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Download Commander

By Heitmeijer Free to try Editors' Rating
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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Mar 23, 2010

Internet downloading got a major boost from bit torrents and the widespread availability of broadband, but conventional Web-based downloads are still limited by single-thread technology. Download Commander from Heitmeijer is a downloading application that uses the familiar HTTP protocol but enables multiple simultaneous downloads via multithreading, so instead of downloading each file on a Web site, you can download them all at once. It will also save various credentials so you don't have to re-enter them constantly.

Download Commander integrates itself with Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser. Right-clicking a Web page calls up the context menu with Download Commander's selections. The program's pop-up interface has just the basics, but it's nicely finished and efficiently laid out. There are File, Edit, and Help menus and a handful of large, colorful icons to control the application's functions. Two configurable display panes round out the interface, one for tracking downloads and the other for files. You can choose to download a single file, multiple files, or all the files on the page. The program makes best use of your high-speed connections to improve the download speed of single files, but we were really impressed when it snagged a page full of files in record time.

Download Commander installs desktop icons without asking and leaves folders behind when it's uninstalled; it also requires the .NET Framework. The latest release includes a full user's manual and support for Windows Vista. The free trial version is limited to 10 simultaneous downloads and reminds you it's unregistered every 10 minutes.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0

Version 3.0 adds a proper user manual, Windows Vista support, and check for updates feature.

General

Date Added April 6, 2009
Version 3.0

Operating Systems

Additional Requirements Microsoft.NET 2.0 framework

Popularity

Total Downloads 6,720
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Download Commander is a program which allows you to download files from the Internet by using the HTTP protocol. It is possible to download only one file, but the strength of the program lies in the fact that it enables the user to select more than one file to download from a single Internet page. The files are queued and downloaded one after the other. Download Commander downloads the file(s) using multiple threads. Internet Explorer or other Internet browsers downloads files using only one thread. This does not take advantage of the large bandwidths we have today. Downloading with multiple threads increases the download speed significantly. These days a lot of sites require you to enter credentials before you can access them. Download Commander let's you maintain these credentials and uses them when needed automatically. Download Commander is fully integrated in Internet Explorer. Version 3.0 adds a proper user manual, Windows Vista support, and check for updates feature.