Useful Azureus / Vuze Plugins
One of the great features of Vuze is the program's plugin support, which is widely used by third party developers. Today more than 50 plugins are available for Vuze, Zeropaid took a look at the most useful ones, so let us take a look at the plugins they mention. The plugins mentioned can be categorized in the groups cosmetic changes, statistics, security, communication and time management.
If you like changing the way your programs look, the plugins that change the appearance may be worth taking a look at first. The article mentions the 3d-view plugin which displays a 3d-view of the torrent swarm and the Firefrog plugin which displays the downloads similar to how the Firefox browser handles downloads. The category is not really needed if you only want to improve the program's usefulness but if you like playing around they might be worth a try.
The following plugins prove more useful when you use Vuze regularly. First you have the Safe Peer plugin which imports a list of IP addresses from Blocklist.org to use as an IP filter before connecting to peers, Peer Guardian uses the same list by the way and it is highly recommended. The I2P Network plugin allows the usage of the I2P anonymous network. I2P is an anonymizing network, offering a simple layer that identity-sensitive applications can use to securely communicate.
Last but not least we have Autospeed which handles the upload speed for you. It increases and decreases the speed to maximize download speeds. Pretty useful don't you think?
Update: Azureus has been renamed to Vuze, and moved to a new web address as a consequence. The program is still supporting plugins, even those created for Azureus. Interested users can take a look at the plugin listing at the official website, which not only offers descriptions, but also downloads and links to detailed information about each plugin.
Plugins are listed in groups here as well and the groups that you may want to check out first are the automation group to automate various program features, and the more info category that adds useful information to the program or improves the BitTorrent client's usefulness.