Preliminary DOWNLOADING performance improvements of FrostWire 6 (pre-release)

FrostWire 6 downloading performance improvements over FrostWire 5

While downloading 15 simultaneous BitTorrent transfers we’ve observed peak CPU usage to be drop about 44% from in comparison to the usage level seen in FrostWire 5.7.7.

Memory usage also sees a drop of 16% while downloading.

The number of live threads has been reduced 60%.

The number of classes loaded in memory has been reduced 27%.

Memory usage has dropped to ~50%

Live threads

Loaded classes

These tests were performed on a MacBook Air, 1.7GHz Intel Core i5, 4Gb 1333 MHz DDR3 of memory running on OSX 10.9.5.

Please Test and compare FrostWire 6 to FrostWire 5 for yourself.

We’d like to invite people passionate about testing software performance and let us know what they find independently.

We’d rather be validated by non related third parties on the fact that FrostWire 6 is a superior file sharing client than its predecessor.

FrostWire Source Code:
http://github.com/frostwire/frostwire-desktop
http://github.com/frostwire/frostwire-jlibtorrent
http://github.com/frostwire/frostwire-common

New FrostWire 5.7.5 for your desktop, now Java8 powered.

Download FrostWire 5.7.5 for Windows (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin enabled .torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.5 for MacOSX (.torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.5 for Debian/Ubuntu (.torrent)

FrostWire 5.7.5 runs on Java 8, expect a faster and improved FrostWire overall.

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We’ve upgraded our mp4 parsing libraries, this should solve some possible errors at the end of some media downloads.

We’ve also improved the quality of our cloud search results specially for music and video files.

Changelog

frostwire (5.7.5) stable; urgency=high

  * Improved mp4 parser.

  * Improved cloud search results.

  * Now FrostWire runs with Java8 technology.

  * Fixes player control layout issues when resizing the main window.

  * Fixes soundcloud url track/set downloads.

  * Fixes possible cloud download errors.

 

FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client first released in September 2004, as a fork of LimeWire. It was initially very similar to LimeWire in appearance and functionality, but over time developers added more features, including BitTorrent support. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and FrostWire is only a BitTorrent client. Development of the program has been active since the program was first released in September 2004.

New FrostWire 5.7.4 for Windows, Mac and Linux

Download FrostWire 5.7.4 for Windows (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin enabled .torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.4 for MacOSX (.torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.4 for Debian/Ubuntu (.torrent)

5.7-is-here

We highly recommend you upgrade your FrostWire to 5.7.4

We’ve fixed issues that would break YouTube downloads, and prevent Torrents.fm search results from appearing.

We’ve also brought back the ability to download soundcloud urls, and included soundcloud playlist downloads if you enter a soundcloud track or playlist url on the search box.

frostwire (5.7.4) stable; urgency=high
  * Fixes issues with youtube downloads.
  * Recovered ability to download soundcloud urls.
  * Can download entire soundcloud playlists from playlist url.
  * Fixed broken Torrents.fm search.
  * Updated Gson library, included the sources into our repo.
        
 -- FrostWire Team   Thu, 26 June 2014 15:44:35 -0500

To MacOSX Yosemite users: We are still working to make FrostWire Yosemite compatible, we’ve found some binary issues that we need to resolve, we hope to have FrostWire ready for you on our next release 5.7.5.

FrostWire for Android 1.3.3 build 136 available on Beta Channel

NOTICE: If you’re currently having issues with search on 1.3.2 and below it is advised that you turn off Torrents.fm search until 1.3.3 is out.

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How to become a beta tester.

Please test:
– Search (we had an issue where torrent.fm search was broken and slowing down the app from getting any other search results, past whatever came in first before querying torrents.fm)
– Pasting a Soundcloud URL on Search.
– Pasting a Soundcloud Playlist URL on Search.
– Pasting a Soundcloud URL on (+) transfers.
– Pasting a Soundcloud Playlist URL on (+) transfers.
– Searching youtube videos by pasting a YouTube url on search.
– Scrolling through search results, my audio, my pictures should be smoother/faster.

Please report any crashes ASAP.

We are still fixing a few more issues that occur when the internet connection is dropped and recovered, or when the user disconnects the Bittorrent engine from the Preferences screen and tries to re-connect. As soon as we’re done with these fixes and any more reported crashes are fixed we’ll be releasing 1.3.3.

This version should feel a lot faster.

Changelog FrostWire 1.3.3 - JUNE/23/2014

 - Improvements in memory consumption and performance for image caching.

 - Download Soundcloud Tracks and Playlists by entering URL on search box.

 - Download Soundcloud Tracks and Playlists by entering URL on Transfer "+" control.

 - Search YouTube videos by pasting YouTube URL on search box.

 - Fixes issues with Torrents.fm search.

 - Transparent use of ViewHolder pattern in ListViews.

 - GSON library update.

 - Picasso library update.

New FrostWire 5.7.3 for Windows, Mac and Linux out

Download FrostWire 5.7.3 for Windows (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin enabled .torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.3 for MacOSX (.torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.3 for Debian/Ubuntu (.torrent)

4

This new FrostWire release leans up by removing several third party libraries to do more with less.

It addresses bugs and reported crashes by 5.7.2 users.

In matters of search it fixes EZTV search and introduces a new Yify torrent search.

Download, Install and spread the word.

Oh, and remember to be a good net-neighbor and seed as much as you can.

Picture Credits: Another Night in Paradise by Xavier Jamonet

New FrostWire File Downloader 1.3.0 for Android out

Install FrostWire now on your Android, 100% Free

A new major release of FrostWire for Android (1.3.0) is finally out after 5 long months of coding and testing. Thanks to everyone supporting the project! be it with code, translations, spreading the word or sending donations, without you this release wouldn’t be possible.

The most important changes done in this release have a lot to do with the Bittorrent core engine, significant improvements in memory handling (less unexpected crashes due to out of memory errors, and the app should feel a lot snappier than 1.2.2 when you switch screens and scroll through search results) and lots of details related to user experience.

BitTorrent Improvements

The entire BitTorrent core was replaced with the latest stable source code from the Azureus Project, during this integration we enabled a few features that we didn’t have before on Android, the most important ones being:

  1. uTP support (which helps FrostWire deal better with packet congestion issues resulting in a better Internet experience on your phone/tablet, even while you’re downloading seeding)
  2. DHT and Magnet support while on Wi-Fi. DHT/Magnet support was there but turned off as it doesn’t really work as expected when you are connected to the Internet via 3G/4G. After 1.3.0 we turn it on when you are connected on Wi-Fi networks, sort of a best-as-you-can approach.
  3. Now that we have DHT/Magnet support, we’ve added several popular Torrent/Magnet search indexes, so you will be getting a lot more search results than before if you are connected to Wi-Fi. Some of the search engines now available are: TPB, Torrents.fm, Monova and Yify.
  4. We’ve joined uTorrent in its initiaive to lower times while connecting to a swarm (which leads to faster downloads for everyone) and to avoid the possibility for a DDoS attack on swarms by implementing the BEP 040 proposal for “Canonical Peer Priority” when selecting what peers to connect to using a new peer prioritization algorithm.

User Interface/User Experience Improvements

The “Transfers” screen got a lot of love.

frostwire_transfers_before_and_after_screenshots

  • You can now paste a magnet URI or .torrent URI to start a transfer from it.
  • Magnet URI Support. FrostWire will now start magnet downloads if you click on a magnet on a web browser
  • Smart Pause/Resume transfer. If you move from a Wi-Fi connection to a 3G/4G network, FrostWire will take a look at your preferences and if you don’t want to use BitTorrent while on a mobile network, we’ll automatically pause those transfers for you, if you come back to any other Wi-Fi network we’ll automatically resume those transfers for you.
  • Transfers can now be filtered by their status (All, Downloading, Completed)
  • Updated icons and new buttons for context menus, the downward arrow we used to have was a bit confusing when compared to the “+” to expand multiple-file transfers.

Other user experience improvements include search result thumbnails (when available), making the search experience more intuitive and less Reading-Intensive if you recognize the thumbnail of what you are looking for.

FrostClick/FrostWire promotional images are now displayed the same way across all devices when you first open the app, please support these artists by downloading and seeding their free content, you might discover a favorite new artist to follow.

You can get FrostWire for Android 1.3.0 on Google Play or on our website
(submission pending for the Amazon App Market)

Full Changelog

FrostWire 1.3.0 - APR/30/2014
 - Upgraded BitTorrent engine with latest code from Azureus project.
 - Added uTP packet congestion support.
 - Added Canonical Peer Priority support. (BEP40)
 - Upgraded Android SDK target to Ice Cream Sandwich's API (15 - Android 4.0.3).
   Users on Android devices running older versions will have to use FrostWire 1.2.3
   or upgrade their operating system to +4.0.3 to receive further updates.
 - Removed cling library for Local peer discovery, switched to JmDNS compatible with
   frostwire for desktop 5.7.1.
 - Considerable memory handling improvements, lots of leaks fixed which should lead
   to very little out of memory errors from crashing the app.
 - Added optional sponsored search results by Appia.
 - Minor upgrades to audio player and Frostclick.com's free promotional downloads.
 - Added TPB, Torrents.fm, Monova and Yify search. Search results available only when on a Wi-Fi connection.
 - Magnet URI support when touching a magnet link on a web site.
 - Paste a magnet or .torrent URI on the Transfers screen to start a download.
 - Some search results now have image thumbnails. More coming.
 - When internet connection is dropped, ongoing transfers are automatically paused and
   restored when internet connection comes back.
 - Corrected file sizes on SoundCloud search results.
 - Multiple bug fixes.

New FrostWire 5.7.2 with uTP support

Download FrostWire 5.7.2 for Windows (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin enabled .torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.2 for MacOSX (.torrent)
Download FrostWire 5.7.2 for Debian/Ubuntu (.torrent)

This release is all about performance and stability.

Some users have complained about what happens to their internet connection when using FrostWire heavily, so we’ve finally added uTP support to solve these issues.

FrostWire can now deal with bandwidth congestion issues in a way that won’t compromise your internet experience while you use it.

You can, for example, see how FrostWire will automatically adjust its transfer speeds to cede network resources to other programs in your computer, like your web browser while surfing the web or streaming a movie from Netflix.

If the connection is not being used by any other software FrostWire will automatically use as much bandwidth as it can, and you don’t have to do this manually using the existing throttling controls, and all this while not clogging up your router’s memory.

Another benefit of having added uTP is that some WiFi/DSL/Cable routers won’t have issues with packet data overflow when torrenting with FrostWire, which in some cases can completely drop the internet connection forcing you to restart your router to reconnect to the Internet.

We’ve also taken care of very important user experience details, that should make FrostWire easier to understand for new users, as well as smaller usability bugs and crashes that have been fixed.

Here’s the full list of changes.

frostwire (5.7.2) stable; urgency=high
  * uTP support enabled.
  * Multiple crash fixes.
  * UX: playable single file torrents now can be played from transfer list.
  * UX: Fixes UI Thread freeze when opening Options > Search.
  * UX: Better error reporting when a torrent can't be fetched from a
        magnet connection.
  * Spanish translation update by @dennistobar.
-- FrostWire Team <contact@frostwire.com> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:22:10 -0500

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