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Once upon a time, people struggled to find an easy and fast way to download numerous files at once. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, we’re talking about the dark ages when dialup internet ruled the world. It’s hard to believe that there ever was such a day, isn’t it? Thinking back on that era feels something like trying to recall a bad dream you had as a child. The memory is hazy and very unpleasant. Luckily, though, those days are over. And nowadays downloading files (as many files as you want) can happen in virtually no time. So, then, it would be logically sound to assume that download managers would have become a thing of the past, right?

Wrong. Download managers, like many pieces of technology, have merely evolved to take on the tasks of the always fluctuating times. The download manager of today is not used for exactly the same reason people used download managers in the past, sure, but that does not mean that they are any less useful or convenient to have! The focus may have shifted a bit, sure, but download managers can still make the sometimes inconvenient task of downloading many files from a source as easy as it truly should be.

Anyone who has tried to mass-download files from file-hosting sites such as Rapid Share, Mega, etc., has run into a lot of pesky annoyances. There is, of course, the problem of sometimes having to go through manually and individually download pieces of the larger file one at a time (man, oh man, have I wasted many an hour doing this!).

Then there is also the annoyance of having to make your way through multiple CAPTCHA tests to prove that you are not a robot (I am willing to admit, albeit a little bit embarrassingly, that I have failed these tests a number of times; it’s getting to the point where I am beginning to wonder … am I a robot?). Whatever the issue may be, downloading large files must be able to be done more easily. There has to be a better way.

Well, that is precisely where the download managers come into play. Once you install a piece of download management software onto your computer, your life will become remarkably improved. All it takes is a few clicks and you, too, could achieve trouble-free downloading! Whether you are downloading movies, multiple seasons of a TV series, or your favorite musician’s discography, using a download manager such as J Downloader is definitely the way to go!

At this point, though, maybe you are asking yourself … what exactly is a download manager, and, more importantly, why do I need one? Well, as the title suggests, a download manager is a piece of software that, well, manages your downloads for you. It automatically collects every file in a large download and executes all of the tasks that are sometimes required of people who wish to download files.

In short, if you download stuff often from the internet, a download manager will make your life so much simpler. Plus, it will free up a ton of time that you otherwise would have spent going through and manually downloading large files. Let the software do the work for you, that’s what I always say. And for almost every problem that you encounter online, a program exists to help you save time and energy. Face it, your time is valuable … you shouldn’t be wasting it executing monotonous tasks. After all, isn’t that what we have robots for anyway?

History

It is surprisingly difficult to find any background info on J Downloader through a Google search. J Downloader is widely used enough that I would assume its origins would be well documented by now. Well, on second thought, perhaps this is not quite as surprising as it seems. The program is free and open-sourced. And for some reason, free and open-sourced programs seldom have a lot of information available. I chalk it up to the fact that the creators of open-sourced programs likely do not have much interest in taking credit for it. Otherwise, arguably, they would do so and make it proprietary.

Alas, little is known about J Downloader. But I love programs like this, personally, that do not care about profits or fame. The best programs and applications, as far as I am concerned, are the ones that people simply post online for free. That is how you know that whoever did make it had pure intentions. They don’t care as much about making money as they care about providing a useful and life-improving piece of programming with the world. J Downloader already has my vote of confidence, even just at the outset. But is J Downloader well executed? Let’s take a closer look and find out, shall we?

Design

This is, frankly, where J Downloader starts to lose points with me. I mean, I understand that download managers were first created back in the days of dial-up internet. But does that mean that download managers have to, in 2020, look as if they were created in the days of dial-up internet? I suppose that what I am trying to say is this: J Downloader looks like it is straight out of the 90s.

In other words, I think that J Downloader is in dire need of a makeover. They could definitely stand to spruce things up a bit. And that is putting it mildly. The design of the download manager is clunky, dated, cluttered, and, honestly, rather intimidating. It’s so sparse and stripped down that user experience does not seem to have been a concern at all for the coders that made it. It almost looks like you are going to have to learn code before you can make use of it.

That being said, once you do master the program and get used to it, it becomes very easy to use. Just note that there is going to probably be a bit of a learning curve. This is not the kind of program that you will be able to know the ins and outs of immediately upon downloading it. Putting in the time, though, to get acquainted with it will save you a lot of time down the road … so, I would say that even though it is a little cumbersome and tricky to figure out at first, it is well worth it if you are willing to put in the time. Look at it more like an investment of time if that helps to justify it.

Mobile and Desktop Experience

Talking about how J Downloader functions on mobile devices would probably not be very fruitful. And that is simply because A.) there is no app or mobile version of J Downloader out there, and B.) there probably are not many instances in which you would need a download manager on your smartphone. Maybe you could use one on your tablet. But mobile devices, generally speaking, do not have enough file space on them to warrant a need for a download manager.

That being said, it would be nice for those of us who have expansive storage space on our phones or tablets to be able to use J Downloader. So, perhaps an app should be in order. But the number of people who download files that large on their mobile devices is probably relatively small enough to make the development of a J Downloader app unnecessary.

Pricing and Plans

As I said before, J Downloader is 100% free to download and open-sourced. This is, in my opinion, how software should be. I have an immense amount of respect for J Downloader and freeware like it.

Suggestions that I have for J Downloader

Well, for one thing, please (please, please, please) redesign J Downloader. I want the experience to be more immersive and intuitive. I do not want to feel like I am opening up Microsoft Excel or something every time I use this software. A redesign is necessary!

Secondly, if J Downloader could expand to the mobile space, that would be great as well. Other than those two relatively minor complaints, though, J Downloader is a solid piece of free software that will definitely make your life a lot easier if you are a high-volume downloader!

Likes & Hates:
Very effective as a download manager
Saves tons of time and effort
100% free and open sourced
Dated and cumbersome design, hard to learn
No app or mobile version