Sunday, November 2, 2008

Advanced Free Download Manager

As defined by Wikipedia, download manager is a computer program dedicated to the task of downloading possibly unrelated stand-alone files from the Internet for storage. The modern operating systems are equipped with built-in downloading capabilities, however, since they lack any advanced functional features, market is filled with the better alternatives. Most of the downloader managers are free and can be considered as valid replacement to enhance the downloading abilities for the computer users.

One of the descent representatives of the download manager utilities is Free Download Manager (FDM), formally known as 3wGet, supporting all Windows Operating systems, including Windows Vista. Although the FDM website claims it only runs on 32-bit releases of Windows, testing has proved that it also runs on 64-bit releases of Windows (in 32-bit mode).

Main Features:

Download acceleration

Free Download Manager splits files into several sections and downloads them simultaneously, allowing you to use any type of connection at the maximum available speed. With FDM download speed increases, or even more!

Resuming broken downloads

When the downloading process is interrupted, you needn’t start from the beginning again. Free Download Manager can resume broken download from where it was interrupted saving your time, nerves and money.

Smart file management and powerful scheduler

With FDM you can easily organize downloaded files by their type, placing them in predefined folders. A smart scheduler allows you to start and pause downloading files, as well as perform other actions (launch other applications, establish or hang up connection, etc.) at the set time.

Adjusting traffic usage

There are several traffic usage modes. You can adjust traffic usage for browsing the Internet and downloading files at the same time.

Site Explorer

Site Explorer lets you view the folders structure of a web site and easily download necessary files or folders.

HTML Spider

You can download whole web pages or even whole web sites with HTML Spider. The tool can be adjusted to download files with specified extensions only.

Simultaneous downloading from several mirrors

Free Download Manager is able to download files from several mirrors simultaneously.

Zip files partial download

Free Download Manager lets you download only the necessary part of a zip file.

Active spyware and adware protection through active communication among users

You can read what other community members say about the file you are going to download, right in the program window, and also leave your own opinion about the file you downloaded. In this way FDM users are always warned against useless or malicious files.

Automatic files format conversion

You can automatically download Flash Videos from YouTube and other similar video hosting services and convert to the more suitable formats on the fly.

Multi language support

Free Download Manager is translated into 30 languages. Supported languages are: Macedonian, Serbian, Albanian, Croatian, Korean, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese Traditional, Chinese, Czech, German, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese-Brazil, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Uzbek, Greek, Vietnamese, Slovenian, Persian.

Option for portability

Download the installer and install to the default folder. Run the program and select File, Create Portable Version to copy the portable version to a folder of your choice. Finally uninstall the program. Launch fdm.exe.

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Free Download Manager is rated 4.5 out of 5 on the Rating list of the 47 (as of today) freeware download managers at RateItAll.

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