Panic, the developer behind the Unison newsreader client for Mac, has decided to offer its users a parting gift. The new version of Unison, 2.2, is completely free, doesn’t require a serial number to unlock, and you can download it from their site right now. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Unison will no longer be developed by Panic, and the new version is unsupported, but it’s still a really nice way for the company to show some appreciation for their customers by offering them something great as consolation for the Unison newsreader no longer being developed.
If you have Unison Access, it will continue working normally but there aren’t any new sign-ups being offered. According to Panic, people who have subscriptions will be moved to a different service in the future and those subscribers will be notified by email when this happens.
Unison has support for multi-connection downloads, making it a great way to get content from USENET if you happen to be a Macintosh user. If you want to stick with something that’s supported, there are other options you can use that are well-established and that are still currently being developed, which you may want to take a look at.
SABnzbd and NZBGet are two of the most popular programs out there for downloading NZB files. They are very trusted, have been around for a long time and have a very loyal following. If you need something to make downloading NZBs easy, these are two of the programs you should be looking at. Some of the features you might be interested in include the ability to check files before downloading, ensuring that you don’t end up downloading junk, and the ability to work with API keys, which can make things a lot more convenient all around.
NZBDrone/Sonarr, the name was recently changed from NZBDrone, is a great option for automated downloading. If you want a PVR that can check for the latest uploads of your favorite content, this is a great option, it’s easy to use and anybody who’s familiar with USENET shouldn’t have any trouble setting it up to handle downloads automatically.
It’s always sad to see a good newsreader go away, but Panic really outdid themselves in offering something for users as a final gift. If you’re a fan of the software, head over to download the newest version now. This sort of a sense of community loyalty is really what makes USENET such an enduring technology and Panic showed how to treat the community right.