KeepVid Android Review: A Great Way of Downloading Media On The Go

We have talked about KeepVid Pro on Getting Geek before which is a PC & Mac based video download solution, today, we will take a look at KeepVid Android, a mobile version of the same desktop app which supports most sites that its desktop cousin does while being completely free to use.

Before we get to the app, a little disclaimer first: Many video streaming sites don’t want their users to download videos for offline use, and some of these videos may be copyrighted too, you should keep that in mind and read site’s T&Cs before downloading anything from their site.

KeepVid Android is not available on Google Play Store, which, as many people may already know is, because Google does not allow YouTube downloading applications on the Play Store. Instead, you can either get KeepVid Pro from its official website or from APK Mirror. If you have never sideloaded an app before, you may have to jump through some hoops and enable Unknown Sources on Settings. Although I would recommend you do disable it again once KeepVid Android has been installed.

Once the installation is done, you are good to go. On Android version 6 and above, the app will ask permission to access device storage and once granted, you can start downloading videos from any of its supported sites.

Because KeepVid only requires access to your storage, you can be sure that it does not record your location or contacts, which may be an important factor to users concerned with privacy.

Using KeepVid Android

Home Screen of the App

Similarly to the PC version, you can download videos in 2 ways. the first one is to paste the URL of the video on the app and then choosing the video quality to download and the second way is by browsing the site within the app and navigating to the video. Because the in app’s video navigation will be a mobile version of the site, you can preview the videos before downloading them. There is a search feature on the app too, which worked just as it should.

 

When you are downloading a video, you can pick if you want a video (in MP4 format) or just the audio (in MP3 format) though the app does not support resolution higher than 1920x1080p.

Downloaded media files are stored in a folder called KeepVid in internal storage.
The home screen of the app contains tiles to many websites that app supports and you can add some more sites to the home page by tapping the tile with 3 dots at the home screen, though keep in mind that there are some NSFW sites in the “Add More” list too.
Once the video is added, you can either start downloading it directly or let it wait for the phone to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Customization

The app’s setting can be found by tapping on the menu and selecting Settings, here you can change the default Video Player and Audio Player, the built-in Video Player is decent, but I prefer to use VLC to play Video files on my phone.
Apart from that, you can change the maximum number of concurrent downloads too which is default to 3.
I would like to see an option to set a default video download quality within the app in future though.

Conclusion

The Android variant of KeepVid’s video downloading solution is not as powerful or not as feature rich as its desktop brother, but its support to almost all major websites and its free price tag is definitely enough to make it one of the best ways of downloading videos on Android Devices. It would be great to have a paid and ad-free version of KeepVid Android. But if you are someone who wants to download videos off the internet and you don’t mind seeing a banner ad in the app, KeepVid is worth a shot.

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YouTube By Click Review: A Good Video Downloader For Windows

I spent some time testing and using the premium version of the app on Windows and here is a complete YouTube By Click Review.

Sure, streaming video has never been more accessible than these days, but you might still find yourself in situations where having a fast enough connection to stream a video is not possible. For people who like to take their entertainment with themselves, Downloading and keeping videos on their phones and computers have always been a good and reliable option. YouTube By Click is one of the most popular applications on Windows to let users download videos from the Internet. It is available in two versions: free and premium. I spent some time testing and using the premium version of the app and here is a complete YouTube By Click Review.

A Little Disclaimer first: Many sites don’t like users downloading videos and the videos might be copyrighted too, you should keep that in mind and read the T&Cs before downloading anything off the internet.

YouTube By Click Review

YouTube By Click Main Window
YouTube By Click’s Windows App

Basics and Installation

YouTube By Click is a Windows only application developed by By Click Inc. The application is available in two versions: A free, feature-limited version and a premium version, which (at the time of writing) costs $20. I went for the paid version as it can download unlimited videos and it has some other features too.

YouTube By Click is available for Windows only and it is supported on all recent releases of the OS. The download file is small and the installation is straightforward compared to other “Video Downloading Software” I have encountered over the years. In both the free and paid versions, the installer does not come with any bundled software and I only found that the footprint of the application on Hard Drive to be around 33 Megabytes.

UI and First Impressions

The app feels quite responsive in terms of launch timings. The UI consists of some toggles to let users switch between audio and video mode and select the download format for videos. Other toggles include a video quality switch and a button to choose the download directory on the PC.

youtube by click main ui
The toggles are easy to understand

Below these toggles, you can see the files that are being downloaded, are downloaded or search results.

Below that, you can find buttons for toggle search, find help and see application settings dialog box. The bottom right corner there is a toggle to stop automatically detecting videos.

At the bottom, you can find video recommendations, which are based on videos that you have downloaded. These recommendations quite handy especially when you are downloading music videos.

Recommendation come in handy if you are looking to download videos related to a niche/topic
Recommendation come in handy if you are looking to download videos related to a niche/topic

Overall the UI is satisfactory, it could be improved further (for example, clicking on “YouTube By Click” should open the menu instead of taking me to the website), but it is easy to use and understand.

Features and functionality

The app can download videos from a number of websites including YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, Dailymotion etc. and in my experience, all work fine. As the name suggests, most automated and advanced features of an app such as recommendations and playlist downloads are only for YouTube.

Once activated, the maximum resolution of video download was 4K (as long as the original upload was in 4K) and the download formats include 3GP. FLV, AVI, WebM, and MP4, the latter being the default one. YouTube By Click worked well with the Chrome browser that I use. There is no extension for Chrome that can be installed and this eliminates the possibility of having a direct download button within the player window. Instead, when playing a video a bubble shows up asking you if you want to download the video being played. You can copy the address of video and a popup is shown to offer you with the download options.

YouTube By Click Play Bubble
The popup bubble offers you to download a playing video

Playlist download works just as expected. And you can download private playlists by signing into YouTube from Options> Accounts and selecting Add Accounts under YouTube.

YouTube By Click can also convert local videos to different Video or Audio formats which is a nice thing to have.

One of the coolest features of YouTube By Click is that it can download all videos from a channel pretty much the same way it works for YouTube Playlists. You need to copy the URL of Channel and the app asks if you are interested in downloading the channel.

Using YouTube By Click in real life

As we discussed in UI section, the application is easy to navigate with some room for improvement. Unlike some tempermoneky scripts, YouTube By Click does not offer any download button next to videos and you are required to copy the URL from either the address bar or from the right-click menu. At first, it feels like an unnecessary step, but considering that bubble notification appears when you are watching a video, it doesn’t hurt user experience much.

The app worked well for all supported sites and I found no notable bugs or performance drops when downloading more than 100 videos from playlists.

One great feature I wish it had was automatically downloading new videos from subscribed YouTube channels as it would make it really easy for road warriors to stay updated with YouTube channels they subscribe to.

Conclusion

YouTube By Click is a good video downloading solution and it does what is promises without any complications. The app justifies the asking price in terms of available features and if you like keeping videos offline, it won’t disappoint you.

Still, if you are a very casual user and you don’t need any of its advanced features, you might be better off with the free version or using other ways to download videos for offline use.

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Review: Everything is The Best Search Tool If You Can Live By Some limitations

Everything is a free file searching tool that promises fast and easy search experience. Learn if it’s a good fit for you in our Everything Review.

Since the release of Windows XP, Microsoft has been working its ass off to make the search in Windows better. Windows has gone so much better in searching since the release of Windows Vista. And since then, incremental updates have made continued to make Windows Search better.

However, if you are a kind of person who does not want to waste a single second searching for files, Windows’ built-in tools might not be the best option for you.

Enter Everything, it is a free file indexing and searching tool that promises fast and easy search experience as long as you can compromise on some limitations. I have been using the application since last two years, and it has been my default searching app for the same time, let’s talk about if it can do the same for you.

Void search everything

Void Tools Everything Review

Installation, Pricing and First Impressions

Everything is available for Windows only, and the setup is available in 32 bit and 64-bit versions of the OS. Sizing around 1 MB to download, Everything has a tiny footprint once it is installed. The small footprint helps Everything shine in some other places, which we will discuss soon.

Also, the app is completely free. However, developer suggests you make a $5 donation.

As of the time of writing, the installer does not include any adware and also, you won’t find any advertisement or upgrade buttons in the app interface.

File Indexing and UI

Rather than searching your entire hard drive for files, Everything creates an index for all your Hard Drive partitions. This index only includes some basic details about files such as name, date of creation, file location, etc.

Everything does not index full text in the files, and this is what limits the app most.

Very much like other searching applications, Everything does indexing in the background. As the index only includes so fewer details about files, it is usually done within a couple of minutes. Your mileage will vary if you have tons of data across dozens of file partitions.

The UI is straightforward, launch the app, and you will see a search box followed by a list of all files and folders in the index. You can type what you are looking for in the search box, and the search is done instantly.

You can use some advanced filters by selecting them from the menu bar or by typing them with the search keyword. For example, typing ‘file:assignment’ will result with only files -folders with name ‘assignment’ will be excluded.

You can zoom make the text in the results screen look smaller or larger by using touchpad gestures, but the lack of proper thumbnails makes it kind of pointless.

You can add a filter drop down next to search box by clicking on View > Filters. Also. You can sort files and folders by size, name, type, etc.

Customizability

By default, Everything shows you a set of columns including file/folder name, path, size and date modified, if you wish, you can add or remove columns by right clicking on the any of the column headers and selecting and de-selecting any option.

Customization options in Everything
Customization options in Everything

Apart from that, you can go to Tools > Options to customize the app further. You can add/remove drives from the index. Enable or disable the inclusion of system or hidden files and toggle search history.

If you want, you can change the font size and color of search results from under General > Fonts and Colors.

Using Void Everything in daily life

While everything shines in quickly letting me launch files and folders, lack of full-text search hurts a lot, if you are a kind of person who does not name files well. Using names to search for files is not going to be any better than using plain old Windows Search.

On the other hand, if you have a habit of naming files appropriately, finding and opening files becomes a breeze. I have added an AutoHotKey entry to launch Everything by pressing WIN+SPACE and with the key combination, searching for any files barely takes more than a couple of seconds for me.

How Everything works for you may differ, though, if you are always searching for photos or files and you expect to see thumbnails for pictures and complete full-text search, you won’t like the app.

There are some other things too; Everything does not support email search, something that can be a dealbreaker for many people.

On the plus side, if you work on FTP a lot, Everything’s ability to search FTP servers will come very handy to you.

Conclusion

Search Everything is a fast, lightweight app and it may be a godsend for people who don’t require full-text search and Email search. If you have a habit of naming files properly and you need an ultra fast searching application, you should give the app a try
if you are someone who needs full-text search, the internet has many other searching applications or even better, may be Windows’ built-in search is better suited for you than search everything.

Do you use any third party app to search on your computer? if yes, share your experience with us in the comments below.

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