Monday, November 1, 2010

The most popular download manager, Internet Download Manager, Review

Every Internet user frequently need to download some stuff while they are working on their computer. The files may be one of their favorite song, a streaming video, Wallpapers or some needy softwares, therefore every one probably know about  the Download manager and must have one on their system to download these files.
A download manager is a program that is completely for downloading files from the Internet. Although there is a default download manager comes with every browser but they may not accomplish the user's needs and one may want to get an efficient Download manager which is according to user needs.

There are many download managers available in the market but some of them are really boring as they are time consuming, difficult for user specially for new one, arrange files in a disorganized manner like there is no sense of where to put the files of different types and what to do if connection lost or system shutdown. But among those all there is a solution in the form of Internet Download Manager and today we will review it.

Internet Download Manager (IDM) as the name suggest is a download manager that uses new technologies in order to increase download speeds by up to 5 time (500 percent), use your Internet connection in an efficient manner as much as possible to shorter download time and also have feature of schedule downloads. The software features an adaptive download logic accelerator, dynamic file segmentation and multi-part downloading technology, and it reuses available connections without additional connect and login stages.

Internet Download Manager can also dial your modem at the set time, download the files you want, then hang up or even shut down your computer when it is done.This tool have a comprehensive error recovery and resume capability which restart broken or interrupted downloads due to lost connections, network problems or computer shutdowns.

Internet Download Manager have very simple and basic windows style interface. It allows the choice among 3D or non 3D icons with an excellent placement of objects on screen with buttons on top.These feature makes IDM easy to use and user friendly too

Here are some awesome feature of this awesome Download manager.

Keeps Your PC Organized
Internet Download Manager has an intelligent feature to organize or categorize the files of different types into in different folders according to file format. User can also customize IDM and can make categories or folders and assigned which thype of files will be stored there. Suppose that you have make a folder "Picture" and
assigen .png, .jpg, and .gif files format to it, then all the files of that formats will automatically stores in the "Picture" folder. You can do the same with the Audio, Video, Documents or any other file format.This keeps your PC organized.

Download Files Faster
IDM is a download accelerator that splits the file into parts (4 or more) and downloads them all the together, thus increasing the downloading speed. As mention earlier, it can speed-up download by up to 500%.

Resume Files
IDM have a comprehensive error recovery and resume capability which restart broken or interrupted downloads due to lost connections, network problems or computer shutdowns.The great thing is IDM saves the file’s parts every few minutes, so you’ll be able to resume a file even if your PC crashed while it was

 IDM allows user to group files in queues so it’ll automatically download all the files in the queue, one after another, after you start the queue. This is one of best features of IDM.

Speed Limiter
In Internet Download Manager, you can limit the speed at which files are downloading. This way your normal browsing won’t slow down to a crawl while you’re downloading stuff.

Browser Integration & Video/Audio Downloading
When you install IDM, it attaches itself to your browser. This enables you to download files using IDM in one click only, you don’t have to copy-paste the URL in IDM. So, whenever you click a download link, say a .zip file or an Mp3 file,, IDM will start automatically and then ask you if you want to download it.

YouTube grabber.
It is another great feature  of the IDM.Internet Download Manager can grab FLV videos from popular sites like YouTube, MySpaceTV, and Google Video. Whenever a web page has a video, IDM adds a “Download this video” button to the top-right of the video. This makes it very easy to download videos off YouTube
and other tube sites in one click.

The Site Grabber
Site Grabber enables you to rip files from a website. You can download all the image files on the site, or videos, or the whole website itself. Although you won’t use it very often, it can be useful once in a while.

Automatic Antivirus checking.
Antivirus checking makes your downloads free from viruses and trojans. IDM can automatically run a scanner on download completion, like AdAware, Avast, Spybot, AVG Anti-Virus, McAfee, SpywareBlaster, CCleaner and others to protect users from harmful downloaded files.

Built-in Scheduler.
Internet Download Manager can connect to the Internet at a set time, download the files you want, disconnect, or shut down your computer when it's done. You can also setup the scheduler for a Queue so the queue will start at a certain time.

Advanced Browser Integration 
This is a great and unique feature of IDM. When this feature enabled, IDM can catch any download from any application like Adobe Reader and others. None of download managers have this feature.

Drag and Drop
You may simply drag and drop links to IDM, and drag and drop downloaded files out of Internet Download Manager.

Multilingual Support
IDM is Multilingual. IDMHungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Uzbek languages.

Quick Update Feature
Quick update may check for new versions of IDM and update IDM once per week. Quick updates feature lists all new features added to the latest version and asks a user if he wants to update IDM to the latest version.

Disk space and Memory occupied
Installer size:  ~3MB
Installed directory size:  ~3MB
Memory usage: Consumes very little memory.

Version and Price
The latest version of IDM available is 6.03 Beta 3 that cost $24.95. But there is a free version of 21 days trail period available so you can try it to know the worth of IDM before you buy it.

Here are Some Screenshots of IDM running environment:

Start Page

IDM Site Grabber

IDM Configuration

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