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Leech for Mac

CNET Editors' review

Leech for Mac is a useful tool for those who download a large number of files and are tired of being at the mercy of their browser. From easy start/stop pausing to a secondary interface that won't interrupt your downloads if the browser crashes, Leech is a solution for a number of download issues and it works very smoothly without taking up much space or too many resources on your computer.

Installation of Leech is very fast, moving a small file to your Applications folder. You will need to verify its source before opening it in newer versions of OS X, but after that you can start using it immediately. Just drag and drop a URL into the interface and it will automatically start the download process. It works with any properly validated download link, as well as photos and HTML files. You can change a few things such as where files download and you can set a timer to turn the app off and shut down after the current queue is finished. Download speed was not affected at all in our tests and the app doesn't take up many resources -- both big pluses for this type of tool.

If you need a third-party download solution that won't be at the mercy of your browser or other bulky software that can crash on occasion, download Leech for Mac. It runs fast, is free to try up to 25 times, and it allows you much greater control over the files you download without being too cumbersome. This is a great all-around tool.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Leech for Mac 2.2.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A proper, consummate download manager for the Mac"

    October 7, 2012  |   By nmithani1

    Version: Leech 2.1.1

    Pros

    the lightest of them all
    extension for Safari
    clean interface
    compatible with file-sharing sites such as Rapidshare.com

    Cons

    download speeds take time to rise to full potential

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Tried it, discarded it"

    January 4, 2009  |   By Thermidor

    Version: Leech 1.1.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I read a review of Leech, and since I was downloading a lot in recent days, I thought I'd try it out.

    All it seems to do is insert itself into Safari (or whatever browser you use), taking the place of the downloads window. It was neither convenient nor inconvenient. Instead of my downloads list, there's the Leech window.

    What it didn't seem to do is increase speed in any way. This is totally anecdotal, not scientific, but I noticed a tremendous slowdown while downloading. I couldn't figure out what was going on. I even unplugged and restarted my modem. Once I trashed Leech, voila, rates seemed to increase noticeably.

    I can't figure out the purpose of Leech. Even assuming the slowdown was due to coincidental or imaginary factors, I don't get why the Leech download list is somehow more convenient than the Safari Downloads window. At least with Safari, you're not running a whole other program.

    The documentation (some of which is annoyingly seen only once, when installing) talks up how you can pause and resume downloads with ease. Nothing I tried to pause and resume worked.

    The final straw came while I was downloading a bunch of RapidShare files. One minute everything's going well, the next minute I glance at the window and see everything's been "aborted," with no option available to resume downloads.

    Not impressed. I will give them due credit for allowing free trials. If I hear things have improved one day, I'll be back, but for now I can't imagine why this would help in any way.

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