Leech

Version: 2.2 || Release Date: 2013-10-18 || License: Shareware ($14) Developer: Many Tricks | App Owner: markpasc

Lightweight Download Manager

Leech gives you complete control over your downloads. You can queue, pause and resume downloads, download from password-protected servers and store your passwords in your system-wide, secure keychain. And you won't have to worry about downloads that were disrupted by a crashing browser ever again.

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3 Opinions

Update: Their website is finally back, but the online purchasing link isn't up again yet.

Aside from its simplicity and integration with Mozilla browsers (via the popular FlashGot extension, versus a flaky proprietary one), I like that it will let you share the same license across two Macs you own, such as a "main" Mac & a "satellite" laptop you use infrequently--both Speed Download and iGetter would close themselves if opened on a second Mac as of several years ago, which is why I originally switched to Leech. Leech hasn't given me any problems under Snow Leopard, but the website (& company) itself seems to have disappeared off of the face of the earth, so it looks like new/unregistered users are out of luck.

(Version 1.1.4 Review)

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Leech is a great little app – It's lightweight, fast, stable, and most importantly it just works.

I've repeatedly tried other download managers in the past (Speed download, iGetter, Download Wizard, etc.) and I always found myself uninstalling them because their 'cons' far outweighed any 'pros'. They were everything I didn't want in a download manager: overly complex, clunky, intrusive, required excess system resources, and they were unstable to the point that it even caused other applications to crash.

Pros:
- Lightweight & fast
- Stable
- Automatically integrates with Safari/Firefox's cookies, authenticated sessions, and stored passwords. In other words, downloading files from a website that you're a member of (i.e. a premium RapidShare account) automatically works without you having to mess around with setting up or configuring any tedious rules.
- Plenty of user controllable features & settings (i.e. automatically resize download window, private downloading, user definable rules, etc.)
- It just works.

Cons:
- Doesn't seem to properly work on a couple sites.
- Could use a few more features.

Suggestions:
- It'd be nice if Leech would preserve the "Where from:" URL like Safari does when you download a file. (You can view it in the Finder's "Get Info" window under the "More Info:" tab.)
- Leech (or any download manager for that matter) can always be optimized even further. It'd be great if Leech honed in on maximizing your download speed.

Conclusion:
If you download files on a regular basis (whether it's apps, music, movies, or anything else) I highly recommend you give Leech a try!

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