If you’re not happy with the speed of file downloads on your Mac, you might want to take a look at Maxel, the download accelerator for Mac OS X, developed by indie developer Chris Li.
Maxel offers drag-and-drop downloading of files directly from your favorite web browser, it also offers its own built-in web browser and browser extensions that work with all popular web browsers.
Users can add a file download to Maxel’s queue by dragging and dropping a link, or via web snippets form a bowser. A convenient browser extension allows Safari, Chrome, and Firefox users to add files to the Maxel queue directly from within the browser with a simple right-click of the mouse button.
Maxel Features Include:
- Speeds up most downloads by splitting a file into up to 100 segments
- Offers the ability to resume most downloads, even if your Mac has restarted
- Automatically retries any stalled downloads
- Manages your download queue for you
- Drag & drop selections from a webpage into Maxel, and it automatically download any links found within
- Initiates downloads from within popular Safari, Chrome, or Firefox web browsers
- Maxel’s built-in browser allows users to login into file sharing websites to download password protected files
- Computes MD5/SHA1 hashes of files to detect possible corruption
- Uses SSH public key authentication for SFTP file transfers
- Offers a convenient API for adding downloads in scripts
- Supports HTTP, HTTPS, & SFTP protocols