Softpedia Editor's Review for StrongDC++
A free client for sharing files in DC network
Written by Bogdan Popa on January 14th, 2013
StrongDC++ is a Direct Client-to-Client alternative to the standard DC++ application, promising to offer much more than the basic features we've seen in this otherwise popular tool.
Even though not truly portable, leaving all sorts of traces on a system, especially in the registry, installation is not necessary for this software. The only thing you have to do is unpack the archive and as soon as you run the executable, you'll enter a whole new world, especially if you're not familiar with the DC++ concept.
The settings menu can be a nightmare for the uninitiated users, but to begin with, it should be enough if you configure just the name and the files you want to share over the Internet. Later, you can jump to the next steps and enable functions like segment downloading, which is great and can increase speed dramatically.
This special feature works by splitting every file you're downloading into several segments, so each of them can be downloaded from another user, at the same time with the others.
Furthermore, StrongDC++ allows you to set up download and upload speed limits to save bandwidth and hardware resources. In addition, it comes by default with a rich list of public hubs that can be organized by country, number of users and minimum required share.
The application provides an impressive level of customization, allowing users to change sounds, colors, emoticons, icons and even balloon tray notifications. The rich lineup of features includes file previewing capabilities, a fake share detector and automatic disconnection for slow downloads to keep slots available.
Older computers might experience some slowdowns in performance, as StrongDC++ seems to eat up CPU and RAM when downloading large files at high speeds. Overall, it remains a great alternative to the classic DC++ utility.
Here are some key features of "StrongDC++":
Safe segmented downloading:
· Download one file from more users simultaneously without corruption! This way of downloading dramatically improves download speed, especially for fast connections, and it's safer than classical downloading. Segment position ans size are decided by file size and chunks speed.
Partial file sharing:
· Allows downloading and uploading parts of file which is being currently downloaded by you or other users. This increases download speed and file expanding over network.
Download/Upload speed limiter:
· Avoids a full line usage and leaves some speed for web browsing. Realise, that download speed limit is dependent on upload speed limit which is dependent on amount of opened slots/hubs.
Automatic slow downloads disconnecting:
· Disconnects sources who speed is under certain value for certain time. If download speed during segmented downloading goes too low, the source is disconnected regardless the set value to avoid unnecessary slot usage.
· You can set sounds according to situation, change color scheme or icons, show popup balloons, see emoticons...
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· DC++ 0.777 core synchronization
· added automatic incoming connection type detection
· stability fixes
· added option to disable Explorer theming in listviews and treeviews
· hopefully fixed throttling with very large speeds
· DHT fixes
· updated internal libraries (OpenSSL, BZip2, ZLIB, boost) - fixes some security issues
· removed STLPort dependency
· performance tweaks
· added support to set favorite hub encoding
· DC++ emulation is off by default (for non-favorite hubs)
· webserver encoding changed to utf-8
· webserver session timeout changed to 10 minutes