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Free Download Manager Review

by James 20 April 2009 11 Comments

Overview

Free Download Manager is a powerful open source download accelerator and manager. It supports BitTorrent and ftp and also offers support for flash video downloads from Youtube and other video sites.

Review

You might already know that I was using Orbit Downloader as a freeware download manager, but since there were quite a few people that recommended Free Download Manager I finally decided to give it a try. I guess the name of the program says it all, they were not very creative in picking a name for the application. But I think that the program authors did a great job in making the program itself.

As I noted in the brief overview, Free Download Manager can grab your favorite videos from Youtube and other popular sites, you can download and preview them right in the Free Download Manager window. You can even convert the files from .flv to avi, mpeg, mp4 or mp3 for audio files.

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As most download managers do, Free Download Manager supports resuming broken downloads.

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These are some of the basic features, but Free Download Manager offers a lot more: it supports BitTorrent, ftp, you can upload files and share them with other users (the file that you upload is kept on the server at most for a month), you can control the program from a remote computer or create a portable version to use on other computers without having to make your settings again. 

It also features Site Explorer, a function which lets you view the folders structure of a web site and easily download necessary files or folders. You can download whole web pages or even whole web sites with HTML Spider – it can even be instructed to download only files with a specified extension. Free Download Manager is also able to download files from several mirrors simultaneously.

Version Tested

3.0 build 848

Author

Free Download Manager.ORG

Operating System

Windows All

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Summary

 It’s open source.

 Offers a wide range of features and is quite easy to use.

 For some reason it crashed several times while I was trying to upload a file.

Rating

Verdict

I must say that I’m grateful to those of you that recommended Free Download Manager, it’s open source and it offers a lot more features than the freeware download manager that I was using, Orbit Downloader. I had only a slight problem with Free Download Manager, it crashed while I was trying to upload a file. However it was rock solid when it came to downloading, from torrents to video files and even whole websites. And I can see it getting better and better, since it’s an open source program.

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11 Comments »

  • Hack said:

    Free Download Manager sounds powerful, I will try it

  • Ip_man said:

    Your site and reviews r great. I bookmark your site. I m using IDM but i try FDM now.

    Thnx.

  • Rajesh Kothari said:

    I downloaded FDM 3.0 build 848 and installed. During installation when it was on E: partition of WinxPsp3 – Kaspersky refused to start installation – even I put the exe file in trusted application. When copied to c: drive it installed. After that I downloaded 680 mb zip file from a https web site with user name / password. It clocked about 50 kb/sec on a ADSL connection. But after download is over when I open the zip file – it says file is not a valid archieve. When I check the ADSL log – I found download size to be just 13 mb. This behaviour has completely confused me. I can’t believe anything here. Any help?

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Rajesh
    What you describe there is very, very strange. I’d suggest reinstalling the program and trying to download that file again. Did that happen with other files too or only with that particular file?

  • Dusan said:

    I also use FDM but LITE version ,it is faster and I think that way it is best download manager that I tryed !

  • rono said:

    plzzzzzzzzzz i would suggest to use the software called “bitcomet”.it is more than download manager.It supports alot feature than fdm.yu can download any video file from anywhere.it also supprts toorrent downloading and openning.it also provide the facility to download a file in batch mode.so don,t wait just strat to use it.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Rono, from what you say it has the exact features that FDM has…

  • 68.39.6.17:2479 said:

    Extremely nice read, some valid points were made.

  • Brayden Sanchez said:

    there are lots of video websites these days on the internet and i always visit them ~.’

  • Shah said:

    Orbit is one of my favourite , download files, videos … man its handy

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