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Transmission Review

I have been using BitTorrent for as long as I can remember. Although my ISP (Comcast) has recently been intentionally throttling torrent speeds so its not quite as fast as it once was, it’s still the most convenient way to download video files. I’m a big fan of uTorrent and have been for awhile, but I recently bought a Mac so it was time to find a new BitTorrent program.

After doing some research I stumbled upon a BitTorrent program called Transmission. I wanted a program that was simple, lightweight and easy to use. Transmission seemed to be a perfect fit. After installing Transmission, it took me about 5 minutes to find my way around because things are a bit different then uTorrent.

There are 5 simple buttons at the top of the program that allow you to add a new torrent file, pause a torrent, resume a torrent etc.. There is also a preferences menu that allows you to set your max upload and download speeds. You can also specify exceptions for torrents that you want to ignore the default speed limitations.

It’s very important to set a max upload speed because it prevents your network from slowing to a crawl while downloading torrents. At the same time however you want to set it to something reasonable because no one likes someone who just leaches torrents.

One thing that’s great about transmission is the fact that shows your current download and upload rates on the dock, so you can leave it running in the background and check on it without leaving it fully open.

Overall Transmission is a great replacement for uTorrent and I really haven’t looked back since using it. The interface is clean and easy to use, and the program runs seamlessly in the background without interfering and hogging all of your system resources. If your a Mac user looking for a great BitTorrent program, you definitely want to check out Transmission.

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