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View Poll Results: Which is your favorite download manager reviewed in the Best Free Download Manager?
Gigaget 7 10.61%
Free Download Manager 26 39.39%
Orbit Downloader 14 21.21%
FlashGet 2 3.03%
Download Accelerator Plus (free) 3 4.55%
Star Downloader Free 0 0%
MetaProducts Download Express 0 0%
DownThemAll (Firefox extension) 12 18.18%
GetGo Download Manager 0 0%
None of the above 10 15.15%
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Old 30. Apr 2009, 09:48 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum, Ocdave67. Give Gigaget a try and see if it is faster, and just for testing, try to download a few more files in bigger size say about 10 to 50 Mb or so and see which completes the download in the shortest time. Would love to have your feedback.
Actually I think I will test some of these programs out and let the forum know my results. I will start will a comparison between DAP (free) and the standard download element in Firefox 3.0.10. I will test only files larger than 100MB. I will try to test all the programs in your poll and maybe a couple in the review section as well.
I also used improper syntax in my last post. I should have said I have a 7Mb connection not a 7MB connection. My bad !!
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Old 01. May 2009, 03:29 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot Ocdave67. It would be good to know your test results and some basic test methods.

Given a certain connection speed, there're quite a few other factors which will can affect the actual download speed and time in downloading a file.

To name a few:
1. Number of concurrent downloads (maybe for testing, we can limit it to just one download at any one time.)
2. Number of parts to split a download file (some download managers allow setting of this)
3. Number of available resources (some files have more than one resource for download, and certain download manager can download a file from various resources simultaneously. This greatly speeds up download. For this, we'd need to test more files to reduce the variance.)
4. Actual connection speed (the actual connection speed varies depending on the congestion of the ISP's network during download time.)
5. Condition of a download resource (number of users downloading the same file from the same server, etc.)

As some of these are uncertain or volatile, it's still good to know the test results 'in general' or 'in most cases' by using different download managers to test a download one at a time and with more files tested.

These are just my 2 cents worth. Hope there're more views from others.

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Old 04. Jul 2009, 02:00 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I have a suggestion for downloading...
Jigdo or Jigsaw Download
http://atterer.net/jigdo/

I recently downloaded the full Debian Release (Linux)
about 23 gigs. (yes 23 GIGABYTES) 5 DVDs

Jigdo increased my download speed by a factor of about 7.
Not only did it download the ISO image in pieces but did a
verification and checksum while rebuilding.

Another factor to consider when downloading HUGE files
is your source or mirror will most likely impose bandwidth
restrictions on you as your download uses too much bandwidth.
When this happens, we normally see our download slow down
and level off at a reduced speed. (not so with Jigdo)

Still kind of obscure, but has great potential for ISO images and such.
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Old 17. Sep 2009, 08:13 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I hate to burst anyone's bubble about FreshDownload, which I used for years until now, but I found that it had spyware and that was according to a security program I ran. I would always get that message regarding Fresh, and then I would quarantine it. But after that the files to make Fresh work were gone and it didn't work. So I stopped using it. I came to this forum to find another one. I don't recall Fresh saying that it is spyware free, though. Now, granted this is my experience, and I can't speak for everyone that uses Fresh. So I am looking for another download manager.

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Old 17. Sep 2009, 08:20 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I have used FreshDownload in the past. I use Avast, and it did not show any problem with FreshDownload. The downloader is decent. I was not much pleased with the interface though.

As you can see, there are other downloaders here, which you can try. At present I am using Orbit Downloader, and I must say am very pleased with it. I have used Free Download Manager in the past, and it did a good job too. But, after Orbit came, I was drawn away by it . You can try the either of the two.
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Old 17. Sep 2009, 11:58 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Im not a download manager person but can have use for one from time to time. Find most annoying but can live with VisualWget http://www.khomsanph.net/visualwget/ since tiny and true 64bit which is very important Has no spectacular features I guess.

Does require .net 2.0 though.
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Old 17. Sep 2009, 12:28 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Worth mentioning too that it doesn't support Vista.
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Old 17. Sep 2009, 12:34 PM   #28 (permalink)
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That is minimum requirements, dont think Ive ever tried it on XP, only Vista.
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Old 17. Sep 2009, 09:07 PM   #29 (permalink)
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The download sites showed a new version of Free Download Manager is out, couple of days ago. The main site of FDM does not updates the version available to the new one i.e. 3.0.870. The FDM forums show the latest version to be 3.0.870. Many people have been asking for the version to be udpated on the main download page. I myself requested in the forum. The developers haven't replied to these posts yet. That's not very impressive.
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Old 25. Sep 2009, 01:25 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Not to knowledge, Does Gigaget have a scheduler? I've installed it the other day and have not seen such option. Thats why i prefer FDM
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