Technologies develop so quickly that things that were legendary few years ago become ordinary today. All popular browsers have great download managers and downloading of large files is not a problem anymore. The problem is in us now: we are not prepared for working with large files and bulk downloads or work without download managers. Here you will find ways how to enhance the download possibilities of your system and how to improve the download speed.
JDownloader is a Java platform download manager that can be used in Windows, Linux or any other Java-enabled OS. You can also use it with Mac OS X. Unlimited multithreaded and scheduled downloads and more than 100 premium file sharing sites support makes this downloader really beneficial. There are several plug-ins that can improve the performance of JDownloader: unarchiving FlashGot and web interface Growl, for example.
DownThemAll! (Add-on for the Firefox) will force you to use Firefox for the downloads instead of your usual browser, especially when it comes to downloading large batches of files. Just scrape the media you want to download in one window where you can add download links and manage the speed of download. It enables multi-threat downloads and you decide how many threats will be.
Folx Download Manager has a free version that is extremely popular among Mac OS X users. Of course, some features of the Pro version are not available here, like torrent search or RSS support, however, remaining features are really helpful. This manager catches links from Opera, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome and is considered to be one of the most efficient free tools for Mac OS X. You can categorize downloads of Folx with help of tags and smart groups. Free version proposes two threads (you get ten with Pro version) with manageable speed.