Foreword: This product *is* still available for free download - just visit: http://www.speedbit.com/dap/ I'd like to think I was a patient person, somebody who waited for things in calm; I'm sure we'd all like to think this. I'd like my peers to think, "wow, he's a patient kind of guy", and I'm sure we'd all like this to be thought of us (apart from women, maybe). However, we are humans, and even if it doesn't necessarily come across too obviously in our actions, we're not the most patient of species. The train's a minute late - our day has been ruined, and so has our week. It's fair to say that snails and turtles and the sort must hate us with a passion. The solution? Avoiding the need to be patient; and thankfully, in the online side of things, this comes in the shape of Download Accelerator Plus. Great name isn't it? Not to be mistaken for some music festival crossed with a rubbish computer game and yet further crossed with a heavily advertised television package, either. No, of course not. Download Accelerator Plus (that's DAP for short - also not to be mixed up from the chap from N-Dubz) is a piece of software developed by Speedbit that, to put it simply, accelerates your downloads, plus some other wonderful features (that's what the plus is for, you see). How does it miraculously perform such a task? Allow me to explain. It's not magic, no. Say you were constructing an important alphabet jigsaw puzzle, but four pieces were missing when you put put it all together. Now Jigsaw Mania, where you got your Jigsaw from, only has pieces B and Q immediately available, and won't be getting pieces H and M for another week. However, Jigsaw Super-Duper can get you H and M immediately. So, naturally, you'd order from both and have it all in three days as opposed to waiting a week for Jigsaw Mania? Well, when you download a file in your browser it will be through one connection, so one source if you like. What this software does is split the file and seek it out from various connections. It can reach four connections easily, meaning that four smaller parts can be sent more quickly and then seamlessly form one file upon arrival. Does it work? Well, it claims to be able to easily reach speeds that are 200% quicker, sometimes up to 400%. That's like having your own pigeon delivering your letters. Of course claims are never conclusive, so I shall be exploring these bold words a little later. For now though, it's installation time! That is, if you're a Windows user (that's 2000 right up to 7, very nice indeed). Theoretically this should be your last period of impatience, for all downloads hereafter will be super fast like lightening! No, still not optimistic? Oh. Either way, 11.7mb is no mammoth to download (not that you can download mammoths), and you'll have it in seconds (52.52 seconds if you're downloading it from my household). The installation is ever so slightly annoying though... You'll be met with a window that includes an oddly mysterious looking graphic, that could have been pulled from some terribly fake MI5. I can look past this though; what I don't like is being asked to install an Internet toolbar. If I'd wanted to download one of them then I would have asked. What I do like is the range of 38 languages being available, albeit in basic translations. Installation itself takes 30 seconds or so, and you're then met with more pain. They try to convince you to buy two of their other products, and change your home page in their favour. Again, I'd have asked; leave me alone. Make sure you untick the home page box, and stay selected on the free version. They then give you the option to receive special offers and recommendations via email. Seriously? DAP recommends some things to us next, add-ons if you like. I've not installed them, though they could be useful depending on your needs, so it's a nice feature I suppose; albeit an unnecessary something-else to throw into the mountainous installation. They try to add desktop icons before finishing off, but do at least give an option which is very welcome indeed. Finally you are taken to a pointless online finish page, pointless because it's mainly taken up by yet more advertisements for their other products. Oh well. The installation is over. Goodness gracious me. You should note that you won't be prompted to restart your browser(s), something you'll need to do to install the DAP extension add-on. It's not a bar, but a key part of the download process I do believe. Well, they're not exactly going to throw some pointless thing in there are they? Needless to say, it was nice of them to tell us to restart our browsers. Not. The DAP main interface is a bit of a disaster area. Split into three tabs, you're met by the 'Internet' tab by default, which is basically an internal browser that looks and feels ten years out of date. It's also host to a home page (fileratings.com) that just comes across as being ever so dodgy, with ridiculously high download figures (5 million for the top charted), over double that of my good friend 'download.com' (1.6 million for the top charted). Indeed, Alexa (a web information company) gives 'fileratings.com' a global traffic rank of 25,075 - that is against a rank of 140 for 'download.com'. But the download figures... I know, I know, it's just not right. Let us move on. The third tab is 'FTP browser', something I'm not familiar with and can find little guidance on, which is disappointing. Why so many programmes can't explain their software comprehensively I'll never know. We'll focus on the first tab ('downloads'), and seemingly, the only useful one. The interface is clear with a horizontal toolbar and left-hand side bar keeping things tidy, whilst the main body is big enough to detail your downloads efficiently. Your main toolbar includes buttons that that consist of good quality graphics (I must admit that I was most surprised) whilst your left-hand side bar categorises the various statuses that your downloads can be at. No let-downs? Of course there are - advertisements in the right-hand side bar. As if there hadn't been enough already. A bit pathetic really. On to those claims of 200% and 400% increases. Now I tested these claims extensively and was very disappointed; but before you throw those claims back at DAP in anger I must say this: my Internet connection is rubbish. We were once promised an 8mb line upgrade, and they then said they couldn't give it to us because our line didn't support any greater than what we were on. With my speeds not able to physically reach any higher my tests are far from conclusive, so I challenge you to carry out your own! It's not all about the download speeds though; indeed, if it was, then this piece of software would be one of most pointless things ever to reach the hard drive of my computer. No, it's the way that this programme manages your downloads which impresses me. When you select a file to download from within your web browser, DAP pops up with its own little download box. It includes various options including where to download to and how, as well as scheduling options for downloads, such as 'schedule' and 'download later'. Scheduling is oddly placed in the 'Options' menu (why oh why?), and gives you the option to have a start and end time for downloads on selected days. It's a useful feature, though the accessibility of it really does need reconsideration. Furthermore, you can easily pick up those downloads that you thought were lost forever (that is, from when you were using this software). If your Internet connection is anything like mine then it'll occasionally get bored and decide to pop out (no pun intended) for a quick stroll. This is all very well, but when you've a gigabyte download on the go it can be rather frustrating. DAP makes easy work of it though, resuming downloads as if the connection was there all the time. I conveniently hit 'disconnect' on my Internet connection to test this feature whilst mid-way through a 40mb download from 'download.com'. It resumed perfectly, and the file worked perfectly. Splendid. I did find, however, that some broken downloads couldn't be resumed at all, whilst others would just restart. All of this seems to be again unexplained, which is rather annoying and actually quite confusing; just as I thought this software was going somewhere... That's the bulk of the software, though there a couple of other features included such as the ability to view download history, and even Tweet (on Twitter) about your most exciting downloads! There are other pointless features too, including the option to play sounds as various tasks begin, such as 'download success' and 'download failure'. Of course, no sounds are provided, you have to provide those yourself. Perhaps they want you to look online and download some tunes. In terms of accessibility it's a mixed story. On the one hand the memory consumption is nothing major, and is in fact quite good, rarely peaking 20k. The help section seemed to contain a good deal of information, but I could never seem to find what I was looking for. Whilst screen-shots were used to illustrate points more effectively the content was often a bit too basic, and even then failed to cover what I wanted to know! Finally, the unwelcome welcome. It sounds like a rubbish new music band, but it's DAP greeting you as you turn your computer on. An advertisement takes up the majority of the 'DAP Status' box, and they've even made room to include a figure of how many Facebook users 'like' Speedbit. Let me assure you, not one of those users is me. Overall, I feel disappointed. I've used this software for a month prior to reviewing it and thought it to be rather handy, and an efficient tool for downloading. However, carrying out this review has led me to believe otherwise, and with consistently poor performance in nearly all areas I can't quite put my finger on what led me to want to keep it. Indeed, re-reading this review I can see how my opinion seems to deteriorate as it goes on. Whilst download speeds are hard to increase with a terrible connection, I felt that they should have at least seen some sort of increase, but the fact is they didn't. Broken downloads cannot always be fixed, and when I compare DAP to the in-built download manager within Firefox I can see very little that goes in former's favour, which really is disappointing. Unfortunately, I think it's fair to say that Sylvester has caught Senor Gonzales on this occasion. I can't believe it. A flashing light bulb just began to display in my system tray, in the bottom right-hand corner of my screen. I thought my computer was going to tell me that it was about to blow up or something. No. It was Speedbit, telling me that the 'Springtime Sale' had only one day left. DAP: you don't even have that. Goodbye.
Ever find yourself waiting on a download??? Well wait no more. This handy little programme splits the download into 5 separate connections then downloads them together, so making the download up to 10x quicker. Not only does it speed up your downloads to the max, it has a resume option for most of the downloads, so if complications happen and the download is stopped no need to cry just press resume. To add to that all downloads can be pre-checked by your anti-virus using the options, covering another aspect of security. The one criticism I have is the user friendly aspect. I believe that you must have some experience of computer usage to use this programme because there is loads of jargon, options and different screens that will baffle you, I mean, I fix computers and at first I was confused. But if waiting for a file to complete is just too much then go for DAP, I will be honest, I personally wouldn't go as far as to purchase the premium version, it's not that good but definitely an asset for any PC.
Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) version 5 is the latest version of this hugely popular download utility. If, like me, you spend a lot of time downloading files from the net then you will probably have heard of these utilities before. Gozilla is a well known variety of this kind of program. So why choose DAP? Basically, it does exactly what it claims to do. I have a dial up connection with a 56k modem and a 2 hour cut off on my ISP. If you have something similar then you'll know what a nightmare it is to download anything of a reasonably large file size. DAP solved that problem for me. It works by finding "mirror" sites. These are basically sites that offer the same download as the one you want. It does this very quickly, typically taking less than a second or two. It then begins to download the chosen file from the site you are on whilst simultaneously downloading the same file from several of the other sites it has found. DAP allows you to choose which sites to download from although I've found it is better to just let DAP choose for you as it automatically picks those with the fastest transfer speeds. By connecting to several sites at once, it ensures that you receive the fastest possible download. Not only that but it also protects you against download failures. If one download gets cut off, the programs continues to download from the other sites. This eliminates the endless re-starting that I'm sure you have all experienced at some time or another. So, that's the theory but does it work? Well I really did notice a significant difference to my download speed. Files leapt on to my machine 3 to 4 times faster than they previously did. My partner commented on the fast download times before she even knew I'd installed DAP so it wasn't just because I was looking for a speed increase. I could not believe the difference it made. As if that wasn't enough, whereas most downloa d managers save all downloads to the same default folder, DAP creates a different folder for each file extension so all your movie clips are stored in one folder, all your text files in another and so on. This makes finding your files much easier. Okay, so faster downloads may be the main reason to get this utility but that's not all it does. Another great feature is the ability to resume your downloads. In laymans terms this means that if your connection is interrupted either by yourself or by outside influences (ISP cut off etc), DAP remembers where it got to and offers you the option to resume later. Select "yes" and provided the download site supports resume capability (the vast majority of sites do support this nowadays) you can click to continue the download at any time and it'll pick up where it left off rather than starting over. There is a built in scheduler in the DAP options which allows you to schedule a download to take place at a certain time. It can be made to dial up and connect to the net, then find the site and download the file before disconnecting from the net and even shutting down the pc if you so wish. This is great for those times when you need to download a large file but can't let it interfere with your work. Schedule the download for after you've gone to bed and leave it to do everything for you. What a great touch! As with most download utilities, once the download is complete you are given the option to run the file. I tend not to use this as I always virus scan anything I download before running it but the option is there nonetheless. You can set DAP up to play any sound of your choice when a download is complete. The default selection is no sound. DAP itself is available on magazine cover discs almost on a monthly basis but if you don't normally pay out for magazines don't worry. You can download the freeware version from www.download.com, tucows.com and many ot her download sites. The official site is www.speedbit.com and is worth a look. This version has an advert banner at the top of its window but it doesn't really interfere at all. I've never been concerned about it. If you can't put up with the adverts though then simply register the product and they are removed. It costs $29.95 to register the product (yes it was intentional to use american dollars, it's an american program). This is the current price and is reduced from $34.95. Other benefits available after registering the program are : "Better Utilisation of Bandwidth, Tray icon minimization during download, prioritised technical support, your personal activation code (I don't know what this is for) and free updates for the first year worth $10." I very much doubt you'll have any problems working out how to use DAP but if you do there is a help file featuring FAQ's and a support line too. DAP is very user friendly though and the chances are you won't need either of these. I had tried other download utilities before but none of them seemed to make any difference. This one really does. Download it now, it'll be the last slow download you ever make!
If you regulary download from the internet using the regular internet explorer download tool, you know it's so slow and can be very annoying if your internet connection suddenly conks out. But not now with Download Accelerator you get very speady downloads in my terms around 200 percent quicker and also there is a resume button, so if your internet connection dies you can connect up again and carry on. Also with this handy tool you can schedule downloads for a certain time, this can be very handy if you have got a permenant connection to the internet beacuse if your busy browsing through pages you don't want to be slowed down because of your downloading something, you might as well make it start when your out or doing smoething else, a very handy tool indeed. You can also from the program itself you can search for a number of things including Top pieces of software and MP3's. I would reccomend tis product to everybody who wants speedy downloads. Please rate this opinion
When you download a file on the internet, it can be very annoying and take up a lot of your time. There are quite a few problems that you can encounter during downloads: 1. Your internet connection may cut for a number of reasons. 2. Certain Internet Service Providers will only allow you a maximum of two hours at a time and you can be cut off. 3. The download may be very slow and will, without a shadow of a doubt, make you even more annoyed and you will end up quitting waht you have started. I have come across all of these problems many times in over the last year and I really wanted to do something about it. I thought that if I got a new computer, the faster modem may help, but I don't really have the money for a new one at the moment. Fortunately, a friend told me of this Download Accelerator and I downloaded it. I was surprised with the results as something I had tried and failed to download earlier in the day was now downloading at double the rate! You can pause your download at any time if you want and you can continue it whenever you like. This is a great idea if you are just about to go out somewhere or really can't be bothered staying online. It is also possible to do numerous downloads at the one time and you can stop and start whichever ones you want at any given time. The most important part about this, is the fact that your downloads basically accelerate, hence the name. Another great aspect of this is that you do not have to pay anything for it, unless you pay for the phone charges and it will cost you for the time you are downloading the program. However, I would really suggest to anyone with the same problems as I experienced to download the Download Accelerator straight away and you will definitely see results.
Downloading large program files can be frustrating, can't it? There's so many potential problems - the download may be taking longer than you are expecting and you have to go out in a couple of minutes, the file transfer rate may be slow or worst of all, you are about to complete the download when suddenly your connection dramatically brakes and you lose everything. The above problems bothered me for months and I thought there was nothing that I could do about it. I was wrong. A casual internet search led me to Download Accelerator and, impressed by what I read on the frontpage of their official website, I decided to download it and take a look. I've never looked back. Download Accelerator really is an essential tool for those of us who download files from the internet. It is the ideal way or organising, processing and storing our downloads and has helped me no end. When you are downloading a file, you have the option of pausing the download and then resuming it later. That means that if you are 80% through a file and you have to sign off, then you can resume the download later starting at 80%. Download Accelerator also manages multiple downloads at the one time and if your connection was to break down, then you would simply pick up from where you have left off - and this can save you hours or time and a lot of patience. For internet users using an ISP such as BT Internet Surftime, which automatically signs you off after two hours, Download Accelerator is the only way that makes it possible to download large files which take over two hours to download, as you would otherwise be signed off regardless of how close you were to finishing it. Furthermore, the program will speed up the file transfer rate, meaning the files will be downloaded quicker. Download Accelrator will also search the internet for the file you chose to download to find the site with the fastest connection speed - so this really does accelarate your downl oads. This program is ideal - if you have ever had a download irreversibly broken then this is the program for you - it will make that annoyance a thing of the past. You'd be mad not to try this - it's free - and you won't regret making this last 'normal' download.
If you frequently download from the internet, then there are two essential utilities that you will need to use. Firstly, a virus killer, and secondly, a download management program such as the one I am reviewing here, Download Accelerator Plus (DAP). The version that I am using is version 5.00, which I think is the most up to date one there is. Whilst there are several download management programs about, all of which are free to download, I would recommend this one above all the rest. You might have heard of rival programs such as Gozilla, but several of these install spyware along with the download management program, and if you remove the spyware, then they will not always function correctly. I don’t know about you, but there’s no way I’m allowing any spyware to enter my system – I inadvertently installed some a while ago, and it kept causing my system to crash. Furthermore, I don’t like the idea that data is being collected on my computer usage, it’s all a bit too much like Big Brother for me! With DAP, you’re free from any spyware. To get a copy of the program, go to a site such as downloads.com, or www.speedbit.com, (the official site) and, seeing as this is such a popular program, chances are it will be on the front page. Installation is easy – the file is relatively small to download, and you simply run the program and it will install itself. You are then given the choice of whether you want the program to start every time windows starts, or whether you’d rather activate it yourself. I have so much clutter in my systems tray that I choose to start it up myself. This is not exactly difficult, since it integrates very well with internet explorer, and if you right click on the name of the file you wish to download, you are presented with the option to use DAP to download it. Either that, or if you’ve not changed any of the options, it will it will automatically activate itself when y ou download EXE, ZIP, MP3, ARJ, RAR, LZH, Z, GZ, GZIP, TAR, BIN, MP3, AVI or MPG files. So what are the advantages of using DAP? Well, there are two main advantages. Firstly, the ability to resume downloads. I can’t stress the importance of this enough. It is so frustrating to have almost finished downloading a file, and then for your connection to be lost – either through the ISP’s own cut-off time, a computer crash, or occasionally, someone trying to ring you if you share an internet and phone line (although I believe that this problem has largely been eliminated now – when I first got the internet it drove me mad!) With DAP, if this happens, providing that resume is supported by the place you are downloading from (most of the time it is) then when you reconnect, you can simply continue your download from where you left off. I find this very useful since my modem is only 56K, and some of the programmes I download can be 20MB and more. You can pause downloads, schedule them for a time that suits you, and even get the computer to dial up itself and download something you have scheduled for later. This could be useful if you have 24/7 free net access, as you could do a lot of downloading when you were out at work, or at night whilst you were sleeping, without slowing down your surfing speeds. You can also choose for your computer to disconnect, or even to shut down, once the download has completed! It’s great to be able to set it up and just walk away! It’s also useful to be able to pause a download if you are actually using the net, as downloading will make your general surfing speed slow down quite a bit. If you suddenly realise you need to use the net for something quickly then simply pause the download, do your business on the net, then resume it once you’ve finished. It is possible to download several files at once – useful if you have a speedy connection, or do as I do, which is to queue them u p so that when one has finished, another starts. The other main advantage is the ‘acceleration’ part. To be honest, on a 56K modem, I haven’t noticed much of an increase in speed, but I believe the results are much more impressive if you are using something much faster. The way it works is to find ‘mirror’ sites which contain the exact same file as the one you are downloading, and then to download simultaneously from them, to boost the speed of download. It’s also possible to switch sites if one appears to be sluggish. When you choose to download a file, you are informed of the speed it is likely to download at – though quite often, for me, there’s little difference between sluggish and good, since my connection is so slow anyway! How I long for faster access to the net – better wait until I win the lottery first though! However, even though the acceleration features are limited by my modem speed, it is still more efficient, and when combined with the resume feature, makes this an invaluable utility. Other features of the program include the ability to change the directories that you download into, the opportunity to run a program as soon as it has downloaded, and the use of the download basket, which is a small window that you can have in front of your browser window, and then you can drag files from the browser into the window. This program is very easy to use, and the user interface won’t take much getting used to. I find it easier to use than Gozilla! which would always make those funny roaring sounds when it had completed a file! There are no sounds set automatically on DAP, although you can customise it and add sounds of your own if you so desire. Help is available by going to the FAQ page, a link to the website for the program which, as the name suggests, provides you with answers to the most frequently asked questions about the product. If your question is not answered, then you can email the support team. I haven’t tried this as you don’t exactly have to be Einstein to use DAP, and everything seems fairly self-explanatory. Because this a free program, there is one negative point to mention – the adverts. I can’t stand advertising, there is so much of it about and to be honest I do wonder if it really does much good, since I’m sure that the majority of people are like me and simply ignore it. However, if you register, these ads will be removed. I registered to remove the ads, because I only have a 56k connection, and I’m sure that some bandwidth must be wasted by sending the ads to my machine. Overall, this is a fantastic little program that every downloader should have in their collection. Seeing as it’s free, there’s not really any excuse not to have it! Yesterday for example, through the use of download accelerator, even on my 56K connection, I managed to download several games, a well known anti-virus utility, and a couple of updates to other programs. Right now as I type this op, I am waiting for paintshop pro 7 to download – this comes in 4 files of just over 7MB each, so both the queue and the resume facility are incredibly useful! Think I’ll just pause it whilst I post my op though…
u can download download accelerator plus from www.sppedbit.com Download acclelerator plus can increase your downloads up to 300%.Always Resume feature allows you to resume broken downloads even from servers that does not supports "resume" option. This works only for dial-up users (those who haven't configured a proxy) and on files that are not above 10mb. Resuming downloads is easy. Just double-click on a file which is not completed in the list to resume the download. Mirror searching features enables the Download Accelerator Plus to search for servers with a better performance. Download Accelerator Plus determines the performance of all the sites that have the file you need, and then downloads portions of the files from the best servers,isnt that great?. Download accelerator plus is such a good programe becuase Download Accelerator Plus can have multiple streams and it searches for multiple sites to serve those streams, which improve performance. Like most other download accelerators but with an easier to understand and simple interface, and a faster performance AS the file size is only 1117kb, i suggest you go and download it now. Is there enough information in htis review if not please tell me and i will happily add some more informaiton.
On a 56k modem, I really didn’t expect there to be any way that I could increase the speed of my download speed from a mere drizzle of data at all, never mind to a huge torrent… That was before I laid my eyes on this latest version of Download Accelerator. I have used other download enhancement applications before (such as Go!Zilla) none of which made any difference to download times. I even used an older version of Download Accelerator about two years ago and found it to be a bit useless. The only reason I tried it out again (now two versions along the line) was because of the praise given to it by friends recently, and even then reluctantly, expecting it to be unchanged from when I used it for the first time. I was wrong. Download Accelerator has improved significantly over the last few years and while before it was ineffective for me, now I can say truthfully that the speed at which it downloads is truly amazing. For example, I can now download mp3 files (generally around 3.5MB in size) over my dial-up connection in about 10 minutes as opposed to half an hour before. Aside from the noteworthy acceleration of download speeds, the latest version also has other welcome features. Integrated into DA is full download listing and categorisation support. Even more impressive is its ability to automatically disconnect AND optionally shutdown after all downloads have completed. This is a really practical feature which means you can leave your computer downloading a large file overnight and your computer will automatically shutdown when its finished. It can also resume downloads from sites which support resume (not unusual in a download enhancement app) but where Download Accelerator really is unique is in its ability to resume even if the download is from a non-resumable site using its AutoResume feature – really useful if you have a dial-up connection like me that is always failing :) Finally, a hidden gem within Download Ac celerator that goes unnoticed by many is its excellent integrated search function. This allows you to search for specific types of files using applicable search terms. These search utilities run through your browser, but are designed specifically for use with Download Accelerator meaning that each listed file is specifically designed to take full advantage of the acceleration features provided by the app. There are several file category searches available, all of which are extremely extensive and very effective, but my favourite has to be the mp3 file search, which seems to find many more results than most ‘regular’ mp3 search engines. I haven’t seen how Download Accelerator runs on broadband connections, but I am in no doubt that it is just as effective (seeing as there are special options built into the program that are aimed specifically at users of broadband).
Download Accelerator Plus increases downloads by 300%! I know that may seem a little far-fetched, but it does increase speeds by a lot-up to 300% faster. My downloads usually go at a rate of about 2kb/s to 3kb/s but with Download Accelerator Plus (DAP), they go at about 7kb/s. The reason for this is because all download managers (another one is Go!zilla) use multiple download sites, so the file is being downloaded from many places at the same time. The best thing about Download Accelerator Plus is that you can resume downloads after you have been disconnected, go offline, or even turn off your computer! And the download starts from exactly where you left off last time. You can also have multiple downloads running at the same time. If you like downloading music off the internet, I suggest you download Kazaa. (www.kazaa.com). It is exactly the same as Napster-it is file sharing, so you are downloading files directly from other people’s computers. You can also listen to them half way through the song, well you could-until you downloaded Download Accelerator Plus. I had Kazaa, and downloaded DAP, and when I tried to play a song whilst it was downloading, DAP opened up and the file started to download in there, only twice as quick! Result! I have no idea how this works, as the file is not downloading off the internet, it is downloading off someone’s else’s computer. The downside to this is that you cannot listen to songs whilst they are being downloaded. Overall, Download Accelerator Plus is the original and best download manager on the web. It is very easy to use, and you can upgrade from the free version to the payable version, which has a few more features (and gets rid of the annoying banners on DAP). There is no reason why you shouldn’t download DAP, Microsoft should provide it free with Windows too!
I have been using DAP for quite some time now and have always found it a rather handy program. Since, I have recently upgraded to version 5 though I am really impressed with it. This latest version actually integrates into your browser (by adding an extra bar to the top of your browser window) and it now boasts a range of very handy features indeed. Besides the obvious offerings like enabling you to resume interrupted downloads and speeding your downloads up by simultanously downloading the requested file from different sites it now also offers a range of other nifty features: * It automatically recognizes the type of file being downloaded (by the file extension) and downloads the file into the directory that you pre-defined (ie. all movie files are downloaded into your 'movie folder' and all music files into your 'music folder' etc.) * If you got to a site which offers a number of download links (ie. you go to a site which offers 25 songs from your favourite band for download from the one page) just click on the 'leech' button in the DAP browser and it instantly adds all 25 download links to your download queue. You then only either validate this selection or de-select the three songs that you already have and then validate and then you can start downloading to your hearts content or even schedule the downloads for a later time. * If you know the name of a file that you desperately want you can have DAP search the internet for it by simply typing the name into DAP's search box. And to limit the number of similar files that you might not want, you can select if you're after a music file, a video file or if it's a program that you want. * If you're one of the lazy variety and can't be bothered clicking more than absolutely necessary you can simply drag a donload link from the website you're on to DAP's 'target' box and it will immediately start going to work. Alternatively you can have DAP recognize download links copied into your clipboard (just right click on a download link and select 'copy' and voila - your download begins. * Another nice feature is that you can set up DAP to either disconnect or even shut down your computer after it's finished, which is handy when you scheduled downloads for over night or even start to download a big file and then want to go to bed, while the download is running. As soon as DAP is finished it will switch your computer off. There are even more features available but I haven't tried them all out yet. Anyway, I think I have covered the most important ones and would definitely recommend this program to anyone who downloads a lot like I do. It's definitely worth the £0.00 you'll have to spend on it ;-)
Does it ever bother you when you are downloading something on the internet, and then all of a sudden you get disconnected, and the thing you were downloading gets deleted? Well, with Download Accelerator, also known as DAP (download accelerator plus), you can easily resume a download even if you get disconnected or if you simply accidentally cancel the download. The quite new "ALWAYS-RESUME" option can now allow you to resume almost literally EVERY program etc, that you are downloading. Due to some sites have their policies, some servers do not allow you to resume a downloading program, but however, Download Accelerator now sorts this problem for you, and allows an always resume option. Another amazing feature of download accelerator, is the "search" menu. This search menu allows you to search for MP3 (MUSIC), Programs, File name, and games. All you have to do is type something in one of those options and then click "start search" and they will take you to their URL which will have that program, mp3 etc that you requested for downloading. When download accelerator have a new updated version released, it will automatically contact you to download the latest version. I personally think that this program does speed up your downloads but it does not speed it up by 300% (because that's what most people reckons). It speeds up your downloads by about a 1.3K on a normal 56K running quite well home connection. Now the latest DAP5.0 also intergrates itself onto the browser for an easier use. This option can be turned on or off without any hassle. The unique thing about this program, is that it does all this, but yet it's only a very small and efficient program that is about 1MB big. I definitely recommend this genious program. You can download it for FREE at download.com
I've been using 'Downlaod Accelerator' since March, and to date I have had a thouroughly pleasing experience with it. Essentially, it is a way of managing the files you download. It has a multitude of features, all designed to make downloading files from anywhere on the 'net simple and fast. WHERE & HOW TO GET IT ===================== Download Accelerator is available completely free of charge. I found out about through the information pages on MP3.com, but it is available to download direct from www.downloadaccelerator.com, or www.speedbit.com. They both go to the same site. Once there, simply download the copy you want. I'm running version 4.2, but currently they are distributing the beta version of version 4.3. It's unlikely to be much better than v4.2, so stick with the tried and tested version, rather than a beta. As it is totally free, you can always upgrade as new versions become available. Like I said, it is free, so all you are paying for is your telephone connection while on the internet as it downloads. Personally, I have an unmetered access plan, so I don't even pay for the connection anymore. This makes it great value, and hence they now claim to have over 21 million users worldwide! Thats a lot of people, and they can't all be wrong, now can they. THE INSTALLATION & SETUP ======================== What could be more simple. The installation is as per usual, done by running the setup file. It then installs to wherever you want, prusumably a hard disk. Then, just run the program, via the menu or the icon it places on your desk. You can set it to run when the computer boots up, which is ideal for some people, especially if you schedule downloads (see later). All that remains before completing your first download is to set up the program to work with your system. There are so many options that can be tweeked here to get the most out of it, but most will nev er get used. Firstly, you can tell it how to connect to the internet, using your standard dial-up connection. So, rather than having to startup Internet Explorer (or whatever), you simply run Download Accelerator, and it connects for you. You can integrate it with Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera browsers, so that when you click on a file to download, Download Accelerator (it's actually called Download Accelerator Plus, and from here on i'm going to abreviate it to DAP) takes over. You can tell it what file types you want it to download, so for example, if you prefer to download pictures using normal methods, just remove the relative file extensions, and DAP will leave them alone. You need to tell DAP about your connection, things like your modem speed, LAN connections, etc. You can also set up a proxy, if for example you use the internet over a network that requires this. You can also define how fast you want it download files. This seems a bit silly, as you surely want it to be as fast as possible. Well, yes and no. The speed of downloads is dictated by the number of simultaneous connections that DAP opens. The more the better, but on a slow modem connection, any more than 4 connections will start to slow things down, yet over ISDN or ADSL, you can easily open 8 connections, and have no problems. THE DOWNLOAD PROCESS & SEARCH FACILITY ====================================== DAP gives you the option to search for files on the internet. Essentially, it just takes the details of what you are looking for, and then passes on these details to a web site that does the hard work, and returns the results. You can search for almost anything, such as MP3's, MPEGS, videos, images, and programs to name but a few. You can search using several options, to get more accurate results. For example, for an MP3 search you can enter the artist name, the song name, or both. You can also select to view the most popular download s of certain categories. Of course, you can find a file yourself, anywhere on the 'net, and download it yourself. If it is not one of the preselected types that DAP will automatically download, all you need to do is to hold down Ctrl+Alt, and then click on the file link. DAP will then open up, and poll the file and the server on which it resides. It will determine its speed, and the file size. If you want, you can then give a description to the file, so that you know what it is later on. You can then select to download the file then, or save the details to download it later on. If you select to do it now, it goes away and starts downloading. It gives you an estimate of the remaining time (based on the amount to download, the amount already downloaded, and the connection speed), the remaining size of the file not yet downloaded, and a percentage completion rating. You can stop the download at any time, and resume it later on. This is also works if your connection suddenly gets cut. The resume feature will work with most files, but is dependent on whether the server you are downloading from supports it (most do!). This allows you to stop and start as you please. So long as the file stays on the server until you have finished downloading, it will always work. You can build up as many files as you want in the 'download window', though only a limited number can be downloaded at one time. As I mentioned, DAP opens several connections to the same server, and in some cases (though not many) to 'mirror' servers, to speed up the download further. After it has downloaded, it then recombines the file segments, and puts the file on your hard disk, in the folder you speciify. SPEED & PERFORMANCE =================== The makers of DAP say that it can acheive downloads 300% faster than using standard download methods. Personally, I have not acheivedd this sort of performance, mainly due to a slow connection. Speed of download is also very much determined by your connection, but here are some examples of my experience. Usually, I connect to the internet at a speed of 31000bps, using a 56k modem. From this, I can acheive download speeds of around 2.8kbps, which is actually quite slow. However, before using DAP, the download speed was closer to 1.4kbps, so I have acheived a 200% speed up, downloading the files in half the time (I think my maths are correct, but if they aren't please feel free to comment). This is quite a speed up, and the advantage is that you can still resume a download if the connection is broken. From memory, I recall that tha majority of MP3's download in around 30 minutes, which isn't so bad. DOWNLOAD SCHEDULING =================== DAP comes with the added advantage of being able to schedule downloads. You can tell it exactly when to download a file, by entering times and dates. You can also put the files into a queue, so DAP automatically starts downloading one file, after it has finished another. OVERALL COMMENT =============== In general, I cannot fault DAP. It certainly speeds up downloads, provides a useful search feature, and manages the downloads well. As a free product, you can't ask for much more. I know there are any other similar download managers out there, but as DAP has certainly met all of my needs, I cannot believe that others would do much better.
After recently reading an opinion on Download Accelerator, I decided to visit one of the free downloads sites, cnet.com. One easy routine of typing what software you want to find and up pop the results. This is quick and easy for beginners to find useful applications that are free. Download Accelerator is a piece of software, which allows you to find the file you wish to download, and then download it. The program is a download manager that increases the download speed of a program by up to 300 times the usual download rate. You can get the best from downloading using this program as it features multi-server connections which paves way for the best possible downloads. Other features of Download Accelerator include the ability to recover computer reboots, lost connections and a number of other errors. Download Accelerator also scours for mirror sites in order to gain the best download performance possible. The fact that this program integrates into Internet and Netscape is extremely helpful. More features are, supporting proxy servers, and the feature which allows automatic hang up after completing your downloads. The latest version of download accelerator has many features that become very useful whilst surfing the net. Dial up configuration, Download Scheduling, and the most recent addition, the Always Resume feature which is a feature resumes downloads that are not yet completed, this can even be done from servers that don’t support the resume function. Download Accelerator has improved the overall speeds for modem and DSL subscribers, also the mirror search feature. FTP sites are also well supported with the new feature of the PASV proxy support for such FTP sites that are located behind firewalls. ******To Conclude****** Download Accelerator is far more improved than previous versions, and is recommended to everybody who wants a piece of this software. The fact that this piece of software can save you time, money and ware and tare on your computer, and I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who wants a reliable download accelerator.
Picture the scene, you are downloading a rather large file off the Internet and you badly want this file, then all of a sudden you get unexplainably get disconnected from the internet, thus loosing the 10 megabytes you have just downloaded, it is totally infuriating and can make you feel like smashing your computer up into tiny pieces. Or have you ever been downloading a file, only to notice it transferring at a snails pace, because of a slow download rate? So you stop the download and start again, only to find it is still just as slow. If you are paying for your Internet connection this can be very costly, well that’s where the excellent Download Accelerator Plus comes in, to show you what an excellent tool it is. Firstly regarding the first problem, namely the disconnection whilst downloading, well Download Accelerator has a superbly useful utility called “Resume Download”, alls this basically means is, if you are unfortunate enough to get disconnected whilst downloading, it gives you the ability to resume the download, once you have reconnected and stops you having to start all over again, thus saving time, money and your computers safety (as it avoids you computer getting smashed to pieces). On to the second point regarding slow downloading, what this program does here is look at the file you are attempting to download, and then it will take a quick look around the Internet looking for other possible sites to where you can acquire this file, it will then show you a list of these sites, along with a list of ratings, these ratings will show you the speed to which these sites download at, Excellent obviously being the best one. I think this program is an essential tool for anyone who regularly uses the Internet and I strongly recommend it to everyone, I know there are lots of other similar tools available, but I find this by far the easiest to use and the most reliable. Download Accelerat or Plus can be found at any of the well know download sites like, Cnet, Zdnet, etc and is a freeware file, this means it is freely available at no cost.