What is JDownloader?
Download Manager programs such as Gigaget, Free Download Manager (FDM), Download Accelerator and JDownloader are designed to work with the web browser for ease of downloading of files from the internet. From my experience working with most download manager, I have found out that JDownloader works the best. Based on Java platform, the JDownloader program can be downloaded from http://jdownloader.org/download/index . JDownloader is also easier to use and functions very well with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Setting Up JDownloader
The JDownloader should be easily installed on your PC and works almost immediately without much settings. If you are a Rapidshare Premium account user or other file sharing website such as netload ( I am loosing track of what sites that are still exist after the frequent copyright raids), the username and password can be saved under settings tab, under Plugins and Add-ons. Click on Add Account and key-in the username and password.
After that, your premium account details will be saved in the program and your downloads will be smooth.
If your internet connection is using proxy server (normally in an office environment), you will need to key-in the proxy settings under Internet & Network settings as shown below. Use the default settings if you are not using Proxy server.
How to Use JDownloader
To start using JDownloader, make sure the program is already started and loaded in the background. You may close the program but the program is still running in the background as indicated under the taskbar.
If the program is running, you can start downloading right away. You can easily find the download links from the internet that people are sharing, normally on forum pages and blogs. The file sharer normally put the links to files under codes as shown below. You need to select or highlight all the links, press right click on your mouse and click on copy.
Once copied, the links will automatically captured by JDownloader under Linkgrabber. Under Linkgrabber, JDownloader will check with Rapidshare whether the files are available for download or not. If they are available, the status will be online.
The files will start to download until all files are downloaded. The downloads can be resumed or continued if they are interrupted or network is temporarily disconnected, provide that the files are still online.
You can also set the number of downloads and the maximum connections required as shown below. However, more downloads at the same time doesn’t necessarily speed up your downloads as the network speed is spread to all your individual download.
The system will also extract the files automatically upon completion of downloads. As such, you may need to put in the password for Winrar if they are password protected. Passwords can be saved under Modules and under Unrar/Extract.
Once files are extracted, you may enjoy the movies.