Best Vuze replacement so far

It’s been nagging me, Vuze taking up 300MBs of memory and sometimes more, on my old iMac with only 2GB of ram. 2GB is little nowadays, how fast time flies. Anyway, Vuze absolutely kills my iMac. It beachballs my Mac to no end. So today, during spring cleaning, I decided to take up a solution suggested by Jem: uTorrent.

Well if you are an avid pirate, you should know that uTorrent was bought over by BitTorrent, a completely legal, legit company, sometime back. That doesn’t make it very safe, but it is the fastest and most lightweight client on windows. So recently, after the cows finally came home (hey, Lunar New Year, happy year of the cow guys) they released a supposedly kick ass Mac version. I remember Jem hyping about it “it has RSS downloading and it’s really fast!” so I decided to give it a try.
Then I realised, the hard way why people always say not to follow hype.
First of all, there is no RSS downloading in sight. RSS downloading only existed for a little while on a leaked pre-release alpha build. It’s beta now, and it’s not there. But what was true, was that uTorrent is pretty damn snappy, and barely took up 30MBs of memory.
So fine, no RSS downloading, I can live with workarounds. Stumbled upon a program called TV Shows, where you just choose what show you want and from which episode you want to watch it from and it will download the torrent files for you, once they are available. The version on that link doesn’t work but this dude fixed it. Pretty damn cool, works better than Vuze. +1!
Now I don’t only watch TV shows, I watch anime too. So I need something that can handle generic RSS downloading for me, and I found Automatic. Automatic works roughly the same way as how Vuze’s RSS downloading works, so that’s good enough for me. Oh, both TV Shows and Automatic has options to open your torrent files for you, so they start automatically.
All’s well, well almost, till I realised, uTorrent does not have web administration. I mean, what if I need to download something and I’m not at home? I’ve always loved Vuze’s web administration, and I can’t live without it.
Then I remembered an old gem: Transmission. It is a BT client that I believe, originated on the Mac. Popped by the site to take a look after this long while, from all the google results of people comparing Transmission to uTorrent.
I must say, I did not use Transmission back then as I couldn’t select files within a torrent to download. It’s such a simple feature and they didn’t have it. But they have it now. And because it originated from the Mac (I believe so) it is the only BT client that fits the UI of the Mac. Simple, sleek and informative. It is also extremely lightweight, much like uTorrent. So I gave it a shot, and WOW. It does everything uTorrent can do, and looks much better. AND, it has a web interface that looks EXACTLY like the Mac interface. Not even Vuze can match that. Also, it has built in peer filtering, with a list that is consistently updated from the intarwebs, just like Vuze can. That’s 2 to nil for Transmission against uTorrent. Together with TV Shows and Automatic, Transmission just supplants uTorrent. This solution is better than Vuze too, if any portion of Vuze fails you can’t just replace it, you got to live with it.
If you use a Mac, give Transmission a shot. It’s pretty damn good.

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