Walkthrough: BitRocket - a killer new Mac OS X BitTorrent client
Dan Lurie over at TUAW found a review of BitTorrent clients for Mac OS X a few days ago. Apparently, this inspired Clone Software, Ltd. to stop guarding their secret and release BitRocket (which TUAW promptly found) - an OSS torrent client (in beta) for the Mac that indeed rockets past the competition (zing!).
BitRocket excels because it is refreshingly Mac OS X friendly, right down to the UI and design of the app. On the left side is a list for RSS torrent feeds, and at the bottom of that list is a master up/download panel for keeping an eye on just how much is moving in each direction.
In the very top right is a customizable search engine, which by default offers a total of eight engines to search through, as well as a list of previous searches. The one downfall of this panel (hey, it's a 0.1 beta, I gotta knock 'em for something) is that the search is actually kicked out to your default browser; it isn't contained and maintained within BitRocket. With how much of a 'bittorrent command center' this app seems to act like (as you'll see in later screenshots), it would been great to keep everything under one roof where BitRocket can manage the entire search and download process from start to finish. Maybe this will come in a future version, but so far this is the only ding I can find with the app, and that's saying quite a bit for a 0.1 beta release.
In the top center of BitRocket is a list of torrent downloads, and the panel below that list offers five tabs. The first is General (not pictured, because it's so basic), which offers information about the currently selected torrent.
I admittedly haven't put BitRocket through the test with a dozen torrents just yet, but in my preliminary testing I've found this app to be one of the most feature-packed and stable 'v0.1 beta' apps I've ever used. There is tremendous promise in BitRocket, and I can honestly say the bar has just been raised for all Mac OS X bittorrent clients. If you've been looking for a solid client that plays very well with your Mac, BitRocket's extensive feature list and A+ Mac OS X integration can hardly disappoint.