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Newsgroup Programs (Newsreaders)

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What is a Newsgroup Program?

A newsgroup program, also known as a newsgroup browser, or a newsreader program, is a special kind of software application that you can use to access newsgroups, to participate in discussions, to download files, and to read and post messages in Usenet. There are currently many different newsreader programs available. They vary by operating system and have different features and functionality. For Windows, we recommend GrabIt (you can get a free special customized copy when you sign up with Fast Usenet) and News Bin Pro, as they are the most feature packed newsgroup programs currently available.

For the Macintosh OS, we recommend Thoth and MT Newswatcher. There are many other packages available, some of them are free, others offer a 30-day free trial, and some are paid. You can visit https://www.fastusenet.org/tutorials.html for a more comprehensive list of newsgroup programs.

Features of Newsgroup Programs

One thing to look for when selecting a newsgroup program is to pick one that supports multiple simultaneous server connections. The reason for this is that many times, you will be better off establishing connections to a few multiple servers and multiple newsgroups. This will increase your article completion rate because if you cannot find all the parts of a file that you are downloading on a given server, in a given newsgroup, it is very likely that you will be able to find the missing parts if you look for them in several other places.

As you can probably understand, it is much easier to be doing this all at the same time, rather than connecting to one server, discovering that there are missing parts, disconnecting and then having to connect again to another server to look for the missing parts. High-quality newsgroup programs such as GrabIt prevent hassles of this sort, as they automatically search for the missing parts on other servers, thus saving you a lot of time and inconvenience.

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