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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
Intel/PPC, Safari 1.2 or later



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seahunt tipped on 17 Sep 2010
I emailed the developer and he suggested checking the "Open in 32-bit mode" option in the Get Info window for Safari. I cleared various Safari enhancements and reinstalled DownloadComment 1.2.1, did the Get Info thing, and it's working again on my (intel) MBPro, 10.6.4, Safari 5.0.2. I haven't finished upgrading all my Safari apps to discover if there are any conflicts with running in 32-bit mode, but at least I know how to make it work when it's crucial.
[Version 1.2.1]

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sjk replied on 11 Feb 2011
Belated thanks for the tip. Too bad Ecamm hasn't revived DC with a 64-bit update.

Without DC, I've noticed the URL of a Safari download will occasionally mysteriously appear in the file's Spotlight Comments field. Seems to mostly happen after downloading previously downloaded files but yesterday it surprisingly happened with a new URL of a first-time download. Clueless to the cause; wish it was a consistent, reliable behavior like DC used to provide.
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sjk tipped on 08 Jun 2010
Incompatible with Safari 5, with no sign of an updated re-release from Ecamm Network.
[Version 1.2.1]


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sjk commented on 05 Apr 2010
Hmm, DC has mysteriously disappeared from the developer's site; currently only Movie Tools is listed on the Mac Freeware from Ecamm Network page.
[Version 1.2.1]


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le-macinfo commented on 21 Feb 2008
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!
[Version 1.2.1]


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John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 23 Dec 2007
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?
[Version 1.2.1]

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elegraphy replied on 25 Dec 2007
Huh? Of course you won't see URL saved in your Get Info Spotlight Comments if you didn't use DonwloadComment.
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John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 27 Dec 2007
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.
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le-macinfo commented on 21 Feb 2008
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. ;-)
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John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 21 Feb 2008
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.
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Tice reviewed on 23 Dec 2007
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! : )
[Version 1.2.1]


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Bill B commented on 12 Aug 2007
Yes, lets have this for Camino!!
[Version 1.2]

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Leoncahun replied on 15 Aug 2007
Yes, pleaaaaaaase!
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mrhooks replied on 23 Dec 2007
I would love to see this for Camino as well.
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shockerspaz commented on 06 Aug 2007
I dont get it. Am I the only one that already has this functionality in Safari 3?
[Version 1.2]

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sjk replied on 07 Aug 2007
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).
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shockerspaz replied on 07 Aug 2007
it sure does!
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sjk replied on 07 Aug 2007
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.
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Ecamm Network, Llc (developer) replied on 08 Aug 2007
Also, DownloadComment writes the URL in cases where Safari doesn't, like dragging images to the desktop.
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sjk replied on 08 Aug 2007
> … 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).
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xxxciter commented on 09 Nov 2006
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
[Version 1.1.1]

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sjk replied on 29 Dec 2006
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).
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Ecamm Network, Llc (developer) replied on 08 Aug 2007
Also, DownloadComment writes the URL in cases where Safari doesn't, like dragging images to the desktop.
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Lorin-Rivers reviewed on 14 Jul 2006
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!
[Version 1.1.1]


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Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Free
Date:23 Dec 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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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.


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