DownLater User Manual
"Why download those big files now when you can download them all
later, with DownLater?"
Copyright (c) 1999 SoftSynth.com
Author: Phil Burk
The Main Window
Dragging Links Into DownLater
Changing the Local File
Further information, recent releases and tech support can be found on
the DownLater web site.
Have you ever been surfing the web and found several large files, like
MP3 songs or software archives, that you want to download? But as soon
as you start downloading one, it ties up your modem and slows down your
browser. Wouldn't it be nice to just pick a bunch of files now, but download
them later? You can do that using DownLater. Just drag the links from your
browser into the DownLater window. When you're done surfing, hit a button
and DownLater will download the files one after the other. Or you can schedule
them to be downloaded while you sleep.
What Does DownLater Do For You?
The Main Window
Dragging Links Into DownLater
Start the DownLater program by double clicking on its icon.
Start your favorite web browser.
Find a file that you want to download using your web browser. It
will typically be a .ZIP file, or an .MP3 file, or another binary file
but not an .HTML file.
Click down on the link with the left mouse button and drag the cursor over
the DownLater window. You should see the cursor turn into an arrow.
Drop the link in the DownLater window. You should see a box with the URL
appear in the DownLater window.
It will take a few seconds for the link to be validated. If an error occurs
the box will turn orange.
DownLater will select a default local file name to save the file as. If
this conflicts with an existing file, you will be asked to pick a new name.
Changing the Local File Name
If you wish to change the name for the file to be saved with, double click
on the files box. You will see a standard SaveAs dialog that will let you
change the name.
When you have selected the files you want, you can download them now
by hitting the [Download Now] button. As each file is downloaded, it is
removed from the list of files.
If you wish to download the files later, then check the box that says
"Download at hh:mm". When the time comes, your files will be downloaded.
If you are using a modem, then your computer will dial in to your
Internet service provider automatically. Note that you must leave DownLater
running for it to download the files as scheduled. But you can minimize
the window so that is is out of the way.
You can change the scheduled time for downloading using the "Schedule
Downloads..." menu item in the "Option" menu.
If you wish to remove a file from the list before it is downloaded, click
on it once to select it. Then hit the <Delete> key, or select "Delete"
from the [Edit] menu. You can choose "Undo" from the "Edit" menu to get
the last URL back.
Select "Exit" to leave DownLater. [Warning: you should leave DownLater
running if you want to download later.]
their site. This information might include a user ID, or a password, or
an e-mail address. These cookies are collected by your browser as you surf
the web. In order for DownLater to download files from those web sites,
DownLater send those cookies back to the web site. You can tell DownLater
or not to use any cookies. If you select Netscape, you will also be asked
to select which user's cookie's to use. You can also select a cookie file
directly but that should only be done if selecting by user does not work.
Download Options Dialog
This dialog has three checkboxes.
[ ] Ask for saved file every time. If you check this then DownLater
will open a dialog window and ask you for a file name every time you drop
in a new link.
[ ] Place in directories based on extension. If you check this
then DownLater will try to save the file in a directory with the same name
as the file extension. So".mp3" files will go into a directory called
"whatever\mp3\". And ".zip" fiels will go into a different directory call
[ ] Allow HTML files to be downloaded. A common mistake is to
drag a link to an HTML file onto DownLater. You should typically click
on the HTML link to get the page that then lets you download the files
you want. But if you really want to download an HTML file, then check this
Schedule DownLoads Dialog
You can use the "Schedule Downloads" dialog to tell DownLater when to start
downloading files. You can specify a range of time by setting the "start
time" and "end time". DownLater will pick a random time in that range.
It uses a random time so that everybody's copy of DownLater doesn't start
at the same time and swamp the Internet. You can tell DownLater to download
at the scheduled time by checking the "Download at hh:mm" check box in
the Toolbar on the main window.
This item will launch your browser and direct you to the DownLater web
site. At the web site, you can download new versions of DownLater, get
more information, and most importantly, register your copy of DownLater
for a modest fee.
After you register, you will receive a license by e-mail. Select the license
text in your e-mail and copy it to the paste buffer by hitting Control+C.
Then select the "Paste License..." item and paste the license into the
text area of the dialog box. Clink in the text box and by hit Control+V.
Further information, recent releases and tech support can be found
on the DownLater web site.