RapidFetcher - Bulk download galleries for Mac/Win/Linux

raamraam Big grinsPosts: 61Registered Users Big grins
edited December 2, 2016 in SmugMug Support
UPDATE (October 10 2016): A new version is available for mac and windows for $9.99 here: http://diagram.co/rapidfetcher/


UPDATE (May 24, 2010): There is a completely new build (not Adobe-AIR based) here ( http://bit.ly/rapidfetcher ) that should fix some of the issues with zero byte files. This is BETA (and has been tested only on a Mac), but please do report bugs/quirks that you find.

Hey guys,

I wrote a tiny Adobe AIR application that pulls images/videos from people's galleries. The application (and download instructions) can be found here . It's very early - does the basic stuff. It would be great if I could get your feedback / request features.

Ram


Installation Instructions for Old Adobe AIR application.

1. Download and install Adobe AIR installer from here: http://get.adobe.com/air/ (if you don't have it installed already)
1. Go to this page: http://rf-smugmug.appspot.com/latest/index.html
2. Click on the Install Now button
3. Click "Open" in the dialog. (This should install RapidFetcher in your Applications Directory)


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UPDATE [Version 0.50] (May 24, 2010)

There is a completely new build here that should fix some of the issues with zero byte files. This is BETA, but please do report quirks that you find.

1. Fixes zero-byte download issue.
2. Allows for URL-based download
3. Supports "largest" Video Size.

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UPDATE [Version 0.27] (Jan 4, 2010)

1. Automatic check for a newer version on startup.
2. Faster download speeds.

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UPDATE [Version 0.26] (Jan 2, 2010)

1. Added support for downloading into separate directories per category/subcategory/album
2. Added better integration of progress.
3. Added support for Album specific passwords
4. Fixed filenames to reflect the names given while uploading.

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UPDATE [Version 0.21] (March 4, 2009)

1. Fixed a bug that prevented images to be downloaded from Subcategories.

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UPDATE [Version 0.20] (Feb 19, 2009)

1. Now allows Original downloads.
2. Logout button added.
3. Added Progress bar on downloads.

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  • gluwatergluwater SmugMug Technical Account Manager Posts: 3,599Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 18, 2009
    Hey Ram I just installed it and it works as stated. We've got a couple suggestions for you though.

    Allow Original downloads - I think you already know about this one.
    Have a log out button - people like to know they have logged out of their site.
    Have some sort of progress indicator on the downloads. Like a % or file x of y. Something like that.

    Nice simple easy to use program
    Nick
    SmugMug Technical Account Manager
    Travel = good. Woo, shooting!
    nickwphoto
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 19, 2009
    ===========================================

    UPDATE [Version 0.20] (Feb 19, 2009)

    1. Now allows Original downloads.
    2. Logout button added.
    3. Added Progress bar on downloads.

    ===========================================

    Thanks,
    Ram
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkPosts: 60,808Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 22, 2009
    raam wrote:
    ===========================================

    UPDATE [Version 0.20] (Feb 19, 2009)

    1. Now allows Original downloads.
    2. Logout button added.
    3. Added Progress bar on downloads.

    ===========================================

    Thanks,
    Ram
    Seems to work! Cool :)
  • JDubJDub Nikonian Posts: 171Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 22, 2009
    I have to personally say thank you so much! This application works like a charm. I downloaded all my photos to my computer, since I just purchased a 1TB HDD. The wedding galleries, with over 2000 photos, downloaded perfectly with your program. The other smugmug photo grabber program, who will remain nameless, timed out after only downloading 200 pictures, and aborted itself. WTH! But yours, works beautifully. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
    Josh Westbrook
    ---
    Atlanta, GA
  • rich56krich56k Major grins SoCalPosts: 547Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 22, 2009
    raam wrote:
    ===========================================

    UPDATE [Version 0.20] (Feb 19, 2009)

    1. Now allows Original downloads.
    2. Logout button added.
    3. Added Progress bar on downloads.

    ===========================================

    Thanks,
    Ram


    OK - even a novice like me finally figured out how to get in this tool once downloaded (its not very clear at all to us non-tech-minded users)...

    are there instructions somewhere I missed??????

    however, once in it won't respond to my 'get album list' how 'bout a hand please...

    so then if I click 'download' I get the att. reply - what am I missing?

    ps: using an iMac 20" 2.33g C2D OSX 10.5.6 Safari 3.2.1

    thanks
    rich56k
    http://HooliganUnderground.com
    Member: ASMP; EP; NPPA; CPS
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 22, 2009
    It's an Adobe AIR application - setup can be a bit complicated if this is the first Adobe AIR application you are installing. I'll be happy to upload a video showing the installation process if there is more demand for it.

    Anyway, as far as your specific issue is concerned: you may have to wait till your list of albums populate before selecting the image/video size.

    I have uploaded a video that explains the entire process here:

    http://ram2.smugmug.com/gallery/7430881_C4zeX#479014595_JYVdu

    Please let me know if that fixes your problem,

    Ram

    PS: In the next release I'll add a delay + a message that requests you to wait till your list of albums populate.
    rich56k wrote:
    OK - even a novice like me finally figured out how to get in this tool once downloaded (its not very clear at all to us non-tech-minded users)...

    are there instructions somewhere I missed??????

    however, once in it won't respond to my 'get album list' how 'bout a hand please...

    so then if I click 'download' I get the att. reply - what am I missing?

    ps: using an iMac 20" 2.33g C2D OSX 10.5.6 Safari 3.2.1

    thanks
    rich56k
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 22, 2009
    I'm glad you found it useful. Let me know if there are any other features you would like me to implement.

    I know I still have to work on the front-end to make it as hip as SmugMug.com.

    Ram
    JDub wrote:
    I have to personally say thank you so much! This application works like a charm. I downloaded all my photos to my computer, since I just purchased a 1TB HDD. The wedding galleries, with over 2000 photos, downloaded perfectly with your program. The other smugmug photo grabber program, who will remain nameless, timed out after only downloading 200 pictures, and aborted itself. WTH! But yours, works beautifully. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
  • rich56krich56k Major grins SoCalPosts: 547Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 23, 2009
    raam wrote:
    It's an Adobe AIR application - setup can be a bit complicated if this is the first Adobe AIR application you are installing. I'll be happy to upload a video showing the installation process if there is more demand for it.

    Anyway, as far as your specific issue is concerned: you may have to wait till your list of albums populate before selecting the image/video size.

    I have uploaded a video that explains the entire process here:

    http://ram2.smugmug.com/gallery/7430881_C4zeX#479014595_JYVdu

    Please let me know if that fixes your problem,

    Ram

    PS: In the next release I'll add a delay + a message that requests you to wait till your list of albums populate.

    Hi Ram,

    I appreciate your response and the video...

    however, have followed the video instruction and it's 6 minutes still no albums 'populating'

    note: does illustrator need to be open? when I dbl-clicked on RapidFetcher.xml it opens illustrator (I have adobe creative suite 4 - design standard installed) but nothing happens - when I dbl-clicked on RapidFetcher.html it opens the window shown in the video (thats where I was earlier) I have approx 70 public non-passworded galleries and about 25 more unlisted with/without passwords - but nothing is 'populating'... now more like 15 minutes - hmmm...

    knowing me its something so simple - but again rolleyes1.gif

    just for feedback sake - as a non techie when you open the downloaded folder whats to indicate what is needed to use this program = I just started clicking on items until something opened - could that be part of my problem?

    rich

    9:52 pm UPDATE: when I clicked on 'logout' and it replied 'you're not logged in yet' !!??...the plot thickens!!

    10:05 pm UPDATE: just downloaded adobe AIR - but don't have a clue what to do with it ... I did re-try both as user and guest and still isn't 'populating' or even indicating I'm logged in...
    http://HooliganUnderground.com
    Member: ASMP; EP; NPPA; CPS
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 23, 2009
    It definitely sounds like an installation problem then.
    1. download and install Adobe AIR installer from here: http://get.adobe.com/air/
    2. Download RapidFetcher.air from http://raam.splitbook.com/RapidFetcher.air
    3. Double click RapidFetcher.air (it should now automatically open with Adobe AIR).
    4. After the installation process completes, you will find the file in your applications folder (usually /Applications/RapidFetcher.app)
    5. This is the file that you want to double-click.
    Hope this helps. Let me know

    Ram
    rich56k wrote:
    Hi Ram,

    I appreciate your response and the video...

    however, have followed the video instruction and it's 6 minutes still no albums 'populating'

    note: does illustrator need to be open? when I dbl-clicked on RapidFetcher.xml it opens illustrator (I have adobe creative suite 4 - design standard installed) but nothing happens - when I dbl-clicked on RapidFetcher.html it opens the window shown in the video (thats where I was earlier) I have approx 70 public non-passworded galleries and about 25 more unlisted with/without passwords - but nothing is 'populating'... now more like 15 minutes - hmmm...

    knowing me its something so simple - but again rolleyes1.gif

    just for feedback sake - as a non techie when you open the downloaded folder whats to indicate what is needed to use this program = I just started clicking on items until something opened - could that be part of my problem?

    rich

    9:52 pm UPDATE: when I clicked on 'logout' and it replied 'you're not logged in yet' !!??...the plot thickens!!

    10:05 pm UPDATE: just downloaded adobe AIR - but don't have a clue what to do with it ... I did re-try both as user and guest and still isn't 'populating' or even indicating I'm logged in...
  • rich56krich56k Major grins SoCalPosts: 547Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 24, 2009
    Still no luck...
    raam wrote:
    It definitely sounds like an installation problem then.
    1. download and install Adobe AIR installer from here: http://get.adobe.com/air/
    2. Download RapidFetcher.air from http://raam.splitbook.com/RapidFetcher.air
    3. Double click RapidFetcher.air (it should now automatically open with Adobe AIR).
    4. After the installation process completes, you will find the file in your applications folder (usually /Applications/RapidFetcher.app)
    5. This is the file that you want to double-click.
    Hope this helps. Let me know

    Ram


    OK still no luck...I agree with the 'instalation problem' theory - I don't see anything in the file ending ".air" to double click on...deal.gif

    Have installed Adobe AIR but when I double click on your "RapidFetcher.html" it opens in safari (not opening in AIR) and still won't complete the log-in (assuming by the fact when I try to 'logout' after being unable to accomplish anything (re: populate any lists) it says 'you haven't logged in' ...)
    either this is way over my head or somethings wrong - rolleyes1.gif - again there is no "RapidFetcher.air" file - as your step #3 refers to - only the original zip folder has that name -nothing else I can find... rolleyes1.gif :cry rolleyes1.gif

    Thanks for the attempts to help - if this becomes newb friendly let me know I'll keep checking back


    thanks,

    rich56k
    http://HooliganUnderground.com
    Member: ASMP; EP; NPPA; CPS
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 24, 2009
    Okay, let's try something different.

    Go to this page: http://raam.splitbook.com/RapidFetcher/install.html
    Click on the Install Now button, and click "Open" in the dialog. This should be much easier to install. Let me know if this works for you.

    Thanks,
    Ram
    rich56k wrote:
    OK still no luck...I agree with the 'instalation problem' theory - I don't see anything in the file ending ".air" to double click on...deal.gif

    Have installed Adobe AIR but when I double click on your "RapidFetcher.html" it opens in safari (not opening in AIR) and still won't complete the log-in (assuming by the fact when I try to 'logout' after being unable to accomplish anything (re: populate any lists) it says 'you haven't logged in' ...)
    either this is way over my head or somethings wrong - rolleyes1.gif - again there is no "RapidFetcher.air" file - as your step #3 refers to - only the original zip folder has that name -nothing else I can find... rolleyes1.gif :cry rolleyes1.gif

    Thanks for the attempts to help - if this becomes newb friendly let me know I'll keep checking back


    thanks,

    rich56k
  • rich56krich56k Major grins SoCalPosts: 547Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 24, 2009
    raam wrote:
    Okay, let's try something different.

    Go to this page: http://raam.splitbook.com/RapidFetcher/install.html
    Click on the Install Now button, and click "Open" in the dialog. This should be much easier to install. Let me know if this works for you.

    Thanks,
    Ram


    Hi Ram,

    Yes , that not only works perfectly - it's completely 'newb-proof' also! thumb.gif

    Super easy install, super fast download, even pulled originals when not 'enabled' in the gallery ...
    this is ready for mass consumption!!


    Thanks for going the extra mile for us that need an extra bit of simplcity!
    :D :D thumb.gif :ivar bowdown.gif :ivar thumb.gif :D :D
    A 'tip of the hat' to you sir!!

    Thanks again,

    rich

    ps: this is a real bonus to us intel mac users that were having difficulty with smugDav mwink.gif
    http://HooliganUnderground.com
    Member: ASMP; EP; NPPA; CPS
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited February 24, 2009
    I am glad this worked for you! I have updated my main post to make this the default installation style.

    Thanks,
    Ram
    rich56k wrote:
    Hi Ram,

    Yes , that not only works perfectly - it's completely 'newb-proof' also! thumb.gif

    Super easy install, super fast download, even pulled originals when not 'enabled' in the gallery ...
    this is ready for mass consumption!!


    Thanks for going the extra mile for us that need an extra bit of simplcity!
    :D :D thumb.gif :ivar bowdown.gif :ivar thumb.gif :D :D
    A 'tip of the hat' to you sir!!

    Thanks again,

    rich

    ps: this is a real bonus to us intel mac users that were having difficulty with smugDav mwink.gif
  • jonstlejonstle Big grins Posts: 16Registered Users Big grins
    edited March 2, 2009
    Not seeing all of my galleries
    I have downloaded and installed RapidFetcher. When I log in I only see 2 of my 30+ galleries available to download.

    Any thoughts?
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited March 2, 2009
    Hmmm... never seen this. But, could you tell me a little bit more about what is different about these 2 galleries with respect to any of the rest of the gallaries?
    E.g. date of creation, size of galleries, images / videos, access permissions etc.

    Thanks,
    Ram
    jonstle wrote:
    I have downloaded and installed RapidFetcher. When I log in I only see 2 of my 30+ galleries available to download.

    Any thoughts?
  • jonstlejonstle Big grins Posts: 16Registered Users Big grins
    edited March 2, 2009
    raam wrote:
    Hmmm... never seen this. But, could you tell me a little bit more about what is different about these 2 galleries with respect to any of the rest of the gallaries?
    E.g. date of creation, size of galleries, images / videos, access permissions etc.

    Thanks,
    Ram

    I took a quick look at the 2 galleries that appear in rapid fetcher, here is some basis information:

    Gallery one created February 28, 2009
    55 images
    unlisted
    password protection - no
    hello world - no
    helllo smugers - no
    external links - yes
    Protected - no

    Gallery two created December 2008
    unlisted
    password protection - yes
    hello world - no
    helllo smugers - no
    external links - yes
    Protected - no

    The only thing I can see is that they are the only two which are not in a subcategory.
  • jonstlejonstle Big grins Posts: 16Registered Users Big grins
    edited March 2, 2009
    I think I may be onto something, I use sub-categories for organization, when I set a galleries subcategory to "none" it shows up in RapidFetcher.
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited March 3, 2009
    jonstle wrote:
    I think I may be onto something, I use sub-categories for organization, when I set a galleries subcategory to "none" it shows up in RapidFetcher.

    I'll look into this.

    Ram
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited March 4, 2009
    This bug has been fixed in the latest version (0.21)

    Sorry about that,
    Ram
    jonstle wrote:
    I think I may be onto something, I use sub-categories for organization, when I set a galleries subcategory to "none" it shows up in RapidFetcher.
  • ptraykovskiptraykovski Beginner grinner Posts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited March 23, 2009
    rapid fetcher feature request
    Just downloaded your rapid fetcher program and it works great..thanks.

    One feature request would be to preserve the filenames that the images were imported with. I use filenames sometimes to tweak the order of images, for instance if the camera date was set wrong.

    also the one you had on your web page:

    Retain the Category/Sub-Category and Year/Month of a Gallery (using Folders and Sub-Folders).

    would be really useful!
  • nixagenixage Big grins Posts: 33Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 19, 2009
    no originals
    Hey. Thanks so much for sharing this app.

    For me it seems to work from tiny all the way to XL sizes. But, when I try to download the originals (Original URL), nothing happens. I select the folder to download to and then nothing....

    Any help is appreciated. (using a mac).

    thx.
  • nixagenixage Big grins Posts: 33Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 20, 2009
    works in xp
    Decided to download AlbumFetcher and run it in XP via VMWare Fusion on my mac, since RapidFetcher wasn't working for originals. AlbumFetcher worked right off the bat.
  • bbeck4x4bbeck4x4 Major grins Posts: 159Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 20, 2009
    having trouble with original downloads in macos
    I can get to where I select all of the galleries, create a location to store them and then nothing happens, any ideas?
    Brian Beck
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  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 22, 2009
    Could you give me more details on the type of files you are downloading?
    Are they in a category?

    Ram
    nixage wrote:
    Hey. Thanks so much for sharing this app.

    For me it seems to work from tiny all the way to XL sizes. But, when I try to download the originals (Original URL), nothing happens. I select the folder to download to and then nothing....

    Any help is appreciated. (using a mac).

    thx.
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 22, 2009
    1. Please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe AIR in your system - it should usually prompt you to update if you don't have the latest version.
    2. Could you look into the directory where the files were downloaded to make sure they weren't downloaded in the background? If the files are very large, they may take a while before they show up on the progress bar.

    Let me know if you still need assistance,

    Ram
    bbeck4x4 wrote:
    I can get to where I select all of the galleries, create a location to store them and then nothing happens, any ideas?
  • Jcox3Jcox3 Big grins Posts: 17Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 23, 2009
    for the shooting i do i use a lot of keywords to group images for the clients to find. it would be nice to be able to grab all of the images with certain keywords, so i can make cds of the groupings they like.

    other then that i think its a great program
  • SystemSystem Posts: 8,190Registered Users moderator
    edited June 8, 2009
    fantastic - thank you for writing this app and making it available.

    so far i have only one complaint: when i try to download the 530 big D2x JPEGs from one of my galleries, between the time i click "Save" in the save dialog (to indicate to which directory i want to save the downloaded images) and the time RF starts to download the images, about a minute and a half passes during which RF gives no indication that it's doing anything at all. this is a problem in and of itself, on top of which if the user figures this means RF didn't "hear" him the first time and he clicks "download" and indicates the directory a second time (and a third, as i did), RF will queue and execute all those download commands, resulting in the download of multiple copies of each image. that needs fixing.

    but that issue aside, it's an indispensable tool, providing a function that should have been built into the smugmug website. again: thank you!

    [oops...of course, the moment i'd posted the above message i noticed that RF had choked on image #72 of 530 ("downloading (95%)") and was just sitting there doing nothing. alas, i may have to try one of the other options.]

    yeah, this time it stopped on #114 of 530. i don't have the patience to try this downloader over and over, each time just hoping it will work. i'm off to find another.
  • raamraam Big grins Posts: 61Registered Users Big grins
    edited June 9, 2009
    I'm sorry you were having problems. I thought the wait bug was fixed - I'll look into it.

    I never got hiccups during the transfer. I'll try to put in a cancel/resume somewhere to fix this issue.

    Ram
    plaintiger wrote:
    fantastic - thank you for writing this app and making it available.

    so far i have only one complaint: when i try to download the 530 big D2x JPEGs from one of my galleries, between the time i click "Save" in the save dialog (to indicate to which directory i want to save the downloaded images) and the time RF starts to download the images, about a minute and a half passes during which RF gives no indication that it's doing anything at all. this is a problem in and of itself, on top of which if the user figures this means RF didn't "hear" him the first time and he clicks "download" and indicates the directory a second time (and a third, as i did), RF will queue and execute all those download commands, resulting in the download of multiple copies of each image. that needs fixing.

    but that issue aside, it's an indispensable tool, providing a function that should have been built into the smugmug website. again: thank you!

    [oops...of course, the moment i'd posted the above message i noticed that RF had choked on image #72 of 530 ("downloading (95%)") and was just sitting there doing nothing. alas, i may have to try one of the other options.]

    yeah, this time it stopped on #114 of 530. i don't have the patience to try this downloader over and over, each time just hoping it will work. i'm off to find another.
  • wellmanwellman Swimming for Them Posts: 960Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 17, 2009
    I was unable to get RapidFetcher to work (nothing happened after clicking Download), but it might be the fault of some proxy shenanigans at work. I'll try again at home later.

    LOVE the idea of it being cross-platform! Nice. thumb.gif
  • bugbugbugbug Beginner grinner Posts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited June 25, 2009
    Echo the comment of a few previous poster -- The download starts 2 minutes after you click the download, save buttons. It thought it wasn't working...

    If the wait cannot be elmininated, then just show something in the status (Please wait while...it may take a few moments) etc.

    It is a cool app though. It saves the day when the other album downloader doesn't work for one reason or another.
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