DownTango: A Simple To Use, Eye-Candy Download Manager

Download managers always got the upper hand when it comes to downloading internet files. Admit it, a dedicated download software is better than the one that comes packed with your web browser. Almost all the popular downloader managers have got resume functionality, browser integration and optimized use of internet bandwidth (some even boost the download speed). I personally use IDM (Internet Download Manager) for all my downloading needs. Although it’s paid, it’s worth every penny and provides plethora of features and settings. Recently, after reinstalling Windows on one of my friend’s PC, I started looking for a download utility, which he wanted to be less resource hungry and ergonomically friendly. Surfing through the web, I came across DownTango and thought to give it a shot. It’s not only very minimalistic and clutter-free, but also fulfilled my fellow’s wish of being an easy-to-use downloader. DownTango supports almost all the major web browsers, including Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, and automatically grabs their download links. Is it something that might replace your current download manager? Read on to find out.

The application sports a clean interface, which, at most parts, looks shallow. You can only close and minimize its window, as it doesn’t let you resize the interface itself. It automatically integrates itself with your favorite web browser. Whenever a download link is triggered, DownTango displays the Your download was DownTangoed message in the browser window. Files in the download queue are represented by three different colors, for instance, Green means the download process is completed. Red reminiscent files that are currently put on hold, while Yellow means the download is in progress. The application also allows you to look for your desired software using it’s search box at the top, which, in turn, finds results on Google.

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Clicking the Add button at the top left corner lets you manually add a downloadable item. Simply input the package name and the target URL, and click the OK button.

Add Captured Links


Clicking Preferences to the left slides over the settings pane into view. This pane lets you specify the download directory, input download parameters for max speed, max threads per file and max parallel download – as well as toggle other settings, such as Clipboard monitoring, Handle captcha tasks (this option didn’t work for me), Web interface accessible globally, browser integration etc.

DownTango_Preferences

DownTango is not a very feature-rich application, but a handsome replacement of the default web browser download manager. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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  • Chris

    This eye candy application has non-existent support (3 FAQ questions answered). “Web interface available globally” switch fails and points to FAQ to find answers but it’s obviously not there. No other support available. Facebook, Twitter and G+ icons point back to the site and no help button in the app. It’s eye candy and nothing more at this point. There have been other applications with more functionality around that are a better choice.

    • Moe

      Bump! Please help me uninstall this thing off my PC – it has hijacked all my browser default download functionality and refuses to completely uninstall and stop monitoring clipboard and browser downloads! Agh!

      • Waqas

        You can use Geek Uninstaller to completely remove the application from your computer. While, browser integration can be easily disabled from within the Preferences console.

  • KP

    Don’t bother with this software, once you installed it you could never remove it.

  • Stoonroon

    As far as I can tell, DownTango is an infection from Hell. Provides nothing but headaches. The above positive review must be written by its creators, who must simply be sadists.