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Topic review - FDM & Google Chrome
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  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
I've been using FDM for a number of years very happily with IE. However, after some trouble with the last IE update, I've switched to Chrome as my browser for the first time. I was happy to find that there is an FDM Chrome extension. I installed it, and in most respects it appears to be working. However, I am having one specific problem.

The issue is with some - but not all - of the file download sites like Rapidgator, used as a free user rather than as a paid user.

Some of these sites allow the use of download managers by free users, some don't. Using IE with FDM, I would click to download, and FDM would open a download window. If it's a site that allows download managers I would then click to download in the FDM download window, and FDM would download the file; if it's a site that doesn't allow download managers I would click cancel in the FDM download window and IE would download the file instead.

With Chrome, however - when I click on the download button, an FDM download window opens, and if it is a site that allows download managers, FDM downloads the file as it should; but if it is a site that DOESN'T allow downloads, and I click cancel in the FDM download window, that's where I get a problem with some sites. With SOME of the sites, Chrome will then download the correct file, just as in IE. But with others, when I click to cancel the FDM download, Chrome downloads something else - like an error page - and not the file I should be downloading. Rapidgator is one of the sites where this happens, and when I click to cancel the FDM download window, Chrome downloads a 'downloads.htm' file instead of the .rar or .zip I should be getting and which IE would download.

So FDM seems to pass something wrong to Chrome when its download window is cancelled.

Now, I know which sites (at least after the first time with each new one) this is a problem with, and I wouldn't mind the problem if I had an easy way to initiate the file download from one of the problem sites just as a Chrome download, skipping FDM. But I can't find a simple way. I thought holding ALT down while clicking on the download button/link might skip FDM and start the Chrome download direct, but it doesn't. (Should it? I'm not sure if I'm misremembering something from a different download manager I used years ago. And turning off browser monitoring in the context menu from the FDM tray icon doesn't do anything - FDM STILL intercepts the download click in the Chrome window. The only way I've found so far is to call up the Chrome extensions page, disable the FDM extension, go back and do the download by Chrome, then go back to the extensions page and enable the FDM extension again AND THEN go back to the FDM configuration window and turn Chrome monitoring on again in that. That is a real pain of a procedure to have to go through to start a download from one of the problem sites.

So - with FDM, the FDM extension and Chrome monitoring enabled, is there some way to start a particular download in Chrome skipping FDM, short of disabling/reneabling the extension each time?


As an additional item of curiosity, I only have a single 'download with FDM' entry in my Chrome context menu, without the 'download all', 'download site', 'download selected'. As a matter of fact, I'm quite happy with that, because in all the years of using FDM with IE I've only ever used that basic 'download with FDM'. But i am just curious as to whether with Chrome I'm only supposed to get the one context menu entry, or whether something is bugged.

Oh - edited to add:
Windows 7 64-bit
FDM 3.9.4 build 1472
Chrome 36.0.1985.143
FDM Chrome extension 1.0.14
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:53 pm
  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
Sentinel wrote:
Hello,
Option "ALT must be pressed" not working with google chrome browser.
It's not implemented in a new plugin for Chrome. You should request a feature.
Post Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:23 pm
  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
Hello,

Option "ALT must be pressed" not working with google chrome browser.
FDM version: 3.9.4
Chrome extension: 1.0.14
Chrome: 36.0.1985.143 m
OS: Windows 8.1 64bit

If it's normal that this options doesn't work with chrome I want to ask: How enable only context menu in browser without enabled automatic downloading via FDM?

Cheers
Post Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:22 pm
  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
I followed the above instructions from zilla1126.
I am running Vista, FDM 3.0 Build 852, Chrome 5.0.370.70 Beta.

Since chrome was installed to my user profile I copied the npfdm.dll file to C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\5.0.375.70\

When I view about:plugins from chrome I find:
Free Download Manager Click Catcher Plug-In for Netscape, Opera, Mozilla - Version: 1.1.2
Location: C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\5.0.375.70\plugins\npfdm.dll
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:41 am
  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
I think you should install FDM as follows:
1. Install FDM.
2. Run Chrome, install FDM extension from the Chrome Web Store and close Chrome.
3. Run FDM and make sure that Chrome monitoring is turned on.
Post Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:46 pm
  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
Guest wrote:
Hello, I would like to ask why my chrome extension doesn't work properly.. On each time I tried to right click to download all and I got this pop out of "Take the final step before you can start using the fully featured version of FDM!" while I able to use it a few hours back just fine... I update my client and still doesnt work.


Having the same problem, occurs randomly,
Post Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:23 am
  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
Hello, I would like to ask why my chrome extension doesn't work properly.. On each time I tried to right click to download all and I got this pop out of "Take the final step before you can start using the fully featured version of FDM!" while I able to use it a few hours back just fine... I update my client and still doesnt work.
Post Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:39 pm
  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
temp759 wrote:
I have problem installing extension from Web Store. It gives the following message
Could you please hit F12 next time you see that message and take a screenshot with "console" tab viewable?
Post Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:46 pm
  Post subject:  Re: silent monitoring in Chrome and new Opera  Reply with quote
Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:
silent monitoring option does not work? any suggestions?

Does this option work for IE/Firefox?
Yes, it does.
Post Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:45 am
  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
temp759 wrote:
"There was a problem adding the item to Chrome. Please refresh the page and try again."
Try logging out of Webstore.
Post Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:56 am
  Post subject:  Re: silent monitoring in Chrome and new Opera  Reply with quote
Guest wrote:
silent monitoring option does not work? any suggestions?

Does this option work for IE/Firefox?
Post Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:50 am
  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
Usher wrote:
All Chrome extensions should be installed from Chrome Web Store only.
Read http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014/05/prot ... cious.html

Read also earlier messages in this (merged with "FDM & Google Chrome") topic, please.


I have problem installing extension from Web Store. It gives the following message:
"There was a problem adding the item to Chrome. Please refresh the page and try again."
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:34 pm
  Post subject:  Re: FDM & Google Chrome  Reply with quote
All Chrome extensions should be installed from Chrome Web Store only.
Read http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014/05/prot ... cious.html

Read also earlier messages in this (merged with "FDM & Google Chrome") topic, please.
Post Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:22 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Problem in Chrome monitoring  Reply with quote
Usher wrote:
Follow the reporting rules, please.


My problem report:

General description:
It is not possible to enable Google Chrome monitoring.
I tick "Google Chrome" in Options\Settings\Monitoring and then press OK.
The tick is automatically removed every time (it is always remains unticked).
As a result FDM can not capture downloads from Chrome. The Context menu option is also missing.
OS: Windows 8.1
Browser: Google Chrome, version 35.0.1916.114 m
FDM version: 3.9.4 build 1472

Thanks
Post Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:21 am
  Post subject:  Re: Problem in Chrome monitoring  Reply with quote
Follow the reporting rules, please.
Post Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:06 am

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