Internet Download Manager: Speed Up Your Downloads !!
Today Time has become extremely valuable. “Time is money” defines best what we have come to. Some days ago I was reading about the incomes of some great Cricket players. The money they earned came to being calculated not per season, but per days and i am sure you all know about Sachin Tendulakar , his earnings came to as much as $300,000 a game (Calculate how much he got for 1 minute played).
Speed is what we actually need today and the quicker we do one job, the sooner we can take up another. This is one aspect the people at Tonec Inc have understood and they decided to create Internet Download Manager. As the name suggests, it is a download manager designed to increase the speed of your download.
Download managers have been around us a long time now. Internet users either use the built-in download manager that the browser comes with, or an external stand alone software. Personally, until not long ago I also used web-browser tools to do that. But I ran into some problems as my Internet connection was a little “washed out” and I needed to download some huge files in some certain order. What could I do? I turned to the search engine of all times, a.k.a. Google, and started my search for a tool capable of fulfilling my needs.
I ran into all sorts of software’s that promised to increase my download speed, filled with numerous number of options that I did not need, features I had never heard of before, etc. I downloaded each of them one by one and after reaching high levels of frustration while trying to figure out their options and features and their useless ads I aborted my mission and resumed my work the very next day. I was quite lucky that my Internet connection came to its senses and I managed to get my files in a jiffy.
After this experience, I decided to look for a software that would come in handy. I bumped into Internet Download Manager. As i have already said above, Internet Download Manager is a tool to download Internet files with comfort and speed. IDM can download several files and file segments simultaneously, pause and resume downloads with a single click, recover broken downloads from unexpected power shutoff or network related problems. It also supports proxy servers, ftp and http protocols, directories that require authorization, redirects, cookies, and download queuing.
The installation went swift and clean. The exe file will not take more than 3.1 MB of your disk space. The interface of the software is very clean. You’ll get a friendly main window that has a button toolbox right under the program menu which offers all the main features gathered in one place. These buttons are very well designed and placed in a logical order, so that you get an idea about what you need to do when downloading a file.
The software is extremely flexible and it allows you to customize the toolbar, by placing separators so that you can organize your actions in different sections, move, remove or add buttons as you wish. There are several categories in the application, like General, Compressed, Documents, Music, Programs and Video. It will not only help you to manage your downloads, but also helps you to manage your files too. In this way you can keep track of the downloaded files, the files that are currently downloading, or the deleted jobs.
You can also minimize the download progress window to the system tray, so that it won’t be in your way when you’re working on something else.
The possibility of scheduling your downloads will let you save your bandwidth for some other, more important files. Also, for an efficient exploitation of the Internet connection, the software will split large downloads into up to Sixteen files. Also, there are two buttons, conveniently placed in the toolbar, that allow you to start or stop the queue at any time.
The program will make available for the users a set of options that can be accessed very easily from the toolbar or under Tools. Here you can set the download tasks (Add new download, Add batch download, Site grabber, Drop traget), Speed Limiter etc. You’ll also find a queue manager that will help you arrange the order and other details about your delayed downloads.
In Sounds tab – under Options – you can change the default sounds for when the file has been successfully downloaded, for the download failure, Queue processing started or failed or for when all the downloads have finished.
But the feature that I like most is Schedule. It will allow you to set the time and day to start the download and an end point. The Batch Download option is also a time saver.
If you really like the files you download so much, IDM gives you the chance to download more associated files from the source website or even the entire site, using the Site grabber feature which is included in it. It also have a Youtube grabber which allow you to record and download FLV videos from popular sites like YouTube, MySpaceTV, and Google Video.
Last but not least, The program features virus detection. So in order to keep your computer safe from viruses and other malware, you can define the path to an antivirus or other types of protecting software, so that the files are scanned after the job is done, to make sure that you’re in the safe zone.
Pros & Cons
Pros: The software is super-easy to use and the features and options are designed only to make your downloading needs more manageable. It worked fine and I had no trouble downloading the desired files.
You can also establish some limits to the download speed by making the desired settings in Connection, under Options.
Cons: IDM is a very good program. The only thing I don’t like is having a Tips and Tricks window after the installation.
The Verdict: I have to admit that, this is a great download manager, which not only increases the speed of your downloads, but also, organizes them for you. The price is bit average, but you get a very good value. Download the 30 days trial and give it a try!
Huh !! Finally I’m done writing about Internet Download Manager… It has taken my whole day to write this !! 😉