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- 10/30/02 - updated again to work with Phoenix
- 10/03/02 - updated to work with Phoenix
- 09/20/02 - 1.5.0 release - with wget integration
- 08/12/02 - 1.1.0 release
- 08/01/02 - first release
If you have ever wanted a quick way to download all the files (images, video clips, zip archives, etc.) from a single page, then the leech add-on is for you.
- Simple right-click access to download all files on a page
- All configuration is done on a preferences pane, not yet another toolbar in your browser
- Files are downloaded to a single folder of your choice
- Pick which file extensions to download - e.g. only images
- Can handle referer-protected downloads, through wget or workaround
- Works with Phoenix
1.1 - 1.5:
- Added wget integration, effectively changing the focus of leech. This is the reason for the version jump.
- Tidied up the preferences page
- Bowed to public pressure and used "Leech" instead of "leech" in UI ;)
1.0 - 1.1:
- Added check for duplicate links on the page and only downloading once
- Added Tom Murphy's automatic renaming code
- Made the file extension check case-insensitive
- Added ability to apply a prefix to all filenames
- Links in framesets will now be leeched
Sure, there are website copiers around (such as the excellent, open, and multiplatform HTTrack), but why go to all that trouble just to save the images from a thumbnail page you happened to like? leech was born out of this very situation - I had recently switched to Mozilla as my primary browser, from IE, and I was missing the integration with BitBeamer (an external FTP/HTTP client with batch downloading features) I had previously enjoyed. I had to right-click every thumbnail, "Save Link Target As", click OK in the file dialog.. what a drag.
A couple of days, a crash course in Mozilla development, and a lot of inspiration from other add-ons (credit remains in the source files), and the first version of leech arrived.
The features I would most like to add are:
- expand the options for wget for better site mirroring, etc.
- transparently handle sites that link each thumbnail to an (e.g.) HTML page instead of directly to an image