When I was a kid and I asked my parents a question about astronauts, dinosaurs, puppies, or violins, they’d often point me toward our set of encyclopedias and say, “Look it up.” Nowadays when my son asks the same kinds of questions, one of the first places we go to look something up is…YouTube!
He could happily watch YouTube for hours, and when we go on a trip, he’s always disappointed he can’t stream his favorite YouTube channels on his Wi-Fi only tablet while we’re in the car.
So the next time, I’m definitely using Downie.
Downie helps you download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, and other video sites. It even supports 4K videos. And if you love music videos and concert films on YouTube, Downie can even save just the audio. It’s crazy fast, too—if you have a decent internet connection, videos download and convert in no time at all.
It’s not hard to think of all the ways Downie could come in handy…
Downloading videos shouldn’t be a complicated process, and Downie keeps things nice and simple. For starters, you have multiple ways to start a download.
Drag in a text file, and Downie will scan it for links, even multiple links.
In the Preferences, you can set up Downie based on your workflow. For example, if you love listening to music on YouTube, you can set up Downie to download just the audio. That way you can listen offline, saving bandwidth. But when you want to download full videos again, just go back to Preferences > Postprocessing and change the preset from Extract Audio Only back to None.
In Preferences > Postprocessing, you can also have Downie auto-convert everything to MP4, if, for example, you plan to send your downloaded videos along to a phone or tablet. You can also have videos automatically open in Permute if you want to convert for specific devices—more about that in a minute.
Downie even has a Simple mode (in Preferences > General) if you find the interface too cluttered or confusing. But we recommend keeping the full interface, since it shows progress bars that are color-coded whether a download is in progress, complete, or failed.
Downie lets you search the big sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and TED, right from the search field at the bottom-right of the main window. That Search popup also has a Top Downloads tab, too. But if you’re worried about your kids searching for adult content, or finding it in Top Downloads, you can filter searches and disable Top Downloads in Preferences > Parental Controls.
Permute, which is also part of Setapp, is a media converter made by the same developer, so it seamlessly integrates with Downie. While Downie can automatically grab just the audio, or convert all videos to MP4, for anything beyond that you can have downloaded videos open automatically in Permute.
Permute has presets for every device, can convert videos to audio files, supports subtitles, and can even crop videos or rotate them 90 degrees, in case you were holding the camera wrong. It also stitches back together videos that are downloaded in multiple parts.
And since both Downie and Permute are part of the Setapp family, there’s no reason not to try them together!