Making use of the BitTorrent protocol is a great way to speed up your downloads and help to spread bandwidth usage between many people. But in order to download files in this way you will need to have a torrent client – this can be the simple, official tool from BitTorrent or one of the many thirds party tools that have sprung up over the years. There are countless apps that you could use, and Tixati is just one of them.
The program can be configured to be the automatic handler for .torrent files so as soon as you click a link the associated download will begin. There is a growing movement away from .torrent files as more and more site take advantage of magnet link which do not require even tiny torrent files to be hosted. These can also be handled by Tixat and you should find that download speeds are comparable with other clients.
You are afforded a great level of control over how your internet connection as a whole is used to upload and download files, as well as control over individual files. This is one area in which Tixati differs from the competition, but in addition to the level of control you are given over your connection, you are also provided with detailed information about all of the downloads you are running.
Harking back to the days when Usenet and IRC were more popular, here you can also use the various channels that are available to chat with other Tixati users, sharing information and files in this way. The program can also be used to stream media, share files of your own and more besides. Available in both 32- and 64-bitr varieties, including versions for Windows and Linux, this is a fairly impressive tool that rivals the likes of uTorrent.
Version 2.11 brings:
- A complete makeover of the channels system and it's UI. There is now a common Share view that has a default profile for all channels. There is also a new search view that works on all channels, and a contacts list for easy access to friends.
- Several refinements to the bandwidth throttling routines, so that payload packets to a particular endpoint are larger and more sparsely sent out on the wire. This will reduce protocol overhead and improve download and upload performance on high bandwidth connections.
- The DHT has also had some minor work done to the internal logic. This was mostly to further increase the speed of DHT lookups, and mitigate the impact of certain other clients that are abusing the DHT network with excessive requests.