Mac users can sometimes find it difficult to find good and powerful software without spending some money, especially when it comes to the world of Usenet apps. In the case of the PC however, there are actually many Usenet apps that are available for free and we all know free software is always the best kind. Want free? Meet Unison for Mac by Panic. When it comes to the Usenet app Unison for Mac, the good news is it is powerful, easy to use, flexible and most importantly free, making it our favorite Usenet Browser for Mac OSX.
Unison offers great flexibility in that it will allow searching the Usenet using headers to manually browse through your favorite newsgroups or allow us to target specific posts for download by allowing us to open NZB files. Unison also offers a very handy image browser to look at and search though images in our favorite picture groups. Unison is also perfect for browsing and responding to messages in the text groups as well as searching through and locating posts to download in the binary groups. Unison supports all the latest Usenet technology, from compressed headers, to automatic RAR set repair using PAR2 files.
Check out this video by our friends over at UsenetLearningCenter.com for a demo of Unison. You can also download a free copy of Unison here.
New to the Usenet? Here’s is critical pro tip to help our users get full download speed from UsenetServer Usenet over their connections to their ISP. Just a quick recap for those users who are just getting started with Usenet, first we get a UsenetServer account, download and install our newsreader or NZB downloader of choice, configure our Usenet client and finally, start downloading.
When configuring our Usenet client, we will obviously need to provide the news host server address to connect to as well as our UsenetServer username and password so that our client can actually talk to the Usenet. Many users stop there and begin using their favorite client right away and if the download speed is good, no further configuration is necessary.
This is not always the case however, occasionally the default settings in our Usenet client might need a slight adjustment to ensure that we get full download speed from the Usenet servers. What adjustments might we need to make to get the most speed out of our connection to our Usenet servers? Figured it out yet? Adjusting the number of simultaneous connections that our Usenet client creates with our Usenet server each time it connects is the answer. If we are not able to achieve maximum download speed using the default number of connections (Usually 4), we need to gradually increase our number of connections one connection at a time until we fully saturate the available bandwidth our internet connection. Once our optimum number of connections has been found, we should not need to adjust them again and be able to download Usenet articles at full speed.
Today’s Usenet users do not want to wait long to download article sets after they have been posted to newsgroups. This is why download automation has become a popular and important feature for many Usenet users. There are many NZB downloader clients out there to satisfy even the most avid Usenet user, but there is only one that stands out of the pack due to its ease of use, features and efficiency, and it’s NZBVortex.
NZBVortex is a lightweight, feature rich, batch NZB downloader for Mac OSX. For those who enjoy simplicity and power, NZBVortex is a very attractive option. NZBVortex allows users to automate NZB downloads with its built-in RSS feed reader; queue up and download a set of NZBs stored locally and detect password protected archives on the spot.
To give NZBVortex a try, visit their download page or visit the app store for an 50% discount on the full version for only € 8,99.
Benefits and Features include:
- Very efficient: low CPU, memory and disk IO usage compared to the competitors
- Smart junk detection (fake and junk downloads)
- Minimizes download size by skipping as many files as possible
- Downloads par2 files only if required and does par2 check only if required
- RSS Feed integration – automatically add your favorite NZBs
- Deep Search integration with multiple search engines
- A Mac native interface and also a web interface to control by remote
- Much more like: scheduler, speed limiter, sleep when done, etc.
New in 3.0:
NZBVortex Cloud: Clients work together by sharing download information between clients.
Some examples are:
- Download results
- Download titles
- Passworded files without a password (Will pause the download)
- Junk status
With so many Usenet downloaders and newsreader clients out there on the web, it can be hard to find the very best Usenet client with the most flexibility and functionality that also provides a UI that is actually an enjoyable experience to use while exploring all that the Usenet has to offer. Newsbin Pro is one of the best all around and most powerful Usenet newsreader browsers and downloaders for the power Usenet user. Newsbin Pro downloads files from Usenet Newsgroups as fast as your internet connection will go. Search through massive amounts of NNTP headers with minimal effort and impact to your system or batch download NZB’s with ease.
Our users can try an anonymous 10 Day Free Trial or sign up for an Extended Trial Key good for 15 days including access to Newsbin’s Usenet Search service.
A key to Newsbin costs as little as $20 with free upgrades for life! If you purchase one year of Newsbin’s Usenet Search Service for $30, the key is free. See below for just some of the many features packed into Newsbin Pro:
- Local Search: You can search all your locally stored headers by keyword or using Regular Expressions if you choose not to use our comprehensive search database via Internet Search.
- Multiple Core support: Newsbin makes full use of multi-core CPUs, multiple processor systems, or CPUs with Hyperthreading enabled.
- IPv6 Support: As news servers become available on IPv6, Newsbin is ready for it.
- 64 Bit Version: A version of Newsbin built for 64 bit machines running a 64 bit Windows operating system is maintained. Download here
- Optimal Resource Management: After many iterations of optimizations, Newsbin now uses significantly less RAM than previous versions. You can now load large newsgroups with 10 million headers in about 150MB of RAM.
- Advanced Spam Filtering: Configure Newsbin to block password protected RAR files or RAR files containing .exe files (which usually turn out to be viruses or trojans).
- Proxy Support: Newsbin supports SOCKS 4, SOCKS 5, and HTTPS Proxies. Configurable by news server entry so different server configurations can go through different proxies if you want.
- Built In Scheduler: Schedule times for Newsbin to pause or invoke the speed limiter.
- Compressed Header Support: If your news server supports XFeatures header compression, you can download headers at up to 10 times faster. All our recommended news servers support this mode.
- NZB File Support: Newsbin will download file represented in NZB files. It can be configured to automatically load NZB files from a specified folder, load an NZB from a menu option, or simply click and drag an NZB onto Newsbin to download the files listed in the NZB file. More info.
- SSL Encryption: If your news server supports it, Newsbin can be set so all information passed between your computer and the news server is encrypted.
- Built in RAR/PAR and Split File Processing: Use the AutoPAR feature to combine RAR and Master Splitter files and extract the contents. Damaged or missing files are automatically repaired or replaced as long as enough PAR files were posted.
- Security Features: Password protect Newsbin so it requires a password to start and optionally require a password for selected configuration options.
- Multiple Server Support: Configure multiple news servers for simultaneous use. This allows you to download from a free server supplied by your ISP and use a pay server to fill in whatever is missing.
- Automatic Download Mode: Automatically download files while you sleep.
- Advanced Download Management: A temporary “Wish List” is available to park posts for downloading later.
- Automatic Header Updates: Newsbin has a mode where it will periodically download headers from all your selected newsgroups. This way you always have the most recent headers available for browsing.
- Usenet Decoding Methods: Newsbin can decode yEnc, uuEncoded, and Mime encoded files which are posted to Usenet newsgroups.
- Bandwidth Management: Limit Newsbin to only use a certain amount of bandwidth. Coupled with the Scheduler feature, you can take advantage of off-peak times for downloading.