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Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Good
Average User Rating:
out of 28 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6
  • Total Downloads:
    234,143
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 23, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try (15-day trial); $20.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    3MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    79
  • Platform:
    Windows

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Editors' Review

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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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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher SenBit
Publisher web site http://senbit.com
Release Date November 23, 2010
Date Added November 23, 2010
Version 1.6
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7/Server 2003 x86 R2
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3MB
File Name dldsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 234,143
Downloads Last Week 79
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 15-day trial
Price $20

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