First, DO NOT go by the silliness or simpleness in its name. There’s a lot more behind it than it seems. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating”, as they say.
Internet Download Manager, a product of Tonec Incorporated, is a first-class product as compared to many other Download managers[hereby known as DM]. The first reason is that it provides seamless browser integration, be it Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox or any other browser.
Suppose, you are downloading a “compressed” file[e.g a .rar file], you have to select the path for the file to be saved[or if you have auto-set any path for the file], the file starts to download. You check the speed, size remaining, size covered, etc. But what you do not know is that it is downloaded in a single part. But, Internet Download Manager[hereby known as IDM] begs to differ. It connects to the server and starts downloading the file in parts. This saves you a lot of time and also the speed is greatly increased. You do not have to go through the hassle of selecting the destination of the file. IDM remembers the path for a particular file type and saves the downloaded file in that path.
As compared to JDownloader, IDM is much more user-friendly. You just cannot understand how to download a file. The function “Linkgrabber” in JDowloader cannot be used at all. It gets the link of the file you download, but once you click “Start download”, it goes to the “Download” tab. The file you were about to download shows the status “Checking status”. After a while,it shows that the file is “100.00% Offline”. This is extremely frustrating, as the file is verified by the server as present.
In another comparison to “FlashGet”, IDM clearly won the battle. FlashGet works fine in the beginning, but later its performance begins to slacken and it spends hours doing nothing. Even if you press Stop and Start again, the file does not get downloaded. It gets really frustrating and tiresome.
So IDM is the clear winner, unless you want to try out the other two DMs mentioned in this article and waste your valuable time.