Download Accelerator Plus is not the standard download manager, but a comprehensive application that combines easy file downloading with Internet browsing and system maintenance tools (a trace cleaner, an anti-virus utility, a file shredder, and many other add-ons that you can download and install from DAP).
Managing your downloads is, however, its main functionality. Thus, the program’s main interface looks very much like many other similar download managers – a wide clean area where all downloads are being listed and their progress shown, a list of categories on the left panel, plus a ribbon on the top side with all the icons you need to access the program’s features. Adding a new link to the list is very simple – click on the big plus sign on the top left and paste in the box provided the link you previously sent to your clipboard. Downloads can be set to start immediately, scheduled to start later, queued, etc. Once the downloading process has started, you are given real-time information of the download progress and of your total download speed. You can access more specific information in an additional window, where downloads are organized in individual tabs that tell you the estimated time left, the download speed and the transfer rate for every connection, and that offer you the possibility of previewing the file before completion – as long as it is a video file you are downloading, of course.
This “main interface” is actually just one of the two tabs in the true main interface of the program. The other tab is an Internet browser. Do not expect it to give you the same functionality available in your favorite Web browser – it contains the few buttons you actually needed to surf the Web and locate the file you wish to download.
As a bonus – and a very generous one – the program offers you links to some add-ons, some related to the program’s main functionality and some not. Here you can download and install a useful audio extraction tool, which saves the soundtrack of any downloaded video as an MP3 file; or an advanced browsing interface that keeps a detailed download history of your files; or an FTP browser complete with site structure preservation, a password manager, and its own managing tool for single and multiple-file downloads; or a bunch of useful system maintenance utilities, such as a trace cleaner, a file shredder, or an anti-virus tool.
Just a simple reminder – both these add-ons and the program itself are totally free.