iGetter 2.7 Review

At one time, download managers were seen as valuable and necessary tools for every internet power user. These days peer-to-peer technology has moved most large file traffic away from FTP sites to BitTorrent networks. Broadband connections are faster and more reliable – gone are the days when your dial-up connection might drop several times during a long demo download.

So, we approached iGetter, a tool with a small range of uses in the broadband age, with some degree of scepticism. It works much like the download accelerators and managers of old, using all your available bandwidth to get the fastest download speed possible. It also tracks data packets as it goes, enabling you to interrupt a long download if necessary – or resume a dropped connection.

iGetter has excellent, contextual browser integration. If you find a file on a site you want to grab, simply control-click on the link and choose Download with iGetter, or drag and drop the URL direct to the open program. There are innovative features too. The software keeps track of your download history, cleverly categorising files using their extensions. A built-in site explorer enables you to connect to and navigate around FTP sites but, alas, there are no upload features.

If you struggle to find things to download, the program integrates with FileAvenue, a site dedicated to Mac demos, freeware and shareware. Items can be grabbed directly within iGetter’s neat interface.

OUR VERDICT

If you regularly need to download large files – DVD images or large video files – iGetter could be a useful tool. For the rest of us, the budget price makes it worth a punt even for occasional usage.

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