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Download Direct

CNET Editors' review

Software that claims to boost the speed of your downloads invariably seems to disappoint, and Download Direct is no exception. The interface is straightforward and the program offers a number of customizable settings, but in our download tests, the application did not meet expectations.

When targeting the manufacturer's Web site, Download Direct performed admirably, pulling down a 3MB file in 22 seconds. But when we tried to download a 41MB MP3, the application slowed to a painful 2.2 KBps, even using the application's fastest setting. We were able to download the same file using Firefox's built-in utility in a few minutes at speeds hovering around 125 KBps. The application does provide a number of helpful options for managing and integrating downloads, although these two do not always work as expected. You can add multiple downloads at once and schedule each one; customize various interface settings, such as window position and dialog display; and choose a default download folder as well as make a list of favorite folders. The integration with the Windows Clipboard works well, with Clipboard contents automatically populating the target URL for new downloads. The browser integration works less well. Clicking on a test link for the maker's Web site sent the download command to Download Direct, but the same failed to occur with links on other sites.

Overall, we found Download Direct to be unstable as well. Running more than one download at a time consistently caused the program to crash. Users looking for a reliable download management tool would do better elsewhere.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Bad, bad, bad..."

    January 30, 2010  |   By Achos

    Version: Download Direct 1.5

    Pros

    Eluded me.

    Cons

    False advertising; downloads at 10-12 K at most
    All archives were corrupt.
    Mad renames of files, which are larger when downloaded and useless.

    Summary

    Stick to JDownloader.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it is the worst download manager."

    January 29, 2010  |   By krishnakunala

    Version: Download Direct 1.5

    Pros

    the only good thing is that it has a scheduler

    Cons

    the rapidshare files downloaded could not be extracted. It shows files downloading at 1024 kB/sec eventhough my total bandwidth is 200kB/s per sec

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not Good at all"

    January 12, 2010  |   By Reepak Kumar Majhi

    Version: Download Direct 1.5

    Pros

    A download manger

    Cons

    It is a shareware it say it boost the download but it never give me a download error free whenever i download anything even mp3 it gives error message in the middle of the download

    Summary

    it says it can download rapidshare file directly but gives error message in middle of download.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple is best"

    October 20, 2009  |   By senbit

    Version: Download Direct 1.5

    Pros

    Extreme ease of use, features to add multiple downloads, and the overall look

    Cons

    The mirror searching could be better but I get by

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Misleading"

    June 26, 2009  |   By 666XZ

    Version: Download Direct 1.2

    Pros

    The interface is really nice and simple.

    Cons

    Files being damaged or corrupt every download attempt and not to mention that misleading speed of the download.Every time I try to download something it was either corrupt or damaged.

    Summary

    I prefer IDM

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It is faster. No doubT"

    February 23, 2009  |   By Orange4u

    Version: Download Direct 1.2

    Pros

    it is faster than DAP, Orbit,Flashget,Getright but not than IDM. IDM rocks

    Cons

    it is not for Mozilla Firefox.after the installation of DLD mozilla got mental...ha ha... please solve this problem...then i would definitely buy this product

    Summary

    why why why

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  • 1.0 stars

    "!@##$%^^&&*"

    January 8, 2009  |   By Ichsan08

    Version: Download Direct 1.2

    Pros

    ............

    Cons

    !@@#$$%%^&

    Summary

    please tell me licence name&key
    send email:
    stings_zort@yahoo.co.id

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very Deceptive. Con job"

    January 1, 2009  |   By leet777

    Version: Download Direct 1.2

    Pros

    Looks great. One of the nicest looking and easiest to use DL managers I've seen. Straight forward and very easy to use.

    Cons

    The speed it tells you it's downloading files at is no where near the actual kb/s dl speed. In fact, the so called download speed is at times double of my connection speed. lol

    Summary

    As I said, what this program tells you it downloads at, and what it actually DOES download at are very different! It took me 3 hours to DL 180mb (2 files) on a 1.5MB connection yet the program download speed indicator averaged 1000 to 2000KB/s lol. NOT. I am just finishing a 61mb download and it's taking forever. It took 2 mins just to download 1%. Id say the speed is averaging around 5kb/s, 10kb/ maximum. Rubbish. Shame..because everything else is great but with downloads being at dialup speed, I just wouldn't ever use it again.
    If it gave a true speed indication, fair enough but to have it state it's downloading at 2000kb/s when it's obviously not, that just angers me. No need for the deception.
    As soon as it finishes downloading the current file (which is only 61mb's but I estimate it'll take about another 3/4 hour at least to finish at this rate

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  • 1.0 stars

    "totally fack"

    December 9, 2008  |   By mann631

    Version: Download Direct 1.2

    Pros

    downloads multiple files at a time, thats all for this....

    Cons

    faks you by showing very high download speed, but in reality speed is as usual.

    Summary

    product dont show actual download speed rather it tries to fool us

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome DL manager"

    October 17, 2008  |   By paulism

    Version: Download Direct 1.2

    Pros

    Interface is totally easy to use and looks great (compared to most out there). Downloaded files through IE at 120kb, but through DLD was getting 435kb. Their support is fast and friendly and an overall good company and product. Nice job SenBit... :-)

    Cons

    None, it's all good...

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