Dated 30 Dec 2010
(c) 2010-2011 Anand K Gupta
See Changes for changes history.
Description (of the application) :
Downloads first few bytes of a given url. The number of bytes can be given.
Benefits (of using it) :
This is specially useful in partially downloading a huge movie file and checking if is worth downloading the full 100 MB of it on a paid connection.
Take for example of the situation I face, given below.
This is a season of wishing each other and sending some thing to smile big or small. My mail group and individual friends send me sometimes movie file, which contains, say a funny situation of a couple on gift purchase. I do smile after watching it. So far so good. Now the problem is, another of my friend sends me the same movie but in different name and he writes only "Enjoy!". This file happens to be 84MB!! Just imagine my face after downloading on paid connection, I find the same movie, albeit in better and bigger resolution, but same.
So I need to download the first few bytes, say 1MB, of the same and check it in GOM Player. If I have watched it earlier or if it is not of my liking, I will not download it.
I searched and could not find any file down-loader which I can tell to download just 1MB or so of the file. If I cancel a download in middle, the file gets deleted. Forget about using it as background job.
Finally I made "Partial Download" console application. This is a console application and so requires CMD (Command Prompt) support to run.
Reviews (of the application) :
donationcoder (NANY 2011) : http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=25052.0
ghacks.net : http://www.ghacks.net/2011/01/01/partial-download-download-part-of-a-file/
portable freeware : http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7660
Install and uninstall (on computer) :
To install, extract the zip file in a folder, say "Partial Download", and run the "Partial Download" exe.
To uninstall, delete all files in the "Partial Download" folder and remove the "Partial Download" folder.
"partial download" url [bytes_to_download]
where bytes_to_download defaults to 1.5 MB
"partial download" http://filehost.com/abcd.flv
"partial download" http://filehost.com/abcd.flv 1500000
Anti-Virus reports malware (what to do?) :
Delete the exe and it's folder. There is nothing we can do as this is false alert and we do not have resource to request all Anti-Virus companies to update their database. Similar problem is faced by small developers worldwide, check below links,
You can see the last scan result of the exe from Virus Total web site and will find that major Anti-Virus report it as clean.
Similar applications (if any) :
Wget - freeware - http://www.gnu.org/software/wget/
Downloads full of given url, can not download partial.
Contact (for feature request, bug report etc.) :
Go to Feedback page to check latest feature request and submit your feedback.
Freeware (why?) :
As a developer, we work for commercial ventures in our day jobs, and code something more personally interesting in our spare time. We get more pleasure in making the application, which in turn helps us in our day to day activity and may also benefit others. We use freeware software made by other developers, so we feel happy if we are able to make small contribution to this freeware community.
Hope you will find this software useful.