Originally, P2P was used to distribute large sized files without requiring much bandwidth on the part of any one node. However, because of sharing issues, such as the lack of seeding of torrents, throttling of a node's file sharing ports by an Internet service provider, or lawsuits because of uploading copyrighted material, direct downloads has become a popular and legal alternative among Leechers. There is also an increase in businesses offering gigabytes of free bandwidth and storage space.
However, many users see this as quite unnecessary, because they generally know what they need and do not want to go through the site's mechanics (such as filling out forms over and over) to get said file. Also, there may be bugs in the site's detection or download methods (or both), thus forcing the user to obtain the file directly. Another example is when the site maintainer tries to identify the user's platform, and the user is simply using something other than the target platform to download the file (for example, using a Microsoft Windows system to download a Linux program, where the same program is built and offered for both platforms).
You can get DirectX patches via Windows Update. Select Start > Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates. If there's a newer version of DirectX available, you can download and install it here.
If you download Microsoft's DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer, it installs a number of runtime libraries from the legacy DirectX SDK automatically. You may need these to run some video games that use D3DX9, D3DX10, D3DX11, XAudio 2.7, XInput 1.3, XACT, and/or Managed DirectX 1.1. Installing this package won't modify the DirectX Runtime already installed on your PC.
Download Direct (DLD) was developed to accelerate your downloads (by creating up to 16 simultaneous connections) and let you manage them via one central screen. We wanted to ensure ease of use for the average home user with its simple, clean, great looking interface, while also including features for even the most demanding internet users.
Software that claims to boost the speed of your downloads invariably seems to disappoint, and Download Direct is no exception. The interface is straightforward and the program offers a number of customizable settings, but in our download tests, the application did not meet expectations.
When targeting the manufacturer's Web site, Download Direct performed admirably, pulling down a 3MB file in 22 seconds. But when we tried to download a 41MB MP3, the application slowed to a painful 2.2 KBps, even using the application's fastest setting. We were able to download the same file using Firefox's built-in utility in a few minutes at speeds hovering around 125 KBps. The application does provide a number of helpful options for managing and integrating downloads, although these two do not always work as expected. You can add multiple downloads at once and schedule each one; customize various interface settings, such as window position and dialog display; and choose a default download folder as well as make a list of favorite folders. The integration with the Windows Clipboard works well, with Clipboard contents automatically populating the target URL for new downloads. The browser integration works less well. Clicking on a test link for the maker's Web site sent the download command to Download Direct, but the same failed to occur with links on other sites.
Overall, we found Download Direct to be unstable as well. Running more than one download at a time consistently caused the program to crash. Users looking for a reliable download management tool would do better elsewhere.
JFrog's support for cloud storage provides all the benefits of massive scalability and allows your binary storage to grow, effectively, to any scale required and accommodate binaries of any size. The JFrog Platform can be further optimized for the download of large binaries, such as Docker images, from cloud storage, by delegating its function as a registry so it responds to download requests with a link through which the requesting client can download the binary directly from the corresponding cloud storage.
When a repository is configured to redirect downloads, a client requesting Artifactory for an artifact hosted in that repository receives an HTTP 302 response together with a Location header that contains a signed URL to the cloud storage location for direct download. The client can then use that signed URL to download the binary directly from cloud storage without it having to go through Artifactory first.
JFrog Artifactory officially supports direct cloud storage downloads for local repositories of the following type: Generic, Helm, Docker, Maven, RPM, Npm, Debian (supported from Client version 9), PyPI, Bower, CRAN, Composer, Conan, Gradle, Vagrant, and Git LFS.
Artifactory can be configured to redirect requests for direct download at the level of repositories (there is no global configuration to automatically redirect all requests). This allows you to support both clients that support download redirect responses (HTTP 302) as well as those that do not. Download redirection is supported for all repository types - local, remote, virtual, and generic repositories. For local and remote repositories configured for redirection, all requests are redirected. For virtual repositories, it depends which aggregated local or remote repository ultimately provides the requested artifact. If that repository is configured for redirection, then the requesting client will receive the corresponding redirection response, otherwise, Artifactory will fetch the requested artifact and provide it to the client as usual without redirection.
Artifactory can only redirect requests for direct cloud storage download if the requested artifact is available locally. For local repositories, this is the natural state, however, for remote repositories, you have the option to configure the repository NOT to cache artifacts locally by deselecting the Store Artifacts Locally checkbox in the Advanced tab of the repository configuration (or by setting storeArtifactsLocally=false when creating or updating the repository using REST API). Therefore, for remote repositories, you need to ensure that the repository is configured to store artifacts locally (i.e., Store Artifacts Locally checkbox is checked, or storeArtifactsLocally=true). Failing to do so will generate an error.
From Artifactory release 7.55, the checkbox option Enable CDN Download has been replaced by Enable Redirect Download. This change enables directing download requests to this repository to download the artifact directly from a Cloud Storage Provider or PDN Node. When set, download requests to this repository will direct the client to download the artifact directly from the cloud storage provider or PDN Node. For more information, see Configure PDN Auto Redirect.
One of the benefits of the direct cloud storage downloads feature is that it reduces the load on Artifactory registries when multiple download requests for large artifacts must be served simultaneously. This benefit is implemented when the artifacts being downloaded are indeed large. To fine-tune this feature, set the minimal artifact size for which a download request may be redirected for direct cloud storage download using the Minimum Direct Cloud Storage Download Size parameter (the default for self-hosted customers is 1 MB).
When direct cloud storage downloads are enabled, it means that artifacts requested will actually be served from the S3 or CloudFront domains rather than from Artifactory's domain. Since these domains are constant in the signed URLs Artifactory provides, you should add them to your organization's firewall to enable smooth and unhindered downloads. The domains you should add are: 041b061a72