updated 01:35 pm EDT, Thu April 19, 2007
New BitTorrent clients
Two new BitTorrent clients have surfaced that work on Apple's Mac OS X operating system, enabling users to partake in large file downloads while providing key pieces of those files to other users simultaneously. Xtorrent 1.0 (build 40) is a client based around searches. Users type keywords to produce results directly in the software, and downloads require just one more click to begin. Xtorrent also supports subscriptions to torrentcasts, with the latest release adding azureus/utorrent compatible peer exchange as well as pre-torrent bandwidth controls. The update also produces a warning dialog when removing a torrentcast, and fixes the autodownload feature. Xtorrent is available for free, and a Pro edition eliminates nags as well as feature limits and bandwidth caps for $20. The software requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
Another application catering to Mac users is titled Transmission. The software is designed as a lightweight open source and free BitTorrent client with an intuitive interface that runs natively on more than five operating systems. The client features intelligent banning of peers who send corrupted data, built-in Peer Exchange, and simple usage that masks complicated settings.
Transmission 0.70 is available for free as a digital download, requiring Mac OS X 10.4 or later. The application runs natively on Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary.