iGetter is a download management app for MacOS. We could not find iGetter on the App Store but it is available from several download sites and the publisher's Web site. iGetter installs easily. You can use iGetter for free as a single use license with no expiration, or buy a license with full support for $25.
The iGetter interface consists of a number of icons across the top of the dialog and a status display for files beneath. It can launch automatically when you start a download, or you can use iGetter to initiate the downloads. There are two parts to iGetter: the download manager and the download accelerator. The manager lets you handle a list of files to be transferred and start or stop them as needed, and it allows multiple downloads at the same time. The accelerator uses segmented downloading over several streams to accelerate the download process, especially helpful with larger files. As with most download utilities, iGetter lets you resume a download that got interrupted or paused, so you don't have to start the entire download again. Nice graphics show you the progress of downloads.
We used iGetter to download files from several sites, including some Usenet feeds, and it handled all the file requests with ease. The graphic display of progress was handy and helped pass the short time for larger files. The segmented downloading worked well on larger files and servers that support such a feature. We had no issues with iGetter in our testing at all.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of iGetter for Mac 2.9.1.
iGetter is a powerful, full featured download manager and accelerator. iGetter can greatly improve the speed of your downloads using segmented downloading. In addition it allows auto resume on broken downloads, queue filtering, site explorer, searching of mirrors, FileAvenue.net integration, history list, scheduling downloads for low traffic periods, auto redial on broken connection, auto hang-up, and shut down on completion.
December 05, 2015
Version: iGetter 2.9.3
No pros to this software
Adds complexity to the download process.
When you go to Uninstall, there is no included Uninstaller. The Uninstallation steps provided by the company direct you to use the Uninstaller in the iGetter folder. There is no folder in Applications, it's just the app. The directions then instruct you to remove a variety of files and directories, finishing with deleting the igetter app itself.
Applications that add no value and include no automatic uninstaller are not worth anyone's time.
iGetter is distributed in a DMG which when opened, instructs you: "To install, just copy the iGetter FOLDER to your Applications folder".
iGetter folder includes iGetter app, Uninstaller and ReadMe. You will need the uninstaller app only if you have enabled iGetter integration with browsers, which is off by default. However, even if you've deleted iGetter from your machine without turning off its integration with browsers, then you can manually remove its browser components (it's a matter of searching "iGetter" in the Finder and delete what you find). For complete instructions how to uninstall iGetter read this:
Crashed when first tried to use it Won't allow me to change my default download folder (each URL entered links to /user/~name/downloads and has to be changed for each file) Premium account login feature doesn't work properly Turned on the feature to automatically pick URLs from clipboard, but application refused to do so.
And they actually try to charge for this malfunctioning, user-unfriendly, buggy program!?!? I've used jdownloader for years, thought I would drive iGetter around the block. Nothing in iGetter works like it should. i'mgettin' and i'mstickin' with jdownloader (which works reliably, has an extremely intuitive interface whose features actually work and it is free) .
Sounds like you've not set it up properly (it CAN be a bit tricky) as I've been using iGetter since it first came out years ago, on several Macs and OS versions, and it's been pretty fab and reliable for me. You could try Folx, but it steps in and interfere's with too many things for my liking.
It doesn't help with Apple's very large updates. I have a slow connection that keeps breaking involved much manual reconnecting, but it seems iGetter doesn't deal with that ...Pity... am I possibly missing some or other setting?
We use iGetter to download Apple updates from their support site for several years and it works very well. A broken download from the Apple's site looks like a problem with your Internet connection. Do you use a dial-up or similar connection like phone tethering?
-Restarts dropped downloads automatically - Faster downloading time -Schedule downloads -Can optimize download que. -Free (can register, would if I had $, I wish there was a donation option though, because I would like to do something)
-A bit hard to integrate with safari, but once you find directions in igetter help, works great! Just click on any download link and it will download in igetter. Directions to do this should be more prominent though. -Interface design not attractive.
Great way to speed up downloading time, particularly if you have an unreliable internet connection. Never start and stop dropped links again! Load downloads into igetter, set to start automatically or start a que and forget about it, until your downloads are ready to install!
Go to iGetter help and click on the blue "integration" link in the left hand column. This will show you how to add a download with igetter link to your contextual menu items or how to set safari to download with igetter automatically. I really think these directions need to be more obvious! I didn't get it at first and had so much trouble getting links into igetter! However, it's been really easy since I made the integration changes. Good luck!
I usually download at 235-300kb from my browser. I reached speeds up to 1,400kb with iGetter. What a difference! It ties in with Safari and Firefox and automatically downloads files you click on from the browser.
Using the program without the browser is a bit confusing. Its obviously designed to be a batch processor like Compressor and is just about as confusing. I'm sure, once I get past the learning curve, it will be much easier.
You don't realize how much you NEED faster downloads until you have iGetter. Its kind of like going from floppies to a hard drive. You were always happy with those floppies until that first time you used a hard drive.
February 11, 2006
Version: iGetter Download Manager 2.4
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I do a lot of downloading, and I see no benefit in this application. Like every other download manager/accelerator I have tried, I see no difference in the speed of my downloads using a 3.0 MBPS DSL connection.
It DOES, however add a pain-in-the-ass factor. I end up with multiple copies of downloads, or downloads that never started, etc.
Restarting a stuck download from a download service is cumbersome at best--if it works at all.
Stick with the built in downloader in your browser unless you are having trouble. Save these things for use as a last resort.
August 18, 2005
Version: iGetter Download Manager 2.4
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I am very happy with this software and look forward to more improvements, streamlining and optimization (including a smaller memory footprint and such). Keep up the good work! Best downloader for Mac OS X that I've used aside from wget from the shell which I use perhaps a little more often than this.
Digitally signed the installation dmg file to meet the new security requirements of macOS 10.12 Sierra, and prevent "AppTranslocation" from Gatekeeper.
Implemented a workaround for an issue introduced in Safari 10, which causes disappearing of browser extensions on Safari restart. With this update iGetter Extension installs and works properly on Safari 10.
Reworked iGetter Extension for Firefox (v45+) to complete the transition to multiprocess versions of Firefox.
Implemented a workaround for an issue that could lead to a blank page rendered in the integrated eCommerce module, when attempting a purchase in the macOS versions prior El Capitan.
Reworded the uninstall alert text for better clarity.
Some fixes and additions to the French, Polish, Japanese and Traditional Chinese localizations.
Fixed an issue with the integrated eCommerce module asking for permission to access user's contacts.
Fixed an issue with the "Download selection with iGetter" command in iGetter Extension for Safari 10, which in some very rare cases won't work properly.