We all download something at least once a day. Whether it is a 15KB Word document we receive by email, 2.5MB software we download from sites like download.com, a 60MB music album we download from iTunes, or a 10MB video we download from YouTube.
And we all have our download habits. Some like to download things as they see them, some prefer to gather all their downloads to a certain time of day, and some may prefer to download heavy files late at night. There are endless patterns. Whether you download all day long or just occasionally, you too have your preferences. Well, it’s time to let DAP know! Here are some examples of how you can set DAP to best suit your download habits.
Pause, Resume and Schedule Downloads
DAP gives you the flexibility to download your files immediately or schedule them to download at a later time. To download files immediately, just click on any download link or click the Add button on DAP’s main window. The DAP download window automatically opens and all you have to do is click Save to start downloading the file.
Pause and Resume
If you change your mind and prefer to download the file later, click the arrow next to the Save button and choose Download later. You can also change your mind while download is already in progress by clicking the Cancel button on the download window.
In both cases, the file is then added to your list of paused downloads, and can be resumed from the exact same point whenever you wish. You can choose to resume all your paused downloads or just one by selecting the file and clicking the Resume or Resume All buttons at the top of DAP’s main window.
If you are one of those people who like to download your files at regular times or have a specific file that you wish to download at a certain time, DAP Scheduler is the way to go.
To add a file to the list of scheduled downloads, click on any download link or click the Add button on DAP’s main window. On the window that appears, click the arrow next to the Save button and choose Schedule. You can also add any paused download to your list of scheduled downloads by right clicking on the file name in DAP’s main window and choosing Scheduled Download.
Next, you need to set your DAP scheduler preferences. To do so, click Tools on DAP’s main window, choose Options and then select Scheduler from the menu on the left. You can set DAP scheduler to start downloading the current list at a certain time (one-time schedule). Or, you can set your scheduler to work on a regular basis at specific days and times (for example, every day at 9am). You can even set your computer to disconnect or shut down once your scheduled downloads are done.
Some of you might like the drag-n’-drop way of downloading files. In that case, you should enable the DAP download basket. The download basket floats on your screen, so you can just drag the files you wish to download into the basket. No need to open DAP, no need to copy and paste URLs. All it takes is just drag-n’-drop and you get all the benefits of Download Accelerator Plus. You can also adjust how prominent the basket looks on your screen.
To enable/disable the Download basket click Tools and then choose Download basket.
Those of you who like to immediately download things as soon as they find them, may want to adjust DAP’s simultaneous downloads settings. Although DAP lets you simultaneously download any numbers of files, you should know that downloading too many files at once affects the download speed. This doesn’t mean that you need to change your habits in order to enjoy DAP’s ultimate accelerated download speed. You can just set the maximum number of simultaneous downloads. Once DAP reaches this number, it adds any additional download to the download queue and then downloads one file after the other. Once you limit the number of simultaneous downloads, you can continue downloading things as you see them while DAP manages your downloads for you and ensures that you get the best possible speed.
To define the number of simultaneous downloads click Tools on DAP’s main window, choose Options and then select Connection from the menu on the left. In the Max simultaneous downloads section, select the maximum number of files you wish to be downloaded at once.
There’s no right or wrong way to download, but we all have our downloading preferences. So let DAP know your download habits and make the most of your download manager!