Progressive Downloader
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Progressive Downloader is a free download manager for Mac that supports multi-thread downloading and mirror search.

Note: Progressive Downloader is free, but you can support the developer by buying the application from the Mac App Store.
What's New
Version 1.6.1:
  • Stability improvements on OS X 10.9.2.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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3635waterbugdesigncom1818 commented on 09 Jul 2013
No instructions provided on developer's web site or in app. I guess you're suppose to just guess. Wish I had that kind of time to waste.
[Version 1.5]

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+5

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MacUpdate-Jess replied on 09 Oct 2013
Please refrain from assigning scores to "reviews" that are not actually reviews of the app itself, but rather your opinion of pricing or how it compares to the competition.

Reviews and ratings should be left by individuals who have actually used the title and have some insight to share about the app itself. Otherwise, please leave comments (to which this has been changed), or take advantage of the "Suggest Similar Software" feature. Thanks.
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+78
Turquoise replied on 08 Mar 2014
I also have very hard time figuring out how this app works. It is completely counter-intuitive. I tried it a couple of times, and ended up uinstalling it. Yet, it has good reviews here and there, so I am more than willing to use it.
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+197
GeoProf commented on 25 Jun 2013
I assume that the developers meant for the ‘Bug Fixes’ section above to read as if all those bugs have been fixed in this version. Right now it reads like those are all current bugs in this version.
[Version 1.5]


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trumpy24 reviewed on 30 May 2013
This is possibly the best thing I needed, because I live in Asia, and sometimes the downloads will just crash, but with this application, its literally a thing of the past.

BUT WARNING! Do not get 1.4 I hear it will screw over your mac and not work, search the comment below for 1.3 it is important because 1.4 has a glitch

But sometimes the download just crashes, if people have this problem:
Just Pause the Download, wait like 30 seconds then Unpause it, Love this app, thank you dev!
[Version 1.4]


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+10

Nestorph reviewed on 12 Apr 2013
I've been using PL for years and have been very pleased with it. I like the integration with Firefox--haven't been able to get it to work with Safari. However, the most recent release (1.4) keeps giving me an error message that the PL file in Library>Application Support is read only and so the app can't launch. I tried opening the permissions but that didn't solve the problem and I've had to revert to an earlier version.
[Version 1.4]

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+6
Johnny_n replied on 23 Apr 2013
I'm having the same issue, I bought it from the App store though, so I can't revert. Ugh.
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+229
bbw7 replied on 11 May 2013
On the developer's site there is a current development version, 1.4.6, which you might give a try. I'm hunkering down with 1.3 for the time being.

Here's one site at which ver 1.3 is still available:

http://justpedia.com/progressive-downloader-1-3.html

No doubt there are others
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+229
bbw7 replied on 25 Jun 2013
@PD,

Thanks for the info, and for continuing to provide access to older versions of your app. A lot of developers don't do this kindness.
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+10
Nestorph replied on 25 Aug 2013
I recently reset Firefox and have lost the integration between Firefox and PD. I tried to reinstall it but got taken to a site that installs Flashgot and it doesn't seem to work. So I went through the steps of installing the add-in for Safari and while I get notifications that a site wants to use the PD integration I cannot for the life of me figure how to actually use it. There are no icons in any of the task bars. Anyone help?
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+1

+49

Mrtomato reviewed on 07 Apr 2013
I reviewed Progressive Download a few months ago and complained about problems downloading large files. Following the response from the developer, I reinstalled PD and, after a bit of tweaking here and there (and after an update or two from PD) those problems stopped. Overall, I like Progressive Downloader, but I still can't use it as I would like to. Here are some problems that I'd like to see addressed:
Chrome integration: PD simply doesn't work properly on Chrome. I uploaded a video to a CMS news feed, so now every time I log in PD intercepts the download (but it's not a download!). Since there is no way that I can find of telling PD to ignore certain cites, I can't find a workaround for this. On Chrome, PD is just a little overzealous.

Web locker scripts: PD has a few built in scripts so you can use it with a few web lockers. I have no idea how these scripts are supposed to be written, so setting up PD for any other lockers is rather difficult. This comes down to the dev adding more support info or opening up a forum so users can help one another with this sort of thing.

Download location: Rather than being asked where to download a file for each download or having to have all downloads dumped to one folder, I'd like to specify a download location for certain file types.

Proxy support: sometimes I need to download files from sources like EBSCO, but I can't count on PD for downloading. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Speed Download was much more consistent in this regard and I really don't know why.

Plug-in functionality: When you install the plugin, you have a choice of three browsers but can only select one. Once you've installed the plugin for one browser, you can't install the plugin for another one without first uninstalling the plugin. The problem is even more complex because sometimes PD will install and uninstall the plugin for all browsers. I can't find a way of using PD with only one browser. (PD only works well with Firefox as far as I'm concerned)

I don't, like some here, have problems with PD using up system resources. When working properly, I find it to be faster than other download managers.
[Version 1.3]


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+1

+197

GeoProf reviewed on 01 Apr 2013
Since my last post in December, Progressive Downloader 1.3.5 has panned out as a major dud. It’s got so many problems and missing features that it’s not even worth listing them here. I appreciate that the developers offer PD for free, but it works so poorly that I’d rather do without.

So, I’ll just move on to one of PD’s competitors — this time I’ll try iGetter. Too bad Speed Download’s developer is such a halfassed quitter because it was a decent download manager on Mac OS 10.6.8, but now it’s just abandonware.
[Version 1.3]


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+4

piccobello reviewed on 18 Mar 2013
Do yourself a favor and dont install this app.
"Progressive Downloader" looked very promising at first sight, but unfortunately is completely rubbish.

I tried to download a rather big file. The first try it crashed itself and needed to be force-quitted manually. The second try it slowed my system so effectively that I ha to reboot the Computer manually, as well as the third try.

After this procedure I uninstalled the application immediately . It seems that some preference files got corrupted when rebooting the Mac, but that must not be caused by the application itself.
However, I found that several instances of the download file were created (more than necessary), so I had 10 gb of junk in my download folder.

I dpont know why people rate this application so good. Perhaps I have unique errors, but I will never let my hands on this again, sorry.
[Version 1.3]


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+2

+197

GeoProf reviewed on 12 Dec 2012
Very nice, and as far as I know, it’s currently the only good replacement for Speed Download, which is abandonware.

However, I’d love it if the developers could add a few features:
1) A toolbar button to remove all completed downloads so we’d no longer have to manually highlight and delete them;

2) A Services item (for Mountain Lion) to ‘Download with Progressive Downloader’ (and maybe a similar contextual menu item for those running Snow Leopard);

3) It would be nice if statistics — like number of threads, average DL speed, etc. — were retained after downloads are complete so that we could evaluate each download’s stats afterward instead of having to monitor them while they’re downloading to ascertain those facts.

Otherwise, Progressive Downloader is a must-have app.
[Version 1.3]

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+10
Nestorph replied on 11 Mar 2013
Since running the latest version (1.3.8), all of the downloads in my queue stop at 99% and refuse to complete no matter how long I leave the app running. Restarting a download has no effect--same problem at the end.
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+10
Nestorph replied on 11 Mar 2013
I forgot to add that it's also sucking up memory at an alarming rate. At one point, it was grabbing over 3.5 GB of real time memory and over 50% of CPU load.
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+197
GeoProf replied on 11 Mar 2013
Yes, the latest versions have been much more trouble than the’re worth. I’ve had to stop using it altogether. A shame.
burypromote

+10
Nestorph replied on 11 Mar 2013
Luckily I found an older version and reverted, so I'm up and running again.
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+30

Orytek reviewed on 02 Dec 2012
Works greqt for downloading large files on ftp. The server I download from has a per file speed limit but with this app I am able to split the file 6 ways and get top speed.
There only a couple other ftp apps for Mac that offer multithreaded downloading and they are unstable or only split it into 2 threads.
Very nice.
[Version 1.3]

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+30
Orytek replied on 02 Dec 2012
Oops, pardon the typos. Which I could edit my comment at least within a minute or two after hitting submit.
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+9

Christa_1980 reviewed on 02 Dec 2012
Great free downloader. It just works as advertised.
[Version 1.3]


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+10
Nestorph had trouble on 11 Mar 2013
Since running the latest version (1.3.8), all of the downloads in my queue stop at 99% and refuse to complete no matter how long I leave the app running. Restarting a download has no effect--same problem at the end.
[Version 1.3]



warsaw31g rated on 08 Mar 2014

[Version 1.6.1]



rodrigok rated on 20 Feb 2013

[Version 1.3]



+10

jpfernandez rated on 30 Dec 2012

[Version 1.3]



+604

Fishscale rated on 27 Aug 2012

[Version 1.2]



+8

Roes rated on 07 Jul 2012

[Version 1.0.2]



+51

Stef_Vandenabele rated on 28 Mar 2012

[Version 1.0.2]



+52

Spike-James rated on 20 Feb 2012

[Version 0.8.21]



+1

Ahmed Hafeez rated on 15 Feb 2012

[Version 0.8.14]



+2

Kgx rated on 03 Jan 2012

[Version 0.8.14]



trumpy8 rated on 28 Dec 2011

[Version 0.8.11]


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Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Free
Date:08 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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