovenian locales.
* Updated other locales.


Version 4.6 July 16, 2009 507 KB

* Added the capability to tweet a video over Twitter. If you don't know yet about Twitter, it is a micro-blogging service that has become outstandingly popular for the past few months. Learn more here: http://www.downloadhelper.net/twitter.php
* Added default Smart Naming database (importing the latest database from DownloadHelper preferences, section Capture, tab Smart Naming is still a good idea)
* Fixed compatibility of the Smart Naming feature with some menu redrawing extensions like CuteMenus.
* Fixed Smart Naming feature for file names when the video title is too long.
* Fixed minor issues


Version 4.5 June 29, 2009 487 KB

* Here is an improvement that has been requested by many users for a long time: getting a meaningful default file name instead of just a serie of digits that you get from most sites. Details about the Smart Naming feature are there: http://www.downloadhelper.net/smartname.php
* Filtered out some special characters in file names when using the Capture from YouTube link(s) method
* Updated locales


Version 4.4.1 May 15, 2009 464 KB

* Fixed broken gallery capture.
* Fixed YouTube widget menu: the menu attached to the widget was misplaced, due to a bug in Gecko (Firefox layout engine), revealed by a change in YouTube page structure. This was causing the Quick Download service to be started immediately instead of giving the menu choice.
* Fixed exception in converter path setting (this could occur on non-Windows platforms only).
* Updated locales.

Version 4.4 May 11, 2009 464 KB

* Extended download menu: when you move the mouse over the videos in the download menu, you can see a sub-menu giving direct access to all possible actions you can take on this media (Download, Download & Convert, Copy url to clipboard, ...). Note that you can still click the main entry as it was before, with your configured quick keys. If you prefer the old way menu, you can easily switch back from the extension preferences, section General, tab Behavior, parameter Extended download menu.
* The History feature now also tracks MP4 files, not only FLV.
* Added Czech locale.


Version 4.3 April 9, 2009 463 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.6a1pre

- added black list feature to ignore notifications from videos from some sites (e.g. advertisement videos)
- added 'search videos' feature in extension system menu
- several minor UI improvement


Version 4.2 March 2, 2009 442 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.6a1pre

* All known YouTube high quality formats are now handled.
* MP3Tunes services, such as sending a video directly to your mobile phone, are fully integrated with the capability to upload the audio track and/or the full video.
* Added mobile phone 3GP pre-defined conversion format. Click here to add this format to your list of configurations.
* Fixed 'Media' sub-menu disappearing suddenly in the Tools and context menus.
* Added Russian locale.
* Several minor fixes.


Version 4.1 February 8, 2009 423 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.6a1pre

* New drop-down menu widget integrated into YouTube pages to give instant access to available services.
* New pre-defined video conversion MOV format for QuickTime.
* Fixed display of the preferences dialog on Firefox 2.0
* Integrated MP3Tunes services (send to mobile phone, to private locker). The feature is still in beta and must be enabled from the preferences.
* Added Bulgarian locale.
* Several minor fixes.


Version 4.0.2 January 20, 2009 397 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.6a1pre

* Fixed broken preferences dialog on MacOSX.
* Fixed downloading files from history.
* Fixed saving YouTube videos with unicode characters in the name.
* Fixed saving from YouTube links with video name containing a slash.
* Fixed issue that could cause context menu to misbehave: dictionaries disappearing, Paste command no longer being shown, ...
* It is now possible to download from YouTube page links when in 'Subscriptions' page
* Removed error messages in error console.
* Updated locales.


Version 4.0.1 January 14, 2009 390 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.1b2

Fixes issue with pt-BR (Brazilian Portuguese) and pl-PL (Polish) locales.


Version 4.0 January 5, 2009 390 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.1b2

* Complete rewrite of the DownloadHelper core engine to allow new detection methods (like RTMP in a next version) and new services to be applied to detected media (like sending the audio track of a video directly to your mobile phone in the next version).
* Holding the CTRL key while clicking on an entry in the menu gives access to all available services.
* Services can be directly accessed with configurable accelerator keys.
* Extension preferences have been entirely redesigned for an easier configuration.
* Smaller footprint of the watermark when converting videos while unregistered.
* Entries in the download menu corresponding to a media from the currently displayed page now appear in bold.
* New pre-defined video conversion format for Zune (only appears on new DownloadHelper installs, on existing extension setup, check the conversion configurations page to add this format).
* Several minor bugs fixed.


Version 3.5.1 November 25, 2008 318 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.1b2

* Fixed a remaining bug that could prevent downloading from YouTube.
* Updated locales.


Version 3.5 November 21, 2008 318 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.1b2pre

* Added a safe mode to enforce child protection. When you switch DownloadHelper to this mode, it becomes impossible to access explicit content sites from either the extension or our web site.
* Added a pre-defined mode for converting to iPhone. This mode is directly accessible for new installations, otherwise you can load the iPhone mode from page http://www.downloadhelper.net/conversion-configs.php .
* Fixed a bug introduced in 3.4 causing in some cases YouTube downloads to save 0 bytes files.
* Fixed an issue causing some videos to be missed when using YouTube bulk downloads from selected links.
* Removed some error console warnings displayed when in 'strict' mode.
* Updated/fixed some locales


Version 3.4 November 4, 2008 304 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.1b2pre

* When in a YouTube page, if the video has a high-quality version, a new entry (HQ) is automatically shown in the download menu to get directly this video version.
* When using the YouTube bulk download (select a set of links to YouTube pages, right click, choose Download video(s) from YouTube link(s)), the high-quality version of the videos are downloaded if available.
* Default video conversion format is for Windows Media Player.
* Fixed minor bugs (conversion configuration handler and license auto-registering).


Version 3.3 October 2, 2008 301 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0.*

* Video conversion configurations can now be named, shared and installed in a simple click.
* Scanning pages to discover media links has been optimized for better performances on slow computers / large pages.
* Sizes in the preferences dialog has been fixed
* Service prompting now does not pause the download workflow
* Updated pt-BR locale


Version 3.2.2 September 11, 2008 291 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0.*

* New conversion configurations have been added: regular MPEG and WMV
* Video conversion to iPod has been fixed
* The height of the DownloadHelper icon in the status bar has been fixed
* Vietnamese locale added
* This version of DownloadHelper is now compatible with Songbird 0.7.0


Version 3.2 July 22, 2008 281 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0.*

* The DownloadHelper icon can now be displayed in the status bar (check parameter 'Show in status bar' in the extension preferences)
* It is now possible to setup a minimum file size to prevent some false hits (setup parameter Trigger minimum size in the preferences)
* Default Quick download key (to capture the media currently playing) is now CTRL+ALT+Q (former CTRL+ALT+D was used by another function)
* Quick download and Open download folder keys are now configurable from extension preferences
* Fixed issue on a few sites where FLV files went through the conversion rule list
* Added Songbird 0.7pre compatibility
* Fixed German locale


Version 3.1.1 July 8, 2008 277 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0.*

* Added notification on conversion job termination (Firefox 3 only)
* Added quick download feature: CTRL+SHIFT+D when a video is playing in the current browser page
* Added open download folder feature: CTRL+SHIFT+O to open the download folder
* Updated German and Chinese locales
* Fixed bug making Firefox crash when the converter queue window was open while a conversion was in progress
* Fixed multi-passes conversion
* Fixed toolbar icon height when in Use small icons toolbar mode
* Fixed encoding error on conversion rule names
* Fixed storage folder having non-ascii characters
* Fixed download from history
* Fixed AJAX page display


Version 3.1 June 24, 2008 268 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0.*

* Added Video Conversion feature (see details)
* CTRL+SHIFT+click on the entry in the download menu bypasses the File Saving dialog
* Icon default location in toolbar is now at the left of the URL bar (to prevent bug #403959)
* Fixed several minor bugs


Version 3.0.4 May 9, 2008 202 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0.*

* Fixed issue with downloading videos from YouTube resulting into an empty file or a 345 bytes file decribing a bad access. This problem happened when using the second entry in the download menu (the one with the red back arrow icon), required to take benefit of the video caching.
* Updated Portuguese locale
* Fixed about dialog in Finnish locale


Version 3.0.3 March 11, 2008 202 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0.*

* Storing media files to cache is now forced, making DownloadHelper compatible with more sites
* Fixed cache access
* Compatibility with Firefox 3.0b4
* Updated fi-FI locales


Version 3.0.2 March 1, 2008 202 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0b3

* Fixed issue with MediaLink method (gallery capture) sometimes not detecting links
* Fixed problem with cache, causing some sites to be incompatible with DH
* Fixed download count reporting on Firefox 3.0
* Updated de-DE, nl-NL and zh-CN locales


Version 3.0.1 February 26, 2008 201 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0b3

Version 3.0 introduces major architectural changes into DownloadHelper that will allow new exciting features in the next releases. However, the interface remains the same for the older features.

* The FLV videos you start viewing can now be remembered. At any any time, you can can visit your history and request the download of several videos in batch or go directly to their original page. To enable this feature, open the extension preferences and select 'enabled' in the 'History' tab. Once done, visit a few videos from YouTube for instance then right click on the DownloadHelper icon and choose 'History'. Please note that the History is currently limited to FLV videos
* The number of duplicate entries in the download menu has seriously been reduced
* Fixed capture of MP3 galleries
* Fixed memory leaks when closing popups


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Version 3.0 February 26, 2008 201 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0b3

Version 3.0 introduces major architectural changes into DownloadHelper that will allow new exciting features in the next releases. However, the interface remains the same for the older features.

* The FLV videos you start viewing can now be remembered. At any any time, you can can visit your history and request the download of several videos in batch or go directly to their original page. To enable this feature, open the extension preferences and select 'enabled' in the 'History' tab. Once done, visit a few videos from YouTube for instance then right click on the DownloadHelper icon and choose 'History'. Please note that the History is currently limited to FLV videos
* The number of duplicate entries in the download menu has seriously been reduced
* Fixed capture of MP3 galleries
* Fixed memory leaks when closing popups

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Version 2.6.1 January 23, 2008 188 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0b2

* Fixed issue with file names using non-latin characters
* Fixed compatibility issue with FlashGot 0.7.5
* Updated Turkish locale


Version 2.6 January 10, 2008 188 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0b2

* You can now monitor the download queue and delete requested downloads before they start. To use this feature, right-click on the DownloadHelper icon and use the 'Download Queue' entry in the menu.
* Files detected using the MediaResp method now can get a better default name.
* Support for Firefox 3.0b2


Version 2.5.3 December 8, 2007 178 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0b1

Fixed a bug that causes Firefox to freeze when opening the extension preferences. This happens on some configurations only.


Version 2.5.2 December 6, 2007 178 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0b1

* The MediaLink method can now be disabled from the extension preferences. This feature is used for capturing picture or movie galleries and might use a lot of the computer CPU when loading a large Web page. If you use DownloadHelper only to capture living videos and don't have a powerful computer, you might consider disabling the method: open the extension preferences and select tab 'Medialink'.
* Updated description for MediaWeight method.


Version 2.5.1 November 22, 2007 177 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0b1

* This version can now install on Firefox 3.0b1, as requested by many users.
* Fixed bug where capturing YouTube videos from their page links did not work on localized versions of YouTube (de.youtube.com, fr.youtube.com, ...).
* Updated pt-BR and pl-PL locales.


Version 2.5 November 9, 2007 177 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

* Added a new method, called MediaWeight, for detecting video and audio media. It is based on the size of the loaded files, assuming that a video is much bigger than a HTML, javascript, CSS or image documents. You can disable this method or adjust the size threshold from the extension preferences. Note that if this method is the only one that works on a particular, it is very likely not to be able to recognize the actual file extension (very often .flv but not always). You will probably have to change the file extension in the Save file dialog.
* The Supported sites window that shows up when you click on the icon can now be resized, as several users reported issues with this window being stucked to a tiny size.
* The Plugin method is now disabled by default as it was giving too many false hits in the download menu. Note that this change only affect people installing the extension for the first time. For people updating DownloadHelper, you can disable the method manually from the extension preferences.


Version 2.4.5 October 17, 2007 174 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

* Added a new sortable column in the list of supported sites. The 'Content interest' rating is based on the average time spent by users on listed video sites (as collected from www.downloadhelper.net). This gives a very relevant indication of the quality and richness of the site's content.
* Fixed potential issue with file names using special characters
* Fixed bug with default download directory always created in the user's home directory


Version 2.4.3 September 24, 2007 174 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

* Fixed a bug causing DownloadHelper to stop working when the current storage directory becomes unwritable. In this case, the default storage directory is automatically used.
* Fixed Italian translation
* Fixed broken About dialog in German locale
* Fixed download file permissions on Unix systems


Version 2.4.2 September 7, 2007 173 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

* Fixed a bug that prevented getting the home directory on some WinXP platforms. As the result of this issue, clicking an entry in the download menu did not do anything (Thanks Nick Fisherrman).
* Fixed Finnish translation


Version 2.4.1 August 26, 2007 173 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

* Fixed YouTube access by video name and by link, following YouTube changes on August 23rd
* MediaResp now accepts audio/xxx mime-types
* Fixed Polish translation


Version 2.4 August 21, 2007 173 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

* Files are now taken from the browser cache when available
* Added support for www.megavideo.com
* Added capability to disable the download count cookie from the preferences
* Added .divx as mediareq file extension by default. Note that this only affects new installs of DownloadHelper. For users updating the application, the file extension must be added manually from the Mediareq panel in the preferences.
* Fix for working on country-specific versions of YouTube


Version 2.3.4 August 1, 2007 173 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

Fixed a bug affecting MediaResp method on some sites, in particular YouTube


Version 2.3.3 July 24, 2007 173 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

* Adaptation to YouTube new interface
* Now works with www.megarotic.com
* File length auto-limitation now set to 64 characters instead of 32
* Fixed truncated file name extension on long file names
* Cookie export of download counts
* Fixed Turkish locale
* Added Finnish locale
* Added Traditional Chinese locale
* Added Korean locale


Version 2.3.2 June 26, 2007 161 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

- fixed permission of downloaded files
- fixed issue with very long file names (www.imeem.com)
- fixed issue preventing some windows to open when using some themes (like Metal Lion Vista)


Version 2.3.1 June 11, 2007 161 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

- Fixed German locale
- Fixed support for www.break.com


Version 2.3 June 6, 2007 161 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

* Added a new method for capturing videos based on viewer plugin recognition: works with Windows Media Player, Quicktime and Realmedia plugins.
* Added the capability to only the media file's URL to the clipboard. Try CTRL+click on the menu entry. The URL can then be copied to an external download manager with CTRL+V.
* Added support for non-ascii characters in YouTube file names (check preferences).
* Added locale for Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Slovak and Turkish


Version 2.2.1 March 26, 2007 137 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

* Fixed corrupted about dialog for es-ES, it-IT, pt-BR, de-DE and nl-NL locales
* Fixed error message happening sometimes when closing browser


Version 2.2 March 23, 2007 137 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5b1 3.0a2

* Added filter for adult sites
* Added locale for German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch
* Adding download menu into context menu is optional
* Added support for mp3 files by default
* Workaround for gallery sites that prevent hotlinking
* Fixed memory leaks
* Fixed crash on some Linux configurations
* Fixed initial site list sorting


Version 2.1 March 23, 2007 137 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5b1 3.0a2

* Added filter for adult sites
* Added locale for German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch
* Adding download menu into context menu is optional
* Added support for mp3 files by default
* Workaround for gallery sites that prevent hotlinking
* Fixed memory leaks
* Fixed crash on some Linux configurations
* Fixed initial site list sorting


Version 2.0 February 4, 2007 118 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

- Version 2.0 introduces community review of supported sites. Users can now rate and comment sources, directly from the extension. To do so, click on the DownloadHelper icon.


Version 1.96 December 24, 2006 156 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 3.0a2

- download requests now appear in "Save as" dialog
- welcome/update pages display in new tab
- remove potential issue on button clicked
- support for firefox 3.0a2


Version 1.95 December 12, 2006 155 KB
Works with:

* Firefox: 1.5 2.0.0.*

- Fix bug where file being downloaded appeared in the download menu
- Fix empty storage directory
- Improved graphics
- Several minor fixes

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This is an "add-on", or plugin for Mozilla Firefox and will auto update when you update the Firefox browser.
I've used it for a few years and for the most part, it does a good job of downloading videos via the Firefox browser, mainly FLV and MP4 video, but it works for MPEG, WMV and JPEG image files as well.
It's free, never had any issues with malware or adware, but I don't use the video conversion part of the software so things may be a bit different in that department.



Posted April 05, 2014 by . Tool version 4.9.22 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


This browser plugin supposedly allows you to download any video from YouTube, but it only works correctly for non-HD video. If you try to download 720p or 1080p clips, you will get a file with working audio but non-functional video. This has to be a problem with the plugin, because there are other YT downloaders for Mac that allow perfect downloading of HD video.



Posted December 18, 2013 by . Tool version 4.9.21 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


Great tool but no longer works with YouTube (Vevo for sure). Trying Freemake now...


Posted July 03, 2013 by . Tool version 4.9.15 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


This is a great downloader.
Cannot download sometimes, but it works great right now.



Posted September 26, 2012 by . Tool version 4.9.10 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


My rating is meaningless:
Today 21-09-2012 I'm getting a Google warning that the site http://www.downloadhelper.net is being used to distribute malware

Partial Quote from Google:
"What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 138 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 59 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2012-09-21, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2012-09-21.

Malicious software is hosted on 3 domain(s), including muzafferkocer.com/, mucastudio.com/, kentlyonsdev2.com/.

2 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including poddubem.com/, kentlyonsdev2.com/.

This site was hosted on 2 network(s) including AS16276 (OVH), AS15169 (Google Internet Backbone)............"



Posted September 22, 2012 by . Tool version 4.9.10 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


Personally, I don't use the converter, as I don't think I would like it. I am very picky about video converters, and I'm sure that anyone on this site could easily find one they like, if they just look around. I kind of like XviD4PSP, myself, although there are certainly others you could try.


Posted June 28, 2011 by . Tool version 4.9.3 using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


LOGOWARE

From the FAQ:

Logo on converted video

The logo appears at the top left corner of the converted videos when you use the conversion on Windows with an unregistered converter version.

Registration:
Pay in US Dollars $28.50 USD



Posted June 21, 2011 by . Tool version 4.9.3. using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10
Guides: http://www.downloadhelper.net/convert.php


With version 4.9, using Firefox 4.0 or later, you have option of screen capture added, using code from Cam Studio
http://update.downloadhelper.net/index.html
http://www.downloadhelper.net/screen-capture.php
to capture audio, use record audio from speakers option



Posted June 14, 2011 by . Tool version 4.9 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


A thing of beauty, which gets better and better.


Posted April 10, 2009 by . Tool version 4.3 using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

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