I absolutely love benchmarking. I love it because I know that after I'm done, I will have optimised the efficiency of said task, thus saving my time in the future and extending my life expectancy :) Using this instructable I hope to save some precious time out of your lives, just as various other instructables have done for me.
My pass / fail requirements that I came up with off the top of my head were simple: (a) Program must support free rapidshare users, (b) Must be capable of standalone operation (i.e. no install necessary so I can use it at work :), (c) Should be able to accept a .txt file of rapidshare links or monitor the clipboard',(d) Be stable / reliable,(e) Be free to use / donationware.
I reviewed about a half a dozen "free" Rapidshare downloaders. Long story short, after 4 days of testing and almost loosing patience, I ended up with a little jewel of a downloader that goes by the name of FreeRapid Downloader
, Current version is FreeRapid Downloader 0.81, released on 16th January 2009.
(update) In the interest of fairness, these are the rejected RS DLers:Other programs rejected and why: RapGet:
seemed ok at first, then reported errors on every connection attempt jDownloader:
Worked for a bit then would freeze. Couldnt get it to start again. Restarting program would cause it to loose all of the links!Rapidown:
Needs too much tweaking. Used router reconnect method to refresh your IP and get another patch. Other torrent downloads suffered, as well as common browsing.Rapidshare freeuser multiple file downloader
Avast gave trojan warning. Didnt risk it.Rapidshare Direct Downloader
: Also uses router reset method. I dont like this approach at all and I certainly dont mind a program waiting for 15 minutes to donwload the next RapidShare file! So why go through the trouble?Rapidshare Leecher
: Just sucks. Frustrating. Lost links, kept trying to download multiple RapidShare files. Made my computer bluescreen - first time in... maybe a year! REJECTED!
Next we briefly go over the installation procedure for FreeRapid 0.81 >>