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Free Download Manager - Freeware

Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 12:00 am
by Dreamer
Free Download Manager - Freeware


First, it works perfectly with Avant and Orca. If you are using Orca, read this topic please.

Free Download Manager (FDM) is a full-featured download accelerator and manager. It is absolutely free! Using this software product you can easily download a list of files and whole web sites from any remote server via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. With FDM the downloading process will be as easy as never before!


- FDM is a light-weight, powerful and easy-to-use application. Also this software product is well-known for its intuitive and user-friendly interface. FDM can function as a site manager, accelerator, site explorer and scheduler.

- FDM can resume broken downloads. So you needn't start the downloading process from the very beginning after casual interruption. You can resume unfinished download from the moment when it was interrupted. Also this program warns you if resuming isn't supported by the servers. It allows you to make a decision about the downloading. So with FDM you save your time and money.

- FDM is an indispensable tool for download acceleration. It splits files into several sections and then downloads them simultaneously allowing you to increase your download speed up to 600%.

- This software application can be used in automatic mode. You can schedule the following operations: set or hang up the Internet connection, exit from the program and shutdown the computer. All the operations mentioned above can be set at the specified time.

- FDM allows adjusting traffic usage. So it provides you with an opportunity to browse web pages much faster if you use a low connection speed.

Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 12:02 am
by Dreamer
Free Download Manager 2.0 has been released.

[+] Order of downloads can be changed via up/down buttons now
[+] Export/import downloads via XML file
[+] Export history of downloads to HTML file
[+] Separate window for each download (optional)
[+] Restrain all downloads mode
[+] Archive extraction support
[+] Generation of description files for downloads
[+] Command line has been enhanced
[+] Tools | Shutdown when done option now allows selecting the type of shutdown
[+] Set the date of a downloaded file identical to the one specified on a server
[+] Double click on floating windows now restores/minimizes FDM
[+] Option not to save the logs of downloads
[+] Downloads can be imported to the specified group
[+] Ability to set groups' root folder
[+] Tray menu contains list of recent downloaded files
[+] Ability to change timeout for user confirmation for performance of some tasks
[+] HTML Spider: more flexibility for ignore list
[+] Active downloads info window shows speed of downloading
[+] Some other interface improvements
[+] More flexibility for creating batch downloads
[+] File integrity check. Supports MD5,SHA-1,SHA-2,CRC32 algorithms
[+] Status bar shows the total traffic usage and the total speed of downloading
[+] UNC path support
[*] Support for files bigger than 2 GB
[*] Support of SIZE command by FTP server is not required now
[*] Improved color indication of resume support
[-] Bug in downloading using FTP passive mode with some FTP servers
[-] Export downloads on the list didn't work
[-] Sometimes HTML Spider didn't download images
[-] FDM entered into an infinite loop if file name on a server contained invalid characters
[-] Conflict with Microsoft User Profile Hive Cleanup service
[-] Bug after deleting a mirror from list of mirrors
[-] Sorting of downloads worked incorrectly
[-] Some other bugfixes

Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 1:30 am
by Circumlocutus
Thumbs up for this download manager from me. I have used it for a few months now.

Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 3:04 am
by vtel57
Does this application "catch" links in Avant and other browsers?

Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 11:03 pm
by Circumlocutus
It does, it can also be set to catch clipboard entries (just in case the download isn't hotlinked.), It can also be set to ignore certain extensions, (like .torrent) which you want to be opened by there default application.

Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 11:07 pm
by vtel57
COOL! I used to use LeechGet for quite a few years until an update crashed my system. I couldn't get ANY support from LeechGet, so I purged it from my system. I've been using the integral d-load manager that comes with whatever browser since then. I miss a good d-load manager. I may have to give this one a shot.

Thanks, Terra...


Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 12:08 am
by vtel57
Nice! It's installed and seems to be working fine. I'll be playing around with all the options and settings for a while, though.

Thanks again, folks!


Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 1:06 am
by vtel57
I've already found one thing I like about this d-load mgr over Leechget... I can set the damned thing to EXIT once the d-load is finished. I always had to manually exit LeechGet to get it out of my system tray.


Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 1:12 am
by André
Talking to yourself again Eric?

Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 3:07 am
by vtel57
Uh... Yup! Image

Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 3:37 am
by André
Sounds good... I guess... as long as you don't answer yourself.

Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 4:34 am
by vtel57
Not answer myself? C'mon... that's why I talk to myself. I know I'm getting good answers. ;)

Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 5:38 am
by Pip
That makes sense Eric......

Posted: Thu May 11, 2006 4:56 pm
by angeldust
You tell 'em Eric. ****! sometimes it's the only way you can get a sane answer.
I DL this too it's the 3rd that I've tried so far so good.

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:48 pm
by Dreamer
Free Download Manager 2.1 has been released.

[+] Opinions
[+] Caching of disk write operations
[+] Option to restart downloading when speed is too low
[+] Scheduler: restrain all downloads
[+] Interface improvements
[+] Option to disable modification of Internet Explorer's user-agent string
[+] is supported now
[*] Improved integration with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers
[*] The moving download to the new group will move its file also
[-] Downloads was launched automatically if added via Drop box even if not needed
[-] Restart more than one downloads worked incorrectly sometimes
[-] Bug of work with frames in HTML Spider
[-] Some general bugfixes

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:52 pm
by vtel57
FDM is a great little app. One of the things I miss now that I don't use Windows anymore. ;)

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:04 am
by blitzmaster
Free Download Manager 2.3.610 Beta is out!

Re: Free Download Manager - Freeware

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:30 pm
by Dreamer
Free Download Manager 2.5 has been released.

- Free Download Manager is released under GNU Public License!

[+] Uploads: easy way to share your files.
[+] Portable mode
[+] Bittorrent protocol support
[+] Flash video downloads (e.g. from site)
[+] Audio/video files converter
[+] Metalink support
[+] Ability to remember the last used folder for storing downloads
[+] Macroses for specifying the output folder for downloads
[+] Site Explorer: Progress of building of the list of files
[+] Option to disable notifications for batch downloads
[+] Ability to specify the list of sites that should not be monitored
[+] Automatic integrity check of downloaded file
[+] Take proxy settings from Firefox browser
[+] Sub groups
[+] "Grant all bandwidth for this download" feature
[+] Ability to change the folder for storing FDM's data files.
[+] Some small improvements and changes
[*] Multilanguage support: you may choose most suitable interface language at the installation.
[*] Speedup of work with the large lists of downloads
[*] Keep the video aspect ratio in media preview
[*] Interface improvements
[-] Site Explorer: crash if some network error occurs while building the list of files
[-] Senseless loop, if zip preview failed
[-] Zip preview did not work for sites that allow 1 connection per ip only
[-] Downloaded file was launched before performing the virus check
[-] Work with FTP ASCII mode bug fixed
[-] Scheduler: when scheduling a download to start "Every :" it will show "0 days" instead of hours or minutes.
[-] Failed to download if there was '%' symbol in the FTP url.
[-] Some HTTP downloads did not work
[-] General bug fixes

Re: Free Download Manager - Freeware

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:40 am
by Dreamer
Free Download Manager 3.0 has been released.

[+] Apple Safari and Google Chrome browsers support
[+] FDM plugins support
[+] Bittorrent tab
[+] Bittorrent: download only the selected files of a torrent
[+] Bittorrent: set the files priorities
[+] Bittorrent: create new torrent
[+] Option to not check if download with the same URL exists in the list
[+] Option to not save the list of recent downloads
[+] avast! Antivirus support
[+] Portable version: works under Vista and non admin accounts
[+] Portable version: portable Firefox support
[+] Option to set limit by time when FDM may start downloads
[+] Metalink: support multi file metalinks
[+], support
[*] New structure of FDM's settings
[*] Optimizations for Bittorrent downloads
[*] HTML Spider: optimization for more speed
[*] Support downloads from Yahoo mail
[-] Firefox may hang sometimes due to FDM
[-] FDM can't download files >2GB via HTTPS
[-] FDM may freeze for some time during Bittorrent downloads
[-] Bittorrent: number of uploaded bytes and share ratio was not shown correctly
[-] Explorer was crashing under Vista due to FDM
[-] FTP did not download via proxy
[-] Fixed a conflict with Skype
[-] General bug fixes