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DownloadComment places the original URL of a downloaded file into the Finder Comments area of that file, allowing you to retrieve the data by using the "Get Info" command. This functionality was part of Netscape on OS 9 but is missing from Safari. DownloadComment brings it back.

What's New

Version 1.2.1
  • Adds support for Safari 3 final release including Leopard support.

Requirements

Safari 1.2 or later

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sjk Member IconComment+995
sjk
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Hmm, DC has mysteriously disappeared from the developer's site; currently only Movie Tools is listed on the Mac Freeware from Ecamm Network page.

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Version 1.2.1
le-macinfo Member IconComment+11
le-macinfo
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DownloadComment is great because it also puts the download path in the file comment if you drag&drop some file (e.g. an image) into your finder windows or to the desktop!

Therefore: Great little helper!

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Version 1.2.1
John-Sawyer-CJS Member IconComment+86
John-Sawyer-CJS
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Am I the only one who DOESN'T see URLs automatically added to the Get Info window for Safari web archive files that I save, when I don't use DownloadComment? I haven't seen URLs in a Finder Get Info window for any Safari web archive files for as long as I can remember, including Safari 2 and 3. What am I missing?

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Version 1.2.1
elegraphy
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Huh? Of course you won't see URL saved in your Get Info Spotlight Comments if you didn't use DonwloadComment.

John-Sawyer-CJS
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elegraphy:

If you'd bothered to read the reviews I was responding to, you would have read things like this:

shockerspaz:

"I dont get it. Am I the only one that already has this functionality in Safari 3?

sjk responds:

Even Safari 2 already adds that "Where from" (kMDItemWhereFroms) Spotlight metadata without using DownloadComment, but I don't know if Safari 3 adds the download URL to Spotlight comments without DownloadComment (Safari 2 doesn't).

shockerspaz responds:

it sure does!

sjk responds:

If Safari 3 saves download URLs both as "Where from" (kMDItemWhereFroms) metadata *and* as Spotlight comments then can anyone think of a reason to still use DownloadComment?

xxxciter says:

"This is already done automatically in Mac OS X 10.4 (maybe earlier) and Safari 2 !!!"

So elegraphy, tell me how all that can be interpreted in any other way, than several people saying that what DownloadComment does, is automatically done in OS 10.4? Hence my question.

Of course, xxxciter clouds the issue by including a link to a utility that does essentially what DownloadComment does, instead of proving that OS 10.4 does it all by itself.

le-macinfo
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One thing that regular Safari 3 on 10.4.x doesn't do:

If you drag&drop a file (e.g. an image) to your finder it doesn't add the download path to the file comment.

With DownloadComment Installed it does!

Hope that helps. ;-)

John-Sawyer-CJS
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real_macinfo: We already know that Safari doesn't automatically add a web page's URL to a saved copy of that web page, and that DownloadComment's purpose is to add that capability.

Tice Member IconReview+119
Tice
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Yes!!!! Finally again and on on Leopard! This little pluggy is just a neat add-on. How often does somebody ask "Hey where's that desktop picture from" I I haven't any idea. Thanks! : )

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Version 1.2.1
Bill B Member IconComment+6
Bill B
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Yes, lets have this for Camino!!

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Version 1.2
Leoncahun
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Yes, pleaaaaaaase!

mrhooks
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I would love to see this for Camino as well.

shockerspaz Member IconComment+18
shockerspaz
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I dont get it. Am I the only one that already has this functionality in Safari 3?

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Version 1.2
sjk
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Even Safari 2 already adds that "Where from" (kMDItemWhereFroms) Spotlight metadata without using DownloadComment, but I don't know if Safari 3 adds the download URL to Spotlight comments without DownloadComment (Safari 2 doesn't).

shockerspaz
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it sure does!

sjk
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If Safari 3 saves download URLs both as "Where from" (kMDItemWhereFroms) metadata *and* as Spotlight comments then can anyone think of a reason to still use DownloadComment? Since it's an Input Manager it'll probably not work with Leopard anyway.

Ecamm Network, Llc (Developer)
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Also, DownloadComment writes the URL in cases where Safari doesn't, like dragging images to the desktop.

sjk
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> … dragging images to the desktop

Thanks for reminding me DC is responsible for that. It's the only reason I need to keep using DC until generic Safari does the same thing (if ever).

xxxciter Member IconComment+0
xxxciter
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This is already done automatically in Mac OS X 10.4 (maybe earlier) and Safari 2 !!!

(see Get Info window: More Info section: "Where From")

Mac Pro Tip:
http://www.apple.com/pro/tips/downloadsource.html

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Version 1.1.1
sjk
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Copying/moving items across volumes, rebuilding the Spotlight index, and other actions will remove that "Where from" (kMDItemWhereFroms) metadata. Information in the Spotlight (Finder) comment field that DownloadComment uses is stored in .DS_Store files. Both methods are fragile, but kMDItemWhereFroms more than .DS_Store (IMO).

Ecamm Network, Llc (Developer)
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Also, DownloadComment writes the URL in cases where Safari doesn't, like dragging images to the desktop.

Lorin-Rivers Member IconReview+14
Lorin-Rivers
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This thing is so valuable and when you end up with a bad download, you can find out where it came from.

I love this thing!

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Version 1.1.1
makai Member IconComment+18
makai
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OK, so how about DownloadComment for Camino?

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Version 1.1.1
sjk
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Have you suggested that to the CamiTools developer?

Bill B
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Yes, lets have this for Camino!!

Darth Brooks Member IconReview+36
Darth Brooks
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Thanks for this, Ecamm, I had almost forgotten about that old OS 9 feature.

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Version 1.1.1
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Date 23 Dec 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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