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  • #4851
    smaragdus
    smaragdus
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    – “Close to tray” – I know there is “Minimize to tray” option but “Close to tray” will offer even more flexibility and fine tuning- for example with “Minimize to tray” unchecked and “Close to tray” checked the user would be able to minimize the Koinonein to task-bar and close it to system tray, my preferred setting with qBittorrent and Tixati. I am so used to close torrent clients to tray that by mistake I exited Koinonein several times.

    – “Tray Control” – right-clicking on Koinonein tray icon offers several commands- “Show”, “Pause All”, “Resume All”, “Add Torrent”, “Exit”, etc. Controlling Koinonein from tray would be easy and handy. Screen of tray control in qBittorrent:

    qBittorrent 3.3.12 - tray control

    – Version information (Koinonein version number) in “About”- thus the user would not need to go to program folder to see which is the current installed version of Koinonein.

    – “Change Directory” from context menu- right-click on a torrent- “Change Directory”- thus the user would not need to go to “Info” tab and scroll down to “Change Directory”.

    – “Peers” tab shows country flags- I would suggest that hovering the mouse pointer over a flag shows the country name, like in qBittorrent.

    – An option to select which files should be downloaded when adding a torrent- this was already suggested in another forum thread, I second this request.

    – An option to rename a torrent when adding a torrent and an option to set a specific location for the torrent.

    – Portable version- a portable version would add more value to your torrent client. Portability may be implemented in several ways- special archives with modified executable which saves all data and settings files in program folder, an option for portable installation, a command-line argument, for example “Koinonein BitTorrent Client.exe –portable”, “Koinonein BitTorrent Client.exe -portable”, “Koinonein BitTorrent Client.exe /portable”, “Koinonein BitTorrent Client.exe /p”, etc, (you might also rename the executable from “Koinonein BitTorrent Client.exe” just to “Koinonein.exe” for simplicity), “Portable Mode” file in program folder forces Koinonein to save data and settings files in program folder, or an option to switch to “Portable Mode” from “Client Options”, there are many possibilities any any of them would do. Most torrent clients offer ways to run them in portable mode (this will be soon implemented even in qBittorrent– the last non-portable torrent client- I do not count PortableApps versions).

    Koinonein is a promising torrent client, keep your good work.

    #4852
    Dustbin
    Dustbin
    Participant

    Hi smaragdus,

    Close to tray/Tray Control/version info/Change Directory/Peers will be added to the next version.

    The selecting files dialog when adding a torrent is being worked on but this last release was correcting a nasty bug so it never made it in to the current version and selecting a specific location for the individual torrent will be in that dialog.

    The portable version is not that far off but Koinonein has a dependent .dll file (sciter.dll) and subject to funding that will shortly become contained in the client .exe so when that happens it will be easily portable as there won’t be any dependency’s.

    #4853
    smaragdus
    smaragdus
    Participant

    @dustbin

    Thanks for the immediate response.

    I would like to ask- are there Beta test versions of Koinonein or they are not public? By the way self-contained portable versions would facilitate testing of Beta builds.

    Does Koinonein mean anything or it is a name?

    Regards

    #4854
    Dustbin
    Dustbin
    Participant

    The last few versions were public in that we expect them to work properly for the features provided but we knew from the outset that people get attached to their favorite client so this client was kept deliberately minimal, while keeping all options available via the settings.xml, with a view to adding on the best bits on request.

    Koinonein can be said to ‘have a share’ in something and that was thought to be quite fitting.

    #4907
    smaragdus
    smaragdus
    Participant

    @dustbin
    I did some brief testing of Koinonein BitTorrent Client version 0.1.1.2 and so far everything seems bug-free and fine. Yet I have two tiny suggestions:
    – Double click on tray icon brings the program to front- equal to “Show” tray command.
    – When adding a torrent via “Add Torrent” command and browsing for a torrent file only torrent files are shown (files with “.torrent” extension)- now when I browse to “Desktop” Koinonein BitTorrent Client shows all files that are on “Desktop”. If Koinonein BitTorrent Client shows only “.torrent files” selecting a torrent file will be easier and faster.

    #4908
    Dustbin
    Dustbin
    Participant

    Hi, added WM_LBUTTONDBLCLK to the tray but you know Add Torrent from the main window is a separate dialog and I think that’s a bit overkill for what is just selecting a file or pasting a string so that will get changed to something better and faster, thanks.

    #4956
    smaragdus
    smaragdus
    Participant

    @dustbin
    First, I am testing the latest version of Koinonein- 0.1.1.3- thanks for adding double click command to tray icon.
    I have a question- what about multiple select of torrents for “Change Directory” command? Now torrents have to be selected one by one to move them to another location.
    One more question- have you thought of adding Categories/Labels or you prefer to keep Koinonein simple as simple as possible like for example Halite and Transmission?
    If you release a portable version of Koinonein I promise that I will write a detailed review about it at The Portable Freeware Forum (https://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/).
    Regards

    #4957
    Dustbin
    Dustbin
    Participant

    Hi smaragdus,

    Adding Categories/Labels is not a problem, do you think it should be general categories or something deeper? Once a .torrent file is loaded by Koinonein it’s never used again as everything is stored in the resume file so adding extra metadata is trivial and when you ‘Get Torrent File’ your getting a new .torrent with all your trackers and web seeds and there is no reason that a ‘Category’ can’t be included in that.

    I can add multiple select change directory but initially it would be so that all torrents would be moved to the same chosen directory but we are working on making the main window editable so you can rename/change directory without opening a separate dialog but it’s not very stable at the minute so that’s down the road a little while.

    Portable is coming, funds permitting, and we are looking to have just a single installer for 32/64 bit that will let you install either or both or extract the portable versions.

    You had a few other suggestions as well that are happening like shortening the name but as the name was used throughout the installation that’s getting done in stages so it does not mess up uninstalling, you might notice the UI is changed already along with the tray icon.

    Thanks.

    #4958
    smaragdus
    smaragdus
    Participant

    @dustbin

    Categories/Labels are useful when one has hundreds of torrents- categorizing them (Audio, Books, Software, Video, etc) makes finding torrents easier. For example qBittorrent, Tixati, uTorrent have native support for adding categories while Deluge relies on a plug-in for that.

    qBittorrent - Categories
    qBittorrent - New Category

    But I suppose that implementing Categories/Labels in Koinonein will require adding an additional side panel which might be contradictory to your initial GUI design.

    A unified x32/x64 installer which detects OS and allows portable installation would be great! For me a portable version would have at least 3 advantages:
    – run it from external drives;
    – it would be easier to backup;
    – testing of different versions without installation;

    Yes, I have spotted in the “About” menu that the name has been truncated from “Koinonein BitTorrent Client” to “Koinonein”- for me shorter is simpler and looks better, thanks.

    To offer downloads for Koinonein via torrents was a cute idea, it also facilitates testing, thanks.

    I will continue testing of Koinonein- it is a breath of fresh air in the torrent clients market. Do you plan to make Koinonein cross platform and release it on Linux/macOS in the future?

    I have already asked about the name but I am curious- from what language has it been derived? From a Celtic language?

    Regards

    #4959
    Dustbin
    Dustbin
    Participant

    We tried to stay away from the side panel as it takes up a lot of real estate for not much information so Koinonein has the Status/Statistics when you hover over the network icon at the bottom right but if Categories/Labels were to be embraced they could have there own tab or a subsection in ‘Info’ tab but you know we don’t mind adding stuff in then removing it again if it does not work so something will be put together for Categories/Labels.

    It was a no brainier offering the downloads and updates via the BitTorrent protocol as it keeps server resources to a minimum while still guaranteeing availability so while we have a dedicated download server for site downloads and https web seeding along with a dedicated seedbox it’s working out that the users are covering most of the bandwidth by sharing Koinonein themselves.

    We do aim to get Koinonein available on more platforms but it’s just fund permitting so we have to see how it goes or do some crowdfunding to make it happen but when it does no version will have advertisements or such in them and the nature of the UI means all platforms will look exactly the same.

    I believe Koinonein is ancient Greek.

    Cheers.

    #5387
    Dustbin
    Dustbin
    Participant

    Category’s are complete now and will appear in the next version in a day or two, details of usage are in the Knowledge Base.

    #5706
    smaragdus
    smaragdus
    Participant

    @dustbin

    Hello,

    Thanks for all your replies and for adding “Category”.

    I think you may change some text strings:

    Context menu- “Delete Torrent”- change sub-menu “Delete Torrent Data” to “Delete Data”:

    Koinonein - Delete Data

    I think “Delete Data” is more clear than “Delete Torrent Data”.

    Category- context menu- change “”Remove Unused Category’s” to “Remove Unused Categories”

    and

    Category- context menu- change “Reset Category’s” to “Reset Categories”:

    Categories

    Confirmation dialog- change “Category’s” to “Categories”:

    Confirmation

    You need “sciter.dll” for “Client Settings” menu?

    Regards

    #5708
    Koinonein
    Koinonein
    Keymaster

    Hi,

    Changes shall appear in next version in a day or so.

    Sciter is responsible for the entire UI and all scripting between the UI and C++ along with data storage, basically every Window, Dialog and Menu is Sciter HTML and tiscript.

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