Installer Downloader Installer Downloaders

I couldn’t figure out how to fit this into a 140 character tweet, so now it’s a blog post. ┬áRecently on a mailing list that I am subscribed to, a friend and former coworker posted:

Went to download the Unity 5 updates, what I ended up with was:

UnityDownloadAssistant-5.0.1f1.dmg
UnityDownloadAssistant-5.0.1f1.exe

I can pretty much guarantee that at no time in the history of electronic software distribution has anyone ever said “gee, I really wish this application had its own custom downloader, because those guys at Microsoft / Apple / Mozilla / Google clearly don’t know what they are doing with those web browser things, and don’t even get me started about those curl / wget people…”. I feel slightly better now.

And I had unfortunately spent the morning wrestling with Adobe CC, so I chimed in with my response…