SABnzbd Releases Version 2.3

SABnzbd continues to refine their popular Usenet browser.  The SABnzbd 2.3 release includes an update to SABYenc and performance improvements on CPU limited devices. Version 2.3 was released a few hours ago.  You can choose whether you want to wait for any bugs to be flushed out.  We’re comfortable with SABnzbd releases and this isn’t a beta or RC.  In this case you can expect fewer bugs since it’s a full release. We haven’t heard of any major issues with the yet. As of Thursday afternoon, SABnzbd 2.3 has been downloaded 2,693 times.  Those who haven’t tried SABnzbd in the past are welcome to grab the latest release from their downloads page or learn more about the project at sabnzbd.org.

SABnzbd 2.3

SABnzbd is one of our favorite newsreaders along with NZBGet, Newshosting client, Newsbin and NewsLeecher.  All of them do a great job at downloading from Usenet.  If your goal is text newsgroups we would suggest Newsbin.  SABnzbd focuses on binary files.  The open-source client runs as a web server on your system.  You can access it through your favorite web browser.  They have versions available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Since SABnzbd is open-source and has such a large following you will find a number of cool add-ons and services like CouchPotato, Sick Beard, Sonarr and SABMobile for iOS and Android devices.  Check out the SABnzbd forum to learn more about these add-ons and others available for the client.

Here’s a full list of new features and bug fixes in the SABnzbd 2.3 release:

SABYenc updated

  • Improved download performance 10-15% on CPU limited devices by optimizations and by removing redundant article verification.
  • Linux/NAS: Update of SABYenc to version 3.3.1 is required. Update your package or see https://sabnzbd.org/sabyenc
  • Windows/macOS: Update is included in the installers.

Changes since 2.2.1

  • Option to limit Servers to specific Categories removed
  • Improved par2 handling and obfuscated files detection
  • Duplicate filenames in NZB’s no longer rejected by default
  • Set custom URL instead of /sabnzbd/ (in Config > Specials)
  • Article-state (which servers are tried) is preserved after restart
  • Auto disconnect (if enabled) only after verification of last item
  • Slight performance improvement when fetching RSS-feeds
  • Job title from RSS-feed is shown for URLs being grabbed
  • URL grabbing can now be individually paused
  • Scheduler can pause/unpause jobs in specific category
  • Series Duplicate Checker can allow PROPER/REAL/REPACK versions
  • Refresh-icon in Glitter when refresh rate is above 2 seconds
  • Different icon for downloads with Force priority
  • Show progress during verification of extra files
  • All dates and times are now time zone independent
  • API: ‘missing’ field removed from ‘queue’, use ‘mbmissing’
  • API: ‘warnings’ method now returns array for better handling
  • macOS: Bundled new OpenSSL version with support for TLSv1.2
  • macOS: No longer linked to system certificate store
  • macOS and Windows: Installers include Mozilla CA certificates

Bugfixes since 2.2.1

  • Reduce CPU usage with multiple servers
  • Fix yet another potential stalling issue
  • Remove Timeout tracebacks
  • Handle locked history database better
  • Only warn if number of actual passwords is larger than 30
  • Unexpected behavior when diskspace becomes critically low
  • Retried jobs would show incorrect download progress
  • Password file was loaded from disk excessively
  • API: Correct listing of downloaded and queued files in ‘get_files’
  • API: Number of bytes missing and downloaded could be slightly off
  • API: Jobs with Force priority should always have status ‘Downloading’
  • MacOS: Direct Unpack could hang in case of special characters in names
  • Windows: Unpack could fail if started instantly after previous one
  • Windows: Download with many par2 sets could get listed as failed

Upgrading from 2.1.x and older

  • Finish queue
  • Stop SABnzbd
  • Install new version
  • Start SABnzbd

Upgrade notices

  • When upgrading from 2.1.0 or older the queue will be converted. Job order, settings and data will be preserved, but all jobs will be unpaused and URL’s that did not finish fetching before the upgrade will be lost.
  • The organization of the download queue is different from 0.7.x releases. This version will not see the 0.7.x queue, but you can restore the jobs by going to Status page and using Queue Repair.

Who said Usenet isn’t popular?  SABnzbd continues to grow and has now passed 9 million downloads.  Having so many popular extensions integrated with the Usenet browser will only help the project continue to grow.  If you have any questions or need help getting started the SABnzbd team has some nice guides.  The forum is also a great place to ask questions and learn about all the custom add-ons.

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SABnzbd Releases Version 0.7.17

It’s been a few months since the last release of SABnzbd, one of our favorite newsreaders.  The web-based Usenet client is massively popular so I’m sure a lot of fans will be happy to see the new version released.  SABnzbd is well over 7 million downloads and counting.  If you’re new to SAB the reader is free and has a lot of useful add-ons.  You can grab version 0.7.17 from their download page or learn more at sabnzbd.org.

SABnzbd

SABnzbd is one of our favorite Usenet clients.  Along with the Newshosting client, Newsbin and NewsLeecher.  All of which do a great job at downloading from Usenet.  If your goal is text newsgroups we would suggest Newsbin.  SABnzbd focuses on binary files.  The open-source client runs as a web server on your system.  You can access it through your favorite web browser.  With versions available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Since SABnzbd is open-source and has such a large following you will find a number of cool add-ons and services like CouchPotato, Sick Beard and SABMobile for iOS and Android devices.  Check out the SABnzbd forum to learn more about these add-ons and others available for the client.

Here’s a list of new features and bug fixes in the 0.7.17 release:

Features

  • Upgrade embedded unrar to 5.01 and (partially) support RAR5 format
  • Support for more meta-data in NZB files (to be used in TV Sort)
  • Optional integration with the OZnzb indexer, allows user access to ratings and reporting directly from SABnzbd interface.
  • Optional automatic feedback to OZnzb on failed downloads
  • Commandline option –pidfile to set your own PID-file name/path (Unix and OSX)
  • Basic support for X-DNZB-Failure and X-DNZB-Details headers, sent by some indexers
  • Support rate-limiting by (a number of) indexers
  • Special option “warn_dupl_jobs” to suppress/enable warnings for duplicate jobs
  • Special option “flat_unpack” to ignore folders inside archives

Bug fixes

  • Fix false encryption alarms for some posts
  • Fix issue with OSX Mavericks Notification Center support
  • Fix issues with passwords embedded in file names
  • Support UNC paths in Sort expressions (Windows)
  • Add password entry boxes in smpl and Classic skins
  • Prevent unwanted change of queue order after editing job details
  • Allow Default category to be picked in Multi-Ops

Who said Usenet isn’t popular?  SABnzbd continues to grow as they have now passed 7.1 million downloads.  Having so many popular sites and services integrated with the Usenet browser should only help the project continue to grow.  If you have any questions or need help getting started the SABnzbd team has some nice guides.  The forum is also a great place to ask questions and learn about all the custom add-ons.

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SABnzbd Releases Version 0.7.10

SABnzbd fans will want to grab the latest release of the popular Usenet client.  SABnzbd continues to grow with over five and a half million downloads to date.  Their latest 0.7.10 release will push it even higher.  SAB fans will want to grab 0.7.10 for the new features and bug fixes.  Those new to the Usenet browser can grab a copy by visiting sabnzbd.org.  They support Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and BSD.  All versions are free downloads.

SABnzbd version 0.7.10

Here’s a list of features and big fixes in SABnzbd 0.7.10:

Features

  • Try to repair rar/par sets with obfuscated (scrambled) names
  • Display next RSS scan moment in Cfg->RSS

Bug fixes

  • Disable obsolete newzbin bookmark readout
  • Show speed when downloading in Forced mode while paused
  • Plush History icons repair and unpack were swapped
  • Reset “today” byte counters at midnight even when idle
  • An email about a failed should say that the download failed
  • Report errors coming from fully encrypted rar files
  • Accept %fn (as well as %fn.%ext) as end parameter in sorting strings.

Grab the latest SABnzbd 0.7.10 and enjoy.  Check out their setup guides for help configuring the client in Windows, Mac or Linux.  They offer a forum to answer questions and discuss ideas for future releases.  Congratulations to the SABnzbd team as they continue to grow over 5.5 million downloads.  Don’t forget to check out the add-ons as well.  The web-based client being open source has led to some really nice additions.

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Best Usenet Clients

For those new to Usenet the task of finding the right newsreader can be challenging.  Especially if you’re not sure where to look and what features are the most important.  Today we’re going to honor our 2013 Editors Choice Award winners and recommend some excellent Usenet browsers.  Some are free to download and use while others offer free trials.  We’ll make it clear whether the clients are free or premium.  Along with highlighting some of the key features that helped each newsreader, web client or mobile Usenet app make our list.

2013 NGR Editors Choice : Best Usenet Clients

Similar to our Best Usenet Provider awards we recognize more than one winner.  As there are way too many great newsgroup services and Usenet clients on the market.  In the case of newsreaders we could easily list ten or more clients.  For the purpose of our awards we have chosen six winners.  Along with a top 10 list.

Without further delay we’d like to congratulate each of our 2013 NGR Editor’s Choice winners.  The list includes the Newshosting Client, Easynews Web Interface, Newsbin ProSABnzbd, NewsLeecher and Binreader.  Round out our list of the Top 10 Usenet clients were GrabIt, Unison, News Rover and EZ Global Search.

Let’s take a closer look at our 2013 NGR Editor’s Choice winners for “Best Usenet Clients“:

Newshosting Usenet Client : 2014 NGR Editors Choice Award

Newshosting

Newshosting continues to innovate their popular Usenet client.  With all the features you’d expect from a leading newsreader and then some.  The client is free for Newshosting members and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.  With a Usenet search engine, video previews, auto-repair and auto-unRAR functions the client takes care of everything.  All you do is choose what to download and let the Newshosting client do the rest.

Newshosting offers 2,100+ days of binary retention along with 1,400 days of text posts.  Subscribers enjoy unlimited Usenet access, Newshosting Usenet client, 256-bit SSL, uncapped speed and 24/7 support.  Take advantage of the Newshosting $9.99/mo. and $99.99/yr. unlimited Usenet specials.

Easynews Web Interface : 2014 NGR Editors Choice Award

Who says you need a software client to access newsgroups?  Most people assume that to be the case but it isn’t as Easynews offers an excellent web Usenet interface.  With the ability to search for content, preview files, stream content and download from Usenet.  The Easynews web interface is free to members.  In fact you can try Easynews free for 14 days.  There are also some really cool iPhone, iPad and Android apps.

Newsbin Pro Usenet Client : 2014 NGR Editors Choice Award

Newsbin Pro

Newsbin Pro has been an NGR editor favorite for years now and they continue to innovate and make the popular Usenet client even better.  Newsbin offers an excellent user interface with support for compressed header downloads and NZB files.  Newsbin will even help you organize downloads.  The client costs $30 and includes a year of search.  With an optional Usenet search feature.  New users can download a 10 day free trial.

SABnzbd Usenet Client : 2014 NGR Editors Choice Award

SABnzbd hardly needs an introduction for Usenet fans.  The free, open-source Usenet browser has been downloaded over 5 million times (Windows, Mac and Linux).  SABnzbd+ turns your web browser into a Usenet client.  It lacks features for those who want to download headers or enjoy text groups.  Yet for binary seekers SABnzbd is very cool.  Drop in an NZB file and SABnzbd will download, verify, repair and extract the contents.

NewsLeecher Usenet Client – 2014 NGR Editors Choice Award

NewsLeecher is another premium client that we’ve enjoyed using over the years.  Especially their SuperSearch feature which is great for easily finding Usenet content.  The user interface is clean and the client presents some nice advanced features.  With lots of bells and whistles to configure for enhancing your Usenet experience.  The client costs $3.99 a month for NewsLeecher + SuperSearch.

Binreader Usenet Client – 2014 NGR Editors Choice Award

We enjoy Binreader for a number of reasons.  First of all its free and available for Windows, Mac and Linux.  Secondly they offer a portable version that you can run from a thumb drive.  With Binreader you can search for content through Binsearch.info and let the client do the rest.  From downloading to PAR2 repair and RAR extraction.  You can download the latest version directly from the Binreader site free of charge.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 2013 Editor’s Choice Awards for the best Usenet clients.  Please help us recognize and congratulate the winners for their efforts.  You might also want to check out our Editor’s Choice Awards for “Best Usenet Providers“, “Best Usenet Deals” and “Best Free Usenet Trials” as each is updated frequently.

SABnzbd Releases Version 0.7.6

Just over a year ago SABnzbd passed the three million download mark.  An impressive accomplishment for sure.  Now they’re nearing five million downloads with their latest SABnzbd 0.7.6 release.  SAB fans will want to grab the latest version for the new features and bug fixes.  Those new to the Usenet browser can grab a copy by visiting sabnzbd.org.  They support Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and BSD.  All versions are free downloads.

Here’s a list of features and big fixes in SABnzbd 0.7.6:

Features

  • Properly handle par2-sets that were renamed after creation by the poster
  • Recursive scanning when re-queuing downloaded NZB files

Bug fixes

  • Prevent blocking assembly of completed files, (this resulted in excessive CPU and memory usage)
  • Fix speed issues with some Usenet servers due to unreachable IPv6 addresses
  • Fix issues with SFV-base checks
  • Successfully pre-checked job lost its attributes when those were changed during check
  • No longer check version when looking for a running instance of SABnzbd (this prevents unintended multiple instances).
  • A damaged base par2 file could block download of more par2 files
  • Fix evaluation of schedules at startup

Grab the latest SABnzbd 0.7.6 and enjoy.  You can use their setup guides for configuring the client in Windows, Mac or Linux.  Along with an active forum to answer questions and discuss ideas for future releases.  Congratulations to the SABnzbd team as they will soon pass five million downloads!  Don’t forget to check out the add-ons as well.  The web-based client being open source has led to some really cool add-ons.

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SABnzbd Releases Version 0.7.5

SABnzbd is nearing 5 million downloads as they release version 0.7.5 of the ever popular Usenet browser.  Version 0.7.5 includes both new features and a few bug fixes.  SABnzbd is a free, open-source newsreader.  You can download the latest version for free anytime by visiting sabnzbd.org.  The web-based client is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.  Being open-source has attracted some really good third party add-ons.

Let’s take a closer look at the new updates and bug fixes in SABnzbd 0.7.5:

Features

  • Update nzbmatrix category table (check your categories!)
  • Add special options ’empty_postproc’ and ‘prio_sort_list’ (See Wiki)
  • OSX: Retina compatible menu-bar icons

Bug fixes

  • Prevent stuck jobs at end of pre-check
  • Fix issues with accented and special characters in names of downloaded files
  • Fix problem with “Read” button when RSS feed name contains “&”
  • Added missing %dn formula to Generic Sort
  • Prevent unusual SFV files from crashing post-processing

Download SABnzbd 0.7.5 and enjoy the new release.  They offer setup guides for Windows, Mac and Linux.  They also have an active community to ask questions and share ideas for future versions.  Cheers to the SABnzbd team as they continue to innovate and near 5 million downloads.  A truly remarkable feat.

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SABnzbd 0.7.0 Pre-Download Check

June 13, 2012 update – SABnzbd released version 0.7.0 final.  Visit sabnzbd.org to learn more and download the new 0.7.0 release.  Continue reading our post to learn about a key new features in SABnzbd 0.7.0.

Those who follow the development of SABnzbd closely are enjoying the latest SABnzbd 0.7.0 beta.  The new beta 3 version was released last week.  The client has a number of new features including a completion checker.  The official name is pre-download check and the purpose is similar to the NZB Completion Checker app.  Checking for completion before downloading can save you a lot of time and frustration.  The new feature is experimental.  You can learn more about SABnzbd 0.7.0 beta 3 and find the download link here.

Here’s some more info on the new pre-download check feature directly from the SABnzbd wiki:

Pre-download check (Experimental)

If you are hit by frequent incomplete and non-repairable downloads and worry about wasted time, bandwidth or quota, there’s the pre-check.
Before downloading, SABnzbd will check if enough articles are available on the server.
Note that this an experimental feature, with the following issues:

  • The pre-download check takes some time, but much less than a (failed) download.
  • SABnzbd calculates the balance between missing articles and available par2 file. However it’s not possible to make a 100% accurate prediction

If you turn on this feature (Config->Switches), it will be used for all new jobs that enter the queue. When something in the queue is being pre-checked, the mouse-over will show “Status: Checking”. Note that during this phase, the download speed shown by SABnzbd will be low (for example “7 kB/s”), and thus the ETA will be very high. You should ignore the high ETA.
When a pre-download check fails, the job will go to History with a message like “Download would not be successful, only 99.5% available “in red. You can click Retry if you want to download anyway.

As the pre-download check feature description explains, SABnzbd will attempt to determine completion and whether or not there are enough PAR2 files to fill in the gaps.  The process isn’t perfect but we cheer the addition of the new feature.  While NZBcc is a great app, having similar functionality built into your client is a big plus.

With close to 4 million downloads SABnzbd is easily the most popular free Usenet browser ever released.  You’ll find that most people either love or hate it.  Those with technical backgrounds appreciate all the features, options and add-ons available.  While some find the client confusing.  If you’re new to SABnzbd give it some time.  Check out their user manual and rely on other users in the forum when needed.  SABnzbd has a very active and growing community around it.  Then after you get comfortable take a look at all the great add-ons.

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SABnzbd Exceeds Four Million Downloads

SABnzbd, one of our favorite newsreaders recently celebrated a new milestone.  Having exceeded four million downloads of the popular Usenet client.  The open-source browser continues to impress users with their regular updates along with several nice add-ons developed for the client.  Earlier today the SAB development team pushed a new beta version.  Their fourth new beta release this month.  You can keep up with the all the latest developments via their announcements page.  As always SABnzbd is free to download and use.

Whether your new to Usenet or a veteran, SABnzbd has something for everyone.  Those with a technical background will especially like the level of control you have when configuring the web-based Usenet browser.  While new users appreciate SABnzbd automatically downloading their chosen content.  In the end the reader has something for just about everyone.  Visit sabnzbd.org to download the latest 0.6.15 final release.  Those who want the latest features and don’t mind the trial and error of testing can check out their beta releases.

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SABnzbd Releases Version 0.6.14

What better way to cross the 3.5 million download mark than to roll out a fresh new release of SABnzbd.  Version 0.6.14 includes some new features along with bug fixes.  As always you can download the latest version of SABnzbd for free directly from their site.  The popular Usenet client is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.  SABnzbd is open-source which brings lots of third party add-ons to further enhance the experience.

Here’s a list of updates in SABnzbd v0.6.14 from their blog post:

  • When retrying an URL fetch from History, remove the History entry
  • Fix job folder creation by Movie Sort when the Sort expression specifies one
  • Fix problem with retrieving ZIP files from some web sites
  • Improve detection of encrypted RAR files during download
  • When par2 fails and SFV-check enabled, verify using SFV files
  • Perform extra checks on job administration
  • Fix logging of pre-queue script result
  • Better support for Yahoo pipes
  • Accept NZB files containing incorrect dates
  • Make sure that paths coming from Sorting are normalized for the platform
  • Make newzbin “Get bookmarks now” button independent of automatic readout
  • Don’t reset watched folder path to default when it doesn’t exist at startup
  • OSX: Fix Growl issues
  • OSX: Show the promised 10 queue entries in the OSX menu instead of 9

Grab the latest version of SABnzbd and enjoy the new release.  They offer setup guides and have an active community.  So enjoy SABnzbd 0.6.14 as the project moves closer and closer to 4 million downloads.

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SABnzbd Newsreader Celebrates 3 Million Downloads

It’s no surprise to most that SABnzbd is one of the best Usenet clients around.  Given the quality and compatibility of the free, open-source newsreader.  Just how popular is SABnzbd?  How about 3,097,354 downloads as of this post.  That’s impressive!  The download numbers are snowballing so we suspect they’ll be hitting 4 million before you know it.  The project hit 2 million downloads in 3 years – on November 21, 2010.

SABnzbd is a free download for Windows, Mac, Linux and more.  So if you haven’t tried the web newsreader yet visit the SABnzbd download page.  In addition to the SABnzbd client the open-source platform allows for some excellent add-ons and scripts like CouchPotato, Sick Beard, SABMobile, nzbdStatus and myNZB.

SABnzbd is one of our favorite Usenet readers.  You can learn more about the popular client by reading our SABnzbd 0.6 review.  Better yet download SABnzbd for yourself and let us know what you think.

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