Free Download Manager is exactly what it says it is - an application that looks after your downloads, whether direct links, flash video or torrents, for free.
Do you need it?
Today's browsers actually handle downloads very well, especially Google's Chrome, but if you're looking for a complete download manager, Free Download Manager might be for you. The interface is pretty untidy and outdated, with a row of buttons along the top which are not self explanatory. Below are a series of tabs that let you access the various download types.
There are basic downloads, from links you enter, Flash video downloads from a small selection of popular video sites, torrent downloads and a few more. Each part is relatively easy to use, and you can simply drag download links into Free Download Manager's floating drop box. The application works, but it feels clunky and old fashioned. We would recommend sticking with your browser's download manager alongside a dedicated torrent client if you need it.
Free Download Manager is an all-in-one app that should cover all your download needs, but fails to impress in terms of usability or looks. On the developer's website you will find more information around this software. If you are looking for free alternatives to this program, you may want to consider DownThemAll! and Internet Download Manager.
- Ability to download flash videos from even more web sites than before (FDM's plug-in now supports the following web browsers: IE 6 - IE 9, Firefox 3.5 - Firefox 9)
- Flash video monitoring in Google Chrome
- User interface improvements
- Updated torrents core library
- Ability to import downloads from uTorrent and Orbit clients
- Better allocation of traffic between active downloads