So, the last time you started downloading the free spyware blaster and your net connection went kaput in the middle of the download and when you looked at the download… duh! only 1% was left, now we need to start it all over again! Quite irritating! isn’t it? it specially becomes a big pain while downloading large files. If you have a good net connection then it is perfectly ok, but what if you have a slower or not so stable connection?
For this, the best solution is using a Download Manager.A good download manager can really burn a hole in your pocket, but there are free alternatives as well! The best thing is that you can’t say that the free alternatives lack any good feature a paid software can give! So here comes our short listed best Download Manager software available on the net! Use the one that suits you best!
1. The one and only Orbit Downloader – The best one yet!
While talking about any FREE download manager, the name which comes first is, Orbit Downloader!
Orbit Downloader, leader of download manager revolution, is devoted to new generation web (web2.0) downloading, such as video/music/streaming media from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare, support RTMP. And to make general downloading easier and faster.
Below are some of the features it can give…
- Gives resume capability to the current download (If supported by the server) and also downloads in several parts in order to boost download speed!
- Resume capability means you can resume any broken download for any reason. Although if the download is broken due to power cut then it does not seem to work (Also in case of Paid software), but for anything else (Like Internet down server, faulty modem) you can pause and resume the download any time you want!
- A good download acceleration technology! The best thing is that it is P2P based. So if someone else is also downloading the same file then you can get up-stream from that user as well! Over all it can give 2-5 times of Download speed!
- Gets integrated with IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera easily! So just click on the download button on your browser and Orbit will take care of the rest.
- Download Music, Video etc from anywhere including Pandora, YouTube, Yahoo, Myspace and Rapidshare.
- Supports metalink download and HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS, RTSP and RTMP protocols. Also you can configure your own proxy server with it!
- Orbit Downloader’s easy-to-use management features and simple-yet-powerful configuration options can make both your downloading process and downloaded files management as easy as never before.
2. Free Download Manager:
Equally powerful as Orbit Downloader… With this tool you can:
- Increase your download speed and resume broken downloads
- Download video from video sites, such as Youtube, Google Video, etc. The video can then be saved in native .flv format or converted to one of more popular video formats.
- A built-in Upload Manager lets you upload your files easily to share them with other people. Upload manager can be easily integrated with your system (Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express).
- FDM lets you download files and whole web sites from any remote server via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. You can also download files using BitTorrent protocol.
- It also can change the number of connections depending on download speed, or disconnect and shut down the computer if a file is unavailable.
Another powerful tool for downloading your files with ease!
- Optimize the system resource with minimum memory usage
- Call anti-virus automatically upon finishing the download!
- Increase download speed and stability with part download and resume capability!
- It supports unlimited categories. Each category is assigned a download saving directory. The powerful management feature can support drag and drop, adding and description, search, rename, etc.
- Takes the download directly from your browser!
4. Download Accelerator Plus!
Along with a general download manager software you will get a speedbit video accelerator with this! Means, speedbit will automatically increase the streaming speed from video sharing sites like YouTube.
the other hand, unlike others, the free version of this software is full of ads in the download window! So some amount of bandwidth goes behind that wasting some precious amount of your bandwidth! So using it is NOT RECOMMENDED. We are giving this just for the sake of speedbit video accelerator which seems to work good!
5. Download them all – Firefox extension!
So don’t want to download the download managers? Well no problem, there is still a donut for you! But only if you use Firefox! As previously we have discussed many Firefox addons, this is also one of them giving a great download interface to the powerful browser!
- Replaces the default download interface of Firefox with much stronger Downloadthemall interface
- Resume, Pause any download any time you want! Also you can directly add URL and also open up the manager directly from the toolbar beside the Firefox Address-bar
- Enhances the download speed to a greater extent
So that was the end of our Free collection of download managers. Also you may have a look to our previous collection of Uploader Addons. Personally I have been using Orbit Download and I am very much satisfied with it! Do try them out and let us know which one suits you best! Also if you have came across any other good software then do let us know!