AVS Audio Editor and other SourceForge advertisments

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AVS Audio Editor and other SourceForge advertisments

Permanent link to this post Posted by Gale Andrews » Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:21 pm

To those who think SourceForge are offering AVS instead of Audacity:

SourceForge is not offering AVS instead of Audacity, though I agree the AVS advertisements are obtrusive. The advertisements enable SF to host the millions of Audacity downloads (and those of other open source projects) for free. To host downloads ourselves would cost us more money than we spend now, but it is under consideration due to various problems that these advertisements create.

However, as each of our downloads pages states:

"The SourceForge (SF) download should start automatically. If it does not, click the links... marked "direct link" or "mirror".

I agree there could be a problem if the download does not start automatically. We know it won't start automatically if Javascript is not enabled in your browser (though that means you will not see any advertisements either). Also the download will not start of its own accord in a default install of Internet Explorer 7 or later, because that browser's "Information Bar" blocks it. It blocks the automatic download purely because it regards it as "suspicious" that the download link on our download page redirects to SF. To get the download in Internet Explorer 7 or later, simply click anywhere in the bar at the top of the page, and in the choices that appear, click "Download File" to get the download. Or use the aforementioned links near the top of the page.

To stop the Information Bar from blocking file and software downloads:

Open Internet Explorer.

Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

Click the Security tab, and then click Custom level.

Do one or both of the following:

* To turn off the Information bar for file downloads, scroll to the
Downloads section of the list, and then, under Automatic prompting
for file downloads, click Enable.

* To turn off the Information bar for ActiveX controls, scroll to the
ActiveX controls and plug-ins section of the list, and then, under
Automatic prompting for ActiveX controls, click Enable. Click OK,
click Yes to confirm that you want to make the change, and then
click OK again.


Gale
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