BitTorrent Surf performs torrent discovery and downloading inside Google Chrome

first_imgFor years, uTorrent has been one the smallest, simplest apps available for managing torrent transfers. BitTorrent is always looking for ways to improve its peer-to-peer software, however, and has set its sights on an even simpler system: a full-fledged torrent client that runs right inside your web browser. It’s called BitTorrent Surf, and the first alpha version has just been released as an extension for Google Chrome.Like a good desktop torrent app, BitTorrent Surf lets you search for and download torrents. The handy drop-down dashboard includes controls that allow you to pause and resume transfers, and you can also check your torrents’ health and ETAs with a glance. When you’re browsing a known torrent search site (like Mininova in the demo video), BitTorrent Surf will alert you that it can be added to the extension’s built-in search tool.BitTorrent Surf isn’t the first in-browser torrent downloading solution, but it’s certainly the most elegant. It’s a combination of slick features that have been available as parts of other Chrome extensions for a while, assembled in an easy-to-use app that’s going to be every bit as good as uTorrent.Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test the extension this morning. Although the BitTorrent Surf entry in the Chrome Web Store appears, the install button is grayed out. An alert informed me that my computer wasn’t compatible with the extension, but neither were the other four I tried — which included a Samsung Chromebook %displayPrice% at %seller% , Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops, and a Mac running Lion.If you are able to get BitTorrent Surf installed, bear in mind that it’s still in the very early stages of development. Bugs are to be expected when you’re taking experimental software for a test drive, but that’s a price enthusiasts are willing to pay to try things before they’re ready for the masses.More at BitTorrentlast_img

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