Newsbin 6.70 – New Download Engine and More

Quade’s latest efforts are ready for primetime as Newsbin 6.70 is out of beta.  If you haven’t had a chance to test out the new version then I suggest you head over to their site and grab the download.  If you’ve ever purchased a license for Newsbin then you’re in luck since you’re eligible for version 6.70 and all future upgrades.  Those new to Newsbin can download a 15 day free trial.  Simply visit newsbin.com and click on the “Free Trial Key” button.  The free trial includes full access to Newsbin 6.70 and their Usenet search engine.  When the trial ends you can buy a license with lifetime updates for just $20 or subscribe to their search engine and continue to use it free.

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Newsbin 6.70 has several new features and we’re especially excited about the new download engine.  You can expect a faster, more reliable experience with the new download engine.  Continue to download while you process files.  Here are just a few of the new features that Newsbin shared in a related forum post.  You can view the change log for a full list of new features and bug fixes in the new version.

  • Rewrite of the download engine for better performance and reliability
  • Now supports downloading during unrar/repair processing
  • Moved spam filtering logic into a .dll file that can be distributed separately with updates instead of requiring a new release
  • Changes to how and when the configuration gets auto-saved. Trying to minimize potential for corruption with unexpected exits.
  • Added ability to apply a filter on Poster (From Field) in a Filter Profile.

It’s great to see the continued efforts in developing new features.  In the last week we’ve covered new releases from Newsbin and SABnzbd.  Both of which add new features to make for a better Usenet experience.  We’re especially excited to see the new download engine in Newsbin and the ability to process files while continuing to download.  Remember to share any feedback you have with their team so they can continue to refine and make the Usenet client even better.  Cheers to the @Newsbin team.  Here’s to a great 2016!

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Newsbin 6.60 Supports Usenet Automation Tools

Fans of popular NZB automation tools like CouchPotato, SickBeard, SickRage, and Sonaar will want to check out the latest Newsbin 6.60 release.  The Newsbin team has added support for all the Usenet automation tools in the new version of their newsreader.  As always registered users have full access to all new and beta versions.  You can visit the Nesbin download page to grab the new version 6.60 release.

Newsbin 6.60

Newsbin Pro 6.60 includes the following new features:

  • New Watch list interface.
  • Watch Lists can now be configured to make use of our Usenet Index through the Usenet Search interface. Requires a subscription to our Internet Search service.
  • All SSL connections are now TLS 1.0 instead of SSLv3. Drops back to SSL if the news server doesn’t support TLS
  • Now supports SickBeard/SickRage and Sonarr. Go under the Options menu and look for “Remote NZB Source Settings”.
  • Improved AutoPAR functionality, better repair capabilities.
    • A second retry will trigger a PAR to download to keep things going.
    • If 98% of files have downloaded, and PAR2 files exist, the first retry will trigger assembly.
    • If Newsbin retries with less than 98% of files already downloaded, it will continue retrying until 90% of files are downloaded.
  • Simplified Filter Configuration Screen.
  • Download List and Files List now perform a paged loading. It does not load the entire list from the DB, only what is needed to display.

Newsbin users can download version 6.60 from their downloads page. All full releases and betas are free of charge for users with a software license.  New users can download a 15 day free trial to test the client.

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Newsbin Adds SickBeard Support

I’m always excited to hear from our friends at Newsbin.  They’ve been adding new features and refining the Newsbin Pro Usenet client for as long as I can remember.  Without any major gaps in development.  The latest Newsbin 6.60 beta release adds support for SickBeard.  That’s great news as Newsbin Pro now integrates with SickBeard.  If you haven’t had a chance to try the client I highly recommend you download the latest beta.  New users can test Newsbin free for 10 days.  You can purchase a lifetime key with free upgrades for just $20 or pick up a year of Newsbin’s Usenet search for $30 and get a free key for the software.  The search is very convenient.

Newsbin Pro

In addition to the current support for SickBeard the Newsbin team is working on integration for SickRage and CouchPotato.  It sounds like the current beta may already support SickRage.  In a Usenet world where speed is key it’s great to see Newsbin integrating with the popular sites.  As always we look forward to seeing what the Newsbin team has in store for future releases.  You can be sure that we’ll share the latest updates.

Here’s a list of new features in the Newsbin 6.60 beta:

    • All SSL connections are now TLS 1.0 instead of SSLv3. Drops back to SSL if the news server doesn’t support TLS
    • Now supports SickBeard/SickRage. Go under the Options menu and look for “SickBeard Integration”.
      Instructions are in the Newsbin Forums
    • New Watch list interface.
    • Simplified Filter Configuration Screen.
    • Download List and Files List now perform a paged loading. It does not load the entire list from the DB, only what is needed to display.
    • Improved AutoPAR functionality, better repair capabilities.
      – A second retry will trigger a PAR to download to keep things going.
      – If 98% of files have downloaded, and PAR2 files exist, the first retry will trigger assembly.
      – If Newsbin retries with less than 98% of files already downloaded, it will continue retrying until 90% of files are downloaded.

New users can download a free 10 day trial of the latest Newsbin Pro release from their site.  Customers receive free upgrades for life.  I really enjoy trying out the new beta releases.  If you use SickBeard or even if you don’t yet I suggest you download the latest Newsbin 6.60 beta and give it a try.  Let us know what you think.  As always you can follow us @NewsgroupRevs for the latest Usenet news and deals.

Newsbin Improves Spam Filtering

Last month we wrote about how Newsbin was hard at work finding better ways to deal with the issue of Usenet spam.  While spam has always been a problem it’s gotten worse so the team at Newsbin has come up with a way to filter and flag posts that are password protected along with potential spam files.  I’m excited to share that they just released Newsbin version 6.52 final with the new spam filter as part of their Usenet search engine.  Visit the Newsbin downloads page to upgrade to version 6.52 final.  New users can grab a 15 day free trial.

Newsbin 6.52

Here’s a quick look at the spam filter settings page in Newsbin where you can set the level of filtering to “Aggressive”, Casual” or “Disabled”.  You can also manually set each spam filter to on or off by checking the boxes in the Options – Spam Filter Settings screen as shown below.

Newsbin spam filter settings

You have the ability to set the following spam filters:

  • Fail spam files
  • Fail RAR files that need passwords
  • Fail when ZIP files are inside RARs
  • Fail EXE files and RAR files that contain EXE files
  • Hide posts with invalid email addresses (no @)
  • Hide spam search results
  • Hide encrypted search results

Doing so will filter out those results.  Otherwise you’ll see icons in the search results marking encrypted (password protected) RAR files and potential spam posts.

Here’s a quick look at the new features and updates in Newsbin 6.52:

  • Internet Search results now have special icons showing password protected files and potential spam files.
  • Improved spam filters allow you to hide password protected and spam files from your search results list.
  • Performance enhancements and upgrade to latest version of sqlite for the working databases.
  • New icon on toolbar to toggle automatic shutdown mode on/off
  • Compaction scheme now pulls in .nfo, .sfv, .srr files into the set.
  • Shows a special icon when a .nfo file exists in the set. Look for a small “i” in a circle, like an information icon.
  • Read Post Body (ctrl-r) on a set now reads first chunks of one rar, one par, and any .nfo or .sfv files.
  • If an NZB file includes password information for the rar file, Newsbin can now extract and use it.
  • Improved speed when downloading from servers with the “Typical Retention” setting being used.

At a time when some Usenet projects have gone quiet it’s nice to see Newsbin continue to innovate and improve their Usenet client.  It’s no wonder why they have such a loyal following of Usenet fans.  Remember that all Newsbin customers receive lifetime upgrades so you can grab the latest 6.52 version upgrade free from their site.  New users can download a 15 day free trial.  That’s plenty of time to test the new client features.

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Newsbin 6.52 Beta 4 Released

Have you been having issues with spam showing up in the Newsbin search results?  Their new beta will help.  I highly recommend you install the new Newsbin Pro 6.52 beta 4 release.  The new version helps identify and filter out the spam from search results.  Saving you both time and frustration.  As always registered users have full access to all the current beta versions.  Visit the Nesbin beta page to download version 6.52 beta 4.

Newsbin Pro

Newsbin 6.52 beta 4 includes the following updates and bug fixes:

  • Now has the capability to hide encrypted and/or identified spam posts from search results as an option. Under Options/Spam Filter Settings.
  • Simplified spam filter options on the Spam Filter Settings screen.
  • Fixed issue receiving error popups for some types of search errors when resolving files.
  • Processed NZB files are stored in the loaded folder again, due to popular request.
  • Added new compaction code with filename removal when there is a duplicate filename in subject.
  • Increased NZB Password length limit when included in the NZB Filename, was limited to 60 bytes.
  • Now removes the password if it exists when using the NZB Filename for pathing.
  • Support allowing zip files inside of RAR files.
  • Change to make serves with “Typical Retention” more efficient. Looks like 4x faster than before.
  • Hopefully fixed intermittent crash issue reported when closing a tab.

Newsbin users can download version 6.52 beta 4 from their beta page. All full releases and betas are free of charge for users with a software license.  New users can download a 15 day free trial to test the client.

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Newsbin 6.51 Beta 1 Released

Did you download the latest Newsbin Pro 6.50 release when it came out last month?  If not you definitely should.  It includes a number of new features.  We especially like the watch feature and the ability to prioritize multiple news servers.  In the new beta Newsbin addresses some bugs found after the final release of 6.50,  As always registered users have full access to all beta versions.  Visit the Nesbin beta page for the download.

Newsbin Pro

Newsbin 6.51 beta 1 includes the following updates and bug fixes:

  • Fixed Socks proxy support. Was broken in 6.50
  • Fixed issue where typing in a specific group for Internet Search wasn’t getting applied.
  • Age filter now persists over reloading the headers.
  • Fixed a couple of cases where RAR passwords were failing on some rar files.
  • Fixed issue with some passworded rar inside rar files getting through the spam filter.
  • Fixed issue with Newsbin ignoring the “Automatically unrar complete files” option. You couldn’t turn it off.
  • Fixed issue with unrar not keeping the PC awake.
  • Fixed issue with combining related headers representing one file set together into one line.
  • When compacting the database, now does a “storage age” purge first.
  • Fixed the “Find” feature when using the image DB.
  • Added logging for when the file exists on disk and the download is abandoned.

Newsbin users can download version 6.51 beta 1 from their beta page. All full releases and betas are free of charge for users with a software license.  New users can download a 15 day free trial to test the client.

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Newsbin 6.50 Beta Releases

The Newsbin team is constantly working to add features and refine their popular Usenet client.  With the busy season kicking in they’ve been rolling out a number of new versions.  We’d like to share some of the latest features and bug fixes in the Newsbin 6.50 releases.  They are up to beta 18 and have released 4 new betas since September.  Members can visit the Newsbin beta page anytime to download the latest version.

Newsbin Pro beta

Here are some of the latest features and changes released this month:

Version 6.50 Beta 18 Build 3071, October 18, 2013

  • Tweaked unrar password mechanism to work with more varied encryption methods
  • Fixed issue with installer where start menu links were not getting created.

Version 6.50 Beta 17 Build 3067, October 16, 2013

  • Now supports RAR5 archives
  • Fixed issue where Search count from prior search would still be displayed in the search tab after restart
  • Fixed issue where downloads were not getting cleanly deleted when doing it from within Newsbin.
  • Installer now allows you to change the Newsbin Data Folder. It is the user responsibility to also move any data files.
  • Installer now allows user to select a different GUI arrangement for V4, V5, or V6 look.
  • Installer now delivers different par dll files that have proven to be more reliable and resolves a crash issue on some machines
  • Now has better support for rar files that are password protected. Supply a list of passwords and Newsbin will cycle through trying them. Go under Options/RAR Passwords to add passwords to the list of passwords Newsbin will use.
  • Improved encrypted file detection. Catches more cases of encrypted files.
  • Fixed issue where deleting a header download was not stopping the download, it just removed the download progress from the download list.
  • Supplying old tbb.dll files that seem to address the crash problem when repairing certain kinds of rar/par sets
  • Adjusted balance between server failures and lookahead so the good servers still get polled.
  • Optimized header import when there are a ton of GZ files. It’ll process up to 10 before it looks for additional files.
  • Header testing now requires a valid CRC to help avoid false positive detections of encrypted files.
  • Hooked up periodic save of the download list
  • Removed the GB/MB tag for post counts in the Groups list.
  • Fixed problem with header download count when it went over 4 billion posts.
  • Fixed issue where single file downloads weren’t showing chunks.
  • Now prevents sort on status from being persistent because it was slowing down reloading of groups.

We also like the new look and feel of the Newsbin website.  Those who aren’t using the client can test it out for free.  Newsbin is offering a 15 day free trial that includes access to their Usenet search engine.  You can buy the client with a year of standard search for $30.  The license is good for up to 3 computers.  All future releases are also included.  Grab all the full commercial releases and beta versions.  Making Newsbin a great value.

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Newsbin Remote Android App

We’ve been looking forward to an Android client for Newsbin Pro and are excited to see the new NBRemote Android app is ready for alpha testing.  You’ll find all the setup information and APK download on the Newsbin forum.  Here’s a review we did of the NBRemote iPhone app for comparison.  It will also help explain how to set up the app with the client.  Though we suggest following their forum instructions and help with feedback.

Newsbin Remote for Android

As the name suggests you can use NRemote to remotely control your Newsbin client.  They released an iOS version in December 2011 and are now rolling out a version for Android users.  Since moving over a a Note II this year I’m excited to test out the new app.  First I wanted to share the news so you can join in the alpha testing.  In the weeks to come we’ll update this post with a full review and configuration guide.

Get started by visiting the related Newsbin forum post.  There you’ll find the .apk file and instructions.

Newsbin Free Trial with Search

Our friends over at Newsbin are cranking it up this summer.  They’ve always offered a good free trial but now their adding search as well.  You can sign up for a 15 day free trial and enjoy full access to their Newsbin Internet search.  Simply visit the Newsbin sign up page and choose the trial key option.  Then after you enjoy the 15 day free trial you can convert to a lifetime key by signing up for any tier of their search service.

Newsbin Search Trial

Having the search inside your newsreader is an added convenience.  There are three clients that really do a good job of integrating search.  Our favorites are Newsbin, Newshosting and NewsLeecher.    While there are alternatives these three make it simple to find content and download from Usenet.  Newsbin has been innovating their client for a long time and the results show.  There latest beta was released last week.

Once you’ve had a chance to test the reader and search I think you’ll be pleased and want to register the software.  From there you’ll have a lifetime key to Newsbin.  The only thing that costs extra is the search feature in future years.  Otherwise you can always run the latest version of Newsbin without renewing the license.  Even better you have full access to their beta releases.  So sign up for the Newsbin free trial and enjoy!

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Download Newsbin 6.50 Beta 11

Newsbin Pro recently rolled out version 6.50 beta 11.  Those who have been keeping current with the betas will want to go ahead and download the latest release.  It fixes some bugs in the beta 10 release.  If you haven’t been keeping up with Newsbin updates then you’ll be impressed by the new features.  We especially like the new watch feature.  Along with the new server priority settings.  Visit the Nesbin beta page for the download.

Newsbin 6.50 Beta 11

Here’s a full list of features and changes in Newsbin 6.50 vs. 6.42:

  • New Watch feature. Configure Newsbin to pull out items of interest during header downloads.
  • New Priority scheme for configuring multiple news servers.
  • Ability to open multiple Search tabs. Hit the Search icon in the toolbar to open a new tab.
  • Ability to launch post unrar processing scripts.
  • Provides the ability to download parts of a post to one drive and have them assembled to another. Useful if you want to minimize I/O bottlenecks by downloading to a fast internal drive then save the assembled files on larger external media like a NAS.
  • Optimizations for downloading to SSD drives
  • Uses new hashing code. Seems to solve the rare problem where Newsbin and quickpar don’t agree on the hash value
  • If you have two unique Regular Expressions with a space between them, it’ll AND the results.
  • Intermediate NB2 files are no longer used.
  • New logic to verify all downloaded files even without pars so it won’t download dup files ever.
  • Startup checking is much faster, like if you exit with large sets in the download list.
  • Compacts more posting styles
  • The “Small File Filter” is now disabled by default (Show PAR/NFO)
  • Unnecessary files in the data folder gets purged on startup now.
  • Now supports SMTP authentication for email notifications.
  • New toolbar icons, should be prettier.

The beta 11 release includes the following updates and bug fixes:

  • Server priority can now be seen and set from the Servers tab. Set from the right-click menu.
  • Fixed issue where having a single server configured wasn’t working correctly.
  • Fixed crash on startup issue introduced in B10
  • Performed tweaks to obtain more consisten download speeds.
  • Fixed issue where failed files list was not saving. Also increased max size of list to 10,000
  • Fixed case where a bad filename could have been used, now extracts filename from subject instead.

Newsbin members can download version 6.50 Beta 11 from their beta page. All full releases and betas are free of charge for users with a software license.  New users can download a 10 day free trial to test the client.

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