Vuze – My New Favorite Application

Vuze – My New Favorite Application

vuze_logoIn a world where everything is constantly evolving and there is just so much happening in the world of technology it’s tough to keep up on software releases, announcements and the deluge of new ideas. Because applications are tools, it’s important to realize that no tool is created the same. Last night I was doing research and needed to use a Torrent application. After launching my BitTorrent application, watching it chug along slowly. I thought there must be a better way. Surely there were some brains out there that could build something better. Then I discovered Vuze – formerly Azureus.

Vuze is part content aggregator, part viewer, part browser, part chat and much more… Check out the features from the mouths of the Vuze team.

Multiple Devices:
As part of our thinking, we asked you two weeks ago how you wanted to get your HD video from your PC to your mobile and TV.

The results (based on over 25,000 votes tallied in a single weekend) made it clear you care.  Among those responding, more than 80% of you took an interest in at least one device option.

As of today, you’ll be able to watch your videos on iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Vuze has always supported open platforms and technologies, and we’ve designed our device support to embrace as many of the devices you asked for, as possible. Expect more to follow soon.

Smart About Formats In An Open World:
One of the key pain-points in digital video today is the lack of a consistent video format standard. We look forward to a day when the format landscape is no longer fragmented across a dizzying array of file formats: H.264, MPEG-4, divx, wmv, avi… In the meantime, Vuze will serve as your translator so you don’t have to know which type of file is required for playback on a specific device.

Your Content, Playable On Any Screen:
Another key pain-point has traditionally been cumbersome transport between devices.  Beyond the format maze, its been difficult to get videos easily exported to devices Рespecially game consoles.  The Vuze team spent considerable time thinking through how to simplify this experience.  Simply drag-and-drop files to the device of your choice within Vuze, and then click play on your Xbox 360, Playstation 3, or Apple devices.

As a result, you’re not locked into a single platform, and you can enjoy the best content across multiple platforms and screens.

How does it work?
The first thing you’ll notice when you download the latest version of Vuze is a new Sidebar item called Devices. Turn it on, and take it for a spin.

iTunes, PS3, and Xbox 360 will be auto-detected and show up under Devices in your Sidebar (if they’re present on your computer or network).

Drag-and-drop videos from your Vuze Library (or desktop) to the device of your choice.  Vuze will detect whether or not the video format will playback on the device you select, convert the file, if necessary, and make it available for playback on the device.  All you have to do is sit-back and play your HD content on whatever screen you want.

or iTunes, Vuze will push the video into your iTunes Library for transfer to your Apple devices.

For PS3 and Xbox 360, simply turn on your console and click the video you want to play.  Vuze will stream the videos from your PC or Mac directly to your game console.

You’re now free to enjoy full screen HD on all your screens.  If you’re anything like us, the first time you transfer a video from Vuze to your iPhone, a smile will cross your face…

See what I mean? And now they’ve just added Tivo and PSP to their roster of supported technologies.

If you download Torrents for any reason you should definitely check out Vuze. It’s such a fantastic app that once you try it, you’ll find yourself coming back again and again and this is the way a good app should be.

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