We do a lot of downloading at Softonic, so obviously a decent download manager is essential. Folx for Mac is a free download manager and download accelerator that's suitable for all download needs from simple files to torrents.
Folx download manager for Mac can handle any file size and will download via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. It supports auto-resuming and most importantly, offers high-speed downloads thanks to 'multi-threading', which seeks more than one source for a file. Perhaps what marks Folx out from the crowd is that it allows you to manage torrents, making it more than just your average downloader.
In this basic version, you can send torrents to Folx although if you upgrade to Pro, you can even search for torrents within Folx itself. Also in the Pro version, to prevent downloads slowing-down your connection, there´s also a handy 'Auto Speed' feature which allocates internet traffic more evenly. This is something sorely lacking from most downloaders and would have been interesting to try but unfortunately it's only available if you upgrade.
There are enough features in the basic version to keep you more than satisfied, however. You can schedule downloads for a specific time, resume them at any time and it even allows you to add tags to downloads for better organization. However, for all the claims about speed enhancements, I didn't notice Folx being significantly faster than my standard download manager. Also, without the bandwidth control feature in the Pro version either, it can tend to hog your bandwidth too. Overall, Folx does feel a bit bloated and overwhelming for a download manager and is probably aimed at 'power' downloaders who need maximum control and visibility over that they're downloading.
However, if you've found that your download manager is lacking in features or badly organized, Folx for Mac may well impress you.
- Improved: overall application stability
- Fixed: application hanging when scrolling in Folx
- Fixed: several cases of application crash