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Newsflash Plus Review

Newsflash Plus is a free Usenet binary reader, offering fast browsing, full download control, it has several useful tools integrated and embedded Python engine.


In order to install Newsflash Plus, it is required to download either Windows (32bit Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Win7) or 32bit Linux version (Ubuntu e.g.), while installation requires Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable. System Requirements are 1Ghz CPU, 1GB of RAM and at least 36Mb of drive space for an installation.

User interface

User interface is very friendly, offering tabs and ribbons and high customization possibilities (for example, it is possible to choose which tabs are visible). Switching between tabs works with no delay.


Newsflash Plus offers multiple concurrent TCP connections per server, multiple concurrent servers, advanced download and connection management, decoding tools, file type management, skins, automatic software updates, etc.

Memory management

It is possible to allot memory per each opened group, which allows better general performance at the cost of increased memory consumption.

Adding accounts

Adding accounts is very simple. It is required to click on Add Server option and enter required information (server address, port and login details).

Adding groups

Once the server is set, user can add some groups. This action consists of one click on Add Group, which is a button visible when the Servers and groups tab is active. When opened, the software will start automatic group search and will list all available groups. It is also possible to search among the groups, simply by typing group name (or part of it) into a Find fields. The result will return once the Enter is pressed.

Downloading NZB files

Newsflash Plus is oriented towards NZB downloads. User can download NZB either through some of the most popular and best NZB sites, or they can use built-in search feature instead.

Once NZB file is downloaded, it can be open either through File -> Open NZB or through the Open NZB ribbon button which is visible while on the Open NZB tab.

Download starts with one single click on the Download ribbon button (it is required to select files, though) while the information about the download itself can be found under the Downloads tab.

Python support

Newsflash Plus embeds a Python engine and provides an easy API for even beginners to hook into and write their own action scripts to do that special processing.


Newsflash Plus integrates several useful tools, such as an audio player, video player, image viewers, parity and archive tools, etc.


Very decent piece of software, fast, easy-to-use and with all the features the majority of users will ever need and as such, it is definitely worth trying.

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5 Comments about Newsflash Plus Review

  1. Chris on April 2nd, 2013

    I am not new to USENET. Been on it since 1998 using Netscape. Only recently have i been interested in doing more. I have down loaded and tried both paid and free USENET clients being new to how to down load videos. By far at least from a novice standpoint wishing to learn quickly Newsflash Plus blows the rest away in ease of use. It is intuitive and easy to learn but great features. My biggest complaints with their competitors are the limited groups they find, Newsflash has so far found the most groups. Also the limited amounted of “messages” Newsflash found the most per group. The Newsflash reader interface appeals to a logical mind. Over all if I had to pay for it I would in a heart beat. I just wish I knew how to unrar with it then it would be perfect. I love when you down load a Jpeg it automatically comes up with “fax viewer” to show the picture so you can either erase it or keep it or even know what you down loaded.

  2. Chris on June 16th, 2013

    To add to my last comment i now know how to unrar so it is perfect. Now again i recommend it and at this posting i have been using it a while and am still just as happy

  3. res0r9lm on July 13th, 2013

    I tried on linux the reader crashes often when updating headers

  4. christian on December 8th, 2013

    It is a simple yet full functional Usenet client. I love it and have tried more complicated ones. Newsflash does pretty well everything automatically. As a beginner i started with newsflash which is very intuitive which helped me get from knowing NOTHING about Usenet to figuring it all out in a couple of weeks. I still use it. I do however hope that Newsflash does grow a bit in the future.

  5. Ensisoft on May 9th, 2015

    Hi, Newsflash Plus 4.0.0 has just been released. And is better than ever. Hope you enjoy it.

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