There are a couple of reasons why I've stayed with DAP over the years and I'll get to them in a moment.
As far as FDM
is concerned, I've used it and liked it. It's free and open-source, which is always a great combo. But to boot, it has a TON of features...all free. I could list them all, but it's done in a pretty way here
. The major difference between DAP and FDM in that aspect is that FDM gives you a lot more, such as being able to download content from video sites which support it, like YouTube, or organizing/scheduling downloads. You'd have to upgrade to DAP Premium to have all those nifty features.
Now you might be saying "I thought you liked DAP better!?!" For me, the features I just listed are things I will never, ever use. I don't download too much, besides an occasional song/video and or game demo. So, these features are wasted on me. Simply put, I used DAP first years ago and I like how it integrates into pretty much every major browser out there. I've used it with Firefox, Waterfox [64-bit Firefox], Chrome, 32 and 64-bit Internet Explorer and Opera. Just as a note: in my virtual machines, I run Safari, too, and as of this writing, there is no DAP plug-in for it.
What's very important to me is that DAP simply works
. I've never had an issue with installing, updating or maintaining it. That's a biggie for me, since I test a lot of software. It irks me when a program installs itself in a weird place and has multiple items strewn around my computer. The only caveat for DAP is that it is
a smidge sneaky about how it installs with boxed prechecked to, say, change your default search engine to DAP Search, etc. Simply uncheck them and you're good to go. It installs to the exact folder you create for it, nothing more/nothing less. These minor things aside, it has served me well over the years and I always recommend it to friends, family.
Hope that helps.
Edited by MZAdotcom, 17 January 2013 - 01:40 AM.