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I like Transmission's auto add feature -- it starts the download almost immediately. But it seems that in order to have it auto add, you have to aim it at a certain folder. I wish it would just automatically auto add regardless of which folder I want to save to. There may be a way to do this, but I'm stumped. Thanks for any help!
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Have you set a default download directory? Go to Preferences and click on the Transfers tab. Set a default download location and check the box next to "Start transfers when added"


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Have you set a default download directory? Go to Preferences and click on the Transfers tab. Set a default download location and check the box next to "Start transfers when added"
Yes, but I have multiple folders set up to handle torrent downloads (i.e., music/movies/tv/etc.) from when I was a Windows user. I wish Transmission didn't restrain you to one folder. I suppose my main question is is your way the only way to get downloads to automatically start?
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Transmission is a really simple program, you would need to probably get a more featured program to handle what you're looking for.


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Transmission is a really simple program, you would need to probably get a more featured program to handle what you're looking for.
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Coming from Windows, the .torrent file never had to be dealt with. It seems after trying out all the Mac clients I'm required to find a place to save the .torrent file and then reopen it with a client.

Do I have this process backwards or is that how it is with every Mac client? Having not to deal with the actual .torrent file would save a lot of time.
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If you don't want to save and then open then just chose open when you first click to download the torrent.

I use Transmission. When I download the torrent I select open instead of save, and have Transmission set to delete the torrent file after it's been added.
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If you don't want to save and then open then just chose open when you first click to download the torrent.

I use Transmission. When I download the torrent I select open instead of save, and have Transmission set to delete the torrent file after it's been added.
I don't have the option to just open it. The "Save As" prompt always pops up and forces me to save the .torrent somewhere.
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I don't have the option to just open it. The "Save As" prompt always pops up and forces me to save the .torrent somewhere.
Safari won't auto-run most file types. It's a security feature (something Windows is lacking in). Just save the darned thing to your Downloads folder and set Transmission to auto-look for new torrents there. When you run Transmission, it will find the torrent, add it to its list, and delete the file.

Alternatively, start using a download manager like Speed Download. It'll have more flexible options and works seamlessly with Safari.


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I use firefox and just hit open instead of save, then it opens in the right application.
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I forwarded my ports - Transmission gave it the green light - but browsing speeds have reduced.

Also, I just installed 2GB of RAM in my MB, but it's still performing like it did with 512 MB (yes, it was installed correctly). My activity monitor suggests the Opera browser is eating up the most resources.
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Have they reduced while there are active torrents in Transmission or is this with Transmission simply running in the background or not on at all?


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Do you have cable internet? Do you have uploads capped? If you don't have the uploads capped and you are uploading a lot, that tends to bog down the network. You may want to see if it helps to cap the uploads at like 15 kb/s

EDIT: I use transmission and don't see any slow down in my browsing experience while downloading tons of stuff.

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No matter which type of broadband connection you have I'd recommend throttling your upload to around 75% of your max upload speed to prevent choking your connection. Which is what you seem to be suffering with.

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