You can rather freely select the columns displayed in various tables (torrents, peers, files, etc.). Selecting the columns is done from the 'Column setup' dialog box. You can reach that dialog by opening the context menu of the table header row by right-clicking there and then selecting 'Column Setup' from the context menu:
The Column setup dialog allows you to select the fields to be shown and to order them. The list on left shows the available data items. You can use the "Add" buttons or drag data fields to the list on right, which shows the selected fields in the arranged order. The order can be changed, and unwanted item can be removed.
- Important note: some of the fields are available only for "Intermediate" and "Advanced" users. In order to see those fields, go to Vuze's Mode options and change your "User Proficiency" to at least "Intermediate".
(The dialog also supports filtering for finding the needed fields easier.)
Peers View at Torrent Details
The Peers screen in a torrent's details is the most important one to give you information about the reasons why the torrent download is progressing rapidly or not doing so. Availability number sums the situation up, but the Peers view can show you real situation behind the number.
The following example (taken from the old Azureus interface but same fields are available in Vuze interface) is targeted for those who want to understand the peers' behaviour well and want to see details about peers. The data fields have been selected to provide a "full" picture about the actions with other.
- First fields show your interest in the peer and the peer's interest in you. For both: Interested / choked / length of the block request queue. (Also 'snubbed' info is shown.)
- Next fields show the piece number being transferred, the current speed from/to peer and the total data amounts transferred so far. I usually sort the table by the downloaded data amount, as that shows the peer's importance for me. It is very typical that a major part of the data is coming from a few fast peers (like it does in the example, where I have pretty much exahausted the transfer possibilities from the fastest peer, so I would expect torrent speed to decrease in near future).
- Then the completion percentage and pieces graph are displayed for understanding the remaining transfer possibilities from the peer.
- Finally there are connection details: Local/Remote, Country of origin and IP address, connection time, encryption level and client
The data fields used in the previous example view enable you to pretty well evaluate the situation with the peers and assess the near future regarding data transfer with them.
The 22 fields used in the previous example are listed here: