Why DOWNLOAD.COM And UPLOAD.COM Suck So Much

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For Mac users, VersionTracker and MacUpdate were two major websites where they could learn about software updates for Mac. CNET acquired VersionTracker a whole ago. And VersionTracker has now been fully incorporated into DOWNLOAD.COM as its Mac division.

If you have ever made a software submission at VersionTracker during its transition period, you probably know that you had to do it through UPLOAD.COM. Since VersionTracker has transformed itself into the Mac division of DOWNLOAD.COM, you now have to submit updates through this upload website.

We knew there were problems at UPLOAD.COM during the transition period. They still have the same set of problems. It’s actually worse. The biggest problems are





  1. While filling out a software submission form, you can be redirected to an address that doesn’t exist. In such event, whether you press the Go Back button on your web browser or not, you will be redirected to the first page. So you will be forced to start over the whole submission process.
  2. When you upload a software screenshot, UPLOAD.COM can actually assign somebody else’s screenshot to your submission. If you start over the whole process, they can end up assigning the same wrong screenshot to your submission.  





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Source: MacHouse
  download.com upload.com versiontracker
Source: MacHouse






The second problem is pretty serious. The other day, I tried to upload a screenshot to my software submission. The server assigned somebody else’s screenshot to it. So I started over the whole process. Again, the server did the same. I eventually quit the web browser to redo the whole submission process. Again, the server assigned the same wrong screenshot to my submission. And again… I did it four times, and I finally accepted somebody else’s screenshot for my submission.






The following is a documentation video that shows how UPLOAD.COM can give a hard time to those who make software submissions. You need QuickTime 7.6 or higher (no Pro upgrade required) to watch it.





  • Video length: 6 minutes 2 seconds
  • Video file size: 36,9 MB
  • Video format: QuickTime
  • Video compression: H.264
  • Video resolution: 900 x 675 pixels




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    DOWNLOAD.COM and UPLOAD.COM suck. But where else can Mac software developers go to announce software updates? MacUpdate? Oh, no… They take software submissions as hostages. If you don’t do what they tell you to do, they’ll deliberately destroy them.






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