Usenet Information

Newsreaders

Your Usenet access software

The Usenet and therefore also the newsgroups are accessed with a newsreader (also called a client). This is similar in its usage to the well-known Internet browsers (e.g. Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer) and therefore ensures simple navigation through the Usenet. In addition to the easy navigation offered, many newsreaders provide assistance systems which support the users in searching for content or unpacking and joining downloaded file segments.

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There are, of course, substantial differences between how the individual newsreaders work. Before you opt for a specific newsreader, you should for instance check which operating system it is suitable for. The languages on offer may also be relevant for your choice. Some Usenet providers offer their own software, while UseNeXT gives you a free choice.

Tangysoft

The Tangysoft newsreader is available free-of-charge for UseNeXT customers on all popular operating systems Windows (XP, Vista, Win7, Win8), MAC-OS X (minimum version: 10.6) and Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Knoppix, Gentoo, Suse, Red Hat, Fedora). The client offers comprehensive access to the largest newsgroups and offers a particularly straightforward introduction to the world of the Usenet for newcomers. This is especially due to the convenient search feature as well as the integrated download wizard. One prerequisite for using the software is having .net Framework 2.0 installed.

Here is an overview of the most important features of the Tangysoft client:

Operating systems supported:
Available for both 32 and 64 bit operating systems

Available languages:
10 (English, German,French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Romanian, Portuguese, Turkish and Chinese)

Security:
SSL encryption

Download help
Download wizard with repair feature (UnPar/UnRar) and archive management with automatic unpacking and repairing of archives, PAR2 support for incomplete downloads

Special features:
File preview for images and videos
Comments and ratings system
Newsgroup favourites managemen
Slideshow including Cooliris support possible

In short

very good
A highly convenient newsreader with an impressive range of features.

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NewsBin ProNewsBin Pro

The NewsBin Pro newsreader is available here for $20.00. The software offers numerous features, such as file previews or repairing damaged and missing packages. One special feature, the Internet search, is available for an additional price.

Here is an overview of the most important features of NewsBin Pro:

Operating systems supported:
Available for both 32 and 64 bit operating systems

Available languages:
6 (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch)

Security:
SSL encryption

Download help
Repairing damaged and missing packages
AutoPAR feature for processing and correcting files

Special features:
File preview for images and videos
Advanced search feature
Internet search (available as an optional extra)

In short

good
A good choice for experienced Usenet users, less recommendable for newcomers.

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NewsFile Grabber

The NewsFile Grabber newsreader is available for $15.00 here. The software is probably more appealing to experienced users due to its range of complex settings. However, the latter also allows you to tailor the download job management tool exactly to your requirements. The interface clearly focuses on the features offered and is rather minimal in its design. To get the maximum out of the NewsFile Grabber, several configuration settings need to be changed. The wide-ranging technical documentation that comes with the software is a big help in this respect.

Here is an overview of the most important features of the NewsFile Grabber:

Operating systems supported:
Available for 64 bit operating systems

Available languages:
2 (German, English)

Security:
SSL encryption

Download help
Job management system for simply planning and managing downloads
PAR2 repair system for solving problems with incomplete downloads

Special features:
XPAT search included
Available completely independent of any provider
Rapid downloads from the Usenet and from NZB search engines

In short

good
A high-performance, simply configurable newsreader for real Usenet experts.

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Unison

The Unison Newsreader is available here .or $29.00. This software has been especially designed for Mac OS X users and offers Apple users a visually attractive and intuitive newsreader. The program combines typical Mac features with a tidy, eye-catching design and intuitive controls.

Here is an overview of the most important features of the Unison newsreader:

Operating systems supported:
Mac OS X

Available languages:
1 (English)

Security:
SSL encryption

Download help
Flexible download manager
Integrated extraction feature

Special features:
Clear text-newsgroup view
Simply overview of Usenet groups
Preview of music titles via streaming feature

In short

good
Compact and convenient newsreader for Mac users.

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