Picture this scenario: You want to download a movie, song, game or other piece of software quickly and easily with minimal fuss. However, you are completely overwhelmed by the multitude of download managers widely available on the internet. So the question you ask yourself is, ‘which one should I choose?’ For most computer users, it is essential that a download manager is not only cost effective (the cheaper the better) but functions smoothly across many operating systems. The Free Download Manager (FDM) embodies these particular qualities because it is free (yes, free, released under GNU general public license!), works on all versions of Windows and has built-in functionality for many Internet browsers. You can download the full featured version from here, or the lighter version from here (both are absolutely free!)
FDM has an easy-to-use interface that makes it a good program for amateur or novice computer users. It is as simple as clicking the file link you want to download and dragging it into the program’s minimal semitransparent window (as shown in the example below).
1. Click file and drag to the semi transparent FDM window (release when mouse cursor is over window).
2. The FDM download window will open. Click OK to continue.
3. Download complete!
FDM may be free to use, but it’s jam packed with functional features! At its core, the multi-part downloading means you can download files far faster than you would otherwise if you just used your browser to download the file. We’re using a 100mbps connection here and have no problem maxing it out as long as we’re downloading from a fast server. It also features an advanced scheduler as well as organiser which allows you to set rules for various filetypes as far as which folders they should go in.
FDM provides a level of virus protection as it scans files prior to them being downloaded. If FDM detects that the file is infected with spyware or adware, FDM will warn the user so that they can terminate the download if preferred.
Another great feature that puts FDM ahead of other download managers is that it provides a media converter for common formats (AVI, FLV, WMV, MEPG, MP4 and MP3). Although it does not support all media formats, it is useful to have the ability to encode a video within the same application that downloaded it.
For a free application, FDM still offers great support. FDM’s website hosts an active support form that is frequented by users and FDM developers, as well as the possibility to contact them for email support.
Free Download Manager is an great download manager with a friendly simple interface that provides exceptional download speeds. In short, it achieves what it sets out to do! Highly recommended and the winner of our first Editor’s Choice award!