Shareaza is a file sharing client that you can use to connect to the Gnutella 1, Gnutella 2, eDonkey, and DC++ networks, in order to share and download files.
At first launch, you will be asked to run a quick configuration wizard, whether you are a beginner or an expert user. Once you finish completing the step, you are acquainted with the user interface, which is extremely appealing and user-friendly.
The GUI displays an overview of your connection status, notifications, interface customizations, library, and more. We recommend that you check out any alerts you may have. For example, if Shareaza detects you are behind a NAT router or firewall, it informs you that this may cause poor download and search performance. In this case, there are some simple steps you must follow, and Shareaza provides extensive guidance.
Besides the Home tab, there are five other ones - Library, Media Player, Search, Transfers, and Chat. Once you have selected a network connection, you are free to search for any file type (Shareaza has some extensive file formats you can choose from), and download it.
Results may take a while to be displayed, but you can view extension, size, rating, status, host count, downloading speed, client, duration, bitrate, and other details. Selecting a file to download will automatically send it in the Transfers tab. Here you can, for example, add music to the built-in media player and create a playlist. If you want to cancel a downloading file, Shareaza asks you if you wish to delete it completely.
While waiting for a file to be downloaded, you can chat with Shareaza users from across the world and share a few laughs. You can connect to multiple channels and communicate with multiple users at the same time.
In conlusion, Shareaza is a highly customizable peer-to-peer file sharing client that offers you access to a centralized database of software and multimedia resources. It is currently being maintained by a group of volunteers and updates are released on a regular basis.