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|Original author(s)||Bitmap Multimedia (spain)|
|Stable release||3.04d / 2002|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Available in||English, spanish, italian, deutsch. Plus optional languages files (french ...).|
|Type||File sharing, Anonymous peer to peer|
FileTopia is a free, Windows-based peer-to-peer file sharing client, and networking tool allowing users to share files, use chat, send voice recordings, and instant messages. Filetopia also features a buddy list. Users can share globally (on Filetopia network), or only in specific channels-chat rooms (by using another shared files list), or in "Trade Mode". It is not a centralized system, users must connect to multiple servers in order to find each other, but file transfers, etc. are conducted on a peer-to-peer basis.
By default Filetopia is not an anonymous network : when sending or downloading files, IP addresses are not shown but an Internet expert may find them. To protect the users identity, they are able to use a "bouncer", which is essentially a proxy, to keep their IP hidden from the Internet.
FileTopia software development has been halted in 2002 (v3.04d). Originally, the developer was busy creating a BitTorrent client : TorrentTopia.org (last released v1.90 in 2005) while the boom of the BitTorrent era - but with promises of future versions "in the coming months" since 2003-2004 within popular FileTopia chatrooms, it has been assumed that a new version of the software is unlikely. However, even with the aging current FileTopia software version (3.04d, 2002), there is still (in 2013) a small, but vibrant community of people sharing a wealth of data.
Filetopia is compatible with the (defunct) Microsoft Agent gadget.
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