ApexDC++ (formerly PeerWeb DC++)
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, it 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.
Ad-supported installation and familiar GUI
While the installation process is not time consuming, you should be careful as it offers to download some third-party products. Aside from that, during deployment, this app offers you the possibility to install some additional components which are either fun (emoticons) or functional (GeoIP Database). Selecting these options is recommendable if you want to test the software to its fullest.
It’s interface does not 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 environment.
Encrypt items and use a segment download feature
A lot of users have switched from other software to this utility for various reasons - speed and overall performance, the vast and helpful community, constant updates, and many others.
One of its most appreciated features is the segment downloading, which allows users to download a file from multiple users simultaneously, while also preserving the integrity of the download package. It also provides a high level of security via the encryption feature that secures the transferred data.
Limit speed and take advantage of the available plugins
It is also possible to take advantage of an upload/download speed limiter that can be used to preserve some speed for web browsing sessions too. In addition to that, its appearance is fully customizable. You can choose your own colors and fonts for basically everything.
Last but not least, there are all sorts of plugins at your disposal - 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. In our tests, this one proves to run quite smoothly without burdening the computer's performance and without popping up errors, hanging or freezing.
Overall, we can safely say ApexDC++ is a strong competitor in its product category, the good transfer speed being the feature that truly recommends it.