View Full Version : Why still 100% CPU & corrupt downloads?

04-07-2013, 04:01 AM
I see that the current version hasn't changed since I installed it in 10/11, create date of 8/10. There doesn't appear to be a newer version, so I am assuming the behavior was never 'fixed'; that's why I'm asking 'why'?

I usually will download a zip file using SSL, 10 connections although my main provider limits to 8. The speed is no different than using the browser's download, but instead of minimal CPU overhead of the browser, DS will take all available CPU, slowing down other processes until finished. Also, I've used alternate SSL ports, so there's no ISP throttling taking place. Concurrent browser downloads from the same sites increase throughput.

And, here's the kicker: Almost always, the file is corrupt, and I can't open the zip file. If it's another type of file, it MAY play until it presumably hits the corrupt portion. Downloading Ubuntu images, for example, is out of the question. The MD5 never matches.

In comparison, I spent years using the free DAP without SSL and it was FAST using 8 connections and had low CPU use, but when it wouldn't do SSL, I switched to DS (should have bought the newer DAP and more $$ in hindsight). Also, I wanted the extras of youtube downloads, etc. so I leaped before I trialled due to DS reputation. Trade press reputation, that is, so it's really on me.

(I also tried ReGet, it had DAP-like performance but also serious browsers' plug-in issues. Plus later on tried others, so this is not just a DS vs. DAP vs. ReGet comparison)

Also in comparison, I used Newsleecher for years and it was able to handle 20 SSL nntp connections with light CPU usage and I NEVER encountered corruption issues. BTW, I won't use torrents.

So, back to 'why': Why would a company stop development & maintenance on a product that had/has so much promise before fixing problems that competitors don't have? And why are they still selling it and people buying it if it's so broken?

(Yes I know, once again the real question is 'why would I buy a pig in a poke' :-() I repeated my mistake with Mezzmo, but that's another story...)

EDIT: I do not 'capture'.

04-09-2013, 10:09 AM
Hi tpx,

Whilst we have been slow to release a new version of DownloadStudio, it remains an important product for us and one that is used by many, many people everyday to successfully download files.

Our focus has been on Mezzmo over the past year or so (partly driven by its growing popularity), but we still develop DownloadStudio. Indeed, there is a Beta version of DownloadStudio 8 available for download. If you are interested, let us know and you can try it.

As to your specific problem, please email us at support [at] conceiva [dot] com and we'll work out what's going wrong and fix it.

11-13-2013, 05:18 PM
Update: We have released DownloadStudio v9.0.3.0 and it includes the full support for downloading form popular web sites. You can run Help -> Check For Updates in DownloadStudio to update your version.