JDownloader 2 is a new version of the popular cross-platform, Java-based download application supporting thousands of Internet sites.
The new version of the program is already listed for download on the official website, but the changelog has not been updated yet to reflect the changes of the new JDownloader version.
Note: JDownloader 2's main installer ships with third-party offers. You can avoid those by using clean installers instead which you find listed on the official forum. If you download the official installer, your anti-virus solution may flag it as malicious or problematic because of the integrated adware in the installer. Also, JDownloader 2 requires Java but it appears to ship with a version so that Java does not have to be installed on the device to use the application.
JDownloader 2 has been designed to make the downloading of files from the Internet easier. The program supports file hosting services and other sites, premium accounts, a link grabber that monitors the clipboard of the device for links, extensions that add more functionality such as archive extraction or download scheduling, and even automatic captcha solving.
JDownloader 2 ships with a list of important changes including better plugin update handling, an improved user interface and improved performance.
As far as plugin handling is concerned, it is happening in the background now and should be more reliable than before.
JDownloader uses plugins to add download support for various services. The newest version of the download program ships with support for 3248 websites including many file hosting services but also media hosting sites and others.
Plugins may need to be updated frequently if websites and services change download processes.
Another new feature of JDownloader is the new My JDownloader remote interface that you can enable.
It enables you to control downloads via web interface after you register an account at the site. Also, you will get access to mobile applications that you can download after signing in to the account on the official site.
Existing JDownloader users may know the remote interface already as it has been revealed years ago by the team.
You can check out the official bug tracker for a full rundown on the changes and improvements that went into JDownloader 2.
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