Released in 2003 and formally known as Azureus, Vuze is a free BitTorrent client available over the internet that gives the user the ability to download and upload content to others, whether original or copyrighted. I've now being using this program for over 3 years and is effectively the only peer-to-peer software I use.
Ease of Use
Vuze combines a unique interface with easy mobility around the program, allowing the user to easily change and alter anything they need to. It is possible to change the ports that the program uses to download files, helping the user to circumvent any port-blocking by their Internet Service Provider. You may find that, depending on your ISP, you have to change the port slightly every so often to maintain the best download speeds.
Vuze also uses a simple method of searching, with handy aesthetic features to highlight the strength and popularity of a file via colour coding. For those who aren't familiar with the differences seeders and leechers make, this simple yet effective guide is invaluable and helps to speed up the searching and downloading process. The program can also show a range of different columns such as progress, number of seeds and download speed, providing the user with plenty of information to help them understand what they are downloading and when. Thankfully Vuze can be set so you are not overloaded with information and you can select as many or as few columns to be shown as you want.
The software itself is completely legal and can be used to download a vast database of legally accessible files, from videos and movies to music and e-books. However, if you want Vuze then I doubt you want it for the B-movies available. I'm sure you'd want it for the "slightly" illegal files that are uploaded by others. Though Vuze can be used to download these files they hold no liability for doing so, making you liable for what you download. If this doesn't bother you then Vuze is fantastic for downloading pretty much anything and everything you could ever want, from Hollywood blockbusters to the latest games and software. Please be careful if you do download illegal files that either it's not against the law where you are or that you aren't going to be caught if you do!
Another of Vuze's features that will interest a lot of people is its ability to convert any video or movie file into a format suited for a wide variety of devices, such as a PS3, Xbox 360, iPod and iPhone. This process is so simple and works so well that it makes Vuze an invaluable tool if you watch or even own any of the afore mentioned devices and more. Though this could be done by a separate program, the ability to download a file, convert it and transfer it all in one program is a nice little extra.
As a peer-to-peer torrent client, Vuze is almost peerless. Its closest competitor, uTorrent, may be smaller in size to have installed but with modern day hard drives often exceeding 150 GBs that really shouldn't be a problem. And for the additional size you do get a more aesthetic interface that is easy and quick to use and includes several features not found with uTorrent. Personally Vuze has never failed me and has always had everything I need without fail. For serious users or casual users, I cannot understate how much of a benefit Vuze would be and highly recommend it to anyone.
---What is Azureus?---
Vuze (Formerly known as Azureus) is a BitTorrent client that enables users to download content from various different locations. It uses a system called Peer-to-Peer networking (also abbreviated to p2p) in order to do so. This is a principle whereby data is downloaded directly from somebody else's computer; instead of from a host website. Further to this, it opens a specific file type: the .torrent file. A torrent is a file that is only around 30kb small, but sets up a link between your computer and that of the person from who you are downloading the file. BitTorrent clients are unlike other software such as LimeWire because they support torrent files. Torrent files also mean that data is downloaded in a random order, instead of downloading from beginning to end - meaning that torrent downloads are considerably quicker and take up less memory on your computer.
Leecher - Someone who is downloading the file
Seeder - Someone who is uploading the file
Download Speed - Speed at which you are downloading file (depends on your connection)
Upload Speed - Speed at which you are uploading the file
ETA - How long the file will take to download.
Vuze is much more attractive than its rival uTorrent; however, it also takes up more space. At 23 Mb, it is almost 100 times larger than uTorrent. That said, it also includes other features that its counterpart lacks. For example it has a media browser that helps you search for legal torrents such as movie trailers or copyright-free books. Vuze comes in a glossy black design, and is relatively easy to use. The tabs included are:
Dashboard - a simplified view of your downloads, as well as some featured content from the browser
On Vuze - the main content browser
Library - where all your downloads are stored
Publish - allows you to upload files to send to anyone worldwide.
---How Do I Download a File?---
This is relatively straight-forward. You simply type in whatever you wish to download in to the search bar and press enter! However before you do so, it is important that you add other search sites to the Vuze database. To do this, simply click "Add/Edit" on the left hand side, and then select MiniNova. Now you're ready to go!
---Is This Illegal?---
The program itself is not illegal - far from it. If used properly it can be used to download legal files quickly and easily. However, it would be wrong to say that BitTorrent clients such as Vuze and uTorrent have not been developed or used to enhance illegal downloads. I am by no means encouraging illegal activities or copyright infringement, I am simply pointing out that this is what they can be used for.
If one were to use the program illegally, they would have access to thousands of albums, movies and software - all for free. The problem is that if you are downloading illegal content, there will always be someone uploading fake files that are viruses disguised as legitimate downloads. So all I can say is, if you are going to use this to download illegal files, at least make sure they are real!
---Is Vuze worth it?---
In my opinion, this is completely up to you. There are many things to take in to account. Firstly - is the computer in question home to all your important work files etc? If this is the case; I'd consider avoiding Vuze or any torrent client. This is because there are some cases where people unwillingly receive viruses that then go on to corrupt their hard disks.
Another point to consider is the size of your computer. Vuze is quite a big program for pre-XP computers to handle - not to mention the files you will be downloading. If you have a small amount of hard drive space, I recommend using uTorrent (www.utorrent.com), as it is literally tiny; yet does all the essential things that Vuze does.
In conclusion, Vuze is a great application for any beginner/intermediate computer user looking to expand both their knowledge of the internet and their music & video library! There are some drawbacks such as the (admittedly unnoticeable) sponsored links, and the possibility of viruses. However, considering that it is a free program - I'm convinced that it is absolutely fantastic!
I used to use the Azureus client before switching to uTorrent for my legal downloading purposes. Azureus is a good client written in java with only one problem. Azureus is a piece of software that lets you download files from the p2p torrent network. To start a download in Azureus you need to find a torrent file which contains information that azeureus can use. To find these i would reccomend isohunt.com or thepiratebay.org
I would reccomend anyone check out Azureus if they are interested in torrents, its a good starting client which is very easy to use however provides many extra features for advanced users. The first advantage of Azeurus is that it can run multiple torrents at once unlike the originial bit torrent client that only let you download one torrent per instance of the software, this is great as it means you dont have to cram your taskbar with lots of seperate instances of the same software. The Other major feature of Azeurus is that it has many first and third party plugins that can help advanced users get more from the software.
The one disadvantage is its computing uses as it does the same job as other software but as its written in java it could bring an old computer to a stand still.
I had to write a review of this product when I saw that the existing review did not give Azureus the highest rankings. I can only ask, what did the user find lacking in these categories? I have found no aspect of Azureus lacking and would highly recommend it to even my grandmother. If the other reviewer is going to bash Azureus reliability by rating it only 2 out of 5 then I feel he must state WHY? A long time ago Azureus ran out of file handles on me running under Red Hat Linux and filled the screen with stack traces. Since then, and with the newer versions, I have not had any problem at all even once. I would, for instance, rate the current Azureus version as having a reliability of 5 of 5.
Azureus is a program which handles the downloads of p2p Bit Torrents.
p2p technology is the most popular way of transferring files between people across the internet (using p2p technology is not illegal but downloading or uploading copyrighted material is illegal - so don't do it).
Azureus is the best program to use for downloading Bit Torrents. It uses Java technology so you will need java running on your computer.
It allows for multiple navigation and has an easy to use infrastructure. It will show you all you need to know about the file you are downloading, how long it will take, what speed it is going at, the percentage complete, how many people you are downloading it off and even shows you the details of how much speed you are getting from each person that you are connected to.
Azureus also has many other useful options. It lets you set a max download speed and upload speed if you don't want Azureus to take up all your bandwidth and lets you set a max number of active downloads.
You can download a virus/spyware/ad-aware free Azureus at http://azureus.sourceforge.net for free now and start downloading