Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98 / Windows 95
This is a feature-rich download manager that can handle anything from Flash videos to torrents. Users can choose between scheduling downloads or grabbing them in real-time, and this utility does a great job of allocating bandwidth. It is not the newest download utility on the market, and the interface is rather old and hard to follow. Many browsers are now supporting file downloading on their own, but this particular tool offers more bells and whistles which gives users more control.
It has a drag-and-drop interface, and users need to manually copy and paste links into the download box. This is very different from newer utilities which provide automatic link detection and download management with the click of a button. The advantages to using the Power Video Downloader include a site manager and explorer tool that identifies download links even if they are not displayed on a particular web page. There is also an upload utility that makes it easy to transfer files from your hard drive to a website at the click of a button.
The software also includes a video player and a download resume feature. This is perfect for continuing downloads after an interruption in service. They also have tools that will try to repair broken download links.
This tool does not offer much more from what is commonly found in other utilities, but it does have a stable platform as well as a solid user interface. Users will find that it takes some time to get used to all of the buttons, and their purpose and function is not clearly visible at first glance.
There are no pop-up advertisements or other annoyances and installation is very simple to accomplish. This tool is perfect for anyone who wants a full service download manager, and it really is a stable utility despite its dated and unattractive menu.