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Pro Swarm merging
Combines the swarms of multiple torrents that have the same file, allowing for faster downloads, and completion of torrents lacking available pieces.
This means if a torrent it stuck at 99%, Vuze can add another torrent with the same file, and only have to download the 1% from other other torrent's peers.
Vuze covers basics such as Prioritization, Selective Downloading, DHT, PEX and Magnet URIs as well as Broadcatching, Sequential downloading (paid) and Search. It includes MSE/PE for security. It has graphical and web interfaces. Has UPnP, NAT-PMP, NAT traversal for automatic router configuration. Has UDP tracker and µTP data transfer protocol support. Even covers IPv6, web seeding, Embedded tracker, Super-seeding and proxy servers. And it auto-updates.
Pro Device playback
With device playback on, it's possible to convert and transfer media for playback on a designated device by simply dragging and dropping the desired file. Device playback supports game consoles, Tivo, and iTunes.
Pro Allows easily customizing a torrent's tracker list
It's possible to edit the tracker list to add or delete trackers. Vuze allows saving a list of preferred trackers as a "template" which can then be either merged with existing trackers or used to replace them.
Pro Extensible via plugins
Vuze has a lots of plugins available that are capable of performing a wide variety of tasks including automatically categorizing torrents, adding remote access solutions and even playing games such as Sudoku.
Pro Built in search
You can use built in search to find your torrent. Type torrent hash, name, or a tag in search box next to "open torrent" in main UI and Vuze will search in both Swarm and Web for your torrent file.
Pro I2P support via plugin
I2P or Invisible Internet Project is a decentralized anonymizing network. Vuze has a plugin accessible from the plugin wizard that adds support for I2P downloading, seeding, and I2P DHT support.
Pro Can bind downloads to VPN
Vuze can detect if it's running over a VPN. Once a connection to the VPN is lost, all traffic becomes public. To avoid this Vuze can be set to run only over a VPN.
Fast and intuitive to use.
Pro Built-in video player
Vuze has a capable video player built-in with reasonable support for most common video formats, subtitles and audio switching.
Pro Built-in virus protection
Scans all Vuze downloads for malicious files.
Pro Easy subscriptions
Follow your favorites type of torrents such as movies, songs, and apps. Just add the torrent file and look for the RSS icon next to it and subscribe to find all new related to your favorites type.
Pro User friendly interface
Pro Perfect for Tivo
The way it works hand and hand with Tivo is awesome. It allows you to have all your media in one box.
Pro Cross platform
Usable in Linux, as well as Windows and MAC OSx
Pro Extensive wiki for support
Although an ongoing work, almost everything one needs for proper config is there.
Pro Easy open and find torrents and fast
Pro Watch it working
You can track what's going on easily in the app thanks to its UI.
Pro Swarm Discoveries function
Vuze uses Swarm Discoveries, which allows you to search for similar downloads the user may be interested in.
Pro Vuze is a reliable client with many plugins that actually work. intuitive interface and seamless operations make it an easy choice
Con Pushes crapware
The installation bundles a lot of useless pieces of software. While they can be opted out of, it is not a pleasant experience.
Con Has ads
The free edition of Vuze includes ads. Ads can be removed by purchasing the $29.99 Vuze+.
Con Slow and heavy app
It's just too much for people who just want a torrent downloader. The app is difficult to understand, but above all is very slow. uTorrent would download films, games, etc so fast (up to 3.5mbps), this app is too slow.
Con Requires Java
Vuze requires installing Java Runtime Environment on the users PC to function that's known for being naggy.
Con Drains a lot of computer resources
Con Sequential downloading support is behind a paywall
Sequential downloading can be used to stream media files such as video and audio while the download is still in progress. Ad-supported version of Vuze requires waiting until the complete file is downloaded before it's ready for use. Functionality can be added by paying.
Con No tracker exchange
Tracker exchange functionality allows peers to exchange information about trackers of a given file. It is another way of ensuring that the file is downloaded from the optimal source. µTorrent lacks this functionality.
Con Not the most intuitive interface
Con Upgrading is equal to manually downloading the latest version and installing it
It can't be done silently in the background without notice.
Con No built-in local peer discovery
Local peer discovery requires a plugin.
Con Subscription options are lacking
Although Vuze supports subscriptions (RSS feeds) the custom options are seriously lacking. In uTorrent you can set it up so that it only downloads the most recent episode of a show and only one copy of it, with Vuze if you have Auto Download turned on you get everything you didn't manually filter out. In a TV series with 30 episodes per season you need to manually add every episode that you've already downloaded to the "do not download" list and if there are multiple versions of the latest episode you can expect to have Vuze download them all. There is a plugin that promises to make this process simpler, but it seems that there are a lot of unnecessary hoops to jump through.
That said it's a small price to pay to get the functionality back. uTorrent/BitTorrent's feeds have suddenly stopped working for many due to the recent shutdown of Torcache
Con Can't bind to VPN
If VPN drops, BSOD is possible.
Con Can't go back
When you get linked to a torrent page and want to go back to the search results - you can't. So you have to recommence your search again.
Con Causes kernal panics on OSX (Mac) almost everytime
This is extremely irritating and this has been an issue for some time. Apple isn't in a hurry to fix it. Vuze should have taken care of this a long time ago.
It looks older it needs to look more modern