This free to use program downloads a full Masechta at a time
The program was developed by Jacob Shalev, Diasoft Corporation
upon completion of the 11th Cycle of the Daf Yomi, in appreciation of Rav Grossman and DafYomi.org.
Re-distribution of this program is permitted and encouraged.
You need to tell Masechta Downloader where to store the downloaded shiurim audio files. Click the Browse button and pick a folder on your computer. The program will create a sub-folder under your selected main folder and name the sub-folder with the name of the masechta. The downloaded audio files will be stored in that sub-folder.
For example, you can create a folder named c:\data\shas. Start the program and then click the Browse button and pick the c:\data\shas folder. Now, if you download masechta Brachos, the program will create a sub directory named: c:\data\shas\Brachos and store all the shiurim files in that directory.
Masechta Downloader saves the name of your main download folder. When you run the program again to download another masechta, it will propose the same main folder as before. Simply click download, and the program will create a new sub-folder for the new masechta, under the same main folder. This way, you can organize all your shiurim neatly, with a different folder for each masechta, all residing under the main folder.
During download, the status bar at the bottom of the Masechta Downloader window will indicate the name of the file that is currently being downloaded and the "log box" will give you a detailed listing of what is happenning
Note that the ending of the file name indicates the daf number (e.g. brachos_004a.MP3 indicates daf "dalet" amud alef in Berachos).
At times, your connection may experience errors, or the DafYomi site may be down for a bit. Simply run the program later. If you consistently fail to connect to DafYomi.org, you may want to review the next section.
Sometimes, the communications fail after the program has been downloading for a while. Although the program will try to re-establish communications several times, it may fail to do so and you will see in the log (on the screen) various errors indicating failures to connect, time-outs, etc. You have two options as to how to proceed.
The simple option is to re-run the program later, using the same main folder. The program will start the download from the beginning, it will skip any audio files that have been successfully downloaded in the earlier attempt, and proceed to download the whole masechta. This procedure has been automated in the current version. Simply click the check box next to "Re-try an incomplete download hourly, up to 0 times" and pick a "number of times". Here is what the program will do:
1. Download the files, one by one. If communications are interrupted in the middle of a file,
the program will pause for 10 seconds and retry the download - up to three times.
2. If all files were successfully downloaded, the program will stop.
3. If one or more files failed to download, the program will discard any partially downloaded files, wait an hour and then start all over again. Note that files that had been downloaded successfully in the prior round will not be downloaded again.
4. Step 3 will be repeated either until all files have finally been downloaded, or until the number of retries has exceeded the number you picked.
If your connection is slow and you don't want to keep your connection open for hours, then go to your download folder and note the daf number of the last downloaded file. Start the new download from that number.
To do so, after you click on the masechta name, change the "From daf" number from 2 to the daf number you want this download to start from, and then click Download. Download always gets both "Amud Alef" and "Amud Beit" of a daf (except when the masechta ends in Amud Alef.
To exit the program in the middle of downloading, press the Exit button. Since the program may be busy communicating, you may need to press the Exit button more than once to close it. All the files downloaded prior to Exit are still stored in the masechta's folder under the main folder.
This section is of particular interest to users who use the program where the internet connection uses a proxy server.
The new version of Masechta Downloader has limited support for connections via a proxy server (which is different from a firewall. The program works well with most firewalls and has no problem with the built in Windows XP SP2 firewall) . Proxy servers are common in corporate environments and until the next version will be released, try to use the program from home. Most cable and DSL environments do not use a proxy server.
If the above terms are not clear to you but you consistently fail to
connect and suspect that the problem might be related to a proxy server,
perform the following test:
Although we would like to maximize the number of users who can benefit from this program, corporate environments can be quite complex and restrictive and we cannot assist users in solving connection problems. Use of the program from home will prove to be a simple solution.
I am working on a new version that will allow the user to configure Masechta Downloader to work with a proxy server for users who have the .NET Framework Version 2.0
I have developed this program out of Hakaras HaTov to Rav Grossman and DafYomi.org. The program is free and no resources are allocated for end-user support.
However, in an effort to make the program useful, I will review comments, suggestions and problem reports sent to my e-mail address and do my best to respond .May you have Eizer Hashem in your Limud haTorah