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 for 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
Newsbin is one of the first newsreaders 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.
Installation is easy. Download the package you need from the homepage and install it as you would any other Windows program.
During the installation process, you’ll have to enter your news server, username and password. Be sure to check the box to use SSL if your server offers it. It will encrypt your communications with your server.
You can use the trial feature, which you select during setup, or opt not to use the trial feature. If you choose the latter option, you’ll be asked for your registration key before you can use the program.
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, but there is a bit of a learning curve involved. Among those features is one that prevents you from having your time wasted by password protected archives and other spam.
If your bandwidth allotment is getting hogged by your USENET connection, fear not. The speed limiter 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).
Test Download Files
Newsbin allows you to test files that you’re interested in downloading before you actually go ahead and do it. If you run across a binary that’s old or just looks sketchy in some way, this is a good way to make sure you don’t waste your time on a file that’s just going to fail on you in the end. To access the feature, right-click on the binary you want to download. Newsbin will let you know how much of the file is available from your server.
Newsbin has the following filters built into it, which are accessible by clicking the funnel icon on the main screen:
- Minimum file size
- Maximum file size
- Cross-post filter
- Age filter
In addition to these filters, you can build your own from the same screen. This is a great way to filter out posts from habitual spammers and other nuisances. There are built-in filter expressions that help fight spam if you’re searching for MP3s, images, multimedia and RAR files.
Newsbin even has a watchlist built into it. You can set it up to check for uploads from specific posters, to execute a custom search, select specific groups and much more. You can even select the file you want to download to and change the UnRAR folder. This feature can be used with the USENET search interface, which requires a subscription to the Newsbin Internet Search Service.
Supports Sonarr, SickBeard and SickRage
You can configure Newsbin to work with these popular programs under your Options menu, pictured below. According to the developers, just about anything that works with SABnzbd should now work with Newsbin, as well.
As of version 6.60, Newsbin has improved AutoPAR functionality. On a second retry, a PAR download is triggered. If the download is ninety-eight percent complete, and if there are PAR2 files, assembly is triggered on the first retry.
Newsbin defaults to TLS 1.0. If your server doesn’t support TLS, however, it will drop back to SSL.
Other Great Features at a Glance
- 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 you can choose from. 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.