Video DownloadHelper Version History

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Version 620.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

  • 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 622.6 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

  • 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 621.6 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

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 620.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

* Added SocialShare, a new Video DownloadHelper service to share a video page over a number of social services: Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Buzz, Digg,, ....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 4.8.1 570.4 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 4.0b9pre, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

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 4.8 597.0 kB Works with Firefox 2.0 - 4.0b1, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

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 4.7.4 598.0 kB Works with Firefox 2.0 - 4.0b1, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

* 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 4.7.3 577.5 kB Works with Firefox 2.0 - 3.6.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

* 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 4.7.2 596.0 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

Fixed bug #144: Loosing download directory settings.

Version 4.7.1 596.0 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

* 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 4.7 574.5 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

* 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 4.6.5 568.3 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

* 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 4.6.4 555.0 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6.*

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 4.6.2 548.9 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6a1pre

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

Version 4.6.1 548.9 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6a1pre

* 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 4.6 519.2 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6a1pre

* 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:
* 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 4.5 498.7 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.6a1pre

* 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:
* Filtered out some special characters in file names when using the Capture from YouTube link(s) method
* Updated locales

Version 4.4.1 475.1 kB 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 4.4 475.1 kB 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 4.3 474.1 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 4.2 452.6 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 4.1 433.2 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 4.0.2 406.5 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 4.0.1 399.4 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.1b2

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

Version 4.0 399.4 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 3.5.1 325.6 kB Works with Firefox 1.5 - 3.1b2

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

Version 3.5 325.6 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 .
* 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 3.4 311.3 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 3.3 308.2 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 3.2.2 298.0 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