Newsbin is one of the most well-known and heavily used binary downloaders for the USENET system. It is advanced, flexible and has been under continuous development for many years. Its features and overall power reflect this, and it’s one of the best options out there for advanced USENET users and for novice users who really want to get the most out of their USENET subscription.
• For $30, you get a full subscription to unlimited updates to the Newsbin program. It’s a great value and the program regularly goes through performance-enhancing upgrades. There is a subscription service, see below, that you can subscribe to, as well, that increases the value of the product.
• There is a USENET search feature sold as an add-on to Newsbin that’s definitely worth considering. You can get a three month search service with auto-renew for $15 per month and unlimited searches.
• You can also go for six months for the same price with 500 searches per month. The standard search, one-year option doesn’t renew on its own and offers 500 searches per month for $30.
Any one of these options is a good value. The search service is integrated right into the program, so there are no complications added.
Newsbin is one of the first Newsreader to adapt to the now ubiquitous NZB format. This program is fully compatible with the NZB specification and one of the most convenient for using this popular format.
There are 32- and 64-bit versions of this program. It runs exclusively on the Windows OS.
Newsbin is one of the most frequently and intelligently updated pieces of software out there for USENET users. It has great features built into it that make it easy to use once you get the hang of it. Some of those features also prevent you from having your time wasted with password protected archives and other spam.
If your bandwidth allotment is getting hogged by your USENET connection, fear no more. This feature allows you to decide how much bandwidth Newsbin uses, making it much easier to download content and surf at the same time.
Given the length of time it’s been around, it should come as no surprise that Newsbin has a very large user base. That user base regularly posts questions and comments to the forums at the Newsbin site and they’re great sources of information for novices and advanced users alike.
This program also has the advantage of having some excellent tutorials on its homepage. Most of the instructions that you’ll ever need are found here.
Newsbin uses the Duplicate Detection mechanism in order to determine if you have previously downloaded a specific file before. A “Signature” of each file you download is saved in a database called signature.db3. If this option is disabled, Newsbin will not check for duplicate files being downloaded, so it is highly recommended that you leave this option on (which is a default setting). Finally, duplicate file downloads can be forced by choosing the “Add to Download List – Bypass filters” option (keyboard shortcut CTRL-Y).
Other Great Features at a Glance
• Newsbin has some very intelligent features built into it. When an archive is password protected, you can automatically eliminate it from downloading the file in your options menu. This will take care of most of the spam on USENET in the time it takes to select a single option!
• The software is also highly customizable. There are several different views that a user can choose from and the software allows you to quickly do things like delete your download history, automatically detects if you’ve already downloaded a file before and so forth.
• As just one more way that Newsbin combats spam, you can set a minimum file size limit, allowing you to avoid a lot of fake posts. The developers even keep a database of spam that prevents it from being offered up in lists of results.
• Downloading Thumbnails
• Adding groups:
Newsbin is one of the leading, perhaps the leading, binary downloader for USENET. It’s fast, very powerful, flexible and well-built. It’s always improved upon, as well.
This is the go-to program for a lot of heavy USENET users and might become yours, as well, once you give it a try. Be aware that the interface looks complex at first, but it’s very intelligently assembled. You’ll see this once you get the hang of it.
Newsbin has a lot to offer. Add the search feature and it offers even more. The spam protection just might be the standout feature on this program, and it’s hard to find another that rivals Newsbin in this regard, if there are any.