Downloading files can take a lot of time and can be frustrating when downloads get interrupted. You can save time and aggravation by using a special program called a download manager. These programs offer a variety of benefits including download acceleration and the resumption of interrupted files without restarting from the beginning. Here you find 8 time saving download managers that make your downloads faster, safer, and better.
1. Free Download Manager - a free program that splits files into multiple simultaneous downloads to speed up the process. If you lose your connection as files download, the program will start from the point it left off, without starting completely over. Free Download Manager works with HTTP, FTP, and Torrent downloads and also has features that allow you to download Flash videos and share files. This program runs in Windows, but developers plan to offer versions for Linux and Mac OS X in the future.
2. Internet Download Manager - a Windows program that aims to speed up your downloads by five times. It integrates with your browser so using it is natural. This is a 30 day trial version that you can register for $29.95 when your trial is over. This program features a “YouTube” grabber that lets you download streaming video from online and picks up interrupted downloads from where they left off. This program even has a download scheduler so you can download while your system is idle.
3. FlashGot - a program that integrates tons of external download managers with the Mozilla Firefox browser. This innovative program runs with Windows, Free BSD, Linux, or Mac OS X to make all your favorite download helpers integrate into one of the most popular browsers around. This program comes to you free, but you can support it financially if you find it.
4. FlashGet - sounds like another tool used to improve the speed of your downloads. This program supports multiple protocols and uses Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation (MHT) technology to improve stability so you get fast, reliable downloads every time. FlashGet has a powerful file management feature that supports categories to keep your downloads arranged in ways that make sense. Add-ons for FlashGet allow you to control the program remotely and even add skins to the program. This Windows program is freeware, so you get all its powerful features without costing you anything.
5. DownThemAll - a free Firefox extension that accelerates downloads and allows them to be paused and resumed without restarting the process. This utility supports multi part downloading as well as multiple URLs. This download works with Firefox for all operating systems, so as long as you have Firefox you can have DownThemAll. Because this download manager is built inside Firefox, it works just like it was part of it.
6. Net Transport - a proprietary Windows application that is shareware, so you only pay $29.95 for it if you decide you want to keep it. This program downloads files via BitTorrent, RTMP, eMule, RTSP, MMS, FTP, and HTTP as well as multiple streaming protocols. It works through proxy servers as well and makes it easy to download multiple files faster and easier than ever before.
7. Download Accelerator Plus - manages downloads for both Windows and Mac OS X computers. It will play audio and video files as the download progresses, integrates with every major browser, and works with anti-virus programs to help keep you safe while online. This program works by breaking downloads into multiple pieces. After getting the job done faster than your unassisted browser, Download Accelerator Plus reassembles the file so you can use it. You can get choose to get either the free version of this program or you can pay $29.95 for the premium version.
8. KGet - a free download manager that works with KDE for Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows. It embeds in the system tray and integrates with the Konquerer Web browser.
With these 8 time saving download managers, you can download more files faster without fear of wasting time if your downloads get interrupted. Try them all and then choose the one that best meets your needs.
This blog post was written by James Adams, an in-house blogger and analyst at an online ink cartridges store. He reviews new hardware releases like the HP 350XL and, when time permits, writes about advertising and design on their blog.