Best download manager

By duku
Feb 16, 2002
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  1. josbd

    josbd TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 289

    Because it is even better on BB?? hehe.

    DAP for us here, always.
  2. e-Willem

    e-Willem Newcomer, in training Posts: 33

    I have to agree with Didou, FLASHGET is the best, takes full bandwith and nicely integrates with IE and outlook.

    Only thing is that FlashGet won't download from rtsp-servers so therefor I use a flashget-clone (less options):Net Transport.
  3. Jaseinatl

    Jaseinatl Newcomer, in training

    Try StarDownloader (free) or IDA

    I have installed every download manager I have found available and have come to the following conclusion:
    Less Is More...

    That is to say that programs like DAP, FLASHGET, REGET, GET, GOZILLA, etc. all offer a lot of cool features but at a hefty overhead--Taxing on the RAM. Not to mention the fact that even though I download a lot of things every day, I just don't want to have to struggle through the learning curve to max the potential of these programs. Sounds wimpy? Maybe....

    I have found, however, that IDA (Internet Download Accellerator) works great, has a small footprint, nice interface, lots of features, easy-to-use, etc. It's only problem is that it tends to be a little too persistent on mass-downloads--as though it refuses to cancel them when you ask it to.

    Lately, however, I have been using StarDownloader (free) and have had NO problems. It's such a simple, tiny little program that really makes things go much smoother/faster. The only problem is that it doesn't have USERNAME/Password passing. Maybe next update?

    --Jase
  4. Jaseinatl

    Jaseinatl Newcomer, in training

    DSL Doesn't Help Guarantee ZIP Stability

    Just because you have DSL or equivalent, doesn't mean that a downloader isn't still useful. For example. services like EasyNews (the best News service, by far) offer some interesting ways to download binary attachments by zipping them together and downloading them via your browser. Without a download manager/accellerator, any ZIP file over 500Mb tends to risk corruption. A download manager works wonders.

    I recently used an OC3 connection and can honestly state that there was no need for any download management software (it seemed to pull up files faster than it could from the internal hard drive--not possible I know, but fast nonetheless.) Even at Comcast's new 5 Mb bandwidth (which I get consistently lately!) I find that it's sometimes best to have a DM handy.

    Also, since some places charge per download, it's a good idea to get it right the first time.

    my 2 cents....
    Jase
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    StarDowload is the best one as far as free goes. I have recommended it many times.
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Re: DSL Doesn't Help Guarantee ZIP Stability

    Why's that? I haven't used download managers other than what browsers have builtin, and I haven't had any file corruption problems (related to network connection at least).
  7. UncleGemboel

    UncleGemboel Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    I choose Flashget, you get good speed and better integration. Well speed not as fast as Dap can go, but still i love this download manager. I hav prob with dap when merge multiple temp file i download, many times output become corrupt, with flashget i got 0% file corrupt.
  8. Krugger

    Krugger Newcomer, in training Posts: 210

    i actually tried leechget, but only because it claimed to be able to pause and resume file transfers over a LAN, well it didn't work so i tossed it. Found 'total copy' was able to do that, so i use that for lan xfers and still use trusty getright for anything else.
  9. tomrice32

    tomrice32 Newcomer, in training Posts: 50

    I use Fresh Download from http://www.freshdevices.com and it works great for me. You can just tell it the location to download from, it will connect and download it. You can tell it where to download to on your computer, it is fast and it has a pause/resume function that always works for me. A very good piece of freeware, with no spyware or adware included. :)
  10. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) Newcomer, in training Posts: 433

    I use the built in download manager in Netscape 7.0. It's free, it doesn't require an extra download and it doesn't take up any extra hard disk space cause it comes with netscape by default.
  11. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Posts: 303

    I'm happy with IE. :)
     
  12. lowman

    lowman Newcomer, in training Posts: 446

    Download Accelerator Plus

    Download Accelerator Plus works fone for me...I don't do all that much downloading of big files anymore...
  13. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Has anyone declared a winner for this thread yet? :)
  14. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Yes, DAP is the most used, but I think StarDownloader is the winner!!!!

    And what I say goes.............right out the window :(
  15. Yochanan

    Yochanan Newcomer, in training

    Every other browser I know of has a built-in download manager except Internet Explorer. Look for one in the next version when XP SP2 comes out officially some time this year. Sure took Microsoft long enough to put one in.
  16. STK

    STK Newcomer, in training Posts: 138

    ok well i just downloaded DAP 7.2 trial... ill let you guys know how it is in a few days. also when yochanan posted something about the service pack 2 it reminded me.. anyone know when the next windows version is coming out(longhorn i think)?
  17. josbd

    josbd TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 289

    I like DAP, but it comes with so much adware bundled.

    The one I am using now with no probs, and it is damned fast is Download Express. It's free, uncluttered, and cool. No adware either.
  18. Goalie

    Goalie Newcomer, in training Posts: 703

    I use FreshDownload... you have to put up with some annoying spammail, but that's easy enough to work around (email reg key, blah blah, )

    Now if only one of those products that will increase your DL by 40x over dialup would actually follow through on the promise. ;)
  19. mrchu

    mrchu Newcomer, in training Posts: 66

    Flashget gets my vote...
  20. Yangxi

    Yangxi Newcomer, in training Posts: 17

    "Internet download manager" have anyone ever used?
    I think that's a perfect download tool.and it's free for a month's use
  21. HopiTac

    HopiTac Newcomer, in training

    I think Flashget is the best of all.
  22. dhillonfc

    dhillonfc Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    Great discussion,is'nt it ?

    Could any one recommend me softwares which allow playing partially
    downloaded softwares.
  23. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    About the only thing I sould think you would be able to play partially downloaded are movies or songs. Just create a little buffer for where you are currently while it still downloads, but I don't see how this would be feasable for software
  24. dhillonfc

    dhillonfc Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    Great topic !!!!

    Is there any download manager that enables playing partially
    downloaded files ?
  25. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Copy the partial file to somewhere - because Windows doesn't allow playing them if they're being used (makes me wonder why copying is allowed) - and play with VLC media player.
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