Join the GrabIt 2.0 Private Beta

Shames, the development team behind GrabIt newsreader is working on a new release.  As we wrote about May of last year the GrabIt 2.0 user interface had to be completely recoded.  It looks like the programming work is done and they’re now looking for Usenet fans to help test the new GrabIt 2.0 beta.  You can sign up for the private beta here and be one of the first to check out the latest GrabIt 2.0 client for free.

We look forward to sharing impressions of the new GrabIt 2.0 client as the beta progresses.  In the meantime we encourage you to sign up for the private beta and share your feedback to help move the client toward public release.  Once again to sign up visit the GrabIt 2.0 private bate page.  There you’ll enter your email address.  When the private beta begins you’ll be one of the first to have an opportunity to test the new GrabIt 2.0 client.

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GrabIt 2.0 Newsreader Adds Support for Mac OSX

GrabIt version 2.0 will be the first GrabIt release to support Mac OSX.  A welcomed addition for Mac Usenet fans.  The developer of GrabIt newsreader was hoping to release version 2.0 in early April but had to delay for a few months.  As a complication arose that will require recoding most of the GrabIt 2.0 user interface.

In the meantime a new version of GrabIt 1.7.2 beta 4 will be released to address some bug fixes.  We downloaded the latest GrabIt beta and took it for a test drive.  Version 1.7.2 is alright but lacks features compared to the latest versions of other top newsreaders like Newsleecher, Newsbin Pro and SABnzbd.

We look forward to the GrabIt version 2 release in the months ahead.  We’ll keep an eye out and let you know once the new Mac compatible version is out.  GrabIt 1.7.2 is free to download.  With GrabIt Usenet search and newsgroup access available for a fee.  Visit their sign up page for more details.

Favorite Usenet Provider, Newsreader, Search Engine

A month ago we launched a few polls so visitors could vote for their favorite Usenet provider, newsreader and Usenet search engine.  The Usenet provider and newsreader polls were very close with no clear winner.  Nzbmatrix won big in the Usenet search poll.  Here is a breakdown of the most popular in each category.

Favorite Usenet Provider Poll Results:
Astraweb received 28% of the votes
Giganews received 24% of the votes
NewsDemon received 23% of the votes

Favorite Newsreader Poll Results:
Newsleecher received 17% of the votes
Alt.Binz received 17% of the votes
SABnzbd received 14% of the votes
GrabIt received 13% of the votes
Forte Agent received 12% of the votes
NewsBin Pro received 10% of the votes

Favorite Usenet Search Poll Results:
Nzbmatrix received 37% of the votes
Binsearch received 11% of the votes
Newzbin received 9% of the votes
Newzleech received 9% of the votes

Congratulations to the winners.  If your favorite service, software or search site missed the cut this time around stay tuned as we’ll be bringing more polls and interactive features to NewsgroupReviews in the near future.