HelloNZB is Java-based and free (open source) piece of software for binary USENET downloading. Currently, HelloNZB is in beta status; in other words, it is in active development so the user might encounter some missing features or bugs.
HelloNZB is not to be confused with HellaNZB which is a python Usenet / NZB decoder that has currently only developing on an “as needed basis”
Let’s examine some of the core features this lightweight piece of software offers:
- available on several platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris, etc) due to its Java-based core
- uses NZB files for downloads
- multiple simultaneous connections are supported and server authentication is supported as well
- drag-and-drop of NZB files into HelloNZB interface is provided
- localization – available in many different languages
- optional features such as download speed limitation and automatic computer shutdown after all the downloads have been completed
- no installation is required
The first time the program is started, the user will encounter HelloNZB preferences window where all the required server settings should be entered. Further, there are some other options available, such as language settings, behavior while loading NZB files, etc.
It is not required to enter this information immediately, but the user is encouraged to, as the program will not be functional until the basic server and login information is entered. Once this information is provided, the program’s extremely user-friendly interface enables the user to start using it without digging through the instructions.
As of the current version (0.5.4.1), it is not possible to establish secure SSL connection and some users will certainly not be satisfied with this, although considering the development of this program, we can expect this feature to be available very soon.
This download software has great potential. Not only because it’s open source and driven by the community, but due to fact that it is available on several platforms and has easy-to-understand interface that many NZB newbies will welcome.
That said, SABNzbd has the clear lead for community driven Usenet newsreaders and has been for quite sometime.
Also be sure to check out our list of top Usenet NZB/ Newsreaders for quick recommendations / overviews.