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1. BID Registration

 

1.1. How do I register my copy of BID?

1.2. Can I register BID on more than 1 PC using my registration code?

1.3. I've lost my registration code.

1.4. Will my code work with new versions?

 

 

2. Password Protected Sites

 

2.1. HTTP Basic Authentication

2.2. Cookie Authentication

 

 1. BID Registration

 

1.1. How do I register my copy of BID?

 

A registration code must be purchased in order to register your copy. Registration codes may be purchased from our website by clicking here.

 

Once you have your registration code, start Bulk Image Downloader and click on the 'About' tab. Then click on the 'Click here to enter or change your registration code' button.

 

Bid Registration 1

 

The registration screen will appear. Enter your registration code and then click on the 'Register' button.

 

BID Registration 2

 

Your code will be validated by our registration server and if valid, BID will be successfully registered. Please note that you must have an active internet connection for the registration to succeed.

 

 BID Registration 3

 

1.2. Can I register BID on more than 1 PC using my registration code?

Yes, as long as you are the only user. Bulk Image Downloader is licensed for individual use. This means you can install and use Bulk Image Downloader on your day to day computers (such as a desktop and a laptop), but must purchase a separate registration code (license) for every other person who uses Bulk Image Downloader.

Please note that our registration server will automatically disable a registration code if it is used to install BID on a large number of different PCs within a short period of time. Disabled codes cannot be used to register new installations. Please keep your registration codes safe and private.

 

1.3. I've lost my registration code

Click here to have your registration code emailed to you.  Click here to have your registration code emailed to you.  

 

1.4. Will my code work with new versions?

Yes, you are entitled to free upgrades for 1 year from your date of purchase. If your version of BID is already registered you simply install the newer version over the old one - uninstalling and/or reregistering is not required.
 
If you upgrade to a version that has a release date that is past the end of your free upgrade period, BID will revert back to a limited unregistered version. If this happens you can either extend your upgrade period or reinstall an earlier version with a release date within your free upgrade period.

 

2. Password Protected Sites

There are 2 main types of user authentication methods supported by BID.

 

2.1. HTTP Basic Authentication

 

 When opening such a page your browser will typically pop up an input window prompting you to enter a user name and password.

 

  BID Password 1
 BID detects such authorisation requests when loading web pages and will prompt for a user name and password:

 

 

 BID Password 2

If the 'Save Password' option is enabled the user name and password entered will be encrypted and saved to your hard drive, and automatically used the next time it is required. If you don't save the password BID will remember it for the current BID session only.

NB: Some web sites only pop up this authorisation when protected content is selected. For example you may be viewing an unprotected page that displays a gallery of thumbnails, where clicking on a thumbnail will cause the authorisation window to appear. In such a case BID will not be able to download the full sized images as it has not yet prompted for the user name and password (it does not process authorisation requests when downloading images). To work around this problem do the following:
 
1. Right click on the "protected" link from your browser and select the 'Open link target with Bulk Image Downloader" menu option. BID will attempt to download the link as a web page and will prompt you to enter the user name and password.

2. Enter the user name and password and enable the 'Save Password' option. Click OK.

3. Close BID.

Now that BID knows the user name and password for the web site you'll be able to download galleries successfully.
 

2.2. Cookie Authentication

 

Many websites authenticate users using cookies. It is recommended that you upgrade to BID 1.38 or better if you must work with such sites. Typically the site will have a login form similar to the one below:
 

BID Passwords 3

For BID to work with such sites you must enable the 'Remember Me' (or equivalent) option when logging in. This will cause your browser to save your authentication information to a cookie on your local hard drive. BID will use any relevant cookie information it finds when downloading from the website. You should ensure that BID has been configured to load cookies from the web browser that you are using. See below:

 BID Passwords 4

Some websites store user session information in special types of cookie that are not saved to disk (i.e. not available to BID). BID will only work with such websites if it is launched from the right-click context menu from either IE or FireFox. Launching BID this way causes the browser to send all the current session and cookie information necessary for authentication purposes.

Opera and FireFox users: These browsers cache cookie information so it's not always possible for BID to load the correct cookies the first time you login to a site. To work around this problem simply close your browser window after logging in and then restart it. This will force the browser to flush its cookies to disk and enable BID to read them successfully. 

 

If for some reason you still cannot get BID to load a web page on such a site try saving the web page to an html file on your hard drive. Then to load it into BID using the 'Load from File' option. This will only work if the full sized images are hosted on a different web server (e.g. links to imagevenue).