High speed internet access has one flaw. It’s not fast enough. We still wait for files to download.
If file downloading and sharing is part of your Mac day, then you need a tool that speeds up the download from the get go. A Mac app that auto-resumes downloads, handles FTP and SFTP even if you don’t know what it means, loves MobileMe, iDisk, and WebDAV, and does drag and drop.
Not Your Father’s Mac Download App
My first foray into high speed internet was a 14k dial up modem. That was back in the last century when most of us couldn’t spell FTP, and were delighted when anything online worked for more than half an hour at a time.
Today, my high speed DSL connection is faster than most of the bandwidth to all of the state back in the mid-1990s.
The problem? It’s still not fast enough.
So, I’ve accumulated a few tools to help speed the process of uploaded and downloading and sharing files.
Speed Download is exactly what you think it is. A Mac app that speeds up the process of moving files from here to there.
4 Basic Ways To Do Downloads Faster
All internet bandwidth is not created equal. Sometimes the tool matters. Speed Download is a download manager app. Take a look at the basic user interface (click the image for a larger, pop up version).
It looks familiar, right? Library of downloads and a list of all that’s been downloaded in the left column. Right column gives you a list of everything in each segment. And the toolbar is basic, straightforward, and self explanatory.
Click the Plus + icon to create a new download. Set a timed schedule for an upload. Even better, Speed Download does what the best file transfer apps do—split window panes.
Sometimes I have a taste for eye candy and Speed Download delivers with an elegant, must-have split window pane design.
You get to see the file location on your Mac in one window pane, and the remote server location in the other window pane. It’s easy to see your Mac files, and ditto for the remote server. One click moves you backwards or forwards in either pane.
Drag and drop rules but Speed Download can be set to automatically connect your Mac to other servers for file transfers.
The feature set has the basics but also gets crazy.
There’s fast downloads (duh), auto-resume downloads, FTP and SFTP capability, as well as connectivity to MobileMe’s iDisk or any WebDAV server.
Speed Download also downloads YouTube videos, encrypts files to be shared with other users, and has a crazy RSS newsreader integration function. Interestingly, there’s a Lite version that just features the basic download functionality—$5 less than the full on, heavy duty version.
Many Mac FTP apps cost more than Speed Download, so the other features end up being part of the bargain. If you need all the functionality of a profession FTP/SFTP file transfer app, fine. Otherwise, Speed Download makes a good starter app for Mac users venturing into file uploads and downloads.