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Review: Torch Browser integrates Web browsing and media downloading

Surf the Web, download and explore media, share on popular social networks, and much more with Torch Browser for Mac.

Torch Browser for Mac integrates a large set of media features, such as downloading torrents without a built-in torrent client, saving videos from YouTube and other similar sites directly to your computer, and sharing on popular social networks. The application performs most functions flawlessly, but it doesn't always succeed in downloading videos found on the Web.

Torch Browser for Mac installed painlessly, and the package installer even imported the bookmarks from the other browsers on our test machine. Its interface is nearly identical to Google Chrome, but with added buttons along the top of the browser window. These added buttons are the features that this browser highlights such as Share, Media Grabber, Torrent, and Torch Music. The Share option allowed us to share on Facebook and Twitter without any problem. The integrated torrent feature worked well, too. We went on a torrent site, picked a torrent to download, and Torch Torrent automatically started downloading. When we clicked the "Music" button, we were brought to a page displaying random albums and artists, with all the songs streaming from video services like YouTube and Vevo. The search option allowed us to perform a search based on the artist name, album, or song, and we were able to play complete playlists and albums without any delays. The only disappointment with this app was the Media Grabber option, which was supposed to allow us to save streaming audio and video files found online. To test this feature we first went to YouTube. As soon as we played a video, the media grabber button started blinking. We clicked on this button a couple of times but nothing happened. We tried multiple videos but still had no success. We checked our Downloads folder but nothing was there, either. However, when we went to Vimeo and tried to download a random video, the download completed without any issues. The only noticeable difference was that the Vimeo file had MP4 extension while the ones we tried on YouTube were FLV files.

Torch Browser for Mac worked well in most cases, and the inability to download YouTube videos in our tests leaves it with only a slight mark against it. Considering all it offers, this browser could prove useful to many users who frequently browse the Web for media.

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