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Options

Automatic Save Folder let you personalize your firefox saving preferences.
This page will help you choose which options you need to use.

Configuring firefox

First, you need to choose firefox behaviour when downloading a file.
Go to 'tools/options..." menu, and select the first tab "General".
options There you will see 2 options :

  • Save the files to... [C:\document and settings\username\desktop\download]
  • Always ask where to save the files

The first one will save the file to the specified folder, without any user interaction. It's fast and convenient if you save all your files on the same folder and sort them manually after that. But it doesn't let you change the destination folder while saving, preventing you to save it directly at a specific place on your computer.

The second option will open the file explorer when saving a file, allowing you to select the saving folder manually. If you already used this option, you may found it's a pain looking for the folder, on each download, going back and forth. Automatic Save Folder will help you here!

Both options are working fine with Automatic Save Folder, just choose the one you want to use.

Configuring Automatic Save Folder

Go to "Tools/Automatic Save Folder..." menu, and select the options tab.


options

  1. Affect the folder for the "Save as... (Ctrl+S)" command when a filter matches (This option is visible only on Firefox 1.5 to 2.0.*)
  2. Automatically accept the download
  3. View options when downloading
  4. View the list of folders
  5. Dynamic Folders (Now has its own Tab)



Option 1 : Affect the folder for the "Save as... (Ctrl+S)" command when a filter matches


Before Firefox 3, there were two different pathes for normal saved files, and saved webpages using "File/Save as... (Ctrl+S)"
When this option is checked, ASF will modify both those enties.
If left unchecked, the "File/Save as" will stay at the last "File/save as" folder you browsed to using this command.

This option is only for previous version of Firefox, as Firefox 3 now use the same process for both.


Option 2 : Automatically accept the download


Automatically accept the download, like if you clicked the "OK" button.
The saving dialog window will still show briefly.
This option works great in use with Firefox saving method "Save to this folder", then it will save the file without any prompt at all.


Option 3 : View option when downloading


Save dialog window This option will add a box bellow the saving choice on the save dialog window.

This box will show the selected path for the download, allowing you to see if this is the good one before accepting the save.
It will also show you a choice to select the last used folder for easy acces if a filter is triggered when you didn't want to.


Option 4 : View the list of folders


Save dialog window
This option will add a drop-down menu to the saving box (see option 3) with all the pathes from your filter's list.
This list is alphabetically sorted, and is working with dynamic folder creation.


Option 5 : Dynamic Folders (Has its own Tab since V0.9.4)


If enabled, it will allow you to manually edit the filter's saving path, and add the ability to include dynamic (variable) data to the destination folder, like the date of the day, the file extension, etc.

Year
%Y% = 2009, 2012
%y% = 09, 12
Month
%m% = 01 to 12
%n% = 1 to 12
%F% = January
%M% = Jan
Day :
%d% = 01 to 31
%j% = 1 to 31

Special tags :
%asf_D%= Domain name. (Without http://)
%asf_F%= File name with the extension.
%asf_Fx%= File name without the extension.
%asf_d%= "Domain" field from the filter used. (Forbidden characters will be deleted. If no filter is found, the current domain is used)
%asf_f%= "File name" field from the filter used. (Forbidden characters will be deleted. If no filter is found, the current file name is used)
%asf_x%= File extension. (Without the dot)

capture tags :
$<number>d = Return the captured data using parentheses in the "domain" filter. <number> refer to the parenthesis number, from 1 to 9.

$<number>f = Return the captured data using parentheses in the "file name" filter. <number> refer to the parenthesis number, from 1 to 9.
Example, on this filter: mozilla_(firefox)_3.5.(exe), $1f will capture firefox, and $2f will capture "exe".

%asf_rd%regular expression%asf_rd%
Check the full domain with the regular expression contained between the two tags %asf_rd% and return the captured data.

%asf_rf%regular expression%asf_rf%
Check the file name with the regular expression contained between the two tags %asf_rf% and return the captured data.

! If the result for the saving path has forbidden characters (the : or the ?"*\/<>|: under Windows), the extension will cease to function. Be sure to check your filters if the extension doesn't work anymore.