Sun Download Manager 2.0 Goes Live!
By Gary Zellerbach on Dec 08, 2006
SDM 2.0 puts our customers in charge of their download experience with the click of a button.
I am really pleased to announce the release yesterday (December 7, 2006) of Sun Download Manager 2.0 (SDM) in conjunction with major enhancements to the Sun Download Center (SDLC). Together they mark a milestone in the Sun download experience. For the first time, customers can easily download, install, and run SDM without ever leaving the download page for the products they desire. This is accomplished by integrating SDM directly into the SDLC, using Sun's Java Web Start (JaWS) technology. Users simply check the boxes next to the files they want, click the bright orange button to download with SDM (you can't miss it!), and JaWS takes over. It automatically downloads SDM, installs it, and starts it up with the selected files already loaded into SDM and ready to download.
Here's a picture of the enhanced SDLC download page:
SDM offers many features and benefits. A few highlights include:
- Pause and resume downloads, plus recover from dropped connections without having to start over.
- Built-in, patent-pending verification technology ensures the integrity of downloaded files.
- Saves time and bandwidth for Sun and our customers; conserving bandwidth saves money for all.
- Greatly increases the download success rate. Greater customer success means higher customer satisfaction, more adoption of Sun's software, and all the corresponding benefits that entails.
Additionally, SDM 2
features a complete redesign, sporting a clean new look and feel that's
more in sync with the rest of sun.com. There's even a small,
unobtrusive banner ad
window, the first application (i.e. not a web page) to leverage Sun's
ad server to deliver dynamic, timely promotions and offers to
customers' desktops. Of course SDM remains a completely free product
with no spyware or malware whatsoever.
Here's the new UI:
It would be great if you would give it a try and let us know what you think by leaving me your comments. Frankly, we're pushing into new territory with this creative use of JaWS, and just our testing alone on a zillion different browser/platform/Java version combinations was an amazing challenge. That's no replacement for the "real world," however, which is why it's so important we get your feedback. While SDM 2 remains available as a "stand alone" application (with installer), the biggest change is the way we've integrated it dynamically into SDLC. The way to test that is to simply pick your product on the SDLC, select the files you want to download, and push the big orange button!
Please note SDM is a 100% Java application and runs on virtually any modern operating system with a Java Runtime Environment v1.4.2 or higher (though the latest version really does work best). If you are running a lower version of JRE, your SDLC web page will look like the "old" version, and you will not be offered the integrated SDM.
This release was a true cross-functional effort -- many thanks to the teams that made it happen: CWP Product Marketing, Download Engineering, Web Operations, and SDLC IT.