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Note: Yazsoft has ended its business practice, and stopped accepting support e-mails after 21 March 2014. Customers can purchase a competing app, Folx, for 50% off.

Speed Download combines four amazing products into one small and easy to use application:

  • A turbo-charged download manager with auto-resuming downloads
  • A fully featured secure FTP client
  • A file sharing utility with full encryption
  • And complete more...

What's New

Version 5.3.0:
  • New: Speed Download Extension to restore CMM functionality.
  • New: Speed Download is now Intel only.
  • Updated: Many performance tweaks.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6.8 - 10.7.x
  • Not officially supported in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later

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http://yazsoft.com/products/

What's that one(coming soon)? I think all of delays and problems is that application.They must be working hard on that one.I'm not sure SD is a dead application,let's see what's going to more...

4 people found this review helpful
Version 5.3.0
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.5 star due to lack of development and incompatibility. This was a superior product several years ago.

It's a shame Yazsoft has abandoned it.

4 people found this review helpful
Version 5.3.0
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Intrepidsilence Member IconReview+0
Intrepidsilence
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For anyone who still wishes to use this app on a modern system, follow these steps to get it installed properly:

Download from the web archive (as listed below, just resisting it here for convenience):
https://web.archive.org/web/20131208094749/http://mirror.nscocoa.com/~yazsoftc3/files/sd5/sd5.zip

Install as usual by dragging the folder from the mounted DMG to your /Applications folder. (The remaining steps rely on it being installed in this location.)

Run Speed Download and enter your password when prompted. When it is done installing the Safari Extension and the beach ball cursor goes away then close SD5.

Open the Terminal application from the /Application/Utilities folder.

Become root by typing: "sudo su -"
Enter your user password when prompted.

Run these commands (as root):
cd /Applications/Speed\ Download\ 5/Speed\ Download.app/Contents
cp -r Speed\ Download\ Contextual\ Menu.plugin /Library/Contextual\ Menu\ Items/
cp -r SpeedDownload\ Browser\ Plugin.plugin /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/
cp -r SpeedDownloadLoader.osax /Library/ScriptingAdditions/

Restart your browser(s).

Enjoy!

This should fix the error where SD5 continuously asks you to update its components and should allow it to work with all currently existing releases of OS X (up to and including Yosemite Beta 3).

I hope this helps some of you out as it did me. I really prefer SD5 to Folx and I just wasn't ready to let it die just yet...

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Version 5.3.0
Psychiatry Member IconReview+108
Psychiatry
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Unfortunately, Yazsoft has closed up shop as of 3/2014. Development was no longer sustainable.
So their developers thank all of us for a great ride -- and all the fish.

ShareTool, their most important app is being given away free by bainsware.com. It allows you to connect to your home network vis ssh tunnel.

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Version 5.3.0
Ongl Member IconReview+16
Ongl
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I relies my copy was 5.2.9. Any kind souls willing to share latest version 5.3.0 as i can't ring any mirror. I own a license

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Version 5.3.0
Ongl
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Sorry for the typos. Typing one hand isn't a good idea.

Ongl
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I had to rebuild a new MacBook Air to replace my macbook pro. It seems new installation of SD5 no longer work with safari integration. It needs to download something from the web, which Yazsoft has no longer provide access to it..

A bad experience indeed, I would rather pay some to maintain the functionality than moving on.

Skippingrock
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Hi Ongl, as I mentioned in an earlier post, you can download it from archive.org. The link here will get you version 5.3.0 for now. Get it and archive it while you can.

https://web.archive.org/web/20131208094749/http://mirror.nscocoa.com/~yazsoftc3/files/sd5/sd5.zip

Yazsoft (Developer) Member IconDev+345
Yazsoft (Developer)
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Thank you for all the heart felt comments. While Yazsoft is no more, I am currently looking to turn the page and possibly carry on a new path. I am on the lookout for someone serious and capable to help build the next major versions of some apps I have in mind including existing ones. I still use almost all of them daily btw. While no longer supported, they still work. I would like to ensure they live on and grow but I need some help. Please only serious people contact me. Thank you all for your support. Johnny.

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Version 5.3.0
Mhoutman
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Hey Johnny, I was a long time happy Speed Download user. A pity your company is not sustainable any more, but i wish you luck with your future plans.

Thanks again, Mike :)

F451
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Speed Download was and still is the benchmark of download apps. I would love to see someone carry the benchmark forward.

Johnny, good luck in your future endeavors and thanks for the many years of Speed Download. Cheers!

Mrtomato
+1

This is a shame,even though many of us saw it coming after Folx 3 was released. I hope you find some capable development partners. All the best!

Pmcarrion Member IconComment+127
Pmcarrion
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So long Yazsoft...

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Version 5.3.0
Bottacco Member IconReview+27
Bottacco
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The best Mac download manager… but it is a pity that the developer decided to close business.
I will continue to use it until it stops working, because I have searched for a replacement and there is nothing that comes close to its features and integration.
I am sad the developer closed shop because it had several really good apps.

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Version 5.3.0
Sam-A. Member IconReview+5
Sam-A.
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Alas, as of 2/21/2014 an announcement at http://yazsoft.com says that they have officially "moved on" from creating or supporting software...

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Version 5.3.0
Skippingrock
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This is sad as I was a strong supporter of their software and didn't have any problems with using it. Even with the latest OS.

What I don't like though is that they removed all their links to the software for those that want to download a copy for their archive. I was able to get a download from archive.org while traversing the Yazsoft site.

What I also don't like are the comments of some of those below. Perhaps they are some of the reasons that Yaz decided to just throw in the towel.

Larcenous
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No idea if Skippingrock meant me when he said he didn't "like some of the comments below," but I will elaborate just a bit, because Skippingrock is correct in his general point that developers DO have to deal with unreasonable, whiny jerks who leave one-star ratings for no good reason. This not only must be one of the more distasteful parts of a dev's job (having to read such dreck), but also unfairly and inaccurately weights the "star" ratings the rest of us may rely upon at least partially when making our decisions on product purchases.

Feel free to look over my review archives here at MU if you wish; you'll find I don't flame or half-star developers just because I didn't get a response to a support request in 15 minutes or something equally trivial. Truth be told, I review far fewer applications than I actually USE at all - like most of us do, I'd bet: simply a matter of too little time and energy in a day.

What I *do*, however inconsistently, is try to rate software which I think is particularly deserving of a review. And that doesn't just mean the ones I'd give five stars too, though it includes those, of course. "Deserving of a review" also means those pieces of software that I have experience with having been hazardous or simply useless, for which a much better (and/or cheaper) alternative exists, but ESPECIALLY apps which have become abandonware.

I'd be the last person to insist that an application, once introduced, MUST be supported and developed until the end of time. Stuff happens. What I STRONGLY object to, however, is when the available facts strongly suggest that a developer has "moved on" in reality while still leaving the public face of their products intact. Devs can't contact every review site in existence and try to get them to pull old, outdated reviews, but they sure as heck can do as Yazsoft FINALLY did - three weeks after my review, below - take down the money-making arm of their software and do what they can to inform existing and potential customers that the software is no longer in development. In fact, there are plenty of examples in the Mac ecosystem of developers who moved on from even fairly successful product lines, for various reasons, but who were conscientious enough to make that decision cleanly and quickly, giving loyal customers as much warning as possible and not simply stringing along both existing and potential customers by simply not releasing any product updates for two years and leaving it to the public to deduce that the product had been abandoned long before any official announcement had been made.

My review below was not a random bash of Yazsoft, it was a warning to anyone still considering this once-excellent product that the developer had apparently abandoned the project, so DON'T BUY IT - a warning that, while it wasn't the first, appears to have been completely correct. Ever been the customer who was one of the last to buy a piece of software before it was officially abandoned? Wish you could get your money back, but can't? Did you feel cheated - or at least like you wish the dev had warned you? I'll end how I started: people and circumstances change, nothing's forever. That's the risk we all take whenever we buy ANYthing, especially software. But there's a way to exit the market gracefully and with respect for one's customers, and then there's ways which *don't*. The last time SD was updated, Lion was only six months old. After two years (and two full OS updates) with no updates and no official word about SD's future, it was clearly time for a warning about the latter sort of exits from the marketplace.

Larcenous Member IconReview+13
Larcenous
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DO NOT BUY THIS NOW (1/2014 ONWARDS) UNTIL YOU SEE AN UPDATED VERSION HERE AT MACUPDATE.

Right now, the current version stands at 5.3, which SD was update to on January 24, 2012! That's nearly two YEARS ago as of this writing. Yes, there are some people who say it works for them in Mavericks or ML - and others who say it doesn't. My question for you, prospective buyer, is: do you want to shell out $25 for a "brand-new" piece of software that in reality hasn't been update in two years?

I loved SD for years; it was the most flexible (and prettiest) downloader around. But now the pretty interface just looks like a nice polish job on a three-week-old apple: shiny...but way past its prime. The Safari plugin doesn't work correctly anymore, there's probably at least one memory leak, and perhaps problems we're not even aware of - but which caused the developer, Yazsoft, to issue (in a footnote on their website) the disclaimer that SD does not work in ML or higher.

Skip this one, folks, unless and until Yazsoft decides to get off the dime and update their product.

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Version 5.3.0
Offline
+1

You have to accept Yazsoft's decision to drop this product. The fact we all liked it doesn't matter - it's gone.

I've found two decent alternatives: Leech and iGetter.

Each has it's quirks and neither integrates into Safari like SD did.

I've licensed both and prefer Leech.

I searched for other products and tried what I found, including Folx and Jdownload. I'm using Leech (hoping for an update from ManyTricks) until something better comes along or Leech becomes incompatible with some future release of Safari.

Your milage may vary.

Offline Member IconReview+93
Offline
+4

.5 star due to lack of development and incompatibility. This was a superior product several years ago.

It's a shame Yazsoft has abandoned it.

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Version 5.3.0
flash1296gmailcom8977
+2

"OrphanWare" pisses me off big-time.
I really loved this application.

Larcenous
+0

You asked below if there was anything else anybody had tried. I didn't for a long time, because I kept assuming Yazsoft would actually continue development on SD. No longer. The one to have a look at these days is FOLX. The central app itself if free as in beer, and you can pay $19.95 to upgrade to pro, which gives you scheduled downloads, iTunes integration and a few other "premium" features - not sure what all is included.

(and no, I don't work for them or know anyone who does. I'm just pissed at having been strung along for so long by Yazsoft).

F451 Member IconComment+393
F451
+3

Speed Download is still working for me under OS X Mavericks and Safari v7. This is my favorite downloader and I do hope development progresses into Speed Downloader 6.

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Version 5.3.0
Pirx
+1

I second this motion. And Chrome integration.

Mhoutman
+1

Same hopes for me, yet a pity the dev is not very actively shining some light on Speed Download future

Offline
+1

It does NOT work in a clean install of Mavericks. Due to Yazsoft's apparent lack of interest in actively developing this product, I'm actively seeking a replacement - and can't find one.

Anyone tried and liked anything else?

Pirx
+0

I am ready to pay for an update.

Mudflapper
+1

I give up. It's not working for me in Mavericks any longer, In fact, the Safari plugin hangs and I'm pretty sure there's a memory leak. My system slows to a crawl.

That's a shame. I paid for this software twice over the years. I sang it's praises online at MacUpdate and elsewhere and told all my fellow Mac geek friends to purchase it as well.

I know all good things come to an end, I'm just bummed.

I've uninstalled SD for good. If you're looking for an alternative, the only one worth trying, in my opinion, is iGetter. I used that for years before SD and it was always faster. I just thought SD was prettier.

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Details

Downloads 473,300
Version Downloads 99,637
License Shareware
Date 24 Jan 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $25.00