Softpedia Editor's Review for NewsLeecher
A usenet application to download movies, pictures, MP3s, and software
Written by Elena Opris on October 29th, 2012
NewsLeecher is the kind of tool you simply can't live without. It is a Usenet downloading application that allows you to download software, image, audio and video files in a few elementary steps.
Amongst its most cherished features we count the download manager / scheduler, PAR2 (parity archive volume set) support, automatic RAR extraction, SSL support and multiple simultaneous connections.
The user interface may seem complicated at first glance, so make sure to check the online forum first, in order to learn how it works. There are also a lot of tutorials available on the Internet, if you ever get lost in its functions.
Usage is not rocket science: first you need to set up a server, and then connect to it. Searching is done extremely fast, thanks to SuperSearch Service. The time it takes to download a file depends on size, number of leechers, and other factors, but it is generally fast.
NewsLeecher supports NZB files and multiple servers. It is possible to pause all active downloads by making just one click, and the application can be minimized to system tray. In addition, the software can automatically check, repair and extract any files you have downloaded.
NewsLeecher uses a high amount of CPU and memory during the downloading process, so don't expect it to be kind to your computer.
The fact of the matter is that NewsLeecher has developed an impressive fan base, and it’s got good chances of surviving its competitors. If we have caught your attention, then perhaps you should give it a try.
Here are some key features of "NewsLeecher":
We Have Learned From The Best:
· It is no secret that the development of NewsLeecher has been inspired by some of the very best newsreaders on the market. We have tried to take the best features from NewsBinPro, NewsPro, BNR, GrabIt and other popular newsreaders and mix them together to make the ultimate newsreader available for our users!
Full Support for NZB Download Files:
· NewsLeecher has full support for the NZB file format.
Ultra Fast Usenet Super Search Engine:
· With the built-in Super Search engine, you can search *all* the binary usenet groups at once, for a specific keyword or keystring, in less than a second! The Super Search engine is totally unique in it's speed and it's ability to perform true wildcard searches!
Full Privacy - Spyware & Adware Free:
· NewsLeecher does *not* contain any spyware or adware that might send personal details over the Internet. In fact, it has been certified as spyware-, adware- and virus-free by one of the largest software sites on the Internet.
Advanced Multiserver Support:
· NewsLeecher has advanced support for leeching from multiple servers at the same time! An unlimited number of usenet servers can be used to download files at the same time!
Top Tuned yEnc Support:
· Besides supporting the "old" encoding formats, such as uuEncode, NewsLeecher also supports the brand new encoding format called yEnc. Actually NewsLeecher has a top tuned yEnc decoding engine that makes sure your downloads are decoded smoothly in the background without consuming too much CPU time.
Multithreaded Server Downloading:
· Besides being able to download from several servers at the same time, NewsLeecher can also use up to 99(!!) simultaneous download threads per server. This could, for example, be used to download 99 pictures from a server at the same time!
· The filtering feature enables one to find certain posts without going through all received headers. Filter by subject, size, age and more!
· The built-in automatic multipart posts processing removes the hassle from combining binary post parts one by one. NewsLeecher detects and combine parts by itself!
Fastest Group Caching in the World:
· Fast group caching enables much faster group viewing by only receiving the latest available post headers and caching the old ones! The caching routines in NewsLeecher has been tweaked and optimized to be the fastest in the world!
Top Modern User Interface:
· State of the art user interface with support for XP themes and many options for tweaking the usability and the interface!
Advanced Feature Support:
· Besides all the usual download features, NewsLeecher also supports tons of advanced features that makes it easy to use your usenet membership to the fullest. Such features include smart article highlighting, a built in group noteblock and much much more!
· Internet Connection
· 14 days trial
· Nag screen
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Re-designed the "Settings -> Group Browsing" dialog. Added a setting that specifies the maximum number of days of headers that NewsLeecher should receive on initial group updates. ( removed a few, now, redundant settings from the dialog )
· Fixed serious and long standing bug, that sometimes ( rarely though ) caused buffer overruns and data corruptions, when native NNTP data compression was activated.
· Fixed recently introduced bug, where leeched articles were re-added to the queue after app. re-launch, if group cleaning was performed just before NewsLeecher was previously closed.
It is now possible to limit the group header fetching to a specific number of days. This can be by:
· Right clicking a subscribed group in the subscribed groups view
· Activate 'Update Groups' menu item in the popup menu.
· Select sub menu : "Selected : Get Latest [####] Days".
· Enter number of days, and confirm.
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