Far from being a classic downloader specialized in downloading specific types of files, Free Download Manager fulfils the needs of the most exigent users, as the range of supported download types includes standard URLs, torrent files and magnet links. Furthermore, the application is stable and highly customizable in terms of download preferences.
The program's interface focuses more on great functionality than attractive appearance. Yet the complexity of this app can be discovered when configuring download options. Aside from general features like launching the tool at system start, checking for regular updates and receiving notifications on download completion, you will be impressed by the ability to integrate this app with the most widely-used browsers in order to catch links automatically. Optionally, you can add the FDM utility to your browser's context menu for a convenient download experience. The utility cares about your connection security, so it allows you to download files anonymously with the support of safe proxy servers which you can enable or disable at any moment. Another great feature provided by the program is the capacity to control traffic usage. In order not to make your computer suffer from too many resource-consuming processes, you are able to set the download and the upload speeds, as well as determine the maximum number of connections and running downloads. In addition, the tool keeps history of recent downloads and allows you to pre-allocate disk space for large files in order not to face not being able to finish the download due to insufficient storage space.
Once all settings are selected, you can enable the download operation. You either drag and drop the files’ URLs or torrents into the program, or simply copy the desired link to be pasted automatically into the download box. The tool offers displaying detailed information about each download task, such as status and level of completion, speed and file size. In addition, the app offers audio and video previews of the downloads in progress, while other types of files can be revealed in Finder.
Free Download Manager is a comprehensive application optimized for both ordinary file downloads and BitTorrent downloads. To accelerate downloads, you can set priority and manage sensitive traffic-related parameters. Furthermore, you can easily check the status of your multi-thread downloads, since the utility displays the running tasks conveniently organized by level of completion and download type.
- Supports traffic usage adjustments
- Can control file priorities
- Resumes broken downloads
- Stable multi-thread downloading
- Browser integration
- Supports proxy servers
- Can't add mirror links
- Can't overwrite existing files
- Only manual checksum