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Download Direct

By SenBit Free to try Editors' Rating
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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 31, 2009

Software that claims to boost the speed of your downloads invariably seems to disappoint, and Download Direct is no exception. The interface is straightforward and the program offers a number of customizable settings, but in our download tests, the application did not meet expectations.

When targeting the manufacturer's Web site, Download Direct performed admirably, pulling down a 3MB file in 22 seconds. But when we tried to download a 41MB MP3, the application slowed to a painful 2.2 KBps, even using the application's fastest setting. We were able to download the same file using Firefox's built-in utility in a few minutes at speeds hovering around 125 KBps. The application does provide a number of helpful options for managing and integrating downloads, although these two do not always work as expected. You can add multiple downloads at once and schedule each one; customize various interface settings, such as window position and dialog display; and choose a default download folder as well as make a list of favorite folders. The integration with the Windows Clipboard works well, with Clipboard contents automatically populating the target URL for new downloads. The browser integration works less well. Clicking on a test link for the maker's Web site sent the download command to Download Direct, but the same failed to occur with links on other sites.

Overall, we found Download Direct to be unstable as well. Running more than one download at a time consistently caused the program to crash. Users looking for a reliable download management tool would do better elsewhere.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.6

General

Release November 23, 2010
Date Added November 23, 2010
Version 1.6

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Server 2003 x86 R2, Windows Me, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 244,198
Downloads Last Week 7
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Developer's Description

Download Direct (DLD) was developed to accelerate your downloads (by creating up to 16 simultaneous connections) and let you manage them via one central screen. We wanted to ensure ease of use for the average home user with its simple, clean, great looking interface, while also including features for even the most demanding internet users.