Newsflash, a newish Usenet client hits the scene with a new release: one to watch? (Win/Linux)

// 8th May '10 Newsflash, a newish Usenet client hits the scene with a new release: one to watch? (Win/Linux)

Newsflash, a relatively recent client that entered the scene during 2009, has just pushed out their new version for Windows and Linux; the product is shareware on Windows with the trial lasting 15 days and full product costing $20 USD (~€15 or ~£14). The author has taken the decision to release the application for free on Linux, something which definitely peaked our interests. We'll be installing the Linux version but as they're both from the same codebase, both versions will work and look much the same, if not identical.

The feature list is very close to that of SabNZBd+ which we've written about before; we fell in love with Sabz here at UsenetShack and have been using it ever since. However, some people do not like the fact that it is merely a daemon and has to be accessed using a browser window. Whether you believe this has an affect on the user experience is your decision but Newsflash looks to bridge that gap on Linux by providing a "classic" desktop client from which to use Usenet.

Some of the features you can except to see are:

  • Multiple server and SSL support
  • Full NZB Support including 'Watch' folders
  • Full Header and Group support with fast header loading - this isn't just an NZB client.
  • One click downloads (using thier RSS feeds)
  • Automatic PAR repair and RAR extraction
  • Application hooks so you can write your own Python scripts to handle your downloads. The client already comes with some default "action scripts" such as repair & extract, and default programs (for opening files after download).

The program was a cinch to install under Ubuntu, the following 3 command lines will get you set up and running (provided you are somewhere where you have permissions, such as your home dir):

wget<br/> tar -xzvf newsflash_plus_3.2.0.tar.gz<br/> ./dist_final/<br/>

The Windows process is perhaps even easier for non-techies as it comes with an installer (but also a price tag). From first usage, the program seems to have a lot of promise and completed everything we tried in a very snappy and responsive way, we'd definitely recommend giving it a try if you haven't quite found the client you're happy to settle with and we'll probably be writing more on it in the near future after having used it for longer than 5 minutes!

If you feel it doesn't quite come up to scratch in certain areas or that there are other better applications out there, let us know in the comments.

djm posted by djm
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  1. Posted Aug 11th, 2010 at 05:08 a.m.

    Both versions are now free.

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  2. Posted May 9th, 2011 at 20:05 p.m.

    Little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

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  3. Posted May 9th, 2011 at 20:05 p.m.

    Think as a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

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