For years I have been an avid Firefox supporter, and to some extent I still am. However, Edge is getting much better (so fresh and so clean), and Chrome is really this ‘reference’ browser where most things just work. What I’m trying to say is that we can’t really be bound to just one browser anymore. But…

We have hundreds of passwords floating around. And for me, these were living in the Firefox Sync password system, and I couldn’t really get them out! I waited patiently for Edge to support importing data from other browsers, but sadly it doesn’t work for Firefox passwords. Chrome also currently has a bug importing Firefox passwords. Its almost like these browsers just want you to choose only one and stick to it 🙂

What is the answer?

Well, finally, Edge does support a few extensions. One of these extensions is LastPass. It allows you to import and sync passwords from basically all browsers, and even imports things like Windows Wifi passwords, and then syncs them across devices for you. Great!

Using LastPass, I imported all my Firefox passwords. Then, I installed the Windows app to grab other passwords like my Wifi profiles. Finally, I can now freely switch between browsers and my passwords are all in sync!

A good starting point is to install the LastPass Universal Windows Installer. You can get other extensions from the download page. You can get the Edge extension here:
https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh4v7x0

If you feel so inclined, LastPass can also store you standard form details and pre-fill web forms for you. Just depends how much you want to put in the cloud really…

Interesting comment from the Autodesk deployment blog, Up and Ready:

We have been getting a lot of posts in our forums regarding corrupt installations and downloads.  My suggestion is to use Firefox and the Browser Download instead of using the Download Manager.

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Downloading Software: Browser Download vs Download Manager – Up and Ready

I have previously posted about using Firefox and DownThemAll to download Autodesk content.

There are some other great third party download managers available – which one do you use?

Jdownloader is quite unique and powerful – check it out if you haven’t before.  From the website:
It simplifies downloading files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com – not only for users with a premium account but also for users who don’t pay. It offers downloading in multiple parallel streams, captcha recognition, automated file extraction, and much more. Of course, JDownloader is absolutely free of charge.

Update: now try this method

Revit Architecture 2012

Revit Structure 2012

Revit MEP 2012

I recommended using Firefox with Downthemall to download these files. Finally, be sure to confirm the checksums / hashes before beginning the install.
EDIT:  Some people were having problems with these links.  However, this should no longer be a problem.
If you are interested in Student version links, go to this page.

There is a plethora of information available on the internet for Revit users and Revit instructors.  However, sometimes you really just want to have training data stored locally.

To save web pages and videos from the Internet, I use Firefox with UnMHT, DownloadHelper and DownThemAll!

Rather than read about how to use all these tools, check out the video below:

PS – Please note that there may be copyright applicable to the use of some data.

There are many sources of content out there, the main ones being Seek and RevitCity.

Sometimes, a content provider will attempt to obfuscate the links to the original files, so that you can’t just come along and use DownthemAll and Firefox to download all the RFAs and RVTs in one hit.

However, there is a way around this – its called iMacro, and it is also an addon for Firefox.

Basically, you can set it to record actions you take using your browser, and then replay these actions as a script.  Its very powerful and gives you a lot of control.

A few little tweaks that you might want to add to the start of the script:

SET !ERRORIGNORE YES
SET !LOADCHECK NO
SET !TIMEOUT 100

It looks like Firefox 4 is going to have some very nice features, but they might be old news if you are an Apple fanboy.

To download Firefox 4 Beta (codenamed ‘Minefield’ hehe), go to this link.

Then, click on the OS version you are running (I clicked on tryserver-win32), and then download and run the appropriate ‘installer’ package.


I finished this post in the new version, so it seems to do the basics ok!