Forte Agent Newsreader Review
Forte is a name that anyone with a long-term interest in the USENET will recognize. It was first debuted on the market in 1995 and has been responsible for some tremendously innovative moments in USENET history. For instance, this is one of the first newsreaders out there that supported yEnc.
A new version of the venerable old Forte newsreader has been put on the market and it does have some nice features built into it. It can, for instance, filter out spam messages, which is one of the most persistent problems with USENET in general. It can also work with multiple servers or multiple USENET access providers. It does so without creating any complications when downloading from different servers. If part of the file you want is on one server and another part is on a different server, Forte Agent will combine the without making it a difficult affair.
The new Forte Agent—version 7.0—also allows you to take advantage of automation. If you want to take care of several different tasks, you can set them up to be completed automatically and you don’t have to sit in front of the computer managing everything manually. This is a nice time saver and it should be a good feature for those who spend a lot of time downloading and performing other tasks on USENET.
Forte Agent comes with APN, which stands for Agent Premium Newsgroups. You’ll get 3 months of access to this service at 15GB per month if you go ahead and buy the new Forte agent program.
There are some very good features in this new version of Forte Agent. Being able to create your own schemes for various file types, for instance, will likely have a lot of appeal to those who get many different types of binaries and other content off of their USENET access.
Forte Agent Versus Newsbin
The new Forte Agent has a lot going for it, but it still doesn’t stack up to our current favorite, Newsbin. Compared with Newsbin or the Newshosting Newsreader (another top recommendation), Forte has fewer incremental updates and those incremental updates that are offered by Newsbin frequently include some major improvements in the newsreader.
As for the USENET access, many USENET providers—quite a few of them found on our site—offer better specials than the APN access packaged with Forte Agent. For our money, Newsbin with a good USENET access provider is still a better bet for those who are serious about USENET.
Also worth a look would be our list of Best Usenet Providers.