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abby - front-end for cclive and clive… more info»
U About ----- abby is a front-end for cclive and clive which are used to download videos from Youtube and other similar video hosts. abby is written in C++ and depends on the Qt framework. http://abby.googlecode.com/ Configuration ------------- You will need to set the path to either clive(1) or cclive(1) command. You can do this by opening the preferences (Edit/Preferences). Note that abby will check the path everytime it starts and prompts a notification if it cannot run the c/clive command. You can confirm that c/clive was found by opening the about dialog (Help/ About). First download -------------- Once the path is set to c/clive, you can add a new link to the download list by clicking the "plus" button left to the list widget. abby will prompt for a video page link. Note that before anything gets added to the list, abby verifies the c/clive supports the specified video host. Now that you have added a video page link to the list, you can click the download button (bottom-right to the list widget). This starts the c/clive process. The download progress is presented using the progressbars and various labels but you can also view various process details by opening the "Log" tab. Feature: RSS ------------ abby can parse RSS feeds. This feature can be accessed by clicking the "RSS". Once the dialog is open, you can enter a RSS feed link, for example: http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/users/(username)/uploads?alt=rss You can also append "&orderby=updated" to the URL. And hit "Fetch". When the parsed items appear in the list, you can select each item to the download list by checking the box before the video title. By hitting "OK", each selected item will be added to the download list. Note also the tiny button before the "Fetch" button. This opens another dialog (Feed manager) that can be used to save your feed links so that you can select them later without having to type them again. To re-use a link from "Feed manager", select a link from the list and hit "OK". Note that this feature is not Youtube specific, although the example link above was for Youtube. You can use the RSS parsing feature ultimately with any website that provides RSS content containing video page links to the c/clive supported websites. Feature: Scan ------------- abby can scan for video page links from any URL. This feature can be accessed by clicking the button underneath the "RSS" button. The interface is somewhat similar to the RSS dialog except that you are presented with the "Fetch video title" option box. Before you can start the scan, you will need to add a link to the "Link:" field. This could be, for example, the front-page of Youtube website (http://youtube.com). If the "Fetch video title" is checked, abby will perform the scan in two steps, first it will fetch the content from specified link and parses it for video page links, and then visits those links for page title information. Hit the "Scan" button to start the scan process. Once the process has completed, abby adds the detected video page links to the list widget from which you can check those items that you wish to download. Clicking the "OK" button will then transfer the selected items to the download list. Note that the scan feature currently supports only Youtube links. This means that it only recognizes Youtube video page links from the scanned content. And yes, it works with Youtube playlists. Notes ----- abby supports keyboard shortcuts. These are visible in the menu. For example, Alt+A would open the "Add link" dialog. You can edit list items by double clicking them. This applies to all windows and dialogs with list widgets.