So you’re a pretty savvy computer user. You know how to change your desktop wallpaper, you can remove spyware and keep your computer updated with Windoze update. You’ve mastered files and folders, and haven’t lost anything in age. You’ve got the hang of mp3’s, and have watched some video’s online with YouTube. You’ve heard that you can download anything from the Internet but you haven’t had much luck by googling for things to download.
Today I’m going to walk you through how to use Zuedo aka. Azureus, a BitTorrent client to download files from the Internet.
The first thing you will need to do is download the latest version of Azureus (4MB). Install i. If you see this message
then you don’t have the Java Runtime Environment installed – and you’ll need to click the Download (10MB) button to get it. It will install automatically then the Azureus installer will carry on. On all the screens just click next, accepting the agreement when prompted. The install will take a couple of minutes. Click finish and Azureus will start.
Once loaded it should look something like this
You can use the glossy channel buttons to browse categories or the links at the left to filter on latest or type. The downloads available here on the ‘Zuedo Portal’ are generally trailers, demo clips, shorts, with the occasional longer movie. If you see a clip that looks interesting hold the cursor over it and you will see some details like file size and clip duration. Click the details button for more in-depth information. The number beside the Thumb up or Down is the clips rating. The number beside the down arrow is the number of times this clip has been downloaded. If the clip looks interesting simply click the Download link to add it to your download queue.
You should see a “Downloading Torrent File” progress window flash up briefly while the torrent file proper is downloaded to your computer. Azureus will automatically open the torrent file and try to add the contents to your download queue. You’ll see pop-up and you’ll want to click the Don’t prompt again check box then OK. The second pop-up Information window is configured to pop-up each time a file is queued, and will auto hide in a few seconds.
Awesome. First download is on it’s way.
How long it will take depends on a number of things. But you’ll first need a basic understanding of how BitTorrents work. The BitTorrent file proper is like a signpost that tells Azureus where to look for all the right jigsaw pieces that make up a complete Torrent download. Like this
Azureus creates a placeholder collection of files in your download folder and then goes out looking for people (or peers, the circles on the outside) who have the jigsaw pieces (the little blue rectangles moving on the network lines) needed to replace each tiny placeholder (the pie chart in the centre). When the Torrent is part way through downloading it will look something like this
Blue areas are pieces that have been completed and are now available for you to share with others. So to go back to your download time, it depends on how many people have the pieces you need, and how fast they are willing to share them with you, in addition to any personal bandwith or network limitations you might have. Generally if a file is being shared by lots of people you will download it very quickly. Files that you download from the Zuedo interface should come fast. Files that are being shared by a handful of people on and off could take weeks.
Click the Home tab at the top to check on the status of your downloads
Here you can see that in the time it took me to write this my download has completed. Simply click it to run the file. For me it’ll play the mp3 – for you it might open a video clip in your favorite player.
Don’t forget that while Azureus is running you can be uploading as well as downloading – so unless you have unlimited bandwidth don’t forget to check your ISP’s usage meter regularly. If you have nothing downloading or are approaching your limit for the month, make sure you close Azureus. Make sure it hasn’t just minimised to the Task Tray where the clock sits. If the Azure Frog is there right click it and Exit.
That is about all for this installment. Next I’ll show you how to find nearly anything you want and download it, as well as tweak your settings to get some more out of Azureus.