Acquisition
Acquisition
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Acquisition free download for Mac

Acquisition2.1

19 November 2010

Gnutella file-sharing client.

Overview

Acquisition is a Gnutella file-sharing client written using the Cocoa APIs.

What's new in Acquisition

Version 2.1:
  • Sparkle auto-update support
  • Design tweaks
  • Connectivity improvements

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746 Reviews of Acquisition

Nessuno
15 March 2009
Version: 2.1v210

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This guy - David Watanabe - is a complete a#h#. I am a customer who paid for this app, but do you thing that I ever got a reply if anything didn't work (and A WHOLE LOT didn't work!)? Nope. Don't throw a single dime into this greedy a#.
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Banontino
24 March 2013
Version: 2.1v210
Acquisition and Xtorrent are real eye opener for me as I have never been stolen from whil buying apps or anything else on line and now for the first time I feel the pain of being violated in a bright day light. I have to admit this must be for most part my own fault as I trusted the author on these apps and didn't hesitate to pay even for 2nd item, thinking maybe I have to pay one more time since I changed my computer, having had trouble with my old one. Yes I tried to download the damn thing to my new computer but it always brought me back to purchase page where I finally thought I should bight the bullet and buy the damn thing for 2nd time. This is way I think being native like I was make it my own fault at least partially. Still, it doesn't mean the fu*****ing A*sh****e doesn't deserve some jail time, in my opinion a few years being some gang's girlfriend in some max security jail in some nasty part of the country or better yet in some other country is a good reward for this David Wantanbe or what ever his fu****ing name is. And as for fu****ing PayPal, there should be a block on this guy on PayPal so people can't even pay for the damn app that doesn't exist. Why is PayPal allowing payment be made on this shit? There's a phone number to call for issues on the app (1-808)778-6899 try to call this number, it's such a sad jock, some bitch on heroin or some kind of drugs on an answering machine tells you few words that no one can understand , you leave a message and then wait for a call back.... Haha sure, they call back in the next life maybe. What a good way to learn not to trust anyone, it cost me around $80, I'm not ona get poor by it but this crook certainly getting rich as there are still native people like me whom pay for apps that don't exist!
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Acuraice
11 March 2012
Version: 2.1v210
just sent the develop an email in regard sot getting refunds from the crook himself! my name is jUSTIN ***** and i purchased the lifetime option for acquisiton a few years ago and it suddenly is now discontinued for the last year with no responses back from my emails. Just letting you know that if i do NOT receive a full refund from the fraud and crook David wantanbe, many many of his customers are filing a class action suit against him with the help of PAYPAL for fraud and full refunds. We will pursue this legally. Just refund our money and all will be well. we are sick and tired of not receiving responses to our emails and the fact that the developer has stranded us all in the cold and took our money. He will not prevail,we will win. email me back and i will send you my receipt and serial number showing and confirming my purchase and how much the refund should be. if not he will have to pay us all back PLUS damages for fraud and many court fees to fight us. Sincerely ALL AQUISITION CUSTOMERS WHO WERE SCAMMED
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Acuraice
05 September 2011
Version: 2.1v210
regardless of lime wire being shutdown,this app does still find connections. you must simply download and replace the app only with the new downloaded one,and launch it,your preferences will be the same and it will now connect. keep the downloaded version on your drive somewhere to do the replace trick every so often. works like a charm! the only problem we have now is with lion the Toolbar disappears after first use, so somehow the preflist file either gets corrupted or is not read correctly. When I delete org.xlife.Acquisition.plist, the toolbar shows up correctly, but when I close and open the program again, it's gone again. very annoying and if you do trash your plist file,the toolbar will come back in lion but you must enter your registration info again,which in my case works,but many others have issues getting their serials to work so just be forewarned
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Stephenchua
19 March 2011
Version: 2.2v223
I have just re-formatted my Mac since it just won't startup anymore. I tried to re-download Acquisition from acquisitionx.com (already purchased a license before) but everytime I click on the Download link, it always redirects me to Purchase again :/ A little research led me to this site, which mirrors the file: http://acqusitmac.gooofull.com/descarga_gratis
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Mysticalos
27 February 2011
Version: 2.2v223
This author is a crook, the app is virtually discontinued and has been for quite some time in favor of newer products. Sells false licenses which claim to be a full 2.x license, yet without warning purposely moves the auto update url so the app itself can no longer locate updates. Disables all upgrades on website and redirects them to purchas links to make users who just bought the app to rebuy it just for bug fixes, even if they just purchased it months ago, which is a violation of license terms for app which purchased. This product should be pulled from mac update to spare any further users the fraud this author intends to commit.
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rorschach
21 January 2011
Version: 2.2v223
Direct download link, since there's no trace of it on the site: http://acquisition.dreamhosters.com/Acquisition2.2(v223).dmg
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Seika7
16 January 2011
Version: 2.2v223
Here's the new download link (since all the download links on his site just point to the purchase page): http://www.acquisitionx.com/dmg.php
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poffuomo
30 December 2010
Version: 2.2v223
I think there are no results because of LimeWire net.
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D9
19 November 2010
Version: 2.2v223
Paid version doesn't work anymore. Received email saying I've installed this too many times to allow it to be registered...so now I'm a crook! Doesn't matter that I've upgraded my Mac 3 times...now I'm a crook! I've got probably $3,000-$4,000 worth of paid software installed on my Mac for work & personal but I've chosen to "rip off" this program...so now I'm a crook! -- KMA!! /
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Flec65
19 November 2010
Version: 2.2v223
Version 2.2v223 can connect to the Gnutella network again. Once installed, it offers to download Gnutella components and when it's done, Acquisition works as it should.
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Drepacino-17
09 November 2010
Version: 2.2v221
I just re-purchased acquisition 2 due to connectivity issues and I still can't connect. I have uninstalled and reinstalled and have not been asked to enter my activation code? Any suggestions on how to enter that code and see if then I can connect? I'm so disappointed. I'm running 10.6.4 OS X snow leopard and never had any issues until just recently...I'm at a loss any help will be appreciated. Especially if I can figure out where to enter my activation code.
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jtyner
07 November 2010
Version: 2.2v221
Many Acquisiton users are having issues connecting since Limewire shut down. A bit of a coincidence? Probably not. App will start, but won't connect to the internet.
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Rdunn
06 November 2010
Version: 2.2v221
Looking for help getting newly downloaded Acquisition 2.2 (v221) to connect for the first time to my Mac running OS 10.4.6 & Airport Extreme. Won't connect. Assuming it's a ports issue? Even tried to get AppleCare to help, they seemed baffled, too. Can someone give me a step-by-step on things to try?
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richHolod
04 November 2010
Version: 2.2v221
Acquisition stopped connecting. Tried a complete clean re-install of version 2.1 and 2.2 and all related files, preferences and folders - no change. Just won't connect to any network. I'm speculating that this could possibly be related to Limewire going out of the P2P business, but it could be something else entirely. Any ideas? Wrote the developer today. Will share here whatever I hear back.
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Sgginc
31 August 2010
Version: 2.2v221
There is no way to download 2.2v221 from the link or developer's website.
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Pdbowers
29 August 2010
Version: 2.2v221
Trust me. you dont want to have to interact with the developer. In all my time in buying software that I liked, after buying this, I'm sorry I did. At one point, I needed my registration number again, and it took a long time for a response and to finally get it. When I finally did get the number, he was very surly, ugly, and very unprofessional in his response to me. After that, I said f**k it, I dont need the headache, and never used the application again. There are so many developers out there who are MORE than willing to help, or listen to suggestions, and to implement them. This developer needs some customer service skills, and anger management classes to boot.
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Nick-Collingridge
28 August 2010
Version: 2.2v221
Don't know what's going on here, but when you click the download link above you get a warning that the site you will be visiting has malware on it. If you click through this obviously fake warning you get to the Acquisition website. But the version of Acquisition that is available is the same as the old old version 2.1 (build 210) from ages ago which doesn't work for longer than about one download. The new version advertised here is nowhere to be seen. Anyone any idea what is happening here?
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Mlbkxbx
01 April 2010
Version: 2.1v210
For what it's worth, i actually think it's a very good app. It's easy on the eyes, and downloads stuff without any particular fuzz. If acqlite would be properly updated, that could possibly be an alternative, but it isn't as of now (for me anyway). So, i'll stick with Acquisition for now. Now, i haven't had the privilege of communicating with the developer yet, and judging by previous comments, lets hope i never have to ;)
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Dannii
29 January 2010
Version: 2.1v210
I bought this application about 2 years ago and immediately I had regrets I did. Essentially all the 'under-the-hood protocols, etc are the same as LimeWire and FrostWire, only with a prettier UI. This application had a 'search as you type' feature, which Snow Leopard broke. I immediately notified the developer about this issue and asked when i could expect an update. He told me that he didn't want to comment on this, he doesn't give timelines on updates. Now (5 months after SL has been released) there's still no update. I'm having real issues here with this developer. 1. Acquisition isn't even mentioned on this blog, does he even plan on supporting this? 2. He's literly copying code from opensource applications. He the opensource community doesn't update the code that he steals, then don't hold your breath for an update (xTorrent). 3. The excuse of not having time, is not true since he has plenty of time for his other projects. It's really pathetic.
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Chainking
04 September 2009
Version: 2.1v210
OK, there may be a problem with some serials not working (mine does and I don't lose it) and the developer not answering emails (for an app this widely used, he probably gets too many). But this is a great app. It works and does so with a sensible and easy to use GUI. When I need something that I can't or won't buy, I go to Acquisition and it hardly ever fails.
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Frodo-life
25 August 2009
Version: 2.1v210
same problem here bought Acquisition with a lifetime upgrade feature but my serial number does not work and so far no response to my 3 emails sent
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Fuzzyjon79
02 August 2009
Version: 2.1v210
I also have had no luck in getting this guy to respond to several emails. I bought the app using an email address that I no longer use (and can no longer access under any circumstances). I've asked him to re-send the code to my new email address and I've even given him the PayPal transaction ID showing I made the purchase. (I even bought the lifetime upgrades option). No luck. Anybody experience similar problems?
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Iconz113
13 July 2009
Version: 2.1v210
the fact of the matter is its a good app. I prefer it over the competitors and Ill continue to use it but if you ever want to contact the developer don't count on it. I myself never contact the developers of the applications I buy anyway so it doesn't matter to me but I guess a lot of people do. If your really looking for an alternative to what ever your using now Id say get acquisition. I like it , never had a problem and the interface is a lot better then the other guys. But some feel strongly about not buying this guys software for other reasons, but dont let it stop you from using this, most likely you wont have a problem.
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Rikos
22 April 2009
Version: 2.1v210
I have to agree with all the previous posts. Don't waste your money supporting this guy.I made the mistake of paying for this software. If you have a problem or a question you'll get zero response from him!.
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Nessuno
15 March 2009
Version: 2.1v210
This guy - David Watanabe - is a complete a#h#. I am a customer who paid for this app, but do you thing that I ever got a reply if anything didn't work (and A WHOLE LOT didn't work!)? Nope. Don't throw a single dime into this greedy a#.
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Ozzkar65
26 December 2008
Version: 2.0v209
Ok, I have 2 add my 2 cents here and in a bunch of other sites :-) I paid for this program about one year ago. .. and my serial just stopped working. I paid using paypal. I have emailed the seller and no reply.. and that is ok.. because I can be a pain in the a#& and if I don't get this fix within the next 10 days.. I'll be getting my money back.. I already emailed paypal and next is my bank... and to those that have the same problem.. you should do the same. ..
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Rpoc33
24 August 2008
Version: 2.0v209
I just bought Acquisition Pro, but I can't get the application to connect. Hence, I can't get any search results. I am only able to use the program to download torrents, which is fine, but I want to download individual songs. I have emailed the creator of the software, but I haven't received a reply (which seems to be commonplace having read the previous reviews about the guy). Does anyone know what my problem might be. I am connected to a wireless connection... My firewall is disabled for Acquisition and I know my port numbers for torrents and gnutella... Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Brildenlanch
04 August 2008
Version: 2.0v209
Whatever. Gnutella itself is just so blah, even Acq couldn't help it out much. It works alright. Oh yeah, Id like my activation code, DAVE. I remember back when this app first came out. You were as snide then as you are unconscionably insane now. F you and your license fee. I already paid.
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Thirstyrobot
15 July 2008
Version: 2.0v209
I was once an enthusiastic supporter of this app...and heck even its developer. But I can no longer endorse either on account of that guy's unethical behaviour. For those who paid the license on version 1.0 of this app--including many who paid for free upgrades for life--they're now stuck with something that connects, at best, infrequently. The developer's solution? 'Buy a new license, give me more money.' Granted, we're talking here about getting shafted by a product that helps folks rip off record companies--and maybe there's some karma in that--but insofar as we're talking about reputation on the street, this guy's on the blacklist of many, many people for a reason. Avoid Acquisition and never, ever give this guy a dime.
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Inquisitor
09 June 2008
Version: 2.0v209
I use this software from 3 years. I tried Cabos, I tried LimeWire and I always come back to Acquisition. Gnutella is pretty old network protocol but it's fine when you want to download small files. Maybe more appropriate than torrent or usenet for small files. I don't understand comments below. If you have good ports opened, and a good connection, it's the perfect app, with a perfect mac look and feel
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Gowgates567
05 June 2008
Version: 2.0v209
"Support People, not corporations" my a$$. This software stole my money! At least when I support a corporation, they have accountability. I bought this software 3 years ago, and on the more recent update, my password doesn't work, and I have to purchase the software again... dishonest. Acquisition was awesome, but now it blows. Karma bites again.
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Reel-mac
05 May 2008
Version: 2.0v208
Wow this software has really gone downhill. POS, to put it bluntly. All SPAM results. Even worse, though, any useful results are coming from "unregistered" users, which you're unable to download (probably unless you hand over some cash to this guy). Strangely, I can share just fine, I've got uploads going in the first few seconds, even though I'm unregistered. So much for peer-to-peer.
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Jack-Gray
04 May 2008
Version: 2.0v208
don't give this guy your money. please. (maybe if enough people say this, people will start to get the picture) this developer should be added to the blacklist. help do this by reporting him.
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Applenerd
11 April 2008
Version: 2.0v208
If your in the market for a P2P app, this is what you want. This is so much faster than LimeWire, or even LimeWire PRO. With other P2P apps, downloads crawl, even if you have a fast connection. With Acquisition 2, even if you have slower connections such as dial-up, you will have noticeable fast downloads.
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pl-svn
26 March 2008
Version: 2.0v208
Do not give your money to this developer, period!
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Bruceh2
25 March 2008
Version: 2.0v207
Best p2p app I've ever used! Tried all and this one is always works as it should. Never have had a problem downloading, using the app, or activating my registration codes. The few problems I have encountered have always led back to the isp, not the app. Easy to use. Reliable results. What more do you want?
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Ishlan
19 March 2008
Version: 2.0v206
I too purchased a lifetime membership to avoid the nags and help the developer. Now no access. Maybe this is one to avoid, up to you
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Jon55
18 March 2008
Version: 2.0v206
Please follow everyone else's advise and don't even bother with this app. What sucks most is this is actually a nice app, but the dev. is an idiot and has a terrible service record. I've lost count over how many posts I've read about people who had bought the "lifetime" upgrade and havn't been able to get it to work. And when you email the dev., he rarely responds and when he does it's nothing more than a 1 word answer. This app could be awesome if it wasn't so expensive and buggy. Otherwise, looks-wise, it's the best by far.
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Madmack
06 March 2008
Version: 2.0v206
The current acquisition does not load even though I purchased lifetime updates 14 months ago. I feel this is a big swindle and the developers should be held responsible for liability
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Jtab72
28 February 2008
Version: 2.0v206
In my stupidity, I didn't research any negative reviews about aquisition so I bought the license and the lifetime updates--now it doesn't connect. What a headache. He doesn't even give the correct pathway to connect in his instructions (atleast for leopard) He will go down as one of my word of mouth, never buy for this guy!
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Rgr
24 February 2008
Version: 2.0v206
I've purchased a license "for life" in 2006. But when I recently wanted to update to v2 it didn't work. It turns out I have to pay again!! Perhaps 1,5 year feels like a life time to David Watanabe. It feels like theft to me.
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Stormchild
18 February 2008
Version: 2.0v206
Although I originally paid for this app, I hadn't used it in a couple years. Today I launched it, was notified of an update, and went to the site to download it, only to discover that my "free updates for life" have now been terminated, and now I have to pay again. I would complain about this incredibly dishonest behavior, but it's kind of a moot point, as the new version won't even start up. It just bounces in the Dock forever and ever. Deleted.
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Jolivierld
17 February 2008
Version: 2.0v206
What a crook ! He's wrapping FREE SOFTWARE and crippling now !! at least you could endure the nags before... now it's crippled (randomly ignore search results ??? that's BAD)...
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Team
06 February 2008
Version: 2.0v206
David Watanabe is a liar and a thief. I purchased a license for $15 several years ago, with the guarantee of free lifetime updates. Recently, upon launching Acquisition, I was notified that a software update was available. Thinking nothing of it (why not? All previous updates were free), I downloaded and installed it, only to have it turn my bought-and-paid-for piece of software into crippled shareware. I can't revert to an older version, and now I'm being forced to shell out nearly $25 - $10 more than I paid for it in the first place! Watanabe's behaviour is at best dishonest, and at worst fraudulent and intentionally deceptive. He promised free updates for life for Acquisition, and he reneged on that promise. As for being a thief, let's just say that Mr. Watanabe has a proven track record of wrapping freely available source code in a slick UI and calling it "original" (e.g. Xtorrent). There's a sucker born every minute, and David Watanabe knows it. Stop giving him your money and maybe he'll go away.
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Jakob07
21 January 2008
Version: 2.0v206
I've been using Acquisition without any major problems with Tiger and Jaguar for years. (Even got a free upgrade license / so this Watanabe guy can't be too bad) But with Leopard I am not able to make a connection. Anybody out there knows why?
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paulgabel
03 January 2008
Version: 2.0v206
I thought this was a file transfer application where I could upload a file and another person could download it. Nowhere does it say it's only for iTunes. Tell me if I'm wrong at paulgabel@comcast.net. "All sales final" is written on their website in black letters on a black background!!! I WANT MY MONEY BACK.
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Frodo-life
19 December 2007
Version: 2.0v206
bought this sometime in 2005 with lifetime update. Downloaded version 2 but serial did not work. Emailed developer with my order number etc and asked for a new serial or how to update. his response was a link to previous version nothing more no explanation not a single word. he has not responded to any further email asking for clarification. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS DEVELOPER WORST ONE I CAME ACROSS IN MY 20 YEARS OF MAC
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Tsurisuto
19 December 2007
Version: 2.0v206
On the positive side, Acquisition has a brilliant user interface which is easy to navigate and looks fantastic. On the negitive side, Acquisition has become unusable due to the fact that it drops all network connections after 5 minutes, and the only way to reconnect is to relaunch the application. I have emailed the developer on numerous occasions (with console logs) but I have never once received a response.
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Umijin
18 December 2007
Version: 2.0v206
Fantastic app, but Incredibly inconsiderate developer! First, the old version of the app tells me there is an upgrade, and allows me to download it. Unfortunately, there was NO NOTICE that the new version required a new license from me. Second, the developer's website indicates that old versions of the app will still work with old licenses. However, there is no way to DOWNGRADE to the old versions - they aren't available anywhere on the developer's website. Third, when I bought the app, I recall I would be offered upgrades for life. I purchased it in 2004. What gives? Fourth, the new version of the app (crippled demo mode) totally lost all my past download lists, including partial downloads. What's up with that? And this is not the first time I've had problems with the developer, as his attitude towards customer questions has been awful at times.
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Daveecklund
15 December 2007
Version: 2.0v206
I agree that people should NOT support this application, or any of the developer's others as well. The purchase nags and licensing scheme is more invasive than ever. Remember this thing comes from open source code, and there are several other P2P programs that don't bug you as much as this one. Also look at all the complaints about the developer reneging on promised upgrades to paid users. Current version (as of 12/14/2007) starts a ticker when it starts up... counting down to when it's going to start throttling your downloads. It also removes results from searches and puts little nag-banners in the results. The interface is nice though. Look at Acqlite, Frostwire, or LimeWire first.
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Iamzam
11 December 2007
Version: 2.0v206
in light of all the pissed off users this guy has gathered, and his money grubbing ways (promising lifetime licenses, then reneging/not even providing previous version downloads) I wouldn't be surprised at all if this software becomes abandon-ware, and he stops supporting/developing it and runs off to live in a cave with all his money. DON'T BUY ANYTHING from this guy. you will only end up broke and heartbroken.
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Mistersquid
11 December 2007
Version: 2.0v206
All power to the people. I don't regularly use p2p download software, maybe 5 times a year, if that. This holiday, I searched for "That Holiday Feeling" (not avail for purchase anywhere) using Acquisition 2.x and was struck by the random elimination of results and the badge asking for money block the bottom of the search results (a window that can be moved using software like MondoMouse or Zooom). Anyhow, I was considering finally paying for a license after all these years but all these comments seem to indicated Watanabe has gone even further down the path of egotistic developer. In my opinion, Acquisition's beautiful interface comes at the cost of an intense internal critic, one that is now finding a target among Acquisition's user base. I'm downgrading to 128.5 (I keep an archive of downloaded software precisely for such possibilities). I wish Acquisition's users the best of luck and I exhort Watanabe to get his head on straight. Mr. Watanabe, your users are your base. Listen to them.
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Guitar54
10 December 2007
Version: 2.0v205
Don't purchase this - the developer is a liar. He will promise and then renig. Look at the people who bought 1.0 and were promise forever licensing. Go get LIMEWIRE!!! Much better app anyway.
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Screamingjoy
04 December 2007
Version: 2.0v205
I bought the first version of this software , after my brother raved about it so completely that i thought it must be the holy grail of p2p. i tried it out for a while and then my conscience convinced me to shell out the cash and pay for it, since I had been using it so happily for a while. I especially liked the fact that the developer seemed to be perpetually improving the software with upgrades. I had a sneaking suspicion that after each upgrade, the results seemed to dwindle, little by little. After another random routine upgrade, the software CEASED TO WORK.It would hang a perpetual "connecting..." and that was it. Everyone talks about how pretty this app's UI is, and believe me it is, its like it was written by apple. But who cares about looks when functionality is nil? I tried to find a faq about the problem, forumed myself to death and found no solution that would make the app work again. I tried to go back and install an earlier working version of the app, but the developer Wantanabe, disabled all the links to the old archived app versions and redirected all the links to the new software download/purchase page. i searched in vain for a cusomer service contact number/email/webpage and found nothing. I finnally resorted to contacing David himeslf. One would think that after making as much money as this man has made selling this software to loyal customers, he would have at least the common sense to hire a PR or customer relations person to handle all the frustrated/angry/ disillusioned customers. Reading his answers to other customers I found him crass, mean, disrespectful and all together careless of basic customer interaction. Eventually I erased the software, shrugged my shoulders over the lost cash and gave up/ swore off on anything remotely related to To Dave Wantanabe. Ill be the first one to sign the class action petition. I personally would love my $18 back. This company has some serious ethical issues. i wuoldnt be surprised if it went under just as it rose, from word of mouth.
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Lihd
02 December 2007
Version: 2.0v205
I thought I had lifetime upgrades. I upgraded to 2, was never told that I would lose all my settings, and now can't register. I emailed David and this is what he told me. "Lifetime upgrades were never offered *anytime* in 2006. Thanks." I'm pretty sure this is not true, I checked the wayback machine: http://web.archive.org/web/20061211091133/www.acquisitionx.com/purchase.php and it appears that there was an option for lifetime upgrades in 2006. Anyone have any suggestions for how to deal with this. He hasn't replied to any of my recent emails.
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Thirstyrobot
02 December 2007
Version: 2.0v205
I've defended this developer in the past, but wow...I gotta admit that his recent moves on this app have been pretty galling. First, I take issue with the sneaky way that licensed users of version 132.7 are told to upgrade. It's only after you have done so and have replaced your old licensed version with the new one that you discover you're now expected to shell out more money for what amounts to the same application you have before, except for a few little enhancements. Second, even if you opt out of upgrading, you're bothered continually by a nag screen telling you that you really *must* upgrade. At best, this is disingenuous. And the impression it leaves is that the developer takes his licensed user base for granted. Unless the developer does something to correct this, I can no longer endorse nor will I use this application. And judging from the comments I'm reading, I'm in the majority opinion.
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M-Rick
02 December 2007
Version: 2.0v205
This and xTorrent, same combat, they are based on a old version of libtorrent and libtransmission for xTorrent, why would you buy a bittorrent client ?? Plus both these clients are banned by most of the torrents servers.
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Mbhockey
01 December 2007
Version: 2.0v205
for such a promising developer, this application is just plain brutal.
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Iamzam
29 November 2007
Version: 2.0v205
worst app... ever. used to be good. now just bad. kills my wireless, cant download a thing, now i have to pay for it again??? feh!
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Fvdg
29 November 2007
Version: 2.0v205
Simply stops all my other network connections. Quit Acquisition and there back again. Poor
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Dukemeiser-
29 November 2007
Version: 2.0v205
DO NOT DOWNLOAD! The old 1.x versions were annoying enough, nagging you to pay. 2.0 is even worse! Restricting your downloads and practically threatening to beat you with a stick if you don't pay. Why anyone pay for a p2p app is beyond me.
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Gbk
29 November 2007
Version: 2.0v205
simply don't work. no connection past 3 minutes...
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Shotgunweddings
29 November 2007
Version: 2.0v205
NO THANKS Nice GUI, but poor social skills on the developers part! If you wish to be insulted once you paid the fee and be treated like a leper, then by all means waste your money! Inflate DW's ego and pocket book at your own peril, you've been warned. Stick to the FREE alternatives for Torrents and the Gnutella network. You'll get better results, stability and support! Ratings should be -1 for all categories
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Parsonsdesign
19 November 2007
Version: 2.0v204
Garbage from unethical developer. Please read the feedback regarding David Watanabe and Acquisition before considering purchase of this or any of his applications. You will find few (if any) developers or applications that have elicited a worse response from paying customers. Avoid.
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md828
12 November 2007
Version: 2.0v204
I'm not paying again for this fraud. I already paid too much for a license that doesn't work well. What's the developer thinking? Stay away from this fraud, don't be deceived by the pretty interface. This developer is not to be trusted.
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G4ff3r
07 November 2007
Version: 2.0v204
Pros: Better GUI than limewire (one of the prettiest?) and you don't have to wait till the file is fully DL'd before realising it's spam, click on the download and it will reveal what it is (unlike Limewire, where you have to resort to navigating to the partialDL folder and seeing what's in there). Also takes up vastly less CPU and RAM. VERY impressed with this side of things......BUT.......... Cons: I always seem to get more results on Limewire ?????? .....which is odd seeing as they are both using the gnutella network You also cannot specify to just look for (for example) programs. I'm afraid that you really can't. Acquisition will STILL look for everything and the filter just filters the results you SEE, it's STILL searching in all the categories (for instance, typing up toast will search for ALL toast files)....Limewire on the other hand, is able to search in the one category you pick ALONE rather than search everything but only SHOW you one category (so acquisition's not as focused as limewire here). Or put it another way, with filter "prog files" on; Limewire will ONLY search for prog files, giving you a quicker result (it won't even register other file types...very focused searching); whereas acquisition will register ALL files, but only DISPLAY the prog files....it's still searching for everything though (it still wades through ALL the files with that name).....slower to find things and less streamlined. (Limewire does a true search filter, acquisition is merely a display filter, nothing else). Thirdly, tends to crash on shutdown a lot (unlike limewire). So much so, that this issue is even a permanent fixture in the help/faq section (you have to trash a file in the lib, which means you have to enter your serial number again and again). :( .....not too impressive on this side of things then. Having used this a bit more I have to say that the "crashing on app shutdown" is SO recurrent that it reminds me of a windows program :) Fourthly, tries to secretly "phone home" (use little snitch to prevent this). Number Five, AcqLite is like Acquisition but free.....use that instead. Number Six, the NagWare side of things is VERY annoying (again, Acqlite to the rescue here). OVERALL, if all you're interested in is a pretty GUI, go for it. However, if you also want an app from a developer with the honesty to keep his promises (eg re:updates and costs as mentioned below), and that DOESN'T act like a broken windoze app or malware, then stay well clear. There are other apps that do this better and for free...Caveat Emptor.
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Honeycomb
06 November 2007
Version: 2.0v204
Folks, you should not only avoid buying this app but also spread words and get your friends not to accidentally purchase it (and other apps from the developer too). The app itself is not sooo bad but the problem is the dev wants the registered users like me who have once paid as much as 18 bucks to make another payment of 24 bucks, now disabling some of the essential functions in the latest release. This is nothing but threatning or extortion. At the same time, what a big shame for Mac community.
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Éloi-M-
03 November 2007
Version: 2.0v203
Used to be good, gone to $@!& now, with all the limitations. *(&(! watanabee or whatever's his name.
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Donz
03 November 2007
Version: 2.0v203
Don't get fooled. Acquisition is the prettiest piece of dysfunctional software under Mac OS X. The developer knows how to draw a pretty interface. Underneath, this version 2 gives : - random ignoring of search results - disabling of random search results - download cap at 10.0 kbps (!!!!) - secretly phones the developer website without warning the user nor telling him the information disclosed - weird download behaviors So in order to gain access to a less dysfunctional piece of software, you have to pay US$ 25. This is a lot of money for someone who will just disable your licence if you happen to reinstall Acquisition on your Mac after a clean install of your system. AVOID THIS APPLICATION ENTIRELY although attractive it can be in its apparence. And let's hope than some developer do like Watanabe : RIP ITS WORK AND INTERFACE.
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D9
03 November 2007
Version: 2.0v203
There is no reason whatsoever to recommend a software program that is developed by such a lousy operation. I've always stated that any developer has the right to charge what they feel their entitled to for their work; it's up to us to choose whether that's appropriate for us. But to advertise that you provide lifetime upgrades and then recant on that offer, especially with a "major" upgrade that is nothing more than eye candy UI work, is to cross a line that is intolerable. Sure, a class action could occur, but the best thing to do is to blacklist this guy, here and everywhere (blogs, article comments, support forums). And not just Acquisition but his other software. It doesn't matter what the quality of that other software may be, this type of behavior must be squashed on all levels. This guy must be seen as dirt...which he is! Pathetic for the Mac community to even has this available! /
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Mali Currington
02 November 2007
Version: 2.0v202
I paid the $24. I now hate this software. I used acquisition for over a year as an unregistered program an I loved it. This is the worst software that I have aver used. I have experienced all of the same horrors that others have experienced here - disconnects after a literal minute after it is connected, erasing incomplete downloads when the program closes, no search results, etc.. I only wished that the developer gave a damn. We have got to search for a competing software...
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Cockpitbird
02 November 2007
Version: 2.0v202
TOTAL BULLS@#$ David Watanabe, take a long walk off a short pier. I paid for this app 2 times and was told it was a lifetime of updates. All license holders have been defrauded and we should definitely mount a class action lawsuit against this little greedy piece of shittake mushroom.
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Moog-Modular
01 November 2007
Version: 2.0v202
Yep. He used to say "Acquisition is upgraded frequently, but upgrades have always been and will continue to be free for registered users." He also used to mention "Good karma" ;-) Anyways, I logged on with my paid version and it said there was an upgrade available. I installed that and not only were all my old searches and partial downloads gone, but he wanted more money. I downgraded back to the old version. Limewire's looking better lately too.
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Ack Ack Ack
01 November 2007
Version: 2.0v202
That's right. http://web.archive.org/web/20040923235958/www.acquisitionx.com/
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brysgo
31 October 2007
Version: 2.0v202
This program was once advertised as getting free upgrades for life. The developer upgrades it and suddenly no more free upgrade. I don't care how big the upgrade is, free upgrades for life is free upgrades for life. You could have a serious class action law suit on your hands.
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Iamzam
31 October 2007
Version: 2.0v202
Bad developer, lots of ill will among his userbase. He released a new version and calls it a major upgrade. Same app, pretty much everything is the same, except it replaces the version you paid for so that you have to pay for it again... He must have needed the money. I have bought two of his apps so far because I believe in the little guy. But it just seems like he imagines that he is a huge company that can do whatever it wants with impunity. I guess we know now what's going to happen when he has gone through the losers who paid for this current version of xtorrent. He should at least let you know before you download the upgrade that Warning! it is a Major version and that if you install it you will turn into a pumpkin, nag screens and limited functionality await...
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Isub
30 October 2007
Version: 2.0v201
Just bought this again (no free lifetime upgrades when I first purchased). Every time I have run the program tonight it disconnects after about 1min and it doesn't reconnect. I have attempted to run it 5 times now. I have also restarted and it still doesn't work
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Matreya
28 October 2007
Version: 2.0v201
this is pretty, but it's basically a ripoff of limewire, with a new look interface. I despise crippleware. This program actually impedes your download speed and it randomly removes search entries....
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Jon55
21 October 2007
Version: 2.0v201
It would be nice if you could get rid of the "What's New?" search. Also, what happened to the uploads section? I only see the network status and Downloads.
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Alex-B
20 October 2007
Version: 2.0v201
Best looking p2p app around. The interface updates and very nice, but that really is all that's changed since 1.X Worth paying a new registration for from 1.X users who were nice enough to buy your app when it did something and supported you and not offer it to them now because you didn't offer lifetime upgrades then? I'm afraid not buddy. UNfortunately, you're more likely to be hit by a train sitting at your desk on the top floor of a building, then you would be with this app. You'll just end up buying a virtual paperweight. Save your money and buy some other app instead. The developer makes the best Torrent app for the mac around though. Buy that instead and you won't be sorry. Besides; Who uses P2P any more?
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Alexius
15 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
Great update -- but it's creating a "limewire.props" file in my home folder that's quite annoying... help!
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Whyatt-Thrash
15 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
I'm another user who's changed email address since I registered 6 years ago (how likely are you to have switched email address during six years, I ask you? :). After all of the negative comments here, I still mailed Dave about it. I've had contact with him before when Acq. was just a small, newly hatched app. And he's been nothing but corteous in my experience. I'm not gonna be too optimistic about receiving a response after reading all these comments, but I'm here's to hoping! :) Acq is still the best Gnutella app, hands down, no contest...
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Fonix
15 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
I waited a long time to buy Acquisition, based largely on the negative reviews, but during that time I continued to use Acquisition with the shareware pop-up. Finally I decided to make a donation to Dave, figuring that if the product didn't work, or if I didn't get my license code, or if anything went wrong, well then that was my gift to him. However, I have had nothing but good experiences with the developer. There was a time a few years back when Acquisition stopped working correctly, dropped connections, etc., but it has worked beautifully for the past year at least. I have just started using version 2 and while many of the visual changes are subtle, there are a lot of them, and they really do help the interface and functionality. A lot of thought went into the design of this program. It even seems to do a much better job of cleaning up after itself (with regard to search logs, download logs, etc.), which is great. So look, TRY the software and see if you like it. If you like it, consider BUYING it--and I highly recommend you get the lifetime upgrades, because the versions seem to increase in cost every time, making the $9 initial tack-on a no-brainer. And no, I'm not a personal friend of Dave's--I've never met the guy. I'm not a hater either. I'm more like a skeptic-turned-believer. Try the software.
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Neuralgia
14 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
Sure, you get a nice slick interface on top of the freeware versions of things from this developer, but read the comments. When you sell someone products you have to provide support. And this developer is VERY bad at supporting the software he sells. You have to email multiple times to get a response and usually it is something along the lines of: Sorry, sucks to be you (paraphrasing) when the response comes.
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Iamzam
14 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
I have paid for a few of this guy's applications and i used to be very pleased with the quality, but recently my acquisition.app (version 1.3xxx) has been disconnecting and not able to reconnect. Not to mention the complete inability to download a thing anyway. So i noticed that a new version was available, and downloaded/installed it. I thought i had free upgrades for life, since (i think) i paid extra for them, and I remembered something to that effect when I bought this app. Now i see the message that my version 2 trial will expire in an hour, so i try to enter my registration details again. No luck. I searched for my email address and it's not even in his database, just says "sorry... blah, blah..." I emailed the developer for clarification and I am still waiting for a response. I have been reading some of the comments here and I am kinda glad that I didn't just buy the app again, since it seems that the developer is just rude or doesn't respond to paying customers. I feel kinda ripped off and now i can't even download the original version 1 again. In my opinion you should skip this app and just use limwire.
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Looser
14 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
Well I will make you all laugh, I paid for the old version just last week,last night up cam the message 'get 2.0v200 NOW, so foolishly I went ahead and paid the cash. problem is due to a paypal glitch the activation code was sent to my old inactive email address , so i cannot retrieve it.:( multiple emails to Acquisition no response, counting on paypal to help now,so far $50 bucks for nothing, well i can still use the old version. and some how i get the feeling that Acqui is just limewire in defferent clothing eg limewire.props ???
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lance2355-1
14 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
Ok, I usually keep my mouth shut about comments here but I was really confused about the statements made about having to pay for the upgrade even if you have a 1.x licence because I received an email this morning with a licence for 2.x. Took me a moment to realize that I had opted for the lifetime upgrade option when paying for Acquisition so if you did the same then you will NOT have to pay for this upgrade. Just to clarify that. :)
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anonymous-lobster-2974
14 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
Ever since interacting a few times with this developer re enhancement requests for one of his other apps, Newsfire, I swore that was the last he'd see of my cash. Not just was he *extremely* rude but Newfire hasn't been updated and doesn't even start any more. And now that there's no fair update policy for Acquisition 1.x users it's now real easy to keep my promise; this guy doesn't deserve the ransom terms ( hi Intego ;-) he's setting.
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Mail21
14 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
Too bad, I was willing to give this a try since I have a paid license for the previous version...but with this kind of "upgrade policy" I will just stick with the old one...! I actually like David's apps and have bought several of them and only give ratings of the software, not the man behind it...but one has to wonder what's up with him so totally ignoring the needs and wishes even of his faithful and loyal customers...!?
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Shane-Smith
14 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
This is crap! I have a serial for version 1, was going to upgrade to version 2, but you have to buy the whole licience again, No Upgrade Fee! Also if you want the licience to be free on upgrades (ie. v3, v4) or have several users on a network then you have to purchase those options for an additional $9 each. That brings us a grand total of $42 for a sh*tty p2p application. Let it go, there are plenty of free applications out there that do the same thing... besides p2p is dead.
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Darylf2
14 October 2007
Version: 2.0v200
FYI: This is NOT a free upgrade from the previous 1xx.x versions.
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Steelcut
03 October 2007
Version: 132.7
DO NOT BUY THIS APP! I did, i payed and never gave the registerd emailadress to anybody! Nevertheless Acquisition stops working and David Watanabe doesn«t even answer to my inquiries..He seems to be a real p.i.t.a. David Watanabe is a fraud! DO NOT BUY THIS APP!
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Alex-B
04 August 2007
Version: 132.7
I really liked this app. The interface is the best, hands down, of any Gnutella P2P client, even on Windows. My only complaint is that I can never find anything, but spam on P2P anymore. Spam, spam, spam, everywhere I look. Guess it's time is past.
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Adc89
23 July 2007
Version: 132.7
Where is 133.1? It's in the release notes but I can't find a download like anywhere! http://www.acquisitionx.com/releasenotes.php I hope it addresses the dropped connections, crashes and other major bugs.
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Bennyboy5768
16 July 2007
Version: 132.7
I love this app and have loved it ever since I downloaded the trial. I bought it almost a year ago and has never crashed or gotten messed up. The only thing I don't like about it is that it hasn't been updated for a very long time. Kinda makes me think its not worth the $17.99. Good think I didn't purchase the lifetime updates (come to think of it I don't think it was even available when I bought it). And now I see that he has raised the price to $20 for an out dated app. Anyways I would definitely recommend it to anyone using any p2p program and hates there's.
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Arroyodorado
09 July 2007
Version: 132.7
Ok, I'm gonna add my voice to the choir: I once paid for this app and had a good time with it. Now I'm so close to deleting it for good and for ever from my harddrive, because it constantly refuses to connect to the net, it refuses to accept my registration and the developer refuses to care about this. Very poor manners! Oh yes, I tried all the configuration tricks and settings with no luck. Otherwise, the app was good to excellent, when it used to work... DON'T BUY IT! 8-(
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Acquser
08 June 2007
Version: 132.7
I've been having some of the same problems posted here specifically freezing crashing having to force quit losing files that were downloading a long time and then reinstalling to try to solve problem and then the problem occuring again and again. I'm using OS 10.4.9. Looking for simple clues I found that it says the current version of Acquisition must use Java 1.5. I had already installed that, however, I discovered that even though I installed Java 2 SE 5.0 (Java 1.5 is inside this somehow) it retained Java 1.4 for backward compatability I assume. This brought me to an answer that so far has cleared up the problem. You have to open the Jave 2 SE 5.0 folder (Look in utilities) and click on preferences. Under General drag 5.0 to the Java Applet Runtime Parameters (a 0 appears) then drag 1.4 to JARP (a 1 appears). Close and save. That's it. Hope it works for you as did for me.
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Dpickel
30 May 2007
Version: 132.7
It's good when it works, but it has to be de-installed/re-installed a lot. Just like the other posters on here have said, each time you have to reactive and after a few times (3 or 4) they cut you off and tell you that you've activated too many times. It wouldn't sting so much but they get rude about it and really don't care. Limewire, Acqlite, Cabos and others do the same job for free and their developers don't harass you when you have to reactivate.
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Syrose
03 May 2007
Version: 132.7
Thank you for your advice. I know very little about computers so please bear with me How and where can I check that relevant ports you mention are open? Can you please guide me step-by-step, Sincerely, Sally
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Bittycent
13 March 2007
Version: 132.7
What really bugs me is everytime I close Acquisition, Safari launches a new window sending me to Amazon and I find this really annoying. I'm not a computer genious so can someone tell me how to disable this?
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