How to show Search/Transfers in split screen mode on FrostWire?

Since FrostWire 6.3.1 you can select how to show the transfers screen: as an individual tab or together below the search results in split view. On this post, you will learn how to use this new option.

Open FrostWire and you will see an individual tab for transfers.

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Click on transfers tab and you will see all transfers!

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Now, if you prefer to have the transfers below the search results in split view, you have to click on the “View” menu and select the option “Search/Transfers Split Screen”

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Restart FrostWire and now you will have the search/transfers split screen!

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What do you prefer? Transfers Tab or Search/Transfer split screen?

 

 

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Watch a Short Film About The Existential Journey of a Plastic Bag!

Plastic Bag is a short film by American director Ramin Bahrani that traces the epic, existential journey of a plastic bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) searching for its lost maker, the woman who took it home from the store and eventually discarded it. Along the way, it encounters strange creatures, experiences love in the sky, grieves the loss of its beloved maker, and tries to grasp its purpose in the world.

Plastic Bag is considered one of the best short films of all times. We loved it not only because is very well filmed, with a spectacular photograph, but its theme allows to think about our time.

Also, the film features the voice of the amazing German filmmaker Werner Herzog and an original score by Kjartan Sveinsson of the Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós.

According to OpenCulturePlastic Bag was one of 11 films released in the Internet Television Service’s “Futurestates” film series exploring “what life might look like in an America of the future.”

More info: ITVS.

An Easy Way to Protect Your Privacy Online!

Get a VPN!

Privacy is a Human Right and you must protect it. When you connect to the Internet, corporations and even your internet service provider can spy you. If you want to protect yourself and not let any stranger see your personal information, you need a VPN.

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A VPN will secure your connection, no matter where you are. With a VPN whatever you do online is going to be transferred encrypted. That includes your internet searches, your personal & identifiable information you type into websites, your emails and private messages and the files you download or share. Yes, you also can use a VPN for FrostWire.

How does it work?

You have to sign up for a VPN service and obtain a username and password for authentication. You then download and install a very tiny piece of software or an app that, upon a sign in, lets you choose a location of where you want to connect to. Your device then connects to servers in that location and those servers then pass on the connection to wherever you wanted to go. Your destination website will see your connection as coming from the VPN servers and your identity will not be revealed. More here.

Does FrostWire work with VPN services?

FrostWire, both for Android and for Desktop, works seamlessly with most VPN services. This means that however you connect to the internet – with or without the VPN – FrostWire will still search and download without any adjustment in settings on your part.

What are you waiting to protect your privacy? Get a VPN today!

Huge Update Coming!

To all FrostWire+P2P Geeks and Coders who want to join us

We’ve been working hard this past month on bringing up to speed our jlibtorrent bittorrent library, this should help make the library work even better across more android devices and desktop computers. Lots of issues were solved by the libtorrent team, and many other issues were found by java developers outside FrostWire who are already using jlibtorrent in production.

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If you are an app developer, and you think your users could benefit from some behind-the-scenes bittorrent based p2p networking we strongly suggest you take a look at JLibTorrent, it’s open source, it’s free, and it’s battle tested on millions of devices. The more computers we can get to join the DHT, the more we all gain.

As time passes and the libtorrent contributors keep working we are closer to having the largest and robust DHT network of the internet be IPv6 compatible and we’re super excited about the possibilities for peer to peer computing this will bring, perhaps we’ll be able to say good bye to those annoying NAT issues and take advantage of the DHT network in ways we’ve dreamed of the last half a decade.

Insanely Fast Audio Demuxing

Android users downloading large audio files from videos in YouTube will have a much much pleasant experience towards the ends of their downloads.

When YouTube sourced mp4 videos are downloaded for the purposes of audio by your FrostWire client, FrostWire extracts the audio portions of the file to create a new .m4a file (which is way better than an mp3), this process is called “demuxing”

We noticed this process was taking too long and also using more memory than necessary. Our awesome @aldenml senior developer took the time to ditch the mp4 library we were using for demuxing and rewrote the demuxing code from scratch with efficiency in mind and the results are amazing. What once could’ve taken over 5 minutes in the case of large videos, now takes just a few seconds. We have not yet done proper benchmarking, but it’s several orders of magnitude faster and now memory usage is capped to a non-blocking buffer of memory.

Improved/Easier to Maintain Music Player

Since February I’ve been working on a very challenging refactor branch that deals with eliminating a ton of repeated code on the audio player. In the process I’ve lost count of how many bugs were fixed with the audio player user experience. You should now see consistent menus and actions across the UI, less crashes, and since there’s less code from all this work our installer should be even smaller now. Less is more.

We are now expecting to move faster when it comes to fixing issues on the player now that I’m more familiar with the codebase, and now making a fix will be a lot easier as the abstractions used allow us to reuse code and make changes in a single place not in 10 places.

Song/File selection dialog

If you were ever so curious to past a SoundCloud Playlist URL, of a playlist that has tracks marked as “Downloadable” by content creators, you probably saw a dialog that showed you all the tracks FrostWire was about to download.

We had an intern (@votaguz) do some work on this dialog and now it supports checkboxes and radiobuttons, so now you will be able to pick and chose what songs will be downloaded from a soundcloud playlist.

I’m in the process of integrating this powerful dialog with BitTorrent downloads so that you can pick and chose what files from a .torrent you want to download once FrostWire has fetched a .torrent file from a server or from the DHT.

Search architecture revamp

We’ve simplified, optimized and enhanced our search code so that we can finally offer you things like filtering, grouping and sorting of search results, expect a much improved search experience and not getting lost in many results with innovative tools we’re currently experimenting in further releases.

Want to work with FrostWire?

We are looking for smart developers not afraid to code in different programming languages and tackle tough challenges. If you’re looking for impact in the number of users your code will be running on, you’ll probably have more impact on FrostWire than on a big company like Facebook or Google if you join us, we’re a smaller team and your contributions will be more significant.

We work with: Java, Python, C/C++, bash, Ubuntu, MacOSX, Windows 10, Android, AWS, Git, Github, gradle, reddit, slack.

We don’t care where you are, we just want you to breathe and love coding and understanding how operating systems, programming languages, garbage collectors, memory management, networks, compilers and runtimes work. If you have a passion for freedom of speech, no censorship and making the world a better place you will love working with us. And did we mention we don’t have formal schedules? We’re a worldwide team of coders, testers, writers, graphic designers, marketers trying to make the internet a more distributed network that empowers content creators and consumers worldwide.

We don’t want your resume, we want you to start sending pull requests to see if you have what it takes, we don’t want your Pull requests for free, we pay for them in Bitcoin. If you’re interested join us on github and try to tackle one of those, try our apps on desktop or android, find something you don’t like and fix it, code speaks louder than fancy resumes.

Video: How to share files and streaming music

EuTestei, a Brazilian YouTube tech channel, made a video about FrostWire. On this video you’ll learn the basic stuff of how to use FrostWire Plus for Android. If you speak portuguese, you’ll find this video very useful.

Great Things To Do on Halloween using FrostWire!

Halloween is here! And you can use FrostWire to do great things on this date. We made a list of things that you can do on Halloween using FrostWire!

  1. You can downlaod free public domain horror movies!

    1. Night of the Living Dead, by George A. Romero!
      (Copy this link and paste it on FrostWire: https://archive.org/details/Night.Of.The.Living.Dead_1080p)
      livingdead_600x200This is the base for the modern zombie film
    2. Nosferatu, by F. W. Murnau. 
      (Copy this link and paste it on FrostWire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcyzubFvBsA)
      Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Silent classic based on the story “Dracula.”
    3. Le diable au couvent, by George MeliesLe diable au couvent
      Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair
    4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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      Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.
  2. You can read Edgar Allan Poe’s tales!

    Search on FrostWire and you will find a lot of public domain books of Poe’s stories.

  3. You can play horror music at home!

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  4. Listen to Clare Costello: Halloween EP

    (Download it on Frostclick)
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    Ambient blues rock has a leg up with other genres when it comes to writing reflective lyricism that punches the heart. This intent to hone clear stories into a relaxing yet entertaining fashion is clearly shown in Clare Costello‘s Halloween EP.
    Title track Halloween concludes the EP with dark, ambient strings and vocals. Clare Costello establishes her own brand of sound that consists of charming, realized arrangement and powerful vocals.