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Current Version: 0.5191 (August 8, 2006)

The Poisoned Project's "Poisoned" is a beautiful, flexible and powerful file sharing application for Mac OS X. Unlike applications like LimeWire or Kazaa that connect to only one file sharing network, Poisoned can connect to several seamlessly. Unlike Kazaa and several other file sharing applications, Poisoned contains no spyware and no adware. In addition, Poisoned, is free and open-source software.

Poisoned connects to the FastTrack network (Kazaa, Grokster, iMesh), the Gnutella network (Limewire, Acquisition), and OpenFT. This is all made possible by something called the giFT daemon (, the same people behind the OpenFT network. The different networks supported in Poinsoned are actually plugins for giFT. Right now, network plugins being developed for two high-profile networks: OpenNapster and eDonkey. This means that in a little while, Poisoned will support 5 networks within one application, all with a low strain on your system. Poisoned supports multiple source download, so your files will download quick and painlessly. Poisoned integrates with iTunes beautifully, automatically importing into iTunes and deleting the original file if iTunes manages your music library.

Version 0.5191 adds/changes the following:

  • Update To Gnutella
  • Update to Fasttrack
  • Update to Ares
  • Fixed the update system for updateing nodes lists.
  • Cleaned up several network issues.
  • Fixed some of the options.
  • Updates to nibs and everything releated to Ares.
  • Improved some of the connection related code
  • You should see much better responce from Poisoned now.

User Reviews

"This is a fantastic app and is being enthusiastically and regularly developed. Interface is simple and easy to understand. User forums are friendly and helpfull. There's plenty of information to help you get over firewall issues, should you have any. I don't think you can find anything that will work this well within the limits of the PTP networks."
—Michael Corbett

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