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 Post subject: FreeRapid Downloader
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:06 am 
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Screenshots: http://wordrider.net/freerapid/screenshots.html

Queue and Download files from RapidShare and other file-sharing services.

Portablizing:
Unzip files into a folder, then open the file 'startup.properties' in a text editor. Change the line that reads:
# --portable
to:
--portable
and save.

Also, since this requires Java, if its not installed, it is possible to launch it using PortableApp's Java Portable Launcher. A batch file can also be created in place of a launcher with the following line:
\PortableApps\JavaPortableLauncher\JavaPortableLauncher.exe %~dp0\frd.jar

*Note: If run on a pre-Vista system with Java already installed (and without the portable launcher), it seems to leave this folder under Program Files\Java\jre6:
launch4j-tmp

Description From Homepage:
"FreeRapid is an easy to use Java downloader that supports downloading from Rapidshare and other file-sharing services.
Simply copy and paste your links from a browser to this application. FreeRapid Downloader will handle the rest itself. No more clicking or uncomfortable waiting.


Main Features

support for concurrent downloading from multiple services
downloading using proxy list
support for streamed videos
download history
smart clipboard monitoring
automatic checking for file's existence on server
auto shutdown options
automatic plugins updates
simple CAPTCHA recognition
works on MS Windows (all, include Win7), Linux and MacOS
easy to use
multilanguage interface English, Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, Portugal, Slovak, Hungarian, Simplified Chinese (other languages will come soon). Information for translators is here.
looks great
more than 230 supported sites!
simply works! more over 2 000 000 users can confirm that"


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 Post subject: Re: FreeRapid Downloader
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:20 pm 
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I've been using a buggy Java downloader program for Mac called Retriever for quite a while now. Definitely will try this out on the Mac side and then see how it stacks up to Free Download Manager (no Java, also GPL'd)

Thanks for the post and noting the use of jPortable.

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 Post subject: Re: FreeRapid Downloader
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:34 am 
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* support for concurrent downloading from multiple services

Actually I checked the settings and it supports around 300 hosting services. Very nice. Notably (and probably most popular) is good support for Youtube and the Apple movie trailer's site, but many people who share stuff here on the site on file distro sites like depositfiles and mediafire will have a use for this.

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 Post subject: Re: FreeRapid Downloader
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:35 pm 
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Tested this program a bit more and came up with something that I think is an important distinction:

Its not a download manager independent of the various file sharing sites it uses. That is: if you're not downloading from them (MediaFire, 4shared, and other supported services), it doesn't work particularly well with regular download links or unsupported sites. This couldn't take the place of managers like FDM or DownThemAll.

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 Post subject: Re: FreeRapid Downloader
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:46 am 
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Could this be included here when it has something like this >>
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CAPTCHA recognition

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 Post subject: Re: FreeRapid Downloader
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:32 pm 
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guinness wrote:
Could this be included here when it has something like this >>
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CAPTCHA recognition

I didn't notice that, but yes that might be an issue.

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 Post subject: Re: FreeRapid Downloader
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:05 am 
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So I've recently been using this program a bit more now that it seems pretty stable with the updates. I have to say its a must-have part of my toolbox.

Its so convenient to set a group of files to download from multiple sources and (typically) not worry about it unless theres some CAPTCHA stuff. And speaking of, they now make you enter that stuff manually, so I don't know that there's really a legal question anymore other than maybe disclaimers like 'you have to visit our website (and deal with the shitload of ads and malware we'll throw your way)'. I say screw those websites, what they do is even more of a legal grey area than this.

Oh one thing I just discovered is that you can set it to download Youtube videos - even whole playlists! Very cool, and definitely good for getting stuff to watch when your laptop or tablet is not 'wired'.


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