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1Halite: A Free Open-Source BitTorrent client
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3Version: 0.3.0.5 dev 408 released 26th March 2008
4
5WWW: http://www.binarynotions.com/halite.php Forum:
6http://www.binarynotions.com/forum.php
7
8Developer: Eóin O'Callaghan
9
10Halite (named after the mineral) is a BitTorrent client based on Arvid
11Norberg's excellent libtorrent library from Rasterbar Software. The
12program also relies on the Boost libraries.
13
14Features:
15
16While still at an early state of development Halite is a functional
17BitTorrent client. So far its list of features is pretty standard but
18that is because I want to ensure it does the basic stuff well.
19
20That said, it supports:
21
22  + File selection and/or file priority specifications.
23  + Trackerless torrents (using the Mainline kademlia DHT protocol).
24  + IP filtering with eMule style ipfilter.dat import.
25  + Protocol Encryption support.
26  + Translations of the UI into a number of languages through the help
27    of volunteers. (if you wish to help with a translation then please do)
28  + Minimize to tray with transfer rate summary.
29  + Full Unicode support through UTF-8 and native Windows wide-char strings.
30  + Login support where tracker requires it.
31  + Ability to edit trackers specified in the torrent.
32  + Transfer rate and connection limits both global and per-torrent.
33
34Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003 and Vista (Note currently
35Vista users need to install the application to a directory where they
36will have full read and write access to. The recommended solution is
37to use the standalone exe distribution and not the installer.
38
39Known Issues/Problems:
40
41Halite does not always gracefully accept configuration information
42from previous versions. Should you experience crashes upon running
43Halite you should delete any old Halite.ini.xml or Halite.xml.
44
45You will not lose any downloads in progress and those which do not
46restart automatically can be done so manually by loading the
47associated torrent file from the 'torrents' subdirectory.
48
49Changes:
50
51 - from v 0.3.0.2 to 0.3.0.5:
52   1) Right-click context menu option to 'Open download folder'.
53   2) Right-click context menu option to force a file recheck.
54   3) Option to move seeding torrent to another folder.
55   4) Fixed a bug with tracker logins.
56
57 - from v 0.3 to 0.3.0.2:
58   Mainly a bugfix release.
59   1) Fixed a bug with Tray Icon rmeaining after window was restored.
60   2) Torrent Connection and Transfer setting mapped to incorrect editbox.
61   3) Subtle bug where some settings didn't register straight away.
62
63 - from v 0.3 to 0.3.0.2:
64   Mainly a bugfix release.
65   1) Fixed a bug with Tray Icon rmeaining after window was restored.
66   2) Torrent Connection and Transfer setting mapped to incorrect editbox.
67   3) Subtle bug where some settings didn't register straight away.
68
69 - from v 0.2.9 to 0.3:
70   1) File selection and/or priority settings.
71   2) Protocol Encryption.
72   3) New tabbed interface makes better use of screen real estate.
73   4) Updated to recent versions of Boost (1.34.1) and libtorrent.
74   5) Numerous bug fixes.
75   
76 - from v 0.2.8 to 0.2.9:
77   1) Full Unicode support!
78   2) Rewitten XML fileformat with greatly improved robustness.
79   3) New tabbed interface makes better use of screen real estate.
80   4) Ability to edit Trackers and set login details.
81   5) Comprehensive logging for diagnosing problems.
82   6) Windows 2000 and Server 2003 supported fully.
83   7) Switched to MSVC 2005 compiler (8.0) for improved reliability
84      though at the cost of slightly bigger executables.
85   
86- from v 0.2.7 to 0.2.8:
87   1) IP filtering support eMule style ipfilter.dat files.
88   2) DHT support, thought it is turned off by default.
89   3) Can select alternate save directory for torrents..
90   4) New icon!
91
92 - from v 0.2.6 to 0.2.7:
93   1) By default Halite will only allow one instance to be launched
94   2) Halite can be set as the default program for '.torrent' files.
95   3) ETA indicator for torrents. 4) Minor GUI tweaks.
96
97 - from v 0.2.5 to 0.2.6:
98   1) Fixed a silly bug (i.e. I should have caught it sooner) whereby
99      exiting Halite from the tray would screw up the window layout
100      next time running it.
101   2) Added auto-selection to Torrents list to make it more intuitive.
102
103 - from v 0.2 to 0.2.5:
104   1) The GUI is slightly altered so that it looks consistent and neat
105      for a number of visual styles which I was able to test it on.
106   2) The ability to drag and drop torrent files into the app has been
107      added.
108   3) It will minimize to the tray instead of task bar and hovering
109      mouse for the tray icon displays the current up and down rate.
110   4) Where previously the various limits boxes didn't validate
111      properly now they do and any invalid input is interpreted as no
112      limit and a nice infinity symbol is displayed.
113   5) Individual torrent info is saved and loaded when the program is
114      closed and reopened allowing torrent limits to be remembered.
115   6) If the program has to wait after the user clicking close for any
116      active connections to shutdown down 'cleanly' an optional small
117      dialog is displayed to alert the user that the program is still
118      running.
119
120Subversion: svn://svn.geekisp.com/halite
121
122In addition you can check out the Trac site (trac.geekisp.com/halite)
123but I haven't really done much with it ... yet.
124
125Thanks:
126
127It can be hard to remember to thank everyone but that is no excuse for
128leaving someone out. If I have done so let me know.
129
130  + Arvid Norberg- As the author of libtorrent he has made the single
131    biggest contribution to this project.
132    http://www.rasterbar.com/products/libtorrent/index.html
133
134  + Christopher Kohloff- The man behind Boost.ASIO a crucial element
135    of libtorrent and my own libhttp library.
136    http://asio.sourceforge.net/
137
138  + nudone (Nick Pearson)- The excellent artist who designed the icon
139    for Halite.
140        wtfcody.com / nudsville.com
141
142  + Austin- Very kindly made the Iss install script for Halite.
143
144  + Everyone who has been in touch with me through email or the forum
145    and have shared their ideas and feature requests for the client.
146    They have given the project direction and purpose.
147
148  + And of course all the translators:
149    - devGod – Nederlandse vertaling.
150    - MaikelChan - maikelchan88@gmail.com - Traducción en Español de España.
151    - Prome – prome.lwaku.info – Avtor slovenskega prevoda.
152    - Tw@in 28 (Giulio Pascali) – twain_28@hotmail.com - Traduttore Italiano.
153    - u!^DEV  - germanpg.hacker.to - deutsche Übersetzung.
154    - webdr - www.langturk.com - Türkçe çeviri.
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