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Downloading Multiple Images with a Few Clicks of a Mouse

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

DownThemAll!Let’s say that a provider has completed your lookup and uploaded the resulting images to Genlighten. How do you get them from there to your computer’s hard drive?

If it’s just a couple of images, click on the thumbnail to load the full-size image in your browser, then right-click and save it to your computer. From there you can print it, share it, or attach it to a record in your genealogy database.

But what if it’s a divorce file with eighty images? You could right-click and save eighty times but there’s an easier way to transfer the files to your computer if you use Firefox as your browser.

Go to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/downthemall/ and download the Firefox add-on called “DownThemAll!” It’s a five-star program developed by Nils Maier, a graduate student at the Technische Universit├Ąt Braunschweig in Germany.

When the program has finished downloading you’ll be prompted to close Firefox and open it again. After you’ve done that, you’ll find that DownThemAll! appears in the drop-down tools menu.

Once you’ve installed the add-on–it takes no time at all to do it–log into Genlighten and go to the lookup report page that has the images you’d like to download. Select DownThemAll! from the drop-down tools menu.

You’ll see a screen that looks like the image below. Notice that there are Genlighten files listed that you won’t want to download. Typing .jpg (or .tiff or .pdf — whatever file type the provider used) in the box that says “Fast Filtering” will select just the images you want to download.

DownThemAll! Download Manager

If you want to save the files to a particular place on your computer, click the folder icon next to the “Save Files In” drop-down and navigate to the correct folder.

Then click “Start!” If your experience is anything like mine, the images will download remarkably fast. I started counting “one-thousand one, one-thousand two … ” when I started a batch of 120 files and it was finished by the time I got to ” … one-thousand sixty.”

If you try this approach to downloading images, stop back by and let us know how it worked for you.