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Hey Guys,

I currently use Unison as my primary News Browser on my iMac, but when I want to download an NZB, I generally leave it to SabNZBd sitting on my File Server. Both of these pieces of software are GREAT at what they do. Sab outdoes Unison with NZB, PAR & RAR tasks, but Unison outdoes Sab in-that it can actually browse Usenet and 'Quicklook' at binaries without requiring Downloads to the Local File System.

That said, I've recently setup an ESXi Server at home and am looking for a News Browser for Windows and have yet to be able to find anything that comes even close to Unison.

Was just wondering if you guys had any ideas and also curious as to what the average Neowiner uses as their primary Usenet Client.

Thanks

Chris

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Unfortunately I can't offer too much advice on this as I do all my Usenet downloading on a Windows 7 based machine at home using SABnzbd - which is absolutely great!!! (I used to use GrabIt but found it too buggy as it was a beta application and hasn't been updated in a while now).

Perhaps you can check out this website for some alternatives:?

http://alternativeto.net/software/sabnzbd/?platform=mac

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Hmm, the first result for that is 'Pan' which i'd never heard of before. I'll check that out.

Anyone else?

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Google Groups doesn't offer a lot of Privacy compared with running something locally.

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I use Grabit for the downloading. <Snipped>

Edited by Anaron

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I don't know whether it will work with anything but UseNEXT, but Tangysoft's client is excellent.

Just checked, it's a product that's licensed to the Usenet providers.

Check with your provider whether they offer Tangysoft's client.

It's incredibly good! (albeit sometime a little unstable... Possibly not the best choice for an unmonitored server)

Glassed Silver:mac

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I like to use Unison to newgroups although I cant afford news server services right now and theres no easy way to automate show downloading just yet.

That being said have you checked in the preferences -> transfers tabs to post proces (un rar, unzip) your files?

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Cool, good luck with that then!

Feel free to try GrabIt if you are searching for a Windows based application, as it only runs on the Windows platform and does include a 'Browse' function. I was using it for a while but then switched to SABnzbd and haven't looked back since ;)

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There is a new GrabIt beta version 2.0 coming out shortly that you can sign up for here if you like:

http://www.shemes.com/?p=grabit2betasignup

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I did use GrabIt for a while until I found sabNZBd. Again, Both are great for NZB Downloading, but lack for Usenet Browsing, either not having it at all or just lacking in features.

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I don't know whether it will work with anything but UseNEXT, but Tangysoft's client is excellent.

This looks great, but it's a shame it only works on UseNEXT.

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There is a new GrabIt beta version 2.0 coming out shortly that you can sign up for here if you like:

http://www.shemes.co...abit2betasignup

My god, I thought Grabit was long dead. Apparently not lol

I use Newsleecher on Windows, I feel it's the best client currently.

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I use SabNZBd like everyone else has said in here, I have no idea if they'll add a browser function but I don't browse stuff any ways (Can't say here unfortunately). <Snipped>

Edited by Anaron

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Pan is primary a linux usenet reader. For windows, I'd suggest you try xnews -not a linux app even thou the name suggests so- or newsleecher if you want a search alternative function to XPAT search.

However if you're just wanting a bog standard binary downloader that does par2, unrar etc and such, then there is grabit and my personal fav, unzbin (utorrent interface)

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SabNZBd and to get NZB I use <snipped>

Edited by Anaron

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I checked out SabNZB.. can't say I like the web interface. I like Grabit for the fact I can download the .nzb, it will auto open Grabit, and I can see each part download.

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I use Sabnzbd, pretty powerful for my needs. I may recommend Unzbin for someone new to Usenet, but probably not what you're looking for.

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Surprised no one has mentioned Newzleecher. Is it not considered one of the big boys these days?

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Surprised no one has mentioned Newzleecher. Is it not considered one of the big boys these days?

I mentioned it up there a bit ^^ :)

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Alt.Binz, which is now free the latest version, and SabNZBd.

With Newsleecher coming in at a close third.

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i also use Sabnzbd. Nothing else comes close for actual downloading. As for discovery its all about Sickbeard and CouchPotato. Hardly ever have to manually search for something!

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I mentioned it up there a bit ^^ :)

Aha :p and yes I concur!

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I actually love the web interface of SABnzbd as it is clean and fast. GrabIt seemed just far too buggy at times for my liking!

<snipped>

Edited by Barney
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Best client hands down is SABnzbd+. My provider is Aastraweb. As for NZBs themselves I use a range of sites; Binsearch.info, NZBsRus & Yabse. The first and last you'll need the exact file names for what you are looking for though ;)

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