Speed Download
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Versatile download manager and accelerator.   Shareware ($25.00)
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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 .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity.
Speed Download 5 also introduces a stunning new user interface option that feels right at home in OS X and is designed to help you be even more productive with fewer mouse clicks hence, completely redefining what you can do with your time online. Introducing SD Minimized
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
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.6.8 - 10.7.x
  • Not officially supported in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later





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Speed Download User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 09 Apr 2014
The closest next best replacement I have found so far is Progressive Downloader.
[Version 5.3.0]


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Pmcarrion commented on 13 Mar 2014
So long Yazsoft...
[Version 5.3.0]


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Bottacco reviewed on 06 Mar 2014
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.
[Version 5.3.0]


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Sam-A. reviewed on 24 Feb 2014
Alas, as of 2/21/2014 an announcement at http://yazsoft.com says that they have officially "moved on" from creating or supporting software...
[Version 5.3.0]

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Skippingrock replied on 25 Feb 2014
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.
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Larcenous reviewed on 08 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 5.3.0]

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+60
Offline replied on 08 Feb 2014
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.
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Offline reviewed on 15 Nov 2013
.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.
[Version 5.3.0]

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flash1296gmailcom8977 replied on 24 Nov 2013
"OrphanWare" pisses me off big-time.
I really loved this application.
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Larcenous replied on 08 Feb 2014
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).
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F451 commented on 28 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 5.3.0]

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Pirx replied on 01 Nov 2013
I second this motion. And Chrome integration.
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Mhoutman replied on 04 Nov 2013
Same hopes for me, yet a pity the dev is not very actively shining some light on Speed Download future
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Offline replied on 15 Nov 2013
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?
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Pirx replied on 15 Nov 2013
I am ready to pay for an update.
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Mudflapper replied on 15 Nov 2013
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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Yazsoft commented on 19 Oct 2013
It has been clearly stated on our website that SD is NOT officially supported under Mountain Lion.

http://yazsoft.com/products/speed-download/downloads/

Yet in our (and many users) unofficial usafe, it still seems to work fine. So a lot of users do still benefit from it, esp. those that don't necessarily always update to the latest version of Mac OS X. There is no false advertising or facts posted on our website. If SD does not work for you, then simply don't use it. No one is forcing you to.

Thank you for your understanding.
[Version 5.3.0]

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Yazsoft replied on 19 Oct 2013
Further, SD has always been available as a FREE DEMO for anyone to try out BEFORE purchase. If it app doesn't work for you, DON'T buy it.

Thank you once again for your understanding.

While is may work fine, SD is NOT officially supported in Mountain Lion or later. TRY it out for FREE FIRST before deciding on whether you want to keep it or not.
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Mhoutman replied on 24 Oct 2013
Perhaps you might tell a bit more about the future of Speed Doubler. After receiving almost monthly updates, the last version is from 2012/01. It is a fast world so please shine some light :)

BTW SD latest works fine on Mavericks. Only the Safari extension gives troubles !
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Mhoutman replied on 28 Oct 2013
Big silence on both twitter and here. SD deleted until next version released. (if ever)
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Offline replied on 19 Nov 2013
I DO understand - and with regret.

I've licensed igetter as a replacement for the functionality Speed Download provided to me in the past.

I liked your product and understand you make business decisions based upon the criteria you've determined to be important.

Good luck with your other products in the future (unless there's something coming out that you haven't mentioned on your site, I don't see myself retaining a relationship with you).
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Ecdltf replied on 01 Dec 2013
Try jDownloader. Very good, mature and feature-rich. There's also a beta of upcoming vs 2; the dl link is in the forum.
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Oirudleahcim reviewed on 18 Oct 2013
This is deadware! Don't pay for it!

Many basic features have quit functioning, such as revealing the downloaded file in the Finder, available both as a button and as a right-click option.

I paid a decent chunk of change for this app not long ago and am miffed to see that it's not being supported, developed or improved any more. I'm not even sure if it actually does what it's supposed to do.

If I'm not using Safari, I use DownThemAll for speedy browser downloads. Plus DownThemAll handles a vast number of file types and can even ferret out parts of web pages that are supposedly un-downloadable and download them.

I think Speed Download's developers took the money and ran or just never made enough to keep the product going. But they've never made any announcements and you wouldn't know from their website that this is half-assware.
[Version 5.3.0]


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flash1296gmailcom8977 reviewed on 14 Oct 2013
AS a great application.

It is now "orphan ware"

I am running OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"

This is why I despise paying good money

for software, as so often they are abandoned !
[Version 5.3.0]


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Mr.-Zark had trouble on 18 Jun 2012
Loving it when I use Safari, but I noticed even with the plug-in enabled on FireFox it doesn't redirect the downloads to SD. Current version of FireFox I'm using is 13.0.1. Do I need to have the FlashGot add-on too? Currently in 32-bit mode of FF as well after reading a post on the Yazsoft Community Board that the plug-in doesn't support 64-bit FF and the board admin left a link for FlashGot.
[Version 5.3.0]

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Mr.-Zark replied on 18 Jun 2012
Ok, I found out what you need to do. You do need to have FlashGot add-on installed on FireFox and it's working for 64-bit mode. Then when asked make sure you choose FlashGot (Speed Download) then you should be set.
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Ochre had trouble on 17 Jun 2012
Currently, can't get SD to save any changes to the "Plugin" section of its Preferences, so it's not intercepting anything at present. Also, the Help documentation is both broken and out-of-date in places.
I've emailed support about this, hopefully this'll be resolved soon.
[Version 5.3.0]


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Maher had trouble on 10 May 2012
Hi,

I had some trouble with Speeddownload crashing every time it's launched for the first time when I initiate a download with Safari. Since I updated to Safari 5.1.7 with Lion 10.7.4 everything went back to normal. Allelulia
[Version 5.3.0]


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Jobby had trouble on 12 Jan 2012
Works for me under Lion, but with one MAJOR irritation.

Despite choosing Assign to > All Desktops from the Dock menu, it stays on the desktop it was launched on and ONLY that desktop. Clicking on a download link then results in the active desktop being switched to wherever SD has its window. It's a total pain.

Would be nice if it could have an option to start up in mini-mode, too.

(Also, the bandwidth throttle goes up to 1000K/s. I wish I could download that fast — my connection tops out at 180K on a good day! It would be better if we could set our maximum download speed, then have the slider set options between 0 and that speed…)
[Version 5.2.29]


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2stepbay had trouble on 04 Jan 2012
I'm a long time user of SD. Since Safari 5.1 made its debut back in August, I could no longer enable/disable Speed Download from Safari's contextual menu. This has yet to be fixed. No word from the developer about whether this very useful feature will again be available.

Further, the forums at Yazsoft have been locked precluding any user feedback or community interaction on this or other issues.

From a customer relations standpoint, would be great to hear from the developer about the SD programming challenges posed by Safari 5.1.
[Version 5.2.29]


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Won had trouble on 04 Jan 2012
Version 5.2.29 seems to be Snow Leopard and later only (according to their website).

Crashes on launch on my Leopard install, which is odd, because usually, versions of apps for Snow Leopard and later have an icon with a translucent "No symbol" overlaid, and display a compatibility message when one tries to launch them.
[Version 5.2.29]


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Jason_Milles_76 had trouble on 14 Sep 2011
Crashes under Mac OSX 10.7.1 and doesn't create crash report. Strange..
[Version 5.2.28]


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Olepir had trouble on 27 Jul 2011
any one have previous version? latest version not catching almost anything (10.6.8, Safari 5.1)
[Version 5.2.27]

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Shane-Smith replied on 09 Aug 2011
I am also getting the same problem.
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Oculi replied on 09 Aug 2011
Same problem here - no solution found on the developers website or forum. Even a reinstall etc. didn't change anything.
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Won replied on 04 Jan 2012
Previous versions can be found on this page (bottom of the right column):

http://yazsoft.com/products/speed-download/downloads/
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+39
Bob.jacobson had trouble on 07 Apr 2011
Support is tremendous. The forums are informative and when needed, the staff is always ready to help.
[Version 5.2.23]


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Arjuna had trouble on 06 Apr 2011
Doesn't seem to work with Fileserve premium. Any way?
Tried iGetter before, it worked for it. But because of today's promo, bought Speed Download.
[Version 5.2.23]



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Ochre rated on 16 Sep 2013

[Version 5.3.0]



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brfer rated on 14 Jul 2013

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TABo rated on 19 Feb 2013

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Gfbnaz rated on 22 Dec 2012

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mmatthes50 rated on 06 Dec 2012

[Version 5.3.0]



LCrockett rated on 01 Dec 2012

[Version 5.3.0]



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Lebeis rated on 29 Nov 2012

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Aleksandr_39c7d7c9 rated on 29 Nov 2012

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theteach rated on 22 Nov 2012

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zamazoom rated on 17 Nov 2012

[Version 5.3.0]


Downloads:468,855
Version Downloads:95,192
Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Shareware
Date:24 Jan 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $25.00
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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 .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity.
Speed Download 5 also introduces a stunning new user interface option that feels right at home in OS X and is designed to help you be even more productive with fewer mouse clicks hence, completely redefining what you can do with your time online. Introducing SD Minimized mode; a serious upgrade to the Speed Download floater. Fully supports drag n drop, completely resizable, customizable, and a whole lot more. In minimized mode, SD is even more discrete on your Mac. Save screen space, but not power!

Key features:
  • Turbo-charged downloads
  • Auto-resuming downloads
  • Browser Integration
  • RSS newsreader integration
  • MobileMe integration
  • Built-in FTP client
  • Encrypted file sharing
  • Download YouTube videos!
  • Full Rapidshare integration


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