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Softpedia Editor's Review for ApexDC++
An improved StrongDC++ to assist you with your file sharing.
Written by Elena Opris on February 23rd, 2012
Similar to StrongDC++, ApexDC++ is a file sharing/peer to peer Windows software. Its architecture makes it possible to share files in Direct Connect networks via two protocols, namely NDMC and ADC.
While most people resort to torrent clients as a way to download and upload data, ApexDC++ has quickly developed a fan-base due to the fact that it is simpler to use and relies on a different type of sharing algorithm, considerably more advantageous in terms of transfer speeds.
The installation process does not pose major problems and it’s not time consuming either. During deployment, ApexDC++ offers you the possibility to install some additional components which are either fun (emoticons) or functional (GeoIP Database). Selecting all options is recommendable if you want to test the software to its fullest.
ApexDC++’s interface doesn’t make an impression on users that are accustomed to DC clients. The GUI is typical for this particular type of software, but nonetheless, there is some comfort in working with a familiar interface.
A lot of users have switched from other software to ApexDC++ for various reasons - speed and overall performance, the vast and helpful community, constant updates, and many others.
One of the most appreciated features of ApexDC++ is the segment downloading, which allows users to download a file from multiple users simultaneously while preserving the integrity of the download package. It also provides a high level of security via the encryption feature that secures the transferred data.
With ApexDC++, you benefit from an upload/download speed limiter that can be used to preserve some speed for web browsing sessions too.
Also, ApexDC++ is completely customizable in appearance. You can choose your own colors and fonts for basically everything. In addition, there are all sorts of plugins available - media players, spam filters in private messages, and various LUA modules.
There’s no way of choosing your favorite DC client than experimenting with each one of them. Nonetheless, our tests showed that ApexDC++ is strong competition for similar software through its decent transfer speeds that truly recommend it.
Here are some key features of "ApexDC++":
- Support for PeerGuardian binary list formats (P2Bv1, P2Bv2, P2Bv3 code taken from libp2p, with few minor modifications)
- PeerGuardian List Viewer
- Auto-open hubs OP Chat (works with the 1st entry of OP chat names list, which has been renamed to Hub Chatrooms)
- Toolbar positions are now saved
- Explorer like locking of toolbars (added a toolbar context menu, toolbar and media toolbar toggles aswell)
- Option to use AutoComplete in search window (this option also turns on persistent search history. AutoComplete from revconnect)
- Options to keep finished uploads/downloads between sessions
- Quick Search box (Under View menu)
- Added "Always on top" (Under View menu)
- Option to display full info for filelists in download queue
- Option to place all non-hub tabs in front (pm windows are counted as hub tabs)
- Option to use Zion like tabs
- Mini tabs (hub tabs only)
- Option to blend offline search results
- Option for logging chat in favorite hub properties
- Auto-resizing chat message boxes (set max value in experts only to 1 in order to disable this)
- Consider old clients (no full support for TTH) as cheating
- Option to use RegExp's and wildcards with ignorelist (use $Re: for RegExp, option to prevent it unnecessarily looking for them in the list)
- Option to toggle "speed indicators" of Stealthy styled progress bars
- Check finished files for viruses
- Ability to use the old way (StrongDC 1.x) of displaying hub names (default: disabled)
- Compatibility modes for few different kinds of external userlist images
- Files are highlighted in search window if user already has them shared (SMT)
- Chat command /reconnect (use /rc for short)
- RegExp ADLSearch and related features from Zion Blue 2.02
- Option to use one layout for all hub windows
- Modified the present "Hub chatrooms" feature so that it's more useful to those that use raws or user commands (see added note)
- Now extracts "metadata" from Profiles.xml file
- Back button to ClientProfileDlg
- The raw & cheating description quick access dialog from Zion Blue 2.02
- Delete checked filelists
- Extended Favourite download directories
- Feature: Upload progress bars display accurate percentage completion between ApexDC++ users (experimental)
- Fix: KEYP address was cut when clicking on hub address in chat
- Fix: Tray password protection issues (Issue #335)
- Change: Update check window mechanical improvements
- Change: Forced updates migrated to use the Update check window
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
- Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function