the best, fastest & most feature-rich download manager?

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  1. siberianwolf

    siberianwolf Registered Member

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    regardless of being free or paid. preferably paid, for it might be more feature-rich. a dl manager that covers every possible aspect of internet dl'ing.
    thanks.
     
  2. Sadeghi85

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    Fastest I've tried is Getbot, Best I like is Flashget classic version 1.73, most feature-rich I don't know.
     
  3. DasFox

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    Well every possible aspect, hmm that's a tall order...

    BUT, really when it comes to being a download manager, all that really counts is it does it's job, downloads and helps you pause/resume a download.

    Actually for what it's worth, DownThemAll as a Firefox addon is tough to beat, even helps speed up downloads.

    I like the fact too, that you don't have to install any additional software into the system with this application, just a nice light weight FireFox addon.

    If you haven't tried it, then play with it first then see if it does what you want, if not come back... ;)


    http://www.downthemall.net/
     
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    I've tested out most of them and i found these should be to your liking. However, they all don't seem to work as well or work period with Iron Chrome.

    Free:

    Free Download Manager - http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/

    GetGo - http://www.getgosoft.com/


    Paid:

    Internet Download Manager - http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/

    All have scheduling of downloads which i use occassionaly. I did notice on most downloads with Getgo and IDM, an increase in download speeds - sometimes a very noticeable increase!
     
  5. iravgupta

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    Nothing tops Internet Download Manager(IDM). Period. Would have been using it had it not been for the fact that its a paid app.
     
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    +100% Agree!
     
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    I had to contact my ISP about a connection problem.

    I also, mentioned trouble with downloading a 1.4GB file, and that it would be downloading for hours at time and just stop. This was using the Opera's built-in download manager.

    Unofficially, he suggested I try Download Accelerator Plus (DAP). http://www.speedbit.com/dap/
     
  10. jonyjoe81

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    Internet Download Manager (IDM) is what I've been using. It is especially handy on tubesites where it easily downloads the videos, works very good on youtube.

    If you have a premium rapidshare type account (which support multiple servers), it can download at massive speeds because it will download from different servers at the same time then join the file together.

    Just make sure you program it to download no more than 3 files at a time, I've encountered corruption of files if I try to download more than 3. With IDM it will download as many files as you put on the screen, if you put 10 files it will download all 10 at 1 time. I got mine set so it downloads the first 3 then start on the next three etc till it's finished. No corruption since I limited the downloads.

    I've been using it for 2 years and I use it daily, well worth the 29 dollars for me. I've tried different download managers free and paid but this was the easiest for me to use and works great with firefox.
     
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    Internet Download Manager here too.

    I use it primarily for malware download. It has an exceptional ability to find http links from a large text document, crawl a webpage (It does it faster than all the others) and it automatically renames files. Easy to make custom downloads and so on. :)
     
  12. siberianwolf

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    thank y'all for your suggestions. think i'll go for the idm.
    greetings
     
  13. Tony

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    jDownloader may be worth a look.
    http://jdownloader.org/

    Been using it for a long time now :thumb:
     
  14. siberianwolf

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    thank you tony. will give it a try, too.
    cheers
     
  15. eBBox

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    Free Download Manager is my favorite. Have had no problems with it and integrates well.
     
  16. guest

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    Nice thread. Let me share some personal conclusions:

    • My connection is "fast" and, in Win7, IE tends to get appropriate download rates way faster than in previous versions.

    • I wouldn't pay for premium accounts on all Rapidshare-like sites from where I download things, so I guess download managers wouldn't be very useful to me as the ones that try to break imposed limitations aren't reliable.

    • JDownloader looks interesting but requires Java which I'm not willing to install. Also, apparently, link encryption's site updates break JDownloader decrypter-plugins with frequency.

    • Torrents should be downloaded with uTorrent as there is simply no other app that does this task better. Personally, I don't maintain uTorrent installed because I need it very rarely.

    • If you really need to download and save streaming media, it's better to use a free small app like URL Snooper.

    I guess download managers were more useful back in dial-up times.
     
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    Most of the time I just use the one built into the browser. Small files are not that big of a deal to download even if it corrupts etc.

    But for large files, especially those you can get from mulitple sources, I use winWget. It is freeware and based on wget. There are plugins you can use with browsers, at least there is one for firefox. I made one for k-meleon here

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=276415

    The hompage is here

    http://www.cybershade.us/winwget/

    I start it and it watches for URLs in the clipboard and auto-prompts me. It is very basic, just the way I like it.

    Sul.
     
  18. vasa1

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    We still are out there ;) .

    I have two connections: one is decent, but the other, which is my back up, is equivalent to dial-up.

    As for built-in download managers, Firefox has the resume download feature which I appreciate quite a bit since neither of my connections are "perfect". I don't know of other browsers that have the "resume download (from wherever it was interrupted or paused)" facility. I wish Chrome, my current fave, would get it at least as an extension.
     
  19. guest

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    If you can refrain from cleaning up temporary internet files for some moments, IE should continue from where it was when you accidentally (or not) closed the download window - of course, the server of the site should support this feature, differently from Rapidshare-like free download options.

    But I can't disagree that the Firefox solution is more convenient and elegant. I guess IE9 will finally fulfil this gap accordingly.
     
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    It's been a long time since I used dialup. Used to rely on Star Downloader. It was a lifesaver on many occasions. I once downloaded a 660MB ISO via dialup with it, running at night and paused during the day.
     
  21. vasa1

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    Even if for some reason it doesn't integrate, it's only a couple of clicks and Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V to get things rolling. It's a long-time favourite of mine. They even have a lite version for the basic stuff.
     
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