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A quick and simple PotW this week (got to start slowly and pace myself into this new year, right?). I download a lot of apps and documents from a lot of places -- VersionTracker, MacUpdate, links from articles on news sites, entries on various forums, etc. I don't always have time to look at things right when I download them, so my Downloads folder rapidly fills up. At some point in the future, I'll look at something in the folder with a useful name like "om_en_7.54u1.dmg" and wonder 'What the heck is that, and where did I get that?'

If I don't clear my Download window in Safari, I can find out by control-clicking on the like-named object and choosing "Copy Address." But since I download so much, I clear out the list with regularity, so then I'm forced to mount the disk image, open it, and then hopefully see something that reveals what it is I've now mounted (Opera, in this example). Enter DownloadComment, from Ecamm Network. This free Safari plug-in saves the address of the download in the Finder's Comments box, making it a quick Get Info away -- just highlight the file in the Finder, hit Command-I, and check the Comments section for the download URL. That's usually enough to remind me of what's behind the cryptic name. DownloadComment installs in your global Library -> InputManagers folder, and includes a simple uninstaller in case you tire of its behavior. It doesn't get much easier than that.

A simple little thing, but quite handy if you download tons and tons of stuff.
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Seems like OmniWeb does it
Authored by: tamc on Jan 03, '05 03:10:59PM

I didn't know it until this hint, but Omniweb (the latest beta at least) seems to do this out of the box.



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Seems like OmniWeb does it
Authored by: topsnark on Jan 03, '05 04:29:06PM

Many years ago I used iCab, the little German browser that was the first to integrate banner filtering (since changed) and illustrate html compliance and non-compliance. It put DL URL in the comments from the beginning, a feature I have sorely missed since I had to stop using it, due to slow development.

BTW Anyone know of a Firefox/Mozilla plug to do this?



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Seems like OmniWeb does it
Authored by: kps on Jan 04, '05 12:56:26PM

If you have registered iCab, you can now get a 3.0 beta.



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Re: Seems like OmniWeb does it
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Jan 05, '05 02:28:47PM

No one on the Mozilla/Firefox teams seems particularly interested in this. However, the code is already in Camino (just not turned on) and Pinkerton recently said "Let's turn it on," so there's a good chance of it appearing soon in Camino.



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DownloadComment - Track Safari download URLs
Authored by: bakalite on Jan 03, '05 03:21:41PM

What I don't understand is why Mac apps don't have more descriptive names. We do have enough characters....



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DownloadComment - Track Safari download URLs
Authored by: raider on Jan 03, '05 07:17:35PM

Because not every computer and server in the world is a Mac. Additionally not every disk format, peripheral, storage or transport mechanism, or other items that might hold files might not support it either.



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DownloadComment - Track Safari download URLs
Authored by: shavenyak on Jan 04, '05 08:40:44AM

The main problem there is app developers. They aren't like normal people - they prefer short, cryptic filenames which convey the most information in the least amount of space. The fact that the information makes no sense to the normal people is irrelevant.

On the bright side, this same obsession with efficiency tends to make them better programmers.



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Automatic file save promt on download?
Authored by: flipflop on Jan 03, '05 04:36:07PM

Does anyone know if it's possible to get Safari to automatically show a Save dialog when a file is about to downloaded, to avoid saving everything with stupid names to the same folder?
This can be done with Camino, and it's my only reason for using it rather than Safari.



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Automatic file save promt on download?
Authored by: madamov on Jan 03, '05 05:43:09PM

Right click and Save linked file as is doing this.



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Automatic file save promt on download?
Authored by: flipflop on Jan 04, '05 08:28:42AM

No, that doesn't work with redirects. You end up saving some useless HTML file that contains a URL.



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Automatic file save prompt on download?
Authored by: maged on Jan 04, '05 09:33:26AM

I have this same pet peeve, so I thought of using folder actions. I tried one that moved the file on add, but ended up with 2 copies of the download, one in my Downloads folder, and another in the folder where I wanted to put it. Idea was to at least move it into a subfolder which categorized it (utility, editor, game, etc.)

How about a folder action to rename a file on detecting a new file being added? I know with OmniWeb I can rename a file even while it is downloading and it doesn't seem to mind.



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Nice feature. I just need a firefox plugin to do this.
Authored by: tji on Jan 03, '05 07:29:30PM

I run into this problem a lot.. All the downloads pile up over time in my downloads directory. When I go to clean it out, the filenames give no clue as to what the file is.

But, I'm not sure if this is enough to make me switch back to Safari from Firefox.



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DownloadComment - Track Safari download URLs
Authored by: poenn on Jan 03, '05 07:38:32PM

Right, OmniWeb (which I prefer) does this for quite some versions now without additional software needed!

happy new year!



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Won't work with "Save image as..."
Authored by: jigu on Jan 04, '05 08:56:08AM

While it does its job, it doesn't work when you choose "Save image as..." while right-clicking on an image: It saves as before, but the image on your harddisk has no URL in the comment field. Oh well...



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saft does this too
Authored by: baronworm on Jan 04, '05 04:31:47PM

As described by the features page:

http://haoli.dnsalias.com/Saft/index.html



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DownloadComment - Track Safari download URLs
Authored by: JimMueller on Jan 05, '05 09:44:03AM

I have been bemoaning the loss of this feature in many online forums since it stopped working in Internet Explorer and Netscape some time early in OS 9.
How could developers not see the great value of this for their users?



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