TORCH Browser Review

torch browser logo easy download youtube video and audio built in plugins
TORCH Browser Review
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In my constant quest for the best way to download and save online content for later re-viewing and re-watching it (without wasteful re-downloads via the browser and thus more fighting with the banners and all),  i’ve come across something significant! This here is a piece of software which will always be able to stream online content. It uses your freshest setup of Flash Player and all other inter-browser setups, same like Chrome or Firefox do. Why? Cause it’s an INTERNET BROWSER!! it’s the answer to prayers of many users, and the joint venture built on Chrome’s engine and it looks alot like Chrome too (has me constantly confused, cause i use chrome as my main browser).. Many users that are not satisfied with plugins and sites that do this downloading. Those users that will love to have downloading plugin BUILT INTO THE BROWSER!!!  Yes, your  secret wish has come true!! mine too, kinda! =) basically i am lazy, i am very kinda retro with this, i like my browser clean and rarely install any serious plugins or extensions, take away adobe flash, cause i need that for videos, right? plus i like PageRank plugin for Chrome from MozSEO.. And I think in this case i am quite excited, i don’t need to install and support the plugin, with everchanging mechanisms all the top video sites store their streams and serve them to browsers… and here you have 100% legal program that will be supported for some time, i guess, maybe for years.. SO i decided to write this Torch Browser Review, although i will be concentrating more on the Aud/Vid downloads, but will touch up on many things..

Download and Install Torch Browser

torch browser logo easy download youtube video and audio built in plugins
torch browser logo easy download youtube video and audio built in plugins

right there on the main page of http://www.torchbrowser.com/ you will see the DOWNLOAD link – click it, save file, start it, let it do what it wants to your computer, it’s safe, Torch browser is Safe, has no spyware, no adware, nothing like that. it was made to make money, is heavily commercialized with google ads, but that is a discussion down the line… otherwise, if you don’t want to leave this site, click on this link to download Torch Browser and install it (direct link to installer file)!!

Now to the actual Torch Browser Review

lets talk about comfort, it’s nice to have easy not-requiring any management built-in plugins. right? right!! there are some sites that won’t work with the method – those that use chunked and diced feeds, where audio goes separately from video, and video is cut up in 30-90 sec pieces..  but universalness of the method is there.. how many times have you come across software that’d imitate and mimic a browser, even have you load the page you want in its own browser’s window, just to report that Flash is too old, or browser is too unsupported.. i’ve had that quite a few times.. frustration… well, not with Torch, cause here you’re guaranteed up-to-date video viewing and audio playing plugins. cause it’s the browser! plus it’s build on Chrome’s engine, so it’s feature-full packed. so let’s start with the opening screen – it nicely goes into 4 section, where we have free Torch Music link, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, then for video goes hulu, youtube, netflix, fox. games section has steam and free games from torch and some more, and social 1/4th of the starting page connects you to the major social sites: facebook, twitter, google+, instagram. i like it! Torch is pretty cool… =)

torch browser review download audio video social initial screen chose from several activities rdio hulu etc
torch browser review download audio video social initial screen chose from several activities rdio hulu etc

As i mentioned a few times, Torch is based on Chrome’s sources, so it is acting alike – it stores a dozen processes in computer memory, starting new ones for every new tab, but after a few different tests with varying number of open tabs and different websites accessed and media content streamed, i’ve determined one interesting face: the original memory print for all Chrome processes right after browser start with clean page load will take about 1/4th more RAM than Torch does, and with more tabs and sites Chromes footprint in memory grows faster than Torch’s, thus we can make a nice assumption here: Torch Browser uses less memory than Chrome. with most of Chrome’s functionality plus new features and with less memory usage?  i’ll take it!! also this intentionally allows Torch to request all history, passwords, logins, etc, etc from Chrome, so you can switch to Torch without any possible lag in your work. for page-loads i cannot tell here, it requires a page-speed plugin and i am not installing anything… but it does seem to me that Chrome is a fraction of a second faster than Torch.  this is what i personally feel about this piece of software, the new internet browser, that has actually become as popular as Opera & Safari in a heartbeat… Chrome and Firefox still lead the ranks, followed by the remaining browsers all at once: IE, Opera, Safari, and now there’s also Torch! Torch has truly claimed its spot among the lineup of premium web-browsers. And the only way now is up! =)

and now let’s talk about the actual idea behind this site and this Torch Review – how easy it is to use this browser for actual browsing, and simultaneously for video and audio downloads of the stuff browsed.. 

Download Youtube HD Video and Audio Mp3 with Torch Browser

it’s very easy – just navigate to youtube.com, open any video and you’ll see the Video Link (red-arrowed-at in the pic) fade in and become clickable. Go ahead and click it…

torch browser review download audio video download from trending music channel by browsing it in its own page on youtube - still fail no download from youtube (while works fine for Taylor Swift download)
torch browser download audio video download from trending music channel by browsing it in its own page on youtube – still fail no download from youtube (while works fine for Taylor Swift download)

this very video didn’t want to download, and i am discussing it below in more details, i’ll say only it was Miley Cyrus – Adore You, and it was also featured on Torch:Music page, which automatically made it undownloadable. by design of Torch Browser creators. but don’t worry, the button works and does it very fine! try and open any random youtube video, and see how nicely it downloads.

torch browser download audio video settings to be able to pick which video o audio quality to download
torch browser download audio video settings to be able to pick which video o audio quality to download

i have to mention right away, i guess,  that this Download Media (or just Video) button is a tricky sneaker. it is a smart button, when clicked, it pics the highest quality for the video, and downloads that one. what to do when you’re using TORCH on your mobile device? i bet you’d like to have a smaller, lower quality version (not the very lowest, of course) of the video, which will still display amazing on your small phone, but right there you don’t the biggest size, duh, what to say, you don’t even know if it’s the best quality or the lowest one downloading.. such downloads are integrated too, thus one click on the Video button will start the download. unless you have dabbled with the options of Torch and changed them for the button to act the way you want it to. To change the behavior of Video Download button in Torch, simplu click the Options icon on top-right, and scroll/look down to see the Media Grabber options, there you can set it to ask you what of the available qualities you want on your download, it can also download videos and audios without any questions, and the third options will be downloading video and extracting audio from it, while i think it’s kinda useless, it’s the way they made it. check the pic on the right, it shows the way options are changed there.

Torch to download from Soundcloud

very easy, very fast, very tidy, Torch is very comfy to download music from Soundcloud, and on top of that it also creates proper filenames, while, for example, Offliberty.com would create a meaningless filename with some hashsum that was used to code the stream… Torch, on the other hand works, for soundcloud downloads like a charm. check out this pic how i was going to download Hardwell’s new track feat. Matthew Koma – “Dare You” – from Soundcloud. The red arrows show the brighter button for AUDIO download, and the arrows below show the actually downloading properly named mp3. B-E-E-E-A-U-TI-FUL!!!

torch browser review - download audio video easy download music from soundcloud the playing 128kbps version
torch browser download audio video easy download music from soundcloud the playing 128kbps version, example download “Hardwell feat. Matthew Koma – Dare You”

Download video and audio from Vimeo

torch browser download audio video easy download from vimeo automatically picks the highest quality
torch browser download audio video easy download from vimeo automatically picks the highest quality

and yet last but not least – Torch is a great help to download video and mp3 soundtracks from Vimeo.com, check out the pic supplied, easy one-click download of HQ version of the streaming video. Nice!!

Use Torch Browser for Social Sharing

setup and customize online sharing tool, it’s a bit small now. just facebook and twitter can be set, but i am sure they’ll expand it in the future. would be great if we could integrate ADDTHIS into TORCH Browser?? i’d love it, really.. i like AddThis… It’s one of the very few, maybe half a dozen sites in general, that have Page Rank 10.. Ha-ha!! Social stuff is very strong, and having their plugins on so many sites, Addthis are getting LOTS and LOTS of LINK JUICE back to their main page… good job. truly.

Torch for Streaming Audio and Video Downloads

this is what we’ve talked about all along.. let’s just summarize: Torch is up to the task on downloading video and audio from youtube and a few dozen other major sites. while plugins need special permissions and constant updates, Torch Browser will not require any special treatment, it’s got itself covered!! and it can download the video that you’re watching, yes, Torch can do it!! the best!!

Torch for Torrent based Downloads

no, not my piece a cake. i mean, it is my scene, torrents are the stuff and i love them and use them and blah-blah, but i think a piece of software, like utorrent, that was built and perfected over the years for one single purpose – handle torrent downloads – will work and be stable and customize-able way better than this new browser that decided to have torrents as part of it.. well, no, i don’t think so.. but! i think it’s a good idea for the masses to see that torrents are OK, if browsers now support them.. Torrents are easy to use, i think more people should know that!! all one needs to do is click on the torrent file. with properly setup client it’ll be enough to start the download. what happens with direct downloads? usually it’s wait, it’s slow, it’s this and that.. while with torrents – get it from other people like you, so i love torrents…. check out this guide – why torrents are better for better understanding why torrents should be preferred to anything else!! if you do not want this feature, disable it and turn it OFF.

Torch has its own Free Music & Games Channels

check out Trending – Torch Music for Torch Music Channel – torch://music/ – this will be the only page this browser will NOT download stuff from. dunno why?? the are embedding youtube on their pages, the videos from youtube and other sites, so it’s not really their music, but i think this is where clearly tube;s complicated rules and user-agreements come in, and to have that i think they must have disabled downloads from that page.. who cares.. ? i don’t/. =) but generally i am not supporting this, – TORCH having these pages, – music and games, because they (pages) are heavily commercialized, and i mean, not the game pages or music (youtube pages), but the page TORCH shows them on, and those were programmed this way. i understand, and i think i am repeating this alot, but i am just a bit upset with the ads… in a piece of software? come on…

torch browser download audio video social torch music channel will not allow video or sound download hypoicrits
torch browser download audio video social torch music channel will not allow video or sound download hypoicrits

Torch URLs – list of URLs to access “the insider stuff”

there’s a list of several dozen of url-like rersource access points in Torch. for example, torch://bookmarks will show your bookmarks, for downloads use CTRL+J as usual or torch://downloads, chash reports are available in torch://crashestorch://history and torch://extensions are obviously for your convenience. this list even has things like torch://kill/ (kill a page) and torch://hang/ (make it hang, look like it’s frozen while loading…) torch://stats and torch://predictors are more interesting, dabble with auto-predictions after checking the stats.. very interesting resource! i need to check them in Chrome, i wonder if they’ll work too.. Oh yeah, they do, of course, and there are alot of them too, even more than in Torch…

all of them are listed right in another one of those URLs – torch://torch-urls/ 

Benefits of having Torch as Your browser download video and audio for you without any plugins:

  1. No plugins are needed (for downloads)
  2. No extensions or addons are needed
  3. Browser will most likely know better than any plugin when something is being streamed, thus offering the links to download them.
  4. It’s a completely legal program, piece of software. that is also FREE and very useful – it’s a browser, obviously…
  5. Built on Chrome engine, Torch features many nice extras: streaming audio/video downloads, built-in social sharing, built-in torrent downloads, and many more
  6. Something tells me that all Chrome’s extensions will work in Torch
  7. Low memory footprint, up to 35% lower than that of Chrome
  8. Built-in free games to waste time while waiting for downloads to complete
  9. Built-in Top Trending Tracks from youtube and all
  10. On the page with many embedded streams it will allow download for the currently streamed one
  11. It nicely records any streaming radio with :NNNN ports and any casting, sharing or any other live streaming point. HINT: to save such a file while it is still streaming and recording, first locate it in its folder, then simply copy it and paste into a different folder. that will copy the “current” state of the file, as much as it’s recorded so far (because any other action will cancel the download).

Negative sides, unfinished stuff of Torch browser

  1. Browser is invasive, it suggests its own resources too much
  2. Browser’s own built-in resources are heavily commercialized with banners
  3. Only downloads the currently streaming content
  4. Built-in torrents are not really pliable, very few options to work with
  5. Games are impossible to bookmark, again to have you browse more and click ads possibly more
  6. The browser is FREE, so i am not seeing removals of those banners any time soon, – the project has to be funded and supported…

I am giving this software 5 stars for making my wishes come true, and taking 2 stars away for all the commercialism.

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