While your internet browser can be sufficient for small downloads, having a download manager available is often helpful as you get better manageability and often features such as resume or speedier downloads.
The program’s installer is just over 1MB in size, but it requires .Net Core 3.1 Runtime to run. I had to install both the x86 and x64 versions to get the download manager working.
AM Downloader’s interface is nice and colorful with flat icons, a simple design and more importantly it’s user-friendly. Click on the Add button on the toolbar to start a download. The program recognizes if the clipboard contains a URL and automatically pastes it in the download box. The Monitor Clipboard option is a temporary setting, as the program doesn’t remember it the next time you add a download.
The Add download box can be used to select the folder where the downloaded file should be saved to. You may add downloads to the queue, or start downloading them immediately. AM Downloader starts receiving the file and displays the progress on its main screen.
The download pane has 12 columns to indicate the file name, type, status of the download, progress, the downloaded file size, total file size, download speed, ETA (when the download will be completed), the location (folder where the file is saved to), the URL, the date the download was created, and the HTTP Status.
Remove, start, pause cancel downloads using the buttons on the toolbar. You can start and stop download queues with a single-click. Right-click on a file in the download pane to open it, access the folder where it is saved, copy the URL. Recheck or restart a download from the context menu.
You can also delete files or remove them from the download queue to clean up the list.
The sidebar categorizes downloads by their status: All downloads, Ready, Queued, Downloading, Paused, Finished, Errored and Verifying. The status bar at the bottom of the pane displays the current download status, and the total file size of your downloads.
Click on AM Downloader’s file menu to access its Options. Don’t want to download too many files at the same time? Set the maximum number of parallel downloads, you can set it to just 1 file and up to 10 downloads. Control the bandwidth used by the download manager by setting the maximum speed per download in units of KB/s, by default it uses unlimited bandwidth.
AM Downloader is an open source program, it is compatible with Windows 7 and above. The application isn’t portable.
I think that AM Downloader is a decent download manager. It is worth noting that the program is in an early phase, so it may not be fair to compare it with the rest of the competition. That said, the only issue with it is the lack of a proper browser extension, which means you can’t use it to download files from websites that redirect you to a different page, you can’t use it to capture audio/video streams.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but AM Downloader’s interface seems to be a bit similar to another program, perhaps a BitTorrent client.
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