I usually don't have any need for download managers on my Mac. Whenever I download software, the download is usually done quickly. The number of my downloads is also not so high that I would need a tool here that somehow sorts all the files. Nevertheless, I just got the nice download manager Folx from Eltima Software saved the day.
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Aborting downloads due to HTTP authentication
Yesterday I bought the full version of the writing program Papyrus Author and received the link to download it today. Unfortunately, the download process kept aborting. The reason was probably that in order to load the software you first have to log into an area with HTTP protection with your access data and this throws you out if you exceed a certain time.
I had tried it several times with Firefox and Chrome, but despite my Telekom LTE Flat, the download only ran at 0,1 MB / s, became steadily slower and then finally stopped each time.
Folx continues downloading canceled downloads
At some point I thought that there are so-called download managers that continue to load downloads that have started. While looking for such a program, I came across Folx, which of course also includes this feature.
Unfortunately, it did not help me in my case, as every download from the provider's server arrived as a new file and an interrupted download could not be resumed.
All good things come in threes
After the third attempt, in which I also entered my login for the HTTP protection of the download page, the download ran through to the end and I was finally able to use the program I had bought 24 hours beforehand.
Browser plugins integrate Folx in Safari, Firefox, Opera and Chrome
A very pleasant thing about Folx is that you can use the software to install suitable browser plugins for your favorite browser. As a result, downloads will be transferred directly to Folx in the future and processed there. Being able to work with two threads also tends to speed up the downloads and finish them faster.
Thanks to Folx!
Incidentally, the premium version “Folx Pro” has a few more features ready, which I didn’t need and tried out:
- Set the date and time of the download
- iTunes integration
- Remembering login data for authentication during downloads
- Loading videos
- Split downloads into up to 20 individual threads
- Using the torrent client
If you are interested in Folx, take a look at the Developer side past. in the Firefox addon directory Folx has long been number one in the "Downloader" sector. That speaks to the fact that not too much is going wrong here.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.