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Light Downloader

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Light Downloader is a free download manager that claims to speed up downloads by 600 percent or more by splitting target files into several parts that it downloads separately and simultaneously. It can schedule downloads, automatically resume interrupted downloads, support proxy connections, and do the things similar free tools can do. What sets it apart is its easy drag-and-drop capability.

Light Downloader's three-panel interface has a familiar view, with a left-hand navigation panel and a main view divided horizontally into a listing of downloads above a log display. The tabbed navigation panel accesses Downloads, which is the primary view, and the Scheduler feature. Toolbar icons quickly toggled between network access modes: Heavy, which hogs the connection for maximum download speed; Medium, for general browsing while downloading; and Light, which takes longest but has the least impact on the network. We were intrigued by the Drop Box, a translucent system tray icon that lets you drag-and-drop stuff from your browser directly into the program and that can be dragged around itself. Clicking it also wakes the program and gives access to settings and options from the system tray. We decided to test Light Downloader's drag-and-drop download capability with a variety of files. We browsed to some freeware, grabbed the download link with our cursor, and dragged in into Light Downloader's interface. We selected our options and destination folder in a pop-up settings dialog and started the download, which finished quick as lightning. Next we dragged and dropped a link to an audio clip of a pulsar, a kind of star; it played perfectly when we clicked Launch File. We also tried videos, images, and Web pages, both parts and whole pages. In each case, Light Downloader automatically identified and categorized each download by type. Filters let us quickly find specific downloads in the queue, too.

We were impressed with Light Downloader's capacity to actually make downloading easier while still preserving powerful options and scheduling capabilities. Downloads were noticeably faster, even with broadband, and we really like Light Downloader's drag-and-drop capability, too.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    3.0 stars

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use, the quickest and simplest downloader"

    July 29, 2011  |   By Abbieyes

    Version: Light Downloader 1.1.1

    Pros

    the quickest and simplest downloader I have found.

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    it's great, totally recommended.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not fake, and a nice free program--once you find it"

    March 7, 2011  |   By RobD60

    Version: Light Downloader 1.1.1

    Pros

    Allows you to set default download directories for music, software, documents, and custom downloads; multithreading supported; integrates with IE and with Firefox; drag-and-drop function is nice.

    Cons

    There is, as far as I know, ONLY ONE VALID DOWNLOAD LINK ON THE ENTIRE WEB (http://www.softsea.com/download/Light-Downloader.html), and the product SEEMS to be no longer in active development; not a torrent manager

    Summary

    First of all, the CNet link is dead (sorry, CNet). ONLY THE SOFTSEA LINK APPEARS TO BE VALID (again, apologies to CNet for putting a competitor's site out here). Softsea, it seems, hosts the actual executable. Once you run the executable, you'll have a download icon on your desktop; you can drag-and-drop a download link to that icon to start the download. Make sure you have the link to an actual program/doc/mp3, not a .html or .php link for a web page.

    Tweak the program by right-clicking on the desktop icon(the "drop box") and choose "Show main window." Set preferences under "Tools." You'll find that LDM can save passwords for members-only sites (like my favorite, completelyfreesoftware.com); if you have an anti-virus program (why, of course you do!) you can set it to scan completed downloads but you must do this manually. You can manually set options for download connections under Network--simultaneous downloads, maximum download number--and there are presets for the (autodetected) speed of your internet connection. You can cancel, pause and resume downloads or schedule downloads for a specified time. For me, the best part of LDM is that it separates downloads into different subfolders based on file extensions. You have by default subfolders for Music, Software, Other, and Video. I download more documents and software than music and video, but LDM handles multimedia all right, though there are much better options for finding and downloading embedded multimedia files. All in all, LDM is the best freeware downloader I have found.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "FFAAKKEE!!"

    February 12, 2011  |   By EclipseWebJS2

    Version: Light Downloader 1.1.1

    Pros

    There is none.

    Cons

    Redirects to a dumb site and won't let me click on anything else on the DOWNLOAD PAGE!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cannot download"

    January 19, 2011  |   By geranch

    Version: Light Downloader 1.1.1

    Pros

    I haven't tried it yet because i am unable to download it.

    Cons

    Cannot download!

    Summary

    Upon clicking Download Now, i am immediately redirected to a site BLUE HOST. So how to download it ?

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not so good..OK"

    December 10, 2010  |   By anand.khandewale

    Version: Light Downloader 1.1.1

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    Most of the time, the download links point to some webpage and the program downloads the page instead of the program, tried downloading programs from CNET by dragging the download link to the icon, it fails

    Summary

    good in some cases, fails in most

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to Use, Does a Good Job"

    October 12, 2010  |   By Nissj

    Version: Light Downloader 1.1.1

    Pros

    I recently started using Light Downloader because I wanted something that would accelerate download times. I tend to download several videos at once and with iGetter, another good downloader, this usually takes up to an hour + per video.

    Cons

    Since I am unfamiliar with some of the features, including instructions for Light Downloader's features would be preferred rather than having to email my questions to the company.

    Summary

    For simply downloading numerous items at an accelerated speed, Light Downloader does a good job.

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