April 25, 2016 in Utility (E)
[prMac.com] Bellevue, Washington - Independent developer, Chris Li is today pleased to announce the release of Maxel 2.0.2, an important update to his download accelerator app for Mac OS X. Maxel offers the ability to accelerate file downloads by using up to 100 simultaneous connections to carry the transfer load. The app offers users drag-and-drop convenience, as well as a built-in web browser, and also offers integration with popular web browsers.
Maxel allows users to add files to its download queue via drag-and-drop a link, or via web snippets directly from a web browser. Maxel then intelligently extracts the download link, and automatically begins downloading the file. Users can also make use of Maxel's convenient and speedy downloading abilities via its handy browser extensions, which work with Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. The extension allows users to add files to the Maxel queue from directly within the browser, by simply right-clicking and adding them to the queue. Maxel's browser extensions can also detect any download filesize over a user-configurable size limit, and automatically send the downloads to Maxel for acceleration.
"Downloading a file is much like moving shelves of books from one library to another library across town," says Maxel's developer Chris Li. "Let's say you have 100 bookshelves to move. If you only have one moving van, and it can only carry 5 shelves at a time, it will take you 20 round trips to move all of the bookshelves. However, if you find 9 friends that also have similar moving vans to help you, it will only take as little as 2 round trips to move the shelves! Downloading a file with Maxel is a lot like getting a bunch of friends to help you move, except Maxel's movers love moving, and won't make you pay for gas and pizza afterwards!"
* 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
A feature many users are sure to find convenient is Maxel's built-in web browser. Some download accelerators might struggle with downloading files that are protected with custom login pages, such as those stored on cloud backup sites. But when a user attempts to open a webpage to download a file from behind a login wall using Maxel, it automatically detects this, and returns the proper webpage that allows the user to enter their login credentials. Once logged in, Maxell closes the browser automatically, and begins the download.
"I try to keep in touch with the Maxel user community on GitHub, and use their suggestions to keep Maxel updated and better with every new version," shares Chris. "In version 2.0, I added a number of new features, including a 'quicklook' at the progress of files that are currently being downloaded, as well as showing the speed and completion stats for downloads right on the dock icon." Chris also carefully monitors bug reports from users, making sure he can quickly squash bugs, such as the fix in version 2.0.2 that fixes an issue that crashed the app when the scheduler reloaded a file that was filtered out of the current view.
* OS X 10.10 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 5.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Maxel 2.0.2 is only $7.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies), and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. A free demo version is available for download from the Maxel website that will accelerate only one download at a time. Review codes are available upon request.
Based in Bellevue, Washington, Chris Li is an independent developer who works in his spare time on developing apps for Mac OS X. Chris first began developing apps in 2011, when he was searching for a download accelerator that was native and polished for Mac OS X and was unsatisfied with the alternatives, which either had awkward interfaces or didn't actually accelerate downloads. Chris decided the best person to create what he wanted was himself, and he began developing apps. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2016 Chris Li. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.