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Windows 7: Browser Download Utility

28 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 
Browser Download Utility

Description

This is a tiny portable application is designed to help users download browsers quick and easy. Perfect for those who reinstall Windows a lot, or like to test browsers a lot.


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Release Candidate Now Available!


Changelog
• Application name changed to Download Browser Utility.
• GUI revamped.
• More bug fixes than we can remember.
• More options added (show all browsers regardless of OS/Architecture).
• Added more browsers.
• Changed the coding from .NET 4.0 to .NET 3.0.


Known Issues
• Browser builds and versions will not auto update themselves. (Working on)


Please inform me of any bugs that may occur via private message or posting on this thread.



Attached Files
File Type: zip Browser Download Utility RC.zip (694.2 KB, 36 views)
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28 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 8 Pro x64 with WMC
 
 

Sweet. Thanks man. This will come in handy!
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28 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackroseMD1 View Post
Sweet. Thanks man. This will come in handy!
You are welcome, please give me some feedback (features to add, bugs, etc) after using it a bit.
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28 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 8 Pro x64 with WMC
 
 

I will man. I can already tell you that the aero glass may need a bit of work...then again, it could just be the theme I'm running too. Either way, I guess that's what the beta tag is for, huh?
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28 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blackroseMD1 View Post
I will man. I can already tell you that the aero glass may need a bit of work...then again, it could just be the theme I'm running too. Either way, I guess that's what the beta tag is for, huh?
Chris (Zidane) and I are working on fixing the Aero Glass, text rendering isn't something easily accomplished on Aero Glass unless its in the title bar, oddly. Probably why you've never seen a full Aero application that looks good, even from Microsoft.
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28 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 8 Pro x64 with WMC
 
 

Yeah, I would imagine so. Good luck man. Hopefully you guys can get one out before the MS Team can
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29 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It looks pretty good to me. Even the Aero GUI is decent, IMO.

As it's downloading, it would be nice if there were some type of interactive indication that would inform the user of progress, All I see is a "not responding" window even though I know the program is actually working properly (most users will wonder):
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A few other quick observations, if I may:

The program didn't seem to remember I had already downloaded Opera, left the "Download" button respective to it enabled, and gave me this message when I clicked on the "Download" button for Opera:
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Here it shows I have downloaded FF, Chrome, and Opera, as it should, and you can see I have chosen to save the installers:
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However, upon, reopening the program, even though the installers are still saved:
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the program sees only the FF and Chrome installers that were previously downloaded but misses the Opera download (as mentioned earlier) and neither does it retain the "Keep Installers" option that I selected previously:
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If I were to exit the program without re-checking the "Keep Installers," the installers I downloaded would be deleted whereas I might not desire having such done.

An option for the installer location and storage would be nice as well.

All-in-all, it's a pretty cool program for those of us that like to play around with varying browsers.

Thanks for taking the time to hear (read) my humble opinions and thanks for putting the effort into creating this utility.


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29 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mikedl View Post
It looks pretty good to me. Even the Aero GUI is decent, IMO.

As it's downloading, it would be nice if there were some type of interactive indication that would inform the user of progress, All I see is a "not responding" window even though I know the program is actually working properly (most users will wonder):

An option for the installer location and storage would be nice as well.

All-in-all, it's a pretty cool program for those of us that like to play around with varying browsers.

Thanks for taking the time to hear (read) my humble opinions and thanks for putting the effort into creating this utility.
The indicator and installer location will be available in the final version of this utility. The Aero Rendered GUI is byfar not perfect due to its lack of text rendering, its a work in progress.

Just a note in case any wonder, right now the utility will only do direct downloads so if a new download for a browser (Opera for example) comes out and the direct download link changes, it will not download that version. I intend to fix (to the best of my ability) this in the final release as well.

I appreciate your feedback.
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30 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

I'm working on a newer version of this. I wanted to know what browsers you all would like to see me add.
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30 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mikedl View Post
It looks pretty good to me. Even the Aero GUI is decent, IMO.

As it's downloading, it would be nice if there were some type of interactive indication that would inform the user of progress, All I see is a "not responding" window even though I know the program is actually working properly (most users will wonder):
Attachment 101011 Attachment 101012

A few other quick observations, if I may:

The program didn't seem to remember I had already downloaded Opera, left the "Download" button respective to it enabled, and gave me this message when I clicked on the "Download" button for Opera:
Attachment 101013

Here it shows I have downloaded FF, Chrome, and Opera, as it should, and you can see I have chosen to save the installers:
Attachment 101014

However, upon, reopening the program, even though the installers are still saved:
Attachment 101016
the program sees only the FF and Chrome installers that were previously downloaded but misses the Opera download (as mentioned earlier) and neither does it retain the "Keep Installers" option that I selected previously:
Attachment 101018

If I were to exit the program without re-checking the "Keep Installers," the installers I downloaded would be deleted whereas I might not desire having such done.

An option for the installer location and storage would be nice as well.

All-in-all, it's a pretty cool program for those of us that like to play around with varying browsers.

Thanks for taking the time to hear (read) my humble opinions and thanks for putting the effort into creating this utility.
I just noticed the additions to your original post. I will attempt to resolve the issues in the next release.

Still waiting for feedback in the mean time.
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