Although it was designed as a way to share files on the Internet, BearShare comprises several other important tools, including a powerful search engine, a media player and instant messaging functions to talk to the other connected users.
Registration required and simple-to-handle GUI
Getting BearShare to run requires a bit of extra attention because in order to fully enjoy all the features and download all types of files, you are going to have to register an account.
Even though the interface looks pretty good, it might seem a bit difficult to work with at first. Nonetheless, it is only a matter of time because it will take you only a few minutes to get accustomed to this program.
Manage and play multimedia files
If you’re looking for an audio or video file, you have the option to play it using the built-in media player, as the playback controls are conveniently placed right in the main window. There is a search button at the top of the screen, while the results are displayed as a list in the main window, thus allowing you to quickly find and download the ones that interest you.
BearShare can prove fairly handy as well when it comes to managing multimedia files. It enables you to organize the videos and songs from the media library and also track purchased content via a dedicated area in the main window.
Limit download speed, share items and chat with other users
The application provides many other tools, including bandwidth and parental controls, so that you can be sure your computer's performance will not be affected and that your children are protected from the harmful content the Internet sometimes has to offer.
You can also take advantage of some chatting utilities, share found items with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter, and use an advanced search feature.
Performance and conclusion
CPU and memory usage is quite insignificant most of the times, yet if you spot issues, it is possible to simply limit the bandwidth so as not to hinder your system's performance. Tasks are completed in a timely fashion, yet you should know that the app crashed a few times during our tests.
All things considered, if you are looking for a means of accessing a P2P sharing network which focuses mostly on video and audio files, BearShare definitely fits the bill. However, it requires a little bit of work here and there.
Reviewed by Madalina Boboc, last updated on July 6th, 2014
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