Provides: Internet download enhancements
Format: Download and CD
Developer: Eltima Software
System Requirements: OS X 10.4 or higher
Review Computer: Mac OS v10.5.8; dual 533 MHz PowerPC G4, 1.5 GB RAM; 128 MB video RAM
Processor Compatibility: Intel or PowerPC
Availability: Out now
Demo: 14.2MB .dmg
Folx organizes and enhances downloading over HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, torrent, and RSS feeds by working with every browser and integrating with iTunes. Folx comes in free and $19.95 pro versions, allowing you determine if it works for your needs. If you find yourself wanting access to the pro features, it’s easy to upgrade.
To use Folx, you simply click on a web hyperlink as normal; the software automatically detects it’s a download and launches the above window. Here, you can apply as many labels as you want, pick where you’ll save the file, change the file’s name, split the download into threads (which can dramatically reduce the time needed to download), and determine when the download should start. Once the settings are to your specifications, click the “Add new task” button and Folx takes care of the rest.
There are many features that make using Folx Pro much better than downloading using a browser. One of the best is the ability to reduce the download speed if it detects network activity. Instead of having to pause the download or not use the Internet while downloading, Folx Pro takes care of reducing the speed automatically. Even if you have a high-speed connection, you don’t want your downloads to take up all of the available bandwidth if you want to do other things on the Internet. This feature is only available in the pro version.
You can also schedule when the downloads should start and stop in the pro version, which is helpful if you have limited bandwidth and would rather download when you’re asleep. You can’t pick a specific day of the month, but only what day of the week and time the downloads should start. After they’re done, you have the options of shutting down your Mac, putting it to sleep, or just quitting Folx Pro.
Labels make it easy to organize your downloads, and they can be applied automatically depending on what type of file you’re downloading. You can add as many labels as you’d like, give a custom icon and color label, and choose what kinds of files should have that label. You can make filters based on name, comment, URL, referrer, size, and kind. For example, one label could be applied automatically to all PDF files, another could be applied to all downloads over 100MB in size, or you can organize your downloads by where you get them. This organization extends to where the files are saved in the Finder, which makes it easy to find what you’ve downloaded.
Folx Pro also handles torrents, which is a way to download files from people and upload them to other people at the same time. You get access to the same features as any other download, with the added ability to control how fast you download and upload. You can share files by creating and sharing your own torrents which people use to download the file from your computer. This is good if you want to give someone a file that’s too big for email without having to upload it somewhere.
In addition, there’s a built-in torrent tracker which gives you access to some of the most popular torrent search engines. It even shows how many people are uploading the files so you can get the fastest download possible. You can add your own torrent trackers and delete any that you don’t want to use.
You can download torrents in the free version, but if you want to get access to the tracker you’ll need to upgrade to the pro version.
Folx Pro also acts as an RSS reader with the added benefit of being able to automatically download files from RSS feeds. You get a lot of control over what each RSS feed will download, including torrent files (although the connected file won’t be downloaded automatically) and a sophisticated filter that enables you to download only the files you want.
However, Folx Pro will only download attachments and not pictures or video that might be embedded in the feed. You can save them manually by dragging and dropping to the Finder, but there isn’t a way to automate it, which makes it a bit less useful. You can download these files manually in the free version, but if you want to do it automatically you’ll need the pro version.
If you download music and video, you’ll probably end up adding them to iTunes, and Folx Pro can do that automatically for you. Once you enable iTunes integration with a label, Folx Pro will transfer everything you download with that label to iTunes and will create playlists with these labels as necessary. It’s not difficult to do this manually, but removing the need to do simple but time consuming tasks is what makes good software great. Again, this is only available in the pro version.
If you download content frequently, you owe it to yourself to get Folx. It’s made downloading with multiple browsers much easier, and having labels organizing everything is much better than everything going into one unorganized folder. I haven’t found any other software that does everything Folx does so well, and best of all, you can test the free version with no strings attached.
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