Popular Download Managers Reviewed - FlashGet
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FlashGet is one of the classics in the field of download managers. It was initially launched around 2000 under the name of "JetCar." Through the years its reputation increased accordingly because its development continued. Now, it's also freeware; you can use it anywhere for any kind of purpose. No registration fee or licensing is required.
It has a comprehensive list of features, many of which you may or may not benefit from. It supports all three of the aforementioned features: resume, catching download links and segmentation. Additionally, it sports a skinnable interface, various sound notifications, download scheduling, streamed audio and video possibilities, and so forth. Oh, and of course we cannot forget about BitTorrent protocol support; it works all right!
(The main interface of FlashGet as seen during a download)
The only hindrance that I could find was its poor browser integration - the ability to "catch the links" works flawlessly only with Microsoft Internet Explorer. This certainly does not mean that you cannot use FlashGet with other browsers, however, and you aren't required to add the links manually. Every download link gets recognized as soon as it appears in the Clipboard. You can do this by right clicking and then clicking "copy link address."
All in all, it's pretty much a complete standalone product that offers more than is required. Indeed it can be improved, and by no means is it the perfect product. Lastly, I'd like to mention the annoying feature that ruins your interface, called "FlashGet Recommends;" it contains advertisements. You can disable this at the "View" menu, if you want to.
My rating is 9 out of 10. It's not perfect because it needs integration improvement. Other than integration and poorly written help files that are available only in online form, it's a powerful and efficient download manager that does what needs to be done.
As far as Firefox integration is concerned, I'd strongly encourage FlashGot which is an extension that supports a couple dozen download managers. It integrates each and every popular download manager application into your de facto Firefox built-in manager. We'll talk about FlashGot in more detail later on.
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