Release Date: April 28, 2002.
Nowadays, the Internet comes down to social networking and file sharing, so an app that facilitates both of them, while also keeping them intertwined is quite useful. DC++ is a software solution that aims to make the whole file sharing experience a lot more pleasant, allowing users to exchange files using the Direct Connect protocol.
First of all, DC++ requires the user to type in an username, pick the Internet connection type and share some files. Most hubs have imposed sharing limits, so users will not be able to enter certain sharing channels unless they share the required amount of data.
Secondly, the download folders need to be specified, be them for temporary or completed files, just to be sure everything is organized and easy to locate. In case this step is skipped, DC++ automatically creates two default folders, one for each type of download.
The interface is very clean and simple, which means that, once users get used to it, everything will work smoothly. The Settings window gives access to a wide range of options, but they are best handled by experts as erroneous modifications can result in poor performance.
Power users can adjust the bandwidth limitation, input and use a proxy server, as well as customize the colors displayed within the main window and the chat, and set up preferred notifications.
Another benefit to using DC++ for your downloads is that the hardware requirements are quite reasonable and therefore, does not stress the PC even when downloading large files at high speeds. Jobs are completed in a timely manner without popping up errors, crashing or freezing.
All in all, DC++ remains the most appropriate tool to experiment with the Direct Connect protocol and although there are a lot of tools out there meant to provide nicer interfaces and more advanced features, this one remains a top choice in all the fields.
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