8 tips you did not know

Everybody that Transdroid uses knows how to start, stop, add and remove torrents. It is of great convenience to manage your torrents while away form home. But Transdroid has some nifty features that you probably didn’t even knew about. Here are some tips on getting even more out of your Transdroid install:

  1. Swipe to switch Do you have multiple servers configured in Transdroid? Many people do, like keeping a config for home Wi-Fi connections. You can switch between server configurations via the menu, but it’s easier to swipe. Just make a right-to-left (or left-to-right) motion to switch to the next (or previous) config. Want to switch using the server list? Tap the active server bar at the top of the screen.
  2. Restricting transfer rates If your server is overloaded with traffic, you might want to restrict the bandwidth usage on your torrents. The ‘Set transfer rates’ menu option allows you to set both maximum upload and download rates. Want easy access? Tap the status bar at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Filter-while-typing A feature that is a bit hidden and probably only for users of Android devices with keyboards: filter-while-typing. In any list in Transdroid (say, the main screen) you can start typing to filter the shown list. Looking to remove one torrent from your huge list? Type the first letters and you’ll find it quickly.
  4. Active transfer filtering If you have many torrents running, it sometimes is easier to consider only actively transferring torrents as active instead of those that are not paused. Choosing ‘Filter list -> Only transferring (> 0KB/s)’. Started torrents that have an upload and download rate of 0KB/s will show up in the ‘inactive’ torrent list.
  5. Barcode scanner I am still not sure how useful it is, but many users have requested it: a barcode scanner that starts torrent searches. Any barcode is translated to an (EAN or UPC) code that is translated into a search query. I believe it works surprisingly well with some results filtering and string magic. 🙂 Accessable via ‘Add -> Scan barcode’.
  6. Auto-refresh If you are connected on local Wi-Fi or have a stable connection, you might want Transdroid to automatically refresh the torrent screen. Choose ‘Settings -> Interface settings ->Refresh interval’ to set how often it auto-refreshes.
  7. In-app search switching Did your query not show satisfactory torrent results? You can switch between the in-app search providers easily using the menu. And left-to-right swiping works here as well.
  8. File-level priorities To be honest: this feature isn’t even released officially yet, but from the next version onwards you can set priorities on a file level. Open the details screen of an active torrent and view the file listing. Long-pressing allows you to adjust a file’s priority or disable its downloading at all. As with search result, you can use the checkbox to perform actions for many at once.

Any tips you want to share yourself? Feel free to leave your comments here.

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  • HackitZ  On 8 July 2010 at 04:53

    Can some one post the proper way to add a custom search, i keep getting invalid ?$%#.

    I’m trying to add a private tracker.

  • Eric Kok  On 8 July 2010 at 08:41

    Just use the url returned after a result search on that site and replace the query with %s

  • Dustin B  On 31 August 2010 at 03:03

    Tried that, didnt seem to work, using 2 private trackers and they both do the same thing, they run a search for %%%. Any suggestion??


    • Eric Kok  On 31 August 2010 at 10:21

      Take the search url and replace the search term with %s. For example on Mininova: http://www.mininova.org/search/?search=%s&cat=0

      • Jon B  On 4 November 2010 at 09:31

        wow thanks eric, i thought it meant %%%% lol %s ftw.

        i want to get rss feeds but it wont load from a private tracker, any thoughts?

        i have the private tracker thru my utorrent but when i paste the code to your app it just loads and loads.

        thanks i’ll definitely donate when i can!

        • Eric Kok  On 4 November 2010 at 15:45

          Some RSS feeds provide malformed XML content. Please send me the link (and if it is secured – also the XML source) of the RSS feed that is not working. (transdroid.org@gmail.com)

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