The software utility Internet Download Manager is a simple tool used to boost up download speeds upto 5 times as compared with regular broswer based downloads.
The program installs and runs as IDMan.exe consuming about 8k+ memory and the browser monitor runs as IEMonitor.exe consuming about 4.6k of memory.
The program has a download accelerator logic that features dynamic file segmentation to accelerate downloads. The file segmentation is done during the download process unlike other download managers. IDM finds the largest segment to download and halves it when a new connection becomes available .
The resume capability re-starts the downloads automatically if the connection was broken during the download.
The supported browsers are Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, and Mozilla which cover almost all the browsers used in the industry till date. At the time of installation, IDM identifies the browsers installed on the computer and inttegrates itself . An option is provided to re-integrate to all the browsers when required.
Another very useful feature is the Site Grabber which can download an entire web-site, sub-sets of web-sites or the required files which can be specified using a filter.
IDM Cannot resume broken downloads if the web-site hosting the download does not support the resume function.
The Enhancements in this version 5.14 include :
A download indicator for browsers which appears on top of an embedded media (typically flv videos) which can be used to save audio and video files that are played using the embedded media player.