jDownloads exists in different releases for Joomla 1.5, 2.5 and Joomla 3.1/3.2. So make sure, that you download the correctly version for your Joomla.
Many language files are always included. Many others exists in our download area or on www.transifex.com.
The previously announced complete new jDownloads 2.5/3.2 release is still in work and will be published end 2013. It comes with many new features.
The developer Arno is a very kind person and spends his valuable free time for excellent support over at the support forums, and everything is free. I wish other developers of free extensions would take a lesson from him.
I encourage everyone that likes this extension to donate. It's worth every penny even though it's free.
Thank you Arno :)
You want a download manager? This is the one. Jdownload is non-commercial but i'd be happy to pay.
Great Plugin Guys :D
Loses one star because it failed a bit under the load of many documents, but I was testing the boundaries and it didn't affect the usability of the site.
I will say I do not regret the decision. This component continues to impress as I discover new features.
- Automation feature (this is super cool just upload folders and files through FTP, click back into the component in the joomla backend and it puts everything on your site).
- Has the content plugin features
- Full ACL controls with 1.7
Granted like almost any other component you will need to do your own styling.
I wanted to charge for some downloads and this combined with the also excellent "PayPerDownload" extension met all my needs and more...
If you want features, this extension definitely blows the others out of the water. Most everything seems to work, and the complement of supporting modules and plugins will be enough to satisfy most people. The developer is very active on the forums, and I know he's put a ton of time into it, so kudos to him for that.
However, if it does NOT support a feature you need, or you want to customize something not offered in the backend config pages, you will tear your hair out trying to augment it. I suspect this is because it was originally built for J! 1.0 without any MVC thought. Without proper MVC structuring, there's no way to override -- you'll have to hack one of the 2800-line unorganized PHP files.
The template customization is a great feature and will probably save more inexperienced users lots of time, but for webmasters that are used to using MVC template overrides and keeping your styling in one place (as the Joomla team intends it), it's more harm than help. Templates are stored in the database tables, not files, which means lots of copying and pasting code back and forth into your text editor or IDE (and no version control). And some things are inexplicably hard-coded outside the realm of the template editor, which means you're almost definitely going to have to do some of the aforementioned component file hacking.
If you're not a technical person and are looking for a plug-and-play downloads manager, or are willing to wade through the developer's code to change things, this is probably the one for you. But if you plan on heavy customization, go with an extension that adheres better to good Joomla extension development practice.
thanks for your review.
A complete new version for Joomla 1.6/1.7 is in work and used MVC structure.
first of all - thank you for jdownloads component and your hard work, its a really great download component for the Joomla Community.
feature i like most in jdownloads that you can add all files in database after creating category and upload even thousands of files in newly created category folder on server.... great component for lazy people like me to add one by one file.
jDownloads is a great choice if you want to build a powerful Biggggg.. download site
Some features i really like...
1. Layout Customization
2. Updating the old downloads
3. Front end uploads
4. Great icons
5. Lots of modules for top downloads, latest downloads, updates, etc.,
6. jDownload plugins for other Extensions like Ace SEF, SE404SEF, etc.,
Things which i miss...
1. RSS feed.
Hope in next version there will be RSS support...
The support forum for jDownloads is really great... I got answer for my questions within some hours...
Overall, jDownloads is a great choice if you want to build a powerful download site...
Thanks for giving such great extension for free...