One of our most popular binary download clients, SABNZBD, recently announced the release of their new beta version to the public. Version 0.7.0 is now available for download and the developers have added on several new features to make things more convenient for many users with limited bandwidth.
Download Manager – New Quota System
The new beta version has a built-in download quota management option. The quota manager will now allow you to set limits, and monitor your downloads and pause all downloads when the predetermined limit is reached. Resuming the download is easy by simply reset the quota to zero. This feature only monitors bandwidth usage within the client monitoring data usage outside of the client will still be left up to you. Outside of this limitation, we found this feature quite handy for our heavier users.
Growl For Everybody Now
Before, Growl was only available in the OS X version of SABNZBD. Now you will be able to use Growl in the Ubuntu distros and Windows clients. Developers said that there were many requests for this feature.
Verify Downloads Before Wasting Valuable Bandwidth
One new feature that is still experimental is the Pre-download check. There’s nothing more frustrating than to find after spending a bunch of bandwidth downloading a particular binary, to find the file wasn’t completely available. SABNZBD version 0.7.0 has a tool to fix this problem. The pre-download checker promises to save a lot of bandwidth, if you have limits.
You can find this tool by going to the Config Switches menu. On the official SABNZBD wiki site, once this feature is enabled it will work for every download. The tool will ensure that the entire file will be available, before starting the download. Once it is determined the completeness, it will give you an ETA. Even though it is an experimental feature, this one will also help those on limited bandwidth budget.
New Tray Icon
It doesn’t sound like much, but the developers added in a nice little Windows tray icon for SABNZBD. And like many other tray icons, there’s will also give access to different functions and features of the client through a context menu.
It seems that the developers have taken the concerns of those with limited bandwidth to mind. As the two new major features being added in this time will help this community out immensely. Many of us here at UsenetReviews.org use this client and if you haven’t tried it yet we recommend it for downloading USENET binaries.
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