Groundlevel Software Inc. has announced the release of a Mac OS X native version of their
Drumbeat file sharing software. The new version, developed using REAL Software’s REALbasic development environment, sports myriad enhancements in addition to Mac OS X support.
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Drumbeat is designed as a client for peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks developed using the OpenNap system. The software enables users to share files with each other, downloading files off of other users’ hard drives and, if allowed, sharing their files with other Drumbeat users. The developer said that Drumbeat can access more than 800,000 available users with 450 million files and up to 10PB (petabytes, or billions of megabytes) of data.
Version 1.6, the new release, is not just Mac OS X compatible, but it also features improved performance, better download success, the ability to see your file’s location in the remote queue, a new history menu, and more. The 1.6 release is a free upgrade, and is also available in a “Classic” version for older Mac OS versions.
Drumbeat also offers “robust security features” for parents concerned about their children’s judgment with file transfer. Users can filter adult content, which can then be unlocked only by a registered adult user of the software. Drumbeat is also banner ad free, according to Groundlevel.
Drumbeat is available as a 15-day demo version. A single user license costs US$29.95.