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Apr 14, 2000, 15:33 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)


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"Like myself the first time I heard about, I guess the the first reaction from many of you is something like; why would I need a seperate application for downloads?; Netscape and gftp does this fine. Well, the reason is that Downloader for X definetly does it better than Netscape and maybe more convienient in many cases than gftp."

"If you need to download a huge amount of files or large files using Netscape is seldom a good idea. Netscape has a tendency to crash and it doesn't support resuming downloads. It also downloads multiple files in an inefficient manner. So how do you use Downloader for X then? The easiest solution is to have the Webdownloader for X GNOME applet running. This gives you a icon on you panel to which you simply drag files from you netscape window and drops them ontop of the icon by releasing the mouse button.Alternatly you can have the Webdownloader app running and drop the downloads onto it instead."

"When you drag a file onto Webdownloader it replies by popping up a dialog asking you where you want to put it and if you want to start downloading it right away. Usually you just answer ok to have it start download and place the file in your home folder. As you might have surmised this means that Webdownloader frees you of that annoying behaviour in Netscape which makes you having to choose directory first, press cancel when it asks if you want to overwrite the directory, and then asking Netscape to start downloading again in order for it to download to the directory you want. After you press ok, Webdownloader then adds them to its list and downloads them the way you have spesified."

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