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Editors' Review

shelbybrown Jan 19, 2011

Download accelerator and manager DownThemAll gives a swift kick in the pants to Firefox's download manager, providing the browser not only with heightened downloading chops, but with an effective tool for sniffing out media content on Web pages and getting it on your hard drive quickly.

New in version 2 are some sweet tools for making it all happen faster. While support for Firefox 4 was essential to the add-on's continued life, the granular controls over download speeds are a welcome surprise. You can now set different maximum download speeds by individual download, by server, or as a global preference. Separately, you can also set download limits by server.

Firefox's trackless browsing option receives support in DownThemAll 2. This means that even if you're running in Private Browsing mode, you can run the add-on and get the increased download speeds it provides.

The media-sniffing option will discover and download audio and video embedded or linked in a Web page for you, as long as you're looking at a site on HTTP or HTTPS. Of course, this is the case for the vast majority of users and ought not to pose a problem.

DownThemAll's queue control has been improved as well, with new filters available to help clear the line of in-progress and completed downloads that have been set up; and DownThemAll now offers official, developer-sponsored integration with the Firefox add-on Video DownloadHelper. HTML5 support includes both < video > and < audio > tags, at least as far as they've been documented and integrated into the browser itself. HTML5 standards have yet to be finalized.

Other changes of interest to the add-on include better context menu integration; a rejiggering of how the average download speed gets calculated to favor more recent downloads; and support for third-party download services such as RapidShare without having to enable third-party cookies when cookies have been disabled. Some add-on defaults have been changed, too, including making five auto-retries spaced 5 minutes apart before marking a download a failure; upping the number of concurrent downloads from four to eight, although concurrent downloads from the same server remain restricted to four; and granting read permissions to the user group for new downloads.

The program's descriptive interface tells you everything you need to know while attempting downloads. You'll have to select a destination for the files and enter a reference URL from the site you're loading from--fortunately, it comes with a drop-down menu of recently visited sites and offers a clearing feature for this list when you're done. Its one-click option makes the process a little less painful by letting you select a constant spot for your downloads. Configurations allow you to set a maximum number of downloads at once, and advanced features perform partial loads.

The growing number of Windows 7 users ought to note that a savvy fan of the add-on found that it works much better on Windows 7 when a Microsoft bug fix has been applied to the operating system, and so the add-on publisher recommends that Windows 7 users make sure they've installed the fix for more stable downloading.

DownThemAll is hardly the only multifeatured download enhancement add-on in Firefox's deep catalog, but the newer features and undeniably faster download speeds make it useful, and doubly so to serial downloaders.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.16

  • Fixed issue with names containing slashes
  • Fixed compatibility with latest Firefox Aurora/Nightly
  • Updated locales
  • Minor bugfixes
  • General

    Release September 17, 2013
    Date Added September 17, 2013
    Version 2.0.16

    Operating Systems

    Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements Firefox 3.6 and later

    Popularity

    Total Downloads 240,526
    Downloads Last Week 6
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    Developer's Description

    DownThemAll (or just dTa) is a powerful yet easy-to-use Mozilla Firefox extension that adds new advanced download capabilities to your browser. DownThemAll lets you download all the links or images contained in a Web page and you can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria to get only what you really want. DownThemAll is all you can desire from a download manager it features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400%, it allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time and, last but not least, it is fully integrated into your favorite browser.