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You all know that the latest Safari better supports resuming transfers and stuff, and you end up with a .download file that shows the download progress. But did you know that you can control-click this file to show its contents? Control-click and select Show Package Contents from the pop-up and you'll see an info.plist file along with the file being downloaded.

If you are downloading a movie or MP3 for example, you can access the partially downloaded file. Very useful for large movies or songs that you just can't wait to view!

[robg adds: I'll admit that I don't see much benefit to this hint, given that you'll end up waiting for the whole file anyway, and I doubt it would work for partial disk image downloads. However, I thought the concept was at least interesting enough to merit posting.]
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Open Safari downloads prior to completion
Authored by: okamisama on May 04, '04 01:28:53PM

Just last night I discovered something related to this. My powerbook almost always freezes with heavy airport network use and so I was left once again with a partial mpg download. Double clicking on it in the safari download window after restarting opened the video in qt player. The safari .download file in the finder acted like a folder with the mpg in it and an info.plist file (if I remember correctly). No control clicking was needed to access these.

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Open Safari downloads prior to completion
Authored by: asan102 on May 04, '04 05:24:34PM

Rob, even if it's not downloaded fully, you surely know that you can stary watching a movie or listening to a song before it's completely downloaded. I wish they would just do it the normal way, rather than enclosing the file in a .download wrapper and adding this extra step.

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Open Safari downloads prior to completion
Authored by: nevsan on May 04, '04 06:09:49PM

Useless? I love this hint! So many times I've wanted to download videos but I had no idea what they were so I wasn't sure if I wanted them or even if I already had them. I freakin' HATED having to wait for the whole things only to find out that it wasn't what I was looking for or I already had it. Same thing goes with music files. Not only that, if I'm gonna download a 25MB movie on my 56k, I better at least get a preview at what I'm gonna spend 8 hours downloading.

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Depends on media type being d/l'ed
Authored by: victory on May 04, '04 09:13:54PM

Not all 'rudely truncated' (i.e. incompletely downloaded) media files will play correctly, even if you rename them to change the filetype association. Generally, MPEG-based files (MPEG-1/2 video, MP3s, etc) will handle being 'chopped' this way and still play[1]. Unfortunately, the same can't always be said for other media types such as those encapsulated in *.avi or *.mov container formats. I have no idea of this applies to *.wmv and *.rm files.

Still, sometimes you can get around this by running a repair utility on the truncated file[2]. For example, in the Wintel world, there exists a tool called DivxFix (or something like that) that will properly re-index a partially downloaded AVI file and allow it to play. Likewise, under OS9 there was a similar utility for QT *.mov files. Of course, if all you're interested in is watching (not repairing) a partial clip, try any of the VideoLAN clients available for OSX. I've found that they will often play things the usual Apple QTPlayer+Divx codecs or MS WMPlayer won't.


[1] I believe this is simply because the MPEG transport format was designed for this type of disruptive event. While we tend to associate MPEG with music/video files to be played on computers, the data format(s) created by this group were also used early on as a stream mechanism for satellite downlinks to TV stations and the like.

[2] Obviously you're better off messing with a duplicate of the half-transferred (or transferring) file, if you intend to continue the original download.

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