download manager brings much more to the table than
fast file transfers, but it definitely delivers
those, too. Increased download speeds are Download
Accelerator Plus's bread and butter, speeding up
downloads by almost 200 percent in most cases and
occasionally as high as 400 percent.
files into smaller pieces, it thrives on
automatically seeking faster mirrors. It also can
get a file simultaneously from several sites, which
is useful if a particular site limits the download
speed; it can resume downloads; and it can preview
some media files while downloading. There's also a
blacklist for sites that you never want to accept
downloads from, and categorized folders and filters
to keep your downloads organized. DAP rolls in a
media buffer, too, that allegedly will prevent
streaming-video hiccups. Ensuring that you're
running the latest version of the Adobe Flash player
won't hurt, either.
Two new features
include a UI change that lets users choose a
Firefox- or Internet Explorer-styled download
window, and integration with DAP's publisher's video
converter. Downloading and converting video on the
fly is a pretty smart way to keep the program fresh.
The program will prompt you at your first attempt if
you don't have the converter installed and guide you
through its installation. Frustratingly, the install
process will weigh you down with a ton of toolbars,
default switches, and e-mail recommendations that
you must opt out of for a clean installation.
heavy with ads and promotions, DAP is still a good
choice for adding some heat to your typical download