A full featured downloading program
Download managers are no longer a novelty for power PC users, since they can make the difference between waiting minutes instead of hours for a download to complete, or resuming it when the connection breaks down. Among these tools, Free Download Manager is one of the best when it comes to both cost and efficiency.
Download managers have developed a lot, so that most of them rely on basically the same set of features, so the main differences between these programs have come down to the interface and the way they interact with browsers.
As suggested by its name, Free Download Manager comes with a freeware license so it does not need to be purchased in order to access its full functionality. Also, its interface is well organized and structured, so novices will be able to find their way around it without any hassle, while experts can configure it as they see fit.
Just like all download managers, this application comes with support for torrent downloading, download scheduler, detailed file information as well as Flash video downloads. In addition, it features an advanced organizer for storing downloaded files in distinct folders.
One of the features that sets Free Download Manager apart from other similar software is the fact that it contains a media converter – although it supports only common formats (AVI, FLV, WMV, MEPG, MP4 and MP3), it does come in handy to be able to encode a video within the same app used for downloading it.
Furthermore, users can also extract the contents of the archives they download within the app or even perform a virus check using the antivirus solution installed on the computer. Users who rely on dial-up connection can choose to automatically "hang up" after a download has completed, thus keeping their costs at a minimum.
The Optimization Master is ideal for those who prefer to allow the application to choose the appropriate settings for their connection speed. The export and import functions are useful for saving settings and download lists for later use.
All in all, Free Download Manager is a keeper since it has all the features one might require from such a software, along with a freeware license. Moreover, it displays absolutely no advertisements and does not stress your CPU every time you start a new download.