GetRight is a piece of software classed as a download manager. "What's a download manager?" some of you are probably thinking! It's a small program that manages your downloads by adding them to a queue and downloading them one or several at a time. When there are many files to be downloaded, it is not good to start the downloads all at the same time as the bandwidth is distributed between the files to be downloaded so each file would download slower and be more prone to stalling and timing out. Therefore, it makes sense to download one at a time or in small batches and then only starting new downloads once earlier ones have completed.
Installation is simple! Much like most other Windows programs, there's an installation wizard with step-by-step instructions (Click Next, Next, Next, OK, etc.). At the end of the installation, you will be given the option of choosing Advanced/Full mode or Basic mode interface. Using Basic hides all the advanced options to make it 'friendlier' to those who don't know much about computers. You can switch between the two. Basic mode provides a Wizard (step-by-step) configuration whereas Full mode provides all the section of settings in a less linear manner. You select the option from a menu (like in Windows Explorer), and the settings show up in the big area. Unfortunately, there's no native version for the MAC or Linux.
WHAT CAN IT DO?
It stores a list of files you want to download and their addresses and then download them when you choose to. So let us say you had 100 files to download from a particular or various websites. They can be anything from small audio files like MIDI, to mp3s, pictures, programs to zip files to por....errr...other stuff. It's not really practical to start downloading all of them at once if you are using a dialup or even a broadband connection so you would download them one at a time (or a couple at a time). You would have to wait for one to finish before starting the next one but this is time consuming. On occasions when I have, let's say 100 files to download, especially with bigger files, the bandwidth would be spread between them. I would want earlier files, (i.e. video1.avi) to finish downloading first so I can watch it, then video2.avi, etc. Downloading all at once would usually mean I have to wait for all of them to finish roughly all at once and starting so many would drain resources and probably crash Windows and cause most / all the downloads to timeout.
If regular downloads drop down to 0Kbs (Kilobytes per second (The units the speed is measured in)), then they're likely to time out and you'll have to restart the download from the beginning, and if the files you want to download are from different pages or different websites, then you may end up not being able to re-locate some of them. This happens on broadband as well as dial up.
Ever wanted to download a file but your Internet connection got cut off, and you had to start your download again? A minor annoyances with small files but often, files are a bit larger and if you're on a dial up connection, it can be frustrating to start from scratch (especially if it happens more than once!). GetRight allows you to 'resume' downloads so if you get disconnected from the Internet or your computer crashes, you can resume and continue to download the file from where you left off. If you need to reboot your computer in the middle of a download, you have the option to pause your download(s) to reboot, and after rebooting, you can resume downloading. Some servers do not support resuming but I find that 90% do. GetRight also acts as a download accelerator, which means downloading files can be quicker with GetRight and I find this to be true on many occasions. This is true when downloading from servers with more bandwidth available. Some servers are busy to the point where you will get slow speeds even with acceleration but in general, I do find files download faster with GetRight when I turn on the acceleration compared to downloading using Internet Explorer or Firefox (which has its own download manager). GetRight does it by making multiple connections to servers. I used to use it when I had dial up but now use it with my broadband because I often have many separate files to download (e.g. DivX videos) and because I don't always get the maximum speed without GetRight to accelerate the downloads.
After installing GetRight, you can customize it. The download windows showing the progress of your download can be 'skinned', meaning you can apply a skin to change the look of this box. Skins can be downloaded free of charge from the GetRight site. I really like these as it makes things more interesting.
The buttons in the GetRight main window can be changed. You can set up sounds for each event (i.e. when a download completes, it can play a particular WAV file that you want). Sounds can also be downloaded from the GetRight site but you can use your own if you have any or want to find some interesting ones.
You can change the icons that are displayed in the System Tray. I don't like the default icons so often find myself changing that if I have to re-install GetRight for whatever reason.
The user interface (buttons and stuff) looks quite nice. To use it, if you set up GetRight with 'click-monitoring', it'll allow GetRight to communicate with your web browser, and clicking on links that link to files will bring up a GetRight save dialog box (kind of like the Windows ones) for you to give the file a name. The default name is the name of the file you are downloading but you can change it. Once you hit 'Save', GetRight will start downloading (unless you set it up to not start) and you can keep adding files to your list.
You can also add files to the list by dragging and dropping links into the Download Drop-Target, adding the URL, or dragging, dropping into the main GetRight window, as well as importing from a list of URLs in a file, in a format, that GetRight can read.
As well as importing, you can export the selected items into a file so you can back up the list of files you want to download. To start downloading if not already, you can select the file(s) you want to start downloading, then click on the 'Resume' button. That's like a blue 'Play' button, right click on them then click 'Resume' or click on the 'Automatic Downloading' button. Automatic downloading will start downloads one at a time or two at a time, etc depending on your settings. It will start a new download from your list once one is completed.
While downloading, you will see a GetRight download window. This will tell you the progress of the download in a percentage and in a progress bar, and the download speed. It can also show a graph of the speed. As mentioned before, you can change the look of this window by downloading and applying a 'skin'. That's it really. The files will be on your Hard Drive where you specified ready for use.
Due to the popularity of BitTorrent (peer to peer / P2P downloads), newer versions of GetRight can download torrent files. Unfortunately, I find this feature as useful as a solar powered torch as it just doesn't work! On attempting to download a torrent file (e.g. a movie) using GetRight, the download is added to the queue but I've found that every single time, it says there's no peers to download from, despite the torrent having a number of 'seeds' (people sharing the file) available. On switching back to my usual torrent software, the download starts straight away, which to me says that the feature in GetRight hasn't been perfected.
It's Shareware so free to download (with limited features, nag-screens, and Buy Now buttons here and there) and try but you're supposed to buy it after installing it for 30 days. Once you've reached the end of the 30 day trial period, it'll give you constant reminders to buy the program and it'll tell you how much you downloaded using GetRight and how much time it saved you from not having to restart downloads.
It costs $25 (USD), which is roughly £12, (depending on exchange rate) but you can choose to contribute more. There is also GetRight Pro, which has more features. You can also purchase multiple licenses if you want to use it on all computers at your workplace, with discounts depending on quantity of licenses.
Once you've paid, they'll send you a registration key via email. The key is a combination of letters and number, which you enter into the registration key box in the program. It'll then thank you for the purchase, and will no longer show you reminders.
Download Drop Target - This is where you can drag and drop links to add downloads to your download list. This thing has evolved from a rectangular box with a small animation of their logo to a circular thing, which I don't think looks as nice but it works. You can set this to semi-transparent, have it 'always on top', and have it smaller. I use this when there's a lot of files on a web page I want to download. I just drag and drop them into the GetRight Drop Target to queue them for download.
GetRight Browser - Lets you browse folders of websites so you can download the files. This is really useful if there's lots of files on a web page, too many to even drag and drop into the Download Drop Target. You can view the whole folder where a web page is and then select the files you want and then add them for download. This doesn't work on all sites but does for most unprotected ones.
Turn-off Computer When Done - I won't insult you lot by explaining this one.
Hang Up When Done - Disconnects you from the Internet when done downloading. This is either for the current file being downloaded or whole list of files, depending on whether you have Automatic Downloading on. This is for dialup users and broadband users that need to 'log in'.
Re-Dial if Disconnected - Self explanatory. Only for users using a dialup connection though but very handy since dial up is prone to disconnects.
Speed Limit - Tells GetRight not to download faster than the speed limit. This is so you can save a bit of bandwidth to do other things since GetRight can accelerate downloads to use as much of your bandwidth as the website you're downloading from allows.
Download Scheduling - This starts downloads when you want to. Great feature to have if you don't want to start using GetRight downloads because of a current non-GetRight download.
The program has a helpful help file with screen captures. Everything labelled, everything explained. More information can be found on their website under Support.
One bad point is that it's not free. Another point is that not all downloads are resume-able. Some servers simply do not support it. There are sites with 'anti-leech' measures where they do not allow you to take their links, therefore GetRIght can't pick these up either. Downloads from peer to peer and other technologies are also out of the question.
Accelerating downloads can also be bad for servers that may only have enough room for a certain number of connections at a time, as segmented downloads means creating more connections to download a file at an accelerated speed.
Lastly, the torrent feature is useless but luckily, it you can set GetRight to not be the default handler for torrent files.
WHY CHOOSE GETRIGHT?
There are many other download managers about but I like GetRight best thanks to the abundant of features. Stuff like the speed limit, download scheduling, segmented download (acceleration), drop target, etc makes it so worth the money..
WHERE DO I GET IT?
You can also download it from other sites like zdnet, cnet, tucows, etc that provide a database of freeware and shareware programs.
Definitely! Saves time when download lots of stuff at a time and is just a lot more convenient. Not just that, resumes downloads, and accelerates them when possible, and a lot more! It's my favourite download manager. The only one I've found to be worth paying for. Saying that, it may be more useful to heavy Internet users whom download a lot of multiple files and/or larger files via direct downloads for both dial up and broadband users. Essential for dial up but incredibily useful for broadband users.
Thanks for reading!
GetRight is excellent. Shortly before I got broadband and was stuck with a 56kbps modem, I needed a download tool so I could pause downloads. I knew there were a lot of decent download managers available, so I sought the help of a friend to decide which to choose. He recommended GetRight, so I downloaded it, and I'm glad I did. It has a lot of features, such as download acceleration, the ability to search for mirrors, a browser, a drop-target that you drop on links and such. It was also compatiable with many of todays leading internet browsers, such as Firefox and Internet Explorer. The ability to download skins for it was a nice feature too, as was the ability to see a speed graph to show how fast your download has been going over a period of time. I strongly recommend this to anyone, even the free version.
Downloading a big file using a low-bandwidth-internet connection (just assume a 100 Mb file) which takes a long time to finish needs a download utility or a download manager. ?How is about using internet-accelerator to gain more speed in downloading a file?? might appear in your mind. Here I am going to tell you some facts on downloading issues (not on browsing issues). My Observation I have observed than an internet connection (using a phone dial-up system which is mostly applied mostly in my country for a home user) does not always deliver a stable connection. A high speed modem does not help at all; in this case, I have tried to use several 56 Kbps modems to establish internet connections, but the result I just receive a 19.6 Kbps connection averagely. Technically I am sure that I have arranged the settings required on my system properly, such as DNS and Proxy (if it is required by several internet service providers) settings. Finally I come to a conclusion that the low-bandwidth-internet connection happens because the ISPs just provide each user with ?a small piece of bandwidth cake?. The more users registered to an ISP, the slower connection each member gain. Internet Accelerators I think that some readers must have ever faced the same problem as I am having now. We cannot do much. Then you might think of installing an internet accelerator utility on your system. Is it really helpful? Well, in this case using internet accelerators (such as Netsonic) means nothing because they help only to show some main contents of hompages we have ever visited. The pages are saved in the internet cookies in our system. In another word the internet accelerators just help to display the pages we have ever visited before; it helps just browsing. In another hand, using an internet-accelerator utility may cause a bit slower in your system. The utility tends to reside in the memory of
your operating system. It means some resources of the personal computer are reserved for the utility. Then as we know that some of the freeware acceleration utilities come with some spies (for advertising purposes). How many resources are used as the cost of the freeware? Make a right choice There are many free download managers that can be obtained. GetRight, FlashGet, Gozilla, Net Vampire, NetAnts, etc. are some of them. Most of these utilities have the same features, such as: finding alternative servers for download, automatic dial-up, continuing to download broken downloads, shutdowning a PC after finishing downloads, etc. is easy for me to do as the results are not accurate. Among the utilities, GetRight should have the first glance of yours. Why is it said so? I admit that in general we see no differences in their abilities though there must be differences. It is impossible to measure each speed in downloading a file. Why? Yeah, it is just because of the unstable speed of internet connection. So, there is no reason for me to give a benchmark of each utility though it The most outstanding difference among the free download utilities is the adware attached, except GetRight. I notice that GetRight from Headlight Software since its 4.3 version has left its spyware behind! It is a good improvement. That is why I strongly recommend GetRight to be obtained. It is really free and no costs at all! Try to visit the official site - www.getright.com, and here you can obtain the latest information of this download manager. The latest version is 4.5b which supports most Windows Families: 95-98-ME-NT-2000 and XP. Make sure you can resume downloading your files easily and conveniently without any spies following your online activities.
I have been using Headlight Software's GetRight for well over a year now, and I have to say it has only improved with newer versions (the current version is 4.3 but there is now a beta of 4.5 available for download). The number of features and options now implemented in this program makes it hard for any other download manager to compete with. Anyway, read on if you want to know more... ---------- OVERVIEW ---------- Basically, GetRight is a top-rated (5-star by ZDNet and Download.com) download manager with lots of advanced features. It is one of the handiest programs ever to be introduced if you have an unreliable connection or if your ISP has a set cut-off period (eg/ BT Internet cut you off after every 2 hours of usage). Now I hear you say, "But there are loads of download managers scattered around the 'net these days that are capable of resuming lost files", but Dooyoo is all about being opinionated isn't it? - and I have to give GetRight my vote as the most simplistic yet professional download manager of them all. The best and most important feature of the program is definitely the ability to pause/resume downloads with just one click of your mouse - It'll even catch clicks within your web browser and automatically launch when you go to download a file. In addition to this, you can also segment your downloading to make downloading larger files easier. The program even has loads of different skins available to make it look a bit more lively and to your tastes. All in all there are many, many features implemented in GetRight - probably too many to mention, but I will try to cover them all below in as much detail as I can. Well, here we go... ------------- INSTALLATION ------------- This program is easy to use right from the installation screen. When you click the setup file, you are greeted by the ever-seen, blue backgrounded installation wizard. Once you have by-pass
ed all the usual screens such as the license agreement, install directory, etc., you are asked whether or not you would like to run the GetRight configuration wizard before starting the program. I would recommend you to say 'Yes' to this part of the installation as it lets you setup all of your personal preferences before you go diving straight into managing your downloads (All of the many configuration options are explained in detail below). Once you have set all of the various options to whatever you like, you will be prompted to either run the program now or just exit the installation. ------------------------------- CONFIGURATION OPTIONS/FEATURES ------------------------------- When you go into the 'Tools > GetRight Configuration' section of the program, you will be presented with a dialog box containing 14 different tabs. These are: 1. General 2. Sounds 3. Proxy 4. Connections 5. Limits 6. Internet 7. Monitor 8. Mirrors 9. Login 10. Save To 11. When Done 12. Look 13. Segment 14. Advanced 1.****GENERAL**** This tab has only 2 options under it. The first allows you to switch between 'Basic' and 'Advanced' modes. When you switch to the basic mode, the more advanced and harder to understand parts of the program will be hidden and you can just use the configuration wizard to setup the various options, rather than having to delve into the advanced settings if you are a newbie or novice user. The other option is (in the registered version) to remove the advertising files that come with the program when you first download it. During the evaluation period, these ads will be displayed during any downloads at the top of the download box and in the 'GetRight Status' screen. However, once you register the program (for $20, which works out at about £12.50), you have the choice to remove the ad files from your system. I
would highly recommend this as it tidies up the layout of the program a little and makes the download status screens smaller when displayed on your screen. 2.****Sounds**** This contains all of the optional sound event options. Here you can select sounds to play when various events occur - such as finished download, connection broken, start downloading, connection error, etc etc. You can choose to use either the built-in sounds that come with the program or use your own .wav files from anywhere on your hard drive. A useful option if you need audio confirmation when your download finishes (ie/ if you are doing other tasks at the time and don't have time to keep your eye on your downloads). 3.****Proxy**** Here are all of the settings needed to run GetRight through a network or proxy server. If you select 'Use proxy servers' under this tab, you will be presented with more options regarding your server settings, port settings, login/password, and other information. You can set this section up for both HTTP and FTP (including PASV) proxy servers. 4.****Connections**** The settings under this tab are to setup the way in which GetRight handles server timeouts and the retrying of downloads. You can set it up so that the program automatically stops and resumes files if there is a period of inactivity from the server. This is customisable by typing in the number of minutes the server has to be idle before the download is stopped and retryed. You can also set the length of time between connection attempts and how many times to retry the connection if the requested server is busy. In addition to this you can also set the program to automatically ping the server it is downloading from now and again to keep the connection alive. 5.****Limits**** This is where you can set how many files can be downloaded simultaneously from any servers or an individual server. Once you select a certain amount of
files, any new additions to your download list will be automatically put in the queue for later. You can also set a speed limit for each download in this section by keying in how many bytes, kilobytes, or megabytes per second each file is allowed from your bandwidth. 6.****Internet**** This contains configuration options for the method which you use to connect to the internet. You can select one of three main options here: Always connected to the internet (ie/ do not try to connect automatically), connect using Windows dial-up networking software, or connect using other dial-up networking software. When any of these are selected depending on your preferred method of connection, you are presented with more options which you can change to suit your needs (which connection to dial etc.). Also, at the bottom of the 'Internet' options tab, there is a check-box to either enable or disable automatic downloading of your files as soon as an internet connection is detected. 7.****Monitor**** This is one of the best features contained within GetRight. It monitors download URLs containing the file types you specify in this section and brings up the GetRight downloader automatically if you copy the URL to the clipboard or click on a link in your web browser. This is a very handy option if you can't be bothered opening GetRight and copying/pasting URLs everytime you want to downloaded a file. In addition to this, here you can also choose to let GetRight launch anytime your web browser is opened. You can also type in certain servers for GetRight to ignore click monitoring on. For example, one of the default additions to this section is 'windowsupdate.microsoft.com' as this uses automatic downloading/installing procedures and is therefore not compatible with GetRight. 8.****Mirrors**** This is where you can add various 'mirror' sites for your downloading files. This is useful if you are downloading a
popular program from a well-known website/server, as this is usually where you find a lot of different sites hosting the same file. This means that if one server has a heavy load at the time and is causing slow download speeds, GetRight can automatically switch to the fastest server on which you can download the requested file. I think you can actually download a pre-defined list of mirror sites from the GetRight website (http://www.getright.com) as otherwise you will have to add them in yourself. 9.****Login**** If you are downloading files from a private server on which you need to login with a username/password, you can add them all into this section so that you don't have to keep entering your details each time you go back to download from that server. All you have to do is click 'Add' once you've typed in the details and it will log you in automatically each time. 10.****Save To**** This is basically just where you choose where on your hard drive to store your downloaded files. You can either choose one default directory for all your downloads, get the program to remember the last directory used, setup default directories by file type, or generate a directory automatically using the files' download information. I have found the 'default directory by file type' very useful when wanting to seperate my MP3 music files from my EXE program files. It then saves all music to 'C:\My Music' and all programs to 'C:\Downloads'. Quite a nice feature. 11.****When Done**** Here you can select whether or not to close the download window once a download finishes. You can also tell the program to launch a virus scanner to scan the file(s) once they have been downloaded so that you can make sure they don't contain any virii before opening them. 12.****Look**** Here you can change the appearance and layout of GetRight. Firstly, you can select which 'face
9; to use for the download windows (this is what the pause/resume/cancel download buttons look like). You can also (in the registered version) choose to show or not to show the advertisements in the download windows or even use different, smaller download windows from the standard ones to save desktop space. The other option under this tab is to change the tray icon which GetRight uses when open/minimised. 13.****Segment**** This is where you can configure the options for segmented downloading. It lets you choose which size a file should be before it is downloaded in the specified number of segments. This is a great option which lets you download larger files more efficiently and quickly. However, if more than 3 segments are needed to download any file, you have to make sure that you have mirror sites setup for that file or the download won't work. 14.****Advanced**** This is the final grouping of options in GetRight's Configuration box. There are 4 straight forward options here and a couple of more complicated ones. The first 4 are checkboxes which decide on: 1) start downloading newly added files immediately, 2) expert mode; no delete or cancel confirmation prompts, 3) always do 'automatic' downloading when starting a new download, and 4) automatically check for newer versions of GetRight. Although these 4 options are pretty straight forward, there are a couple of options below these regarding logging of comments and log files for each downloaded file - however, unless you are an experienced user of the program, I would recommend you to stay away from these options for now. ------------------ EXTRA INFORMATION ------------------ Along with the seperate and informative (gives est. time, kb/sec, progress bar, etc.) download windows for each download, GetRight also has a large status window which can be opened by double-clicking the icon on your system tray. This status screen shows all cur
rent downloads as well as all the files that are queued to be downloaded. Each download is represented by a chain icon - if the chain is animated, the download is active, if it is greyed out the download isn't active, and if they chain is broken there has been some sort of error with the download. -------- OVERALL -------- All in all this program is relatively easy to get used to and when executed in the 'Basic' mode, is easy to use even for a newbie. However, if you come across any problems even after reading this long-winded and over-the-top review, there is a big old help file situated in the GetRight directory that's sure to get you back on track soon enough. So, overall, I think GetRight is a great little accessory if you are a regular internet user/file downloader, as it boasts many good features and options. Even if you aren't prepared to pay the $20 registration fee, I recommend you try it using the 30-day evaluation period. You can download GetRight at: http://www.getright.com.
Getright is a godsend. Since im a student and i need to ocassionaly sleep i and have to goto college i cant be beside my computer getting all the programs as i would want. Right now im in the college libary writting this review while at home my obedient computer is downloading a very large file off the microsoft web site, 324MB to be exact. I would love it if i was able to afford a cable modem but like i said before im a student, so im stuck with a 56k modem :( So getright, i tell it what i need to download then i go about my business through the day not having to worry about the file not finishing. I use NTL internet access which is great 24hr internet access for free, however it has a very anoying catch. It dissconnects me from the internet every 2 hours. This is where getright comes in. Getright has an excellent function included in the software to reconnect to the internet if by any chance it gets dissconnected, and when you use the automatic downloading function when it reconnects to the internet it will continue to download all the files in its list. Another great part of getright is you can schedule it to start downloading or even to turn off your computer when it has finished all of the files in the list. Trust me this helps when there are people in your house that are into energy conservation, instead of leaving the computer doing turned on when it is not doing anything productive. If you interested in finding out how much you are downloading and also how much getright has saved you from redownloading its tells you this information in the Help > About section. It is kinda pointless to know but it can be revelating to know. Thats about all i can say about getright if your looking to evaluate it yourself it can be obtained from www.getright.com however the evaluation version is VERY buggy. If you open up the main window while downloading something it can crash the entire program. The full version is very stable tho
. I would only recoment that you download this program if you download large quantities of data that take a long time otherwise i dont think that there would be any point to it.
i have noticed some serious problems that were constantly occuring when using getright. Everything is just fine when u have a very stable internet connection but it really starts to annoy when u are being frequent disconnected from the internet , the download windows take so long to open and also u dont get a hint if they are opening or not and als the downloads dont automatically resume when u reconnect although theres an option provided for this. The biggest problem is that it hangs sometimes when disconnected and just stops responding and u really feel like throwing away your pc ,ill say that gozilla is a much better option that this .
GetRight it a God sned of a program. I use it everytime I can when downloading anything from the internet for a number or reasons. The main reason for most people including myself is the fact that you can resume downloads from where you left of if your internet connection should be broken for any reason. If like me your ISP cuts you off after so many hours of use and you have to reconnect, then this could be a valuable tools to have. Get right can also redial your ISP and continue downloads while you are asleep. Another great thing about it is you can have an order of priority. With normal downloads, firstly you can only have 2 at a time, if that was not enough you have to start the ones you need first and wait till that finishes before stating the next one. Getright works in a completely different way. You add all the files you want to download into Getrights window, give them a priority of download if you so wish, and start them off. Once one has finished getright will automatically start downloading the next file for you. You can also tell getright how many files you want to download at once with a few clicks of the button. Some extra little things are thrown in aswell like Getright will hang up the modem once the downloads are finished and even turn your computer off once its done its job, nice one! Only one small problem is that it doesnt seem to work with every download site I have tried, shame, get it at www.getright.com
Getright is an invaluable tool for anyone with a dial up internet connection who wants to download large (>5mb) files. The software will allow you to resume your download if your connection is interrupted, assuming of course the server dupports this (they always seem to!) Of course, you don't have to use the software if you don't want to, but it's a doddle to set up either way.. another good point is that the lagorithm used to calculate time remaining on the downloads seems to be a lot better than IE's for example! All in all, a top piece of software, that htey couldn't have invented soon enough,.. how I managed before I'll never know!
Where I would be without GetRight, I don’t know – it’s a must have companion to your web browser! >What is it? -GetRight is a really nifty tool for downloading things from the net, it makes it a million times easier than using the basic Internet Explorer download option >What so good about it? -There are two really good points about GetRight which in themselves make it a must have, these are… - It can continue a download after you’ve been disconnected, gone to bed or whatever. - It will queue up downloads ready to be downloaded at a later date. >And the other features? - GetRight will display progress bars for each download in progress, you even have the option for GetRight to ‘tell’ you when downloads complete, start or whatever! - You can give different downloads different priorities, thus important downloads you can give a higher priority & thus they will be downloaded first. - You can pause, stop & start as many or as few downloads as you want or set automatic downloading (e.g. all files are downloaded according to priority & limits). - You can set limits to the number of files that can be downloaded at any one time and/or from any one server. - GetRight has the ability to perform segmented downloading. This means that you can download bits of a file from several different locations, which, if the servers are really slow (i.e. only comes down at 1k/sec), will speed up the time taken to download the file. In practice, unless you have some super speed ASDL connection or similar, you’re very unlikely to ever need this ability. - It can categorise you downloads (if you have a lot queued up), e.g. pictures, compressed files etc. which you can give a different default location to download to. Again, not of that much use unless you are a seriously heavy downloader! - You can set-up daily downloads. This is in theory a good idea, but in pra
ctice, all the downloads I can think of that you need daily / weekly or whatever cannot be setup to come down daily because the filename changes. E.g. virus checker update files. - GetRight can often get around anti-download schemes (i.e. where the site try’s to prevent you from downloading files) & can even process ‘broken’ or ‘dodgy links’ to find the file to download. Not of that much use to the average user though! - You can override GetRight downloading by holding down the shift key when you press a download link or force GetRight to download something which isn’t normally downloaded (e.g. a web graphic) by holding down Ctrl-Alt & clicking the object. >Advanced features – for the hardcore downloader!? - GetRight can be setup, to start /stop downloading at a certain time, hang up when done or even turn your computer off when finished!! Used together, this is very handy if you have off-peak free access & want to download a very big file during free time only! - You can specify a download speed limit (this does not appear to work for me!) and limits on how many files can be downloaded at once, and in addition limits from each server (split into HTTP / FTP categories). >How does it work, what does it need? -GetRight works by intercepting your clicks on download links and works with either Microsoft Explorer or Netscape Navigator. You can start a download via GetRight itself by manually typing in a URL (download link), but I doubt you’d want to do that! GetRight even has it’s own built in browser, but, to put it mildly, it’s cr*p! >Come on then, what are the bad points???! -Ok there a few problems with GetRight, but the average user will probably never come across them… - Segmented downloading is often unreliable, when I’ve tried it, it often crashes. - Not really a bad point about GetRight, but a point never the less; some sit
es do not support download resuming. This is only a small fraction of sites though, the vast majority and the ones your most likely to use do support resuming. - GetRight can’t seem to download from a certain ‘webspace’ sites like Xoom. For techies & the brave, this can be solved by going into the menu: ‘Configuration’, ‘Advanced’, ‘More’ and under ‘Protocols’, changing the ‘’HTTP/User Agent’ to ‘Mozilla/4.0[compatible;MSIE 5.0; Windows 98]’. - Speed limit option doesn’t work for me. I tried limiting the downloads to 2k/sec so I could still browse at a reasonable pace, but downloads still came down using all the bandwidth – bummer! Perhaps just my set-up? - Trying to get automatic redialling when disconnected to actual work properly is a bit of a feat! - It’s not very reliable at restarting downloads after you’ve been cut-off, most of the time it works, but on many occasions I’ve left it to auto-redial & restart downloading only to come back & find loads of ‘broken links’ and a connection that’s been on for the past hour doing nothing! Serves me right for trying to download loads of MP3’s I suppose! >And you get it from at a cost of…? - GetRight is available from, yep you guessed it…www.getright.com! - GetRight is free if you don’t mind a few ads being displayed in the download window (which you don’t have to have open). Otherwise it costs $20 (about £15) to register, worth it only if you use it a lot or really want to get rid of the ads. The Verdict? -A must have for the frequent downloader and, for the occasional downloader, well, get the free version at least – it’s far better & more reliable than the built in download option. There is nothing worse than downloading a big update, only for it to fail half way through!
Thanks for reading, hope this is of use to you, if so let me know – if not, tell me why! Tobes
This is a good all round downaload program, which is pretty well known along with gozilla. If you have not got one of these downloading tools get one, they make a huge difference in download time and efficiency. With getright the program sits in your system tray(bottom right) and activates on download of a file. It simply monitors the download and stores it so that if the connection to either the server or from your machine is cut you can continue from the point you left from. This means that you never have to get annoyed again. Other functionality of this program is to allow the user to specify sites and files to download from on a timer basis, so that you can keep downloading even when not at your machine pretty cool eh! This program is vast in content and takes some time to master the advanced setting butonce achieved is very succesful, although there are better tools like this one the market and the net. Its really a case of what you think personally I use a different one depending on what im doing. My favourite being download accelerator which works well with mirrored sites to download faster, and sometimes REAL if the thing is active in my system tray. See for yourself its quite good.
I have used Getright for a while now and have to say it is absolutely great. Getright is a download manager which provides extra utilities and facilities over and above what you get with the normal file download with Windows. For example, you can download part of a file and then start again at a later date where you left off rather than starting from the very beginning. It will also search through the available mirror sites to find the best connection speed for it to download from. Have you ever been downloading something only to find that the download rate is so poor that the download stops and is lost? Really annoying especially if it was a large download. Getright is excellent for this. It will let you save the partly downloaded file to enable you to carry on downloading later. The only real limitation I have found of this software is that it only works with sites that support it (not too many that don't though). Its a great utility and is a must have.
Don't worry !!! All you have to do is to visit www.getright.com to download a download manager. Getright enables you to start downloading files and then pause them and carry them on later. This can be very useful for example if you have a 2 hour disconnect with your isp. You can then carry on the download by reconnecting after the 2 hours and reopening getright. It can be set to automatically open when u start to download any file and it is very, very useful. Well worth a download.
If you download fairly large files from the internet regularly, then you need a download manager like this. The internet, lovely as it is and all, is just too unreliable half the time. Servers or my ISP seem all too happy to just disconnect me when that download gets to 99%. Getright stops this happening, it allows you to resume your partially downloaded files at a later date. It also provides useful information on your downloads that your browser probably doesn't. The only real problem with GetRight, is that it insists on showing a banner ad in each download window. But seeing as we're not paying for the software, we'll let them off.
Getright is a download manager. It allows you to organize what you download and how. The most annoying thing with Internet Explorer when downloading is having to restart a download when it has disconnected, or stopped for some bizarre reason. Getright automatically takes over the download from Explorer, and downloads the file itself. So if your computer crashes, or disconnects, you can restart Getright and it starts the download from where it finished. Definitely a bonus, saving you time and money! The only problem is that unless you register the product and pay a small fee, you will have to endure the endless banal adverts.
Getright is a superb, free utility which allows you to pause and resume downloads, which is very useful if your ISP cuts you off after a certain length of time. the program is very simple to use, but has many advanced features, too. When you first install it, you are asked if you would like it to integrate itself into your web browser, so it will "catch" clicks which lead to downloads. You can also have it start up automatically in the system tray. When you are cut of from your ISP, Getright automatically pauses the download, and automaticall starts to download it agin when you reconnect. You can also manage your downloads by arranging them into groups and choosing which ones you wish to download later or now etc. When you are downloading a file, a small window opens which gives you lots of useful information such as the time it will take to download, the speed of the download, the percentage done etc. You can then, if you wish, minimise this window to the system tray, which reduces it to a very small icon which gradually fills up as the download happens, which is just great, and if you hover your mosue pointer over this, a tooltip pops-up describing the percentage done and the estimated time to go. One of the best features of Getright is the great sounds it makes. When a file finishes downloading, for example, an American woman's voice says politely "your file is done", which I think is a great little extra touch. Overall, this program is great, and in my opinion is much better than other download managers such as Go!Zilla, as the resume feature always works, the sounds are much more pleasant than Go!Zilla's (no infuriating ROOOOOAAAAARRRRR!), and it is generally much better. Go get ir right now!