There is no dearth of feature packed download managers on Windows. Be it standalone software like Free/Internet Download Manager or browser extensions like FlashGot and DownThemAll!. However there are times, when you just long for a simple, no frills download manager. DownTango certainly fills this void quite nicely.
Download: DownTango [13.5 MB]
DownTango works on Windows XP and above
DownTango strikes a perfect balance between reducing clutter and packing in the features required for any download manager.
- Browser Integration with Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox
- Multi downloads with support for threads for each download.
- Direct CAPTCHA input integration for file hosting sites.
- Supports bandwidth control.
- Clipboard monitoring
- Very simple and easy to use.
The interface of DownTango is extremely simple and intuitive. You are presented a plain single window when you open DownTango and that is essentially it’s UI explained in a nutshell. The mundane features like download pausing and removal are just present and done neatly.
The preferences available to the user is what sets DownTango apart from a browser’s stock downloader. For starters you can limit the maximum number simultaneous downloads. But the ability to control the number of threads per file is an added bonus. You can also restrict the download speed to save your bandwidth for browsing while you download.
While the downloader stresses a lot on usability, the inclusion of all features which a user would expect from a download manager, like autostart, clipboard monitoring and browser integration is really appreciable.
A couple of features which deserve a special mention. There is web interface access, for managing your downloads remotely. Also present is automated handling of Captcha for downloading via file hosting sites.
I was actually pretty impressed with the simplistic UI pulled off by the developers, but the program still appears to be in early developmental stages (although it is not mentioned). Browser integration leaves a lot to be desired and works well only with Firefox at the moment. Clipboard monitoring works well. The captcha handling feature sadly works very randomly and is pretty unreliable. The Web interface accessibility is broken for some users at the moment as well. I hope future updates will be taking care of the glaring bugs.
Having said that, the browser achieves its goal of simplicity quite well. Given the shoddy interfaces of all the popular download managers for Windows, DownTango will be certainly a relief to those who need a simple download manager. At the moment I would recommend you to use it with Firefox though.