Video DownloadHelper Version History

102 versions

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Version 4.4.1 464.0 KiB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6a1pre

* 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 4.4 464.0 KiB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6a1pre

* 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 4.3 463.0 KiB 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 4.2 442.0 KiB 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 4.1 423.0 KiB 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 4.0.2 397.0 KiB 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 4.0.1 390.0 KiB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.1b2

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

Version 4.0 390.0 KiB 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 3.5.1 318.0 KiB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.1b2

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

Version 3.5 318.0 KiB 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 .
* 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 3.4 304.0 KiB 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 3.3 301.0 KiB 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 3.2.2 291.0 KiB 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 3.2 281.0 KiB 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 3.1.1 277.0 KiB 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 3.1 268.0 KiB 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 3.0.4 202.0 KiB 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 3.0.3 202.0 KiB 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 3.0.2 202.0 KiB 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 3.0.1 201.0 KiB 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

Version 2.6.1 188.0 KiB 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 2.6 188.0 KiB 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 2.5.3 178.0 KiB 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 2.5.2 178.0 KiB 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 2.5.1 177.0 KiB 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 (,, ...).
* Updated pt-BR and pl-PL locales.

Version 2.5 177.0 KiB 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 2.4.5 174.0 KiB 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 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 2.4.3 174.0 KiB 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 2.4.2 173.0 KiB 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 2.4.1 173.0 KiB 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