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As a proud self-called geek, I must confess one of the activities I am really fond of is downloading games, videos, software, and so on and so forth. After trying a number of download managers, accelerators and those sorts of helpers, I must say I have made up my mind and chosen one which really satisfies my needs: [NO LONGER WORKS] Orbit Downloader.

Orbit Downloader is much more than another simple download manager since it incorporates a set of features that definitely make it unique and useful. And of course I am not just talking about it being completely free; while this is undoubtedly an attractive feature, there is much more to Orbit than that.

A True Catcher

Something that has become usual in download managers since some time ago – I’ve seen this in Flashget for instance – is the ability to allow several connections per download. Not only does Orbit support this function, as well as pausing and resuming downloads, but it also integrates seamlessly to Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera and Firefox, the latter through an add-on that is installed together with the application.

So far, nothing seems to be too innovative or special if compared to other download managers The Best Free File Download Managers for Windows The Best Free File Download Managers for Windows Read More , but let me say that Orbit stands out for being a really light program with a truly user-friendly interface, suitable both for beginners and advanced users.

What caught my attention the most was that it caught more downloads than any other download software. In other words, it is able to work in websites which are in theory protected against this kind of software such as MegaUpload.

Just Get it!

Other features of Orbit Downloader worth mentioning are its ability to limit speed, streaming support and Flash downloads. When working with Orbit Downloader, it will automatically detect and download flash files (including FLV) from any website. This way, whether you’re browsing YouTube, Pandora, Myspace or Imeem, Orbit will download any multimedia file it detects. It also presents a P2P net which can potentially increase download speeds. However, I must say I have not been able to completely appreciate this feature so far.

Be Tidy!

Something that has truly helped me to overcome my anxiety problems and stop having my PC totally stuck for trying to download things at the same time is its scheduling function. Orbit Downloader allows you to schedule your downloads by day, time and frequency. You can even set it to turn off the computer once the download is complete.

To sum up, if you have had enough with the traditional download support of your browser and are quite tired of the same old programs, I would suggest you putting Orbit Downloader into orbit. And believe me, this is a program you will be happy to keep in your system tray.

Which download tool do you use and why?  Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Kutt Katrea
    May 29, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I tried Orbit for a week but in the end I go back to the Winner Combination: Firefox + Flashgot + Flashget 1.9.6
    Because Orbit had problems passing or updating the cookies generated in Firefox (for Megaupload, for example) and more important... because Orbit deletes my search engine shortcuts in firefox (and installs his search engines, also)!!!
    Orbit is good, Flashget still haves me (and no problem using flashget to download from megaupload, Rapidshare, Mediafire, depositfiles, and other uploading services with no premium account)

  2. james
    April 5, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I keep trying to test Orbit on Imeem, but while the songs are always detected, the download always fails. Any option that I should toggle?

  3. brian
    March 31, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I'm a pretty big fan of FDM It works well with FF and IE, never tried with anything else. Very customizable and has bit torrent support. Open source. Recommended by easynews and novell and a few other places I forget.

  4. Doc
    March 31, 2009 at 6:54 am

    I've been using DownThemAll! in Firefox for quite some time. Has multi-threaded downloads, a nice GUI for selecting elements, and integrates into Firefox Portable neatly.

    • Chris
      March 31, 2009 at 1:40 pm

      Same Doc its so nice, I can download things like 4x faster.

      • Chris
        March 31, 2009 at 3:58 pm

        I don't believe anything that says it can make downloads faster. As if anything is going to restrict your download speed, unless you tell it to. I'd like to know HOW exactly they speed it up. Pretty sure it doesn't.

  5. Apesaje
    March 31, 2009 at 1:14 am

    I use Internet Download Manager (IDM). And it has all the functions Orbit has. Catching links from almost everywhere, like Rapidshare, Megaupload and 1 downside is, it's not a freeware.

  6. Chris
    March 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I'm just trying Orbit. I like the GUI, very nice. The 'download complete' notification is great, with the 'open' link. Many lack that feature, surprisingly.

    Downfalls with Orbit for me are: it isn't automatically putting in the server username and password which I've added to the Site Manager.. the Clipboard Monitoring doesn't always work.. and the download window regularly appears in the background behind Firefox, rather than in front.

  7. Mr. I
    March 30, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I am donwloading Orbit right now from and guess what, it reminded me of old problem. Most of times, DAP fails to detect downloads. I hope Orbit does.

  8. Mr. I
    March 30, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    This self-called geek uses Download Accelerator Plus(DAP).
    Why? Because when I was looking for download managers, it was on top in its category on

    It also supports multiple connections but its catching rate is too poor with Opera.