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Icon ie  Internet Explorer 9 quick users guide

Windows Internet Explorer 9 is the latest major release of the Internet Explorer (therein and after simply IE) web browser. It provides an improved graphical user interface and the new features that you can discover at the Internet Explorer 9 features web page. In this article we shall describe those nuances that can affect Ant.com Video Downloader toolbar users.

When you need some IE 8 features

First of all, if you prefer the IE 8 layout of tabs and Command Bar, you can tune IE 9's minimalistic design to look like the previous version's one. To do this, right click on the tabs area and select menu items 'Show tabs on a separate row' and 'Command Bar'. Your tabs will now reside on a separate bar row, and the Command Bar will be visible. Optionally, in the same way you can enable the Status Bar.

IE 9 notification bar

The most significant change for a user's attention is the notification bar of Internet Explorer. In versions 7 and 8 it is displayed at the top of the IE's client area; in the 9th version it is displayed at the bottom.

Installing Ant.com Video downloader

You download the installation package from www.ant.com and install it as usual.

After installation the IE 9 window will open, and you will see the notification bar saying «Ant.com Video Downloader add-on from Ant.com Limited is ready for use» at the bottom of the screen. Click on the Enable button to enable the add-on (otherwise it will remain disabled and you won't be able to download online videos).

Once you enabled the toolbar, click on the New Tab button to open a new tab. Sometimes toolbar buttons may get stuck when you click them right after installation, so it is better to start using the toolbar with a clean tab.

You are now ready to download online videos.

Online videos
Always remember that you need to start playing those videos that have a 'Play' button in the center before downloading them. Videos that are not playing on the web pages are not detected by Ant.com Video downloader toolbar.

Activating Ant.com Video downloader toolbar in the InPrivate Browsing Mode

Additional article
Internet Explorer's InPrivate Browsing mode is described in the article How to use Ant.com toolbar in the Internet Explorer's InPrivate Browsing mode. Most of its contents apply to Internet Explorer 9 as well.

One of the main advantages of the InPrivate Browsing mode for end-users of Ant.com Video Downloader is the ability to choose the download destination for every downloading video.

The InPrivate Browsing mode of Internet Explorer 9 can be activated in one of the following ways:

  • With the help of a keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P
  • With the help of a menu item Tools button (a button with the gear icon, also opened by shortcut Alt+X) — SafetyInPrivate Browsing
  • Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar, select Start InPrivate Browsing

Now, unlike the IE 8, the context menu of rebar area (it's when you right-click on the empty area near tabs) doesn't contain a menu item 'Disable Toolbars and Extensions When InPrivate Browsing Starts'. In order to activate add-ons in the InPrivate Browsing mode of Internet Explorer 9 you need to press Alt key once, then select a menu item ViewToolbarsDisable toolbars and extensions when InPrivate Browsing starts.

After that you click on the New Tab button and have Ant.com Video Downloader activated.

You active add-ons in the InPrivate Browsing mode only once; subsequent launches of Internet Explorer in the InPrivate Browsing mode will already have Ant.com Video Downloader activated.

When videos are not playing

One of the new features of Internet Explorer 9 is hardware acceleration of graphics which is also used for online videos playback.

On some websites you can see the empty space instead of a video playing but can actually hear the sound of the playing content.

There are several ways to resolve this issue (it is not related to Ant.com Video Downloader, and it also doesn't stop it from downloading such "invisible" videos).

First of all, go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and make sure you have installed the latest version of Adobe Flash Player for the Internet Explorer browser.

Also, you can visit Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player Incubator and download the latest available development release of Adobe Flash Player, from this page (select 'Download active-x for Windows — for Internet Explorer only'). It may not be properly stable but it may meet your needs.

At last, you can go to Internet Explorer options dialog (Tools buttonInternet Options), select Advanced tab, and select the first checkbox Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering. After that close IE and reopen it for the option to take effect. It will eliminate the issue with an empty playing video on the page, caused by hardware acceleration, if that was the problem.

But on the other hand, you will notice that a video playback is performed with small spurts (like it works in fits and starts). But after the download you can still open it with the embedded video player (by clicking the 'Player' button on the toolbar) and watch it work in an unusual manner.

When the Internet Explorer browser asks you to speed up browsing by disabling add-ons

Occasionally, the Internet Explorer may ask if you would like to speed up browsing by disabling add-ons.

Internet Explorer uses Windows 7 integrated performance tool to measure time that add-ons take to load, and compares it to a predefined value. If the add-on takes much more time to load than defined by a value, a notification is displayed. The default value is 0.20 sec. The average load time of Ant.com Video Downloader on a modern computer is about 0.6 sec, so the Internet Explorer triggers a notification prompting you to speed up browsing time.

It is always up to you whether to use add-ons or not, but if the browser's notification message is bothering, you can simply click on Choose add-ons and select higher time value in the Tell me when the total add-on time is… drop-down box. If you pick up the value 5 or 10 seconds, it will help you to point you attention at those 3rd party add-ons that load too long, but skip add-ons which have the load time less than a minute.