Softpedia Editor's Review for BearShare
A file sharing program with a powerful connection and search engine
Written by Bogdan Popa on January 14th, 2013
Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for BearShare
BearShare is a file-sharing software solution that is aimed at users who want to exchange files over the Internet, but, in the same, it also offers some other goodies to help you in this regard.
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.
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're 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's only a matter of time because it will take you only a few minutes to get accustomed with this program.
If you’re looking for an audio or video file, you have the option to play it using the built-in media player which has the controls are conveniently placed right in the main window. There’s a search button at the top of the screen, while the results are displayed up-front, in order for you to choose the ones you download.
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.
The application thus provides many other tools, including bandwidth and parental controls, chatting utilities, file lists download, automatic resume and an advanced search feature.
All things considered, if you're looking for a means of accessing a P2P sharing network that allows users to download and make available to each other loads of files, BearShare definitely fits the bill.
Here are some key features of "BearShare":
· Lightning fast downloads from multiple users simultaneously.
· Advanced Search - all types of media files.
· Automatic resume feature assures the completion of all requested downloads.
· Access and view your friend's shared files.
· Chat with friends while downloading.
· The most friendly and intuitive interface.
· Bandwidth controls.
· Configurable Parental Controls block access to viruses and offensive files.
· Media Player with playlists and full-screen preview mode.
· Enhanced Media Manager ideally designed for organizing all your PC's media files.
· A 166MHz Pentium class CPU or higher is required
· 32 megabytes minimum
· 4 megabytes of free disk space for the BearShare program and its support files
· As much free disk space as necessary to save downloaded files
· Space for your shared files, if any
· You must have an Internet connection to search, download, and share files on the Internet.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Slick visuals and a simple layout make browsing your music and videos easier than ever before! Your library has never been this organized.
iPods and MP3 Players:
· Connecting an iPod / MP3 player is as easy as plugging it in. You can transfer songs to and from your iPod manually, or have BearShare automatically sync your library with your device each time you connect it.
· Get your BearShare looking just the way you want it to with these slick new color schemes. From Sky Blue to Hot Pink, there's something for every desktop.
· Enter the name of a song, artist, or mood, and BearShare will automatically create a playlist full of music you'll love.
Meet New People:
· Share and listen to music together, upload photos, and much more.
· BearShare handles HD videos with ease in its new video modes. Play HD videos inside BearShare, pop them out to float mode or go full screen.
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Attempts to change the homepage for web browsers installed on the system
· Attempts to change the default search engine for web browsers installed on the system
· Offers to download or install BearShare Media Bar that the program does not require to fully function
· Creates desktop shortcuts for items unrelated to the program's functionality