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Download Assistant

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Type of Program: Download Management
Supported Platform: Windows 95/98/NT
Company Name: iolo Technologies
Version: 1.3
Price: free to try/$34.95
Installed size: 900K

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There are lots of downloader programs that can help you slug down a handful of files off the Internet and into the belly of your machine, sort of like a beer chugging contest. Download Assistant is more of a file management system, and if you're looking for a way to clean up your downloading act, you'll love this program.

Whether you download a little or a lot, Download Assistant makes it effortless to organize every incoming file as downloading occurs, working alongside your browser (either Netscape 2+ or Internet Explorer 3+) so there's no new behavior to figure out. No more cutting and pasting URLs either. Once you've set up the Download Assistant options to match your browser and personal preferences, downloads are a simple point-and-click process.

What sets this program apart is how neatly (and painlessly) it organizes each and every downloaded file -- plus any other file on your machine! Download Assistant can partition into unlimited Sections and Folders, with the look and feel of Outlook Express -- offering very intuitive retrieval, file tracking, even report generation. All from within the program, Download Assistant allows virus scanning; can attach notes and descriptive information you wish to accompany each file; automatically records where you got each file; and tracks dates of download, when a file was scanned and when/if the file's been opened.

You can have Download Assistant remind you, on a per file basis, if a file hasn't been handled within a specified time period after download. So you never have to worry about losing track of where something went -- or if you remembered to install it! (This is especially true for things like driver updates or program patches.)

Then, with drag-n-drop ease, you can import any file(s) on your system into folders managed by Download Assistant, and thereby add instant information tracking and note-keeping abilities for non-downloads too. It's extremely useful if you want to categorize and track groups of files stored on your drive -- like sound files, fonts, drivers, images, documents, games, as so forth.

I've used lots of downloaders I learned to like (that is, you like 'em after you learn 'em). But Download Assistant is instantly likeable, since if you've used your browser, your email program, and Windows explorer, you already know how to use this program. Absolutely no frustration. Keep in mind, it isn't designed for re-getting broken downloads, but for organizing the ones you bring in. It's free to try, fully functional, for 30 days. Support is offered to registered users, and program updates (usually free) are posted at the product web site, when available, at http://www.iolo.com/upgrade/

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Reviewed by Bobbie Crowell rjaye@mail.inforum.net
ICQ # 9407183


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