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Peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing sites based on torrents have made it possible for users to share and download huge files without the need for large servers to host them. Torrents technology breaks big files down into many tiny chunks, each hosted on the PCs of individual members of the P2P network. There are dozens of file-sharing clients available, most of them free; some promise power and flexibility, and others focus on making the file-sharing experience as easy as possible. Goforsharing's Sharetastic 1.7 is a bit of both. It's designed to make it as easy as possible not only to find and download shared files, but also to find files and content that suits your tastes, based on extensive configurable settings as well as past downloads.
Sharetastic's interface is more typical of pricey utilities than freeware, with the sort of colorful, logo-heavy layout elements common to Registry cleaners and antivirus tools: graphical displays; large, bold text; and colorful differentiation of search results. Sharetastic searches the Gnutella, Gnutella2, eDonkey, and BitTorrent networks and displays its results in a user-configurable queue. There's an integrated media player for previewing audio and video downloads, and many other features that make it easy to manage your downloads, such as an unusual amount of network data and a sophisticated file-management system. It quickly searches for, locates, and downloads selected files.
Sharetastic 1.7 is freeware. It installs desktop icons without asking and leaves folders behind after it's uninstalled. It's certified for all versions of Windows from 95 to 7, including server editions.
Sharetastic is a straightforward, solid file sharing program that simply knows what a user wants--it loads up exceptional features such as ghost ratings, a completely user-configurable queue area, and multi-network. This application supports Gnutella2, Gnutella, eDonkey, and BitTorrent networks. You'll have no problem installing it (in seconds) and then managing it--searching, checking the network status, customizing the interface couldn't be easier. You'll get extremely quick search results and the possibility to preview files as they download due to an integrated media player for common audio and video formats Sharetastic includes. Sharetastic was developed with optimum performance from any number of sources in mind. The download queue is managed automatically but users can choose to operate manually and change the status of files themselves. A very complex file-management system is made up of folders variedly divided and categorized. What you'll definitely love about Sharetastic is its interface--neat and having all things so reasonably arranged. It has an upper and lower tool bar. The former is all about network connections, views, tools and help documentation while the lower graphical toolbar is actually your best friend when it comes to navigation functions like "home", "library", "media player", "search" and "transfers". In terms of ease and user-friendliness Sharetastic gets ahead of most of p2p clients currently available. Just hit the "Home" button and you'll see--all the options right there for you to see and best manage them. The application offers you much more information about the files and machines on the network than many of its "brothers" and, moreover it does a far better job at tracking the status of your many downloads. Sharetastic focuses on intuitiveness (its layout proves it) and stability.
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Version 3.4 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.