Many Internet users and especially file sharers are probably familiar with BTracs.com and TrackerChecker.org when it comes to searching for an online service that checks private trackers for open registrations. However, the downsize of this services strikes right away – the visual aspect is very poor. This is where OpenTrackers.fr steps in: a spanking new attractive online tool that happily combines the functional with the visual in finding private trackers that are open for registrations.
The service came into existence publicly in November, and it’s increasingly promising. Though the site is originally in French, there is a built-in ‘Google Translate’ tool that can be accessed from the right sidebar to opt for various languages.
Here are the most interesting features of OpenTrackers.fr as inventoried by FileShareFreak:
Percentages — For each tracker, percents are used (i.e. – 99.4% | 0.6% ) which indicates the uptime for a signup page. The higher the percent is in green, the more often a particular tracker has open signups (when compared to when they close them; or remove the /signup.php page, for example). A good working example of this is Demonoid, which is reportedly open 11.1% of the time. Thus, when a tracker is being reported with a down signup page, a quick glance at the percentage stats allow users to gauge the likelihood of whether or not a particular tracker is due to open signups in the future.
Refresh Button — Each tracker link is checked approximately every 10 – 15 minutes, and refreshing your browser window at OpenTrackers.fr will not update the stats. However, there’s a neat little “refresh” feature for each tracker that does update the statistics in real time. (Currently it doesn’t work when running OpenTrackers through the Google Translate, though).
MouseOvers — Hover over a tracker to view a thumbnail of the signup page.
Flags — Country flag icons are used to denote the native language used on each tracker.