Leech
Leech 2.2
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Complete control over your downloads.   Shareware ($14.00)
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Leech gives you complete control over your downloads and full browser integration. You can queue, pause, and resume downloads, download from password-protected servers, and store your passwords in your system-wide, secure keychain. And you won't have to worry about downloads that were disrupted by a crashing browser ever again.
What's New
Version 2.2:
  • Fixed a fuzzy date description bug.
  • Improved resume functionality, including fixing a resume failure after sleep/wake
  • Fixed a crashing bug on OS X 10.6.8 related to the main window's oblong title bar button.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later



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Leech User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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LuukLuuk reviewed on 12 Feb 2014
Good workflow, stability, speed and easiness. Perfect app.

I don't know anything about all the old drama written below, I don't care, this program just works for me. Especially the feature to limit to certain number of downloads per host and/or in total is gold, because I don't want to be to hard on some hosts. I just want to quickly (copy/paste :)) enter a 2do list and don't look back until it has finished.
[Version 2.2]


burypromote

+2

walo reviewed on 12 Sep 2012
works great.. i just wish it could work without using the context menu in chrome. And supported segmented downloads for greater speed too.
[Version 2.1.1]


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+1

Shredder69 reviewed on 24 May 2012
Can't even get it to download correctly.
[Version 2.1]


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+2

-10

Rnetter reviewed on 27 Apr 2011
Chrome, Opera and iCab are not supported and I don't think this up is being developed anymore since 2 years. I still use it and love it but the missing support for Chrome etc. lets me look for other software periodically
[Version 2.0.7]


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+1

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Formica commented on 09 Apr 2011
This, like a few other downloading apps still on offer and even new ones just coming out, is utterly useless if it doesn't include multi-threaded downloading. Why would I add more complexity to my downloading if it offers no speed enhancement? I don't get it, and I won't get it.
[Version 2.0.7]


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+2

+1

Porcustal reviewed on 14 Jan 2011
oddly enough I can't get Leech to work with links here on macupdate
[Version 2.0.7]


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L0xby commented on 31 Dec 2010
please add an option to have leech update the "date modified" timestamp of a downloaded file to the current date/time. i hate having to go look for a file with an old timestamp when the save directory is sorted by modified date. thanks.
[Version 2.0.7]


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+4

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Y-Guy commented on 28 Jun 2010
I'd like to say I've tried this software and loved it. However, after reading all the drama and customer service attitude I'll steer clear. You lost all your customer data (shameful), the product gets abandoned for a period of time, and then you come along asking for upgrade fees? Sorry I want software that solves problems and doesn't create drama in my life.
[Version 2.0.4]

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Fishscale replied on 16 Aug 2010
I don't use leech but from my experience you should go with how the application performs and not the negative reviews seen here. Pertaining to the price and bugs I know nothing about that, but I just wanted to chime in that when you see crazy 1 star reviews for apps that you know are decent then go with the app not the reviews. Everyone can come here and post on MU. I would send bug reports to the dev, the developers have been around for a long time making great software. I too am hesitant paying for an upgrade but you have to also think that they never promised lifetime updates. Another item of interest is that they have released big upgrades over the years w/o asking for any fees, isn't there a discount that previous paid members get? I see where your coming from though, I might be saying something else if I paid for the app... Hope you get those kinks worked out and I would contact the dev, not post it here on MU. If you want to post it on MU, post the dev's response or lack there of.
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Robotank replied on 26 Oct 2010
I think that, since coming out of stasis, Many Tricks has shown enough dedication to their software and customers that they deserve another chance. Just look at all the major updates they've put out recently and the dedication to addressing customer concerns that Rob Griffiths has shown since coming to the company. I'm sure that everyone probably already knows the story of why Many Tricks dropped off the map for a while, but the evidence now suggests that they're back and taking their business very seriously. I've had only good experiences with Many Tricks since their reappearance. I've purchased upgrades for both Witch and Leech and been very happy with both. I don't think there's any reason to keep Many Tricks in the doghouse any longer or to be worried about them dropping off the map again.
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Sala7575 commented on 01 Jun 2010
I think this app is very excellent.
It works perfect.
[Version 2.0.2]


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+4

+78
::mile:: commented on 26 Apr 2010
Even though there seem to have been some changes within the staff of ManyTricks, I've pretty much had it with any kind of company or app respectively that involves Peter Maurer...! Don't get me wrong though -- Peter Maurer has lots of talent when it comes to designing good-looking and useful Mac apps ... but he also has the habit of starting promising projects and then abandoning them after a short period of time...! :(

'Leech' is just one of several examples over the last few years...
[Version 2.0.2]

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+2

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Bonobo replied on 26 Apr 2010
Ahoj MILE,

I can very well sympathize and relate to the feelings/thoughts you're expressing, but when I try to “empathize” with Peter (whom you may also virtually know if you are the same MILE I used to read eons ago in that German forum) it feels as if this brillant developer with high attitude and morale was overwhelmed by the success of his early works-which all were donationware and most of which he may just have put out because he wanted such a thing for himself-and later might have gotten overwhelmed as well by requests for support or at least a highly risen need for communication in a business world.

And at the same time he probably saw an underwhelming number of donations … if you add all this together, the projects he began could easily have begun to eat their creator.

Now, with Many Trick's new blog, it feels like having both Peter and Rob within virtual shouting distance … and what I see now I could describe as a wild and playful young pony being tamed by an old and knowing workhorse (if everybody would please forgive my crude comparison) … there have now been updates to several of their apps (thankfully these now are payware, so I trust they can and will be continued), and if you follow them on Twitter you'll also know that there are limited beta tests running, obviously this brillant young developer has found a good partner who knows about the business world and the world of business and who can handle the enormous communication needs of such a company.

Most of what I wrote comes »aus dem Bauch«, “from the guts”, so to speak. So, well, I guess I have to admit that my utterances are subjective and not objective ;-) Anyhow, from what Many Tricks have shown in the past two or three months I'd say give 'em the bonus of trust.
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+3
Many Tricks (developer) replied on 27 Apr 2010
What you are describing is ancient history. What's happening now is that I'm onboard, full time, and this is my *job*. I gave up a career at Macworld to join Peter, walking away from a site I launched nearly 10 years ago to do so.

I wouldn't do that if I didn't believe in Peter, believe in our products, and believe that we can make good stuff that Mac users will enjoy using going forward.

I can't speak for Peter, of course, but I think a lot of the initial reply is spot on: being an independent developer (when it's not even your full time job) and trying to do end-user support at the same time is enough to drive anyone away. Add in the fact that Peter used the donationware model, and you've got a hobby that takes thousands of hours and contributes little to your income. That gets old really fast.

So now, with me onboard, Peter is free to focus on coding. I'm handling all the business stuff at Many Tricks, including customer support, marketing, sales, promotions, accounting, etc. This lets both of us draw on our strengths, so that together, we can present a great suite of apps *and* support and update them going forward.

Since I've come on board, we've added a regularly-udpated blog, a customer support site, revamped the entire web site, and released three major product updates (with a fourth in the works).

This is the new Many Tricks; all we share with the old Many Tricks is the name and a very talented programmer. In every other way, we're a new company, and we'll be doing our best to earn your business.

-rob.
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::mile:: replied on 27 Apr 2010
@Bonobo: Yeah, even though I'm not really active on Apfeltalk anymore (for oh so many reasons) I do know Peter from there as well as from other virtual gatherings and remember you as well, of course! :)

That being said, I'm not really criticizing or judging him by any means -- he is a great creative mind when it comes to Mac apps and has proven to deliver awesome products over the years! I'm merely stating my own, personal disappointment with getting hooked on some of the stuff he publishes only to abandon it soon after for some other new shiny project...

It's not just "Leech" and other stuff he's done with 'ManyTricks', but what about 'Goose Apps' and the "Lounge" Twitter app?! So much promise and then after a few weeks everything goes silent and the only thing left to do is to remove a half-baked application from your Mac...

But then again -- and this is also directed to Rob -- I will keep an eye on what's going on with the stuff at 'ManyTricks' over the next few months, that's for sure! I just kinda doubt that I'll be willing to invest (time or money) in their apps any time soon...
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Leo Spill had trouble on 14 Apr 2010
Leech was released as version 1.0 on May the 7th 2008.
Version 1.1.4 was released two months later on June the 4th.
Then no updates till version 2.0 on March 31st 2010.

For the disappearing act - I suggest starting with a clean sheet.
Free updates should be handed out to everyone who
purchased a license - period.
[Version 2.0]

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Many Tricks (developer) replied on 14 Apr 2010
"Leech was released as version 1.0 on May the 7th 2008. Version 1.1.4 was released two months later on June the 4th."

And both of those versions were perfectly useful until Snow Leopard's release in September of 2009. That's, at a minimum, 15 months' usage of the program without any problems.

"For the disappearing act - I suggest starting with a clean sheet. Free updates should be handed out to everyone who purchased a license - period."

A clean sheet implies completely free software for anyone who ever bought a version of the program, at any time in its existence? That's pretty extreme.

The reality of a clean sheet approach would be exactly the opposite: "We don't care if you bought our program before or not. We're starting over, so there are no upgrades, everyone's a new customer." But that's clearly not the right thing to do here.

The right thing to do is to try to satisfy those who feel ripped off by Leech's non-functionality in Safari after Snow Leopard's release. And really, that was its only issue: it still worked with Firefox and FlashGot, it still worked via drag-and-drop.

Technically, that means I shouldn't worry about anyone who bought more than a month or two before the Snow Leopard release date, but that doesn't seem right to me. So I went back six months prior to Snow Leopard's release date, which is how I came up with March 1st.

If this isn't enough to satisfy you, then I'm afraid I won't be able to make you happy. That's OK; I long ago learned you can't make everyone happy all the time, so I just do my best to try to make most everyone happy most of the time.

-rob.
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Leo Spill had trouble on 09 Apr 2009
No updates in ten months ?

No fixes for sites - the app balks at ?

Very disappointing developer interest in this project
for a fee based application.
[Version 1.1.4]

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Sgt-Bob-IE replied on 17 Aug 2009
I agree. Bought this app just before 1.1.4. It was being updated quite frequently before this and thought that trend would continue. I am very dissapointed.

The developer site hasn't been upgraded and the forums seem to have been close a couple of months ago.

At least one of the developers seems to have moved off to different projects with a different developer.

I for one will certainly not be purchasing from this developer again.
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Derekjab replied on 14 Sep 2009
+1
Developer doesn't even bother to reply to e-mails.
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Leo Spill had trouble on 31 Jul 2008
Won't accept downloads from :
http://www.adobe.com/

Just downloads a dlm.html

Please fix these anomalies.
[Version 1.1.4]


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Corpsecorps had trouble on 04 Jul 2008
To begin with, i thought this was great. However, i haven't once gotten it to download properly from RapidShare.

Regardless of the file size, i only wind up with a 4-12 KB download.
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[Version 1.1.3]



Léonux rated on 13 Feb 2014

[Version 2.2]



+1

Shredder69 rated on 22 Sep 2012

[Version 2.1.1]



+2

Kgx rated on 03 Jan 2012

[Version 2.1]



Lambchop1 rated on 08 Oct 2011

[Version 2.1]


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Version Downloads:789
Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Shareware
Date:18 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $14.00
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