Internet Download manager (IDM) doesn’t require any introduction. Many of our readers might be using it already and may be knowing more than me about it. It is a must have software. IDM does what it says. It dramatically increased download speed of files and features offered are unbeatable.
Not just downloading but it organizes your files according to type, offers scheduling of download and integration with browsers for ease of downloading. It doesn’t only catches the file download links from browser but also detects audio and video. And offers option to download videos on page in FLV, MP4 or whatever format available.
Installer is 4MB which installs quickly and tries to integrate its addon with browser installed on system. No manual configuration needed, it automatically does on its own. The application supports all major browsers on the market, from Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox to Opera and Safari, but you can add new navigation tools as well.
Interface is simple with one window which carries all menu buttons and list of files downloaded. I agree that it isn’t impressive but don’t go on looks.
From now on, any file download request invoked by web browser will be tackled by IDM. IDM is very clever and versatile in download management. It can automatically arrange the downloaded content into specific folder. For example: Video files will be in Video folder while any ZIP or RAR will be stored in Compressed folder. These locations can be customized from settings.
IDM Downloads are Fastest
I am using this software for more than 2 years now and definitely say that IDM can extract maximum possible speed to download. A file which had estimated download time 5:32 minutes on Firefox and 5:03 minutes on Chrome was downloaded in 3:50 minutes on Internet Download manager.
You can either download file at the same moment or use ‘Download Later’. File can be added to Main Download queue and it will downloaded according to schedule.
Inbuilt Video Downloader
As I said above, browser extension not only catches file download but also detect multimedia objects on web page. For example, you are on Youtube video page, you will observe Download Video button by IDM just besides video. Clicking on video will give you option to download video in available qualities (High/Low, MP4/ FLV).
Same is applicable for Audio files too.
Support for Site Logins
Some websites require login to download. Not necessary but if you have premium login access to download sites like Rapidshare, Depositfiles, etc. You can configure IDM to store login details of those site. IDM will take care of logging into those sites and downloading files as premium user without waiting.
Export and Import File List
List of Files downloaded or the ones in queue can be exported into Text file. This same file can also be imported in to IDM which could be helpful while reinstalling program.
Some file hosts have .zip or .rar in the webpage URL but they don’t specify the download location of a file. IDM gets mistaken by such URLs and prevents web browser to open page and instead tries downloading file from it.
Also, sometimes you don’t want to download a video but just stream it. There are situations that IDM catches the stream and stops playing the video on browser. Not a usual case but rarely it happens.
IDM is one of the software which never found an alternative on my system. It is a must have for every system with Internet connection. In my tests and experience, I found it to be the fastest file download manager. Simple to use and configure. Sits quietly in system tray and does what it promises.
Internet Download Manager Serial Number Giveaway
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