20 October 2008

Software Review: Orbit Downloader

For many months, I had been bugged for lack of decent download managers. Back then I used Internet Download Managers (shareware) but it lacked any real features. The only it's good at was downloading files, nothing more. Sure IDM up until now still has popularity among download managers but slowly, mainly because it's shareware, people started to move to freeware yet powerful download manager. Two most common download managers nowadays are Free Download Manager (FDM) and Orbit Downloader. However, as for this post, I will only review Orbit, but maybe I'll put review also for FDM for comparison...

When this thread's posted, the most recent version is 2.7.7. As another download managers , Orbit also offers enhanced speed when you use it to download anything. Orbit is also able to integrate itself into many popular browsers such as Firefox and IE. Overall, general features (scheduler, download management etc) on most download managers are available on Orbit. I, however, really like Orbit's ability to directly download YouTube Video. Before this, I used free services on internet to get me to video's direct link on YouTube server, and thus adding extra steps. With Orbit, there's no need to....

Also, as I said, being free software means advantage. Someday, sooner or later, I believe people won't even take a look at a shareware download managers like IDM or Reget, for FDM and Orbit are good enough to cover everything you need to download files.

Score: 10/10