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Old 07. May 2012, 08:48 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Unless there is an official confirmation about this from CNET in any format, our policy about CNET downloads still remains in effect, and also our article about it.

As can be seen, many downloads still have the wrapped installer, and just by a few examples which do not have the wrapped installer enabled, we cannot say the same for whole site.

Also, this theory about most of shareware programs having wrapped installer available, seems to be false too, because the two programs I provided evidence for, are both free.
Oh well, am okay with it
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Old 07. May 2012, 08:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Lets just put this topic at rest now, since obviously, the news is false, and wrapped installer on CNET still exists very much.
Oh well, I don't have any source for it. It's just a public broadcast from a fellow Gizmo editor, about the change that's happened at CNET recently
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Old 07. May 2012, 08:59 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Yes, the wrapped installer for all programs havn't been removed, but still those that are remaining now, only constitute a minority, among the million software downloads available.
How do you know they are in the process of removing the wrapped installer? Please, let's not write anything which may mislead users, because this is just your personal theory, but the way you are writing it... gives an impression that CNET is officially doing so, which is certainly not the case.

How can you say the products with wrapped installers are only a minority? Have you checked all the million software downloads from their site? Do you have a number to support it?
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Old 09. May 2012, 03:04 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I did contact CNET lately and this was the reply that I received.

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The Download.com Installer is in active development and will continue to improve its experience on Download.com.

There are two possible reasons why you are not seeing any products that use the Download.com Installer.

Reason 1: You may have disabled the Download.com Installer in your CNET Profile at http://www.cnet.com/profile/. On the right-hand column under My Account Settings, there is a link titled "Update My Download.com Preferences," which spawns a modal (javascript pop-up) that lets you turn off the Download.com Installer permanently.

Reason 2: You may have been downloading products that have opted out of the Download.com Installer. You can read more about the opt-out process in the Installer FAQ for software publishers on our self-service publisher site Upload.com.
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9. Can I opt out of the CNET Download.com Installer?

Yes. If you would like to opt out of the Download.com Installer you can submit a request to cnet-installer@cbsinteractive.com. Opt-out requests are typically processed within 24-48 hours, and you will receive a confirmation email as soon as your request has been processed.

10. What is my revenue share for signing up for the CNET Download.com Installer Developer program?

For participating in the CNET Download.com Installer program, CBSi will pay you the revenue share fees in the amount of forty percent (40%) on the Net Revenue collected by CBSi from the Offers bundled with your Application and distributed via the Network.
So after all, they are not going to remove wrapped downloads from all products any time soon. Now that means my theory has blown up in my own face.
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Old 16. May 2012, 04:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I've only downloaded one thing from cnet since the wrapping policy was introduced, that was the Super One Click application I got yesterday and it wasn't wrapped...lucky me huh?
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I've only downloaded one thing from cnet since the wrapping policy was introduced, that was the Super One Click application I got yesterday and it wasn't wrapped...lucky me huh?
Garth many software authors have explicitly asked CNET not to wrap their installers and thus CNET decided to take off the wrappers from these installers. Many softwares (not all) at CNET now is not containing the wrapper, not just Super One Click.
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As of late Cnet has IMO become very untrustworthy an as such should be avoided if possible. Simple as that folks.

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As of late Cnet has IMO become very untrustworthy an as such should be avoided if possible. Simple as that folks.

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Actually it's become better lately, while providing direct download links for all programs and Secure download for many programs. I still use it sometimes, provided I click the direct download/secure download link only.
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