NewsMan Pro 3.0.8.8 for Windows

by Dan Cumpian

Avg. Rating 4.1 (114 votes)

File Details

File Size 5.4 MB
License Shareware, $29.95
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 3,741
Publisher Dan Cumpian
Homepage NewsMan Pro

Publisher's Description

NewsMan Pro is a multi-threaded, multi-server newsreader with support for UUE, MIME and Yenc encoded binaries. Downloads through a Queue system that automatically prioritizes downloads based on estimated article expiration. Subscribed newsgroups are grouped into logical Workgroups for fast browsing of related articles. NZB file import, Automation, and many other advanced features.

Latest Reviews

Reverb

Reverb reviewed v3.0.2.3 on Jul 6, 2009

inight I'm glad I read your review. I downloaded the trial and ran it without MySQL and it took hours to update a popular newsgroup. I attributed this to that fact that I was using it's built-in database which they recommend against but if having a dedicated SQL setup yields the same results that makes this program utterly useless.

I now use Newsleecher which retreives headers and updates newsgroups in a fraction of the time with no SQL required.

NewsMan Pro does have the nicest GUI I've ever seen in a newsreader though.

inight

inight reviewed v2.7.0.3 on Aug 7, 2007

Nice looking software and the authors do indeed have a quick response time to problems that come up. However, and this is a critical flaw in my opinion, it needs to be said upfront that it *will* choke on high bandwidth news groups unless you severely reduce the retention to only a few days. As long as you are willing to do that, the software is golden. But if you try and go with a full feed retaining all available posts on some of the bigger services like Giganews even with substantial hardware (Core 2 Quad QX6700 with RAID-5 Cheetah 15K.5 [5 drives] in my test case) and dedicated MySQL server settings you will run into problems. In my case the program took almost 3 full days(!) on the initial header pull and post-processing and then 2-3 hours afterwards on the scheduled daily download. Note: the actual download time itself was tiny compared to the time it took the program to process and store the headers. A competing product on the same system using the same groups took approximately 2.5 hours on the initial pull and roughly 10-15 minutes on the daily updates.

bigspud

bigspud reviewed v2.6.0.4 on Feb 27, 2007

useless crap, not worth downloading.
i dont often come across such poor software.
i have tried many newsreaders and binary downloaders, but this is the worst by far.

Chanito

Chanito reviewed v2.6.0.3 on Feb 7, 2007

I've been using Usenet for more than a decade and probably used every major newsreader out there and I have to say NewsMan Pro is the very best these days.

Whether you work with text groups or binaries, NMP has the best features to organize and search the groups you're subscribed to.

OK, if all you do with usenet is download using NZB files then you're probably better off with Newsleecher or other program, but anything beyond that you'll be grateful to work with NewsMan Pro.

Using a real database is a bliss too. I can't count the times I had to download all my headers again because the database of this or that program broked. This hasn't happend once with NMP (I used MySQL first and MS-SQL these days).

Spooon69

Spooon69 reviewed v2.6.0.1 on Oct 15, 2006

I needed a new program after leaving BNR3, which just got on my nerves with its unstable database. I read about NMP somwhere, the reason I tried it? MySQL, a REAL database. Not ONCE have I had to restart my database (well, I did once, only because I updated MySQL versions, even though I didn't need to).

This program is amazingly stable and has so many features you'll probably just ignore them until you get bored one day and then get hooked on them (e.g. the scheduler). Now I wake up in the morning to find my headers downloaded and filtered without me having to do anything at all.

The support is quick...scary quick, like, 5 minute response time.

Ready_Eddie

Ready_Eddie reviewed v2.6.0.1 on Oct 12, 2006

Like BNR3 on steriods.

The fee is well worth it, they've earned it from me many times over with exceptionally responsive tech support. The product has been mature for some time, changes mostly come from user requests. If you find a true bug, betas with a fix are out in a week or two. Sometimes you can get a test build to confirm a fix within hours.

Releases are done very professionally, at different maturity levels: betas, release candidates, and final major releases.

Xleon

Xleon reviewed v2.6.0.1 on Oct 12, 2006

I don't know why some people above had such issues with NMPro. It's VERY easy to install and use, with a great number of features.

It's scalable from the novice (using the built in database) to the expert using MYSQL / MS-SQL.
Reliable and powerful, this is THE newsreader if you are serious about Usenet.

There is NO bandwidth limitations with this and it will scale as fast as the hardware / network bandwidth you have available.

Support is second to none and has very regular updates with new features. Can't recommnend this highly enough.

SethBeckett

SethBeckett reviewed v2.5.0.1 on Jul 10, 2006

I was originally pointed to NMP, as a candidate newsreader (along with several other newsreaders), that would allow scheduling downloads at night. I decided on NMP after several weeks of testing, and have never looked back. I originally chose it because the solutions it offered for what I was looking for were the simplest and most effective.

The learning curve for NMP was to me very easy - it was very intuitive, and was no more difficult than any of the other newsreaders I have used in the past (15 years). However, there are TWO learning curves, not one - one for the NMP program itself, and another for the database program you choose to use with it (either MySQL or MS-SQL - the third, which comes with the program, is for undemanding data requirements only).

The learning curve for the DATABASE I chose, MySQL (there are three choices), was in the beginning, a little more frustrating, because it is important to configure it properly (getting it right makes a huge difference), but the on-line NMP help docs got me through this easily. In the case of the MySQL database, you will be well-served by downloading and learning to use their database utilities. This is the most synergistic merger of programs I've ever come across. The more you use it, the more obvious it is that this is a great idea. The self-repair functions are worth their weight in gold. I have never, ever lost any data that was not easily recovered. I cannot say this of any of the other newsreaders I've used - they've all managed to lose data sooner or later, especially when handling large amounts of data, as I do. The robustness of the basic data structure is a major plus for NMP, in my view.

However, I've come to realize the major plus of NMP is the responsiveness of the NMP development team. In the last 24 years I have never come across a developer as responsive to customer suggestions or problems as these folks. It's extremely fast, friendly, and extremely effective. Having gotten used to no answers, incomplete or irrelevant answers that basically blew me off or were never followed-through, this was a refreshing breath of wind. Dialog in minutes or hours instead of days, weeks, or never. As a result of this interaction, updates with new and useful features are frequent. NMP's customer support is worth its weight in gold, or platinum or something like that. I consider this program dirt cheap for what I get. And you never have to pay for an upgrade.

I will also add that NMP has NEVER caused low efficiency in my broadband connection; it seems to operate at the maximum speed my IP allows at any particular instant, typically around 550-600KB/sec, sometimes 670KB/s. However, NMP offers the CAPABILITY to intentionally lower this figure to whatever you desire, so if you want to download at slower speeds, just choose your poison, I think some IPs get ticked off if you use bandwidth over a certain amount. I have this feature turned OFF, to assure maximum available download speed from my IP at all times. It's a little "on-off" button on the top toolbar. The 'limiting speed' can also be set to zero, which accomplishes the same thing.

Anyway, I like NMP a whole lot. Does exactly what I want, and does it well. And unlike every other program I have used over an extensive time, it has never lost any data that could not be easily retrieved.

Munck

Munck reviewed v2.5.0.1 on Jul 7, 2006

[lzvk25] "And to be serious, since when do we have to download, install and configure a DBMS just to see if this thing works ?"

If you think that, then it's you that failed, not NMP. NMP comes with a built in database system but optionally supports MySQL/MSSQL which lends vastly more functionality to NMP as well as outstripping the built-in database functionality of every other newsreader I've tried over the last several years (which is most of them). When I tried the program I did decide to also try MySQL which was the first external database of any type I'd ever bothered with and had it downloaded, installed, configured and running perfectly with NMP in about a half hour.

To support my rating, I will say that I find it to be superior to other readers I've tried in the past several years and boasting of many more features I find useful as well. But that aside, the one "feature" I find the most important by far is that the devs are constantly working and supporting their users by being extremely receptive and responsive to new user-requested features and functions. This translates into if you like just about anything in another newsreader, you can probably get it added to NMP with little more than an explanation of why it's a good thing; this makes NMP an amalgam of the best of all other newsreaders over and above whatever unique features it has.

Oh, and yes, I *paid* for the program, and am not in any way other than as a customer, affiliated with the vendor. I just feel an obligation as a happy customer that hopes to see the software continue to exist and grow to point out that I think NMP is top of the line and do so after having earned experience with many other competitors' products.

lzvk25

lzvk25 reviewed v2.5.0.1 on Jun 30, 2006

[Quote jdalton]: ...But if you aren't serious about newsgroups, then you probably should use something simpler anyway.]

And to be serious, since when do we have to download, install and configure a DBMS just to see if this thing works ?
:P

And then again there are better and simpler newsreaders like NewsLeecher.

Avg. Rating 4.1 (114 votes)
Your Rating
Reverb

Reverb reviewed v3.0.2.3 on Jul 6, 2009

inight I'm glad I read your review. I downloaded the trial and ran it without MySQL and it took hours to update a popular newsgroup. I attributed this to that fact that I was using it's built-in database which they recommend against but if having a dedicated SQL setup yields the same results that makes this program utterly useless.

I now use Newsleecher which retreives headers and updates newsgroups in a fraction of the time with no SQL required.

NewsMan Pro does have the nicest GUI I've ever seen in a newsreader though.

inight

inight reviewed v2.7.0.3 on Aug 7, 2007

Nice looking software and the authors do indeed have a quick response time to problems that come up. However, and this is a critical flaw in my opinion, it needs to be said upfront that it *will* choke on high bandwidth news groups unless you severely reduce the retention to only a few days. As long as you are willing to do that, the software is golden. But if you try and go with a full feed retaining all available posts on some of the bigger services like Giganews even with substantial hardware (Core 2 Quad QX6700 with RAID-5 Cheetah 15K.5 [5 drives] in my test case) and dedicated MySQL server settings you will run into problems. In my case the program took almost 3 full days(!) on the initial header pull and post-processing and then 2-3 hours afterwards on the scheduled daily download. Note: the actual download time itself was tiny compared to the time it took the program to process and store the headers. A competing product on the same system using the same groups took approximately 2.5 hours on the initial pull and roughly 10-15 minutes on the daily updates.

bigspud

bigspud reviewed v2.6.0.4 on Feb 27, 2007

useless crap, not worth downloading.
i dont often come across such poor software.
i have tried many newsreaders and binary downloaders, but this is the worst by far.

Chanito

Chanito reviewed v2.6.0.3 on Feb 7, 2007

I've been using Usenet for more than a decade and probably used every major newsreader out there and I have to say NewsMan Pro is the very best these days.

Whether you work with text groups or binaries, NMP has the best features to organize and search the groups you're subscribed to.

OK, if all you do with usenet is download using NZB files then you're probably better off with Newsleecher or other program, but anything beyond that you'll be grateful to work with NewsMan Pro.

Using a real database is a bliss too. I can't count the times I had to download all my headers again because the database of this or that program broked. This hasn't happend once with NMP (I used MySQL first and MS-SQL these days).

Spooon69

Spooon69 reviewed v2.6.0.1 on Oct 15, 2006

I needed a new program after leaving BNR3, which just got on my nerves with its unstable database. I read about NMP somwhere, the reason I tried it? MySQL, a REAL database. Not ONCE have I had to restart my database (well, I did once, only because I updated MySQL versions, even though I didn't need to).

This program is amazingly stable and has so many features you'll probably just ignore them until you get bored one day and then get hooked on them (e.g. the scheduler). Now I wake up in the morning to find my headers downloaded and filtered without me having to do anything at all.

The support is quick...scary quick, like, 5 minute response time.

Ready_Eddie

Ready_Eddie reviewed v2.6.0.1 on Oct 12, 2006

Like BNR3 on steriods.

The fee is well worth it, they've earned it from me many times over with exceptionally responsive tech support. The product has been mature for some time, changes mostly come from user requests. If you find a true bug, betas with a fix are out in a week or two. Sometimes you can get a test build to confirm a fix within hours.

Releases are done very professionally, at different maturity levels: betas, release candidates, and final major releases.

Xleon

Xleon reviewed v2.6.0.1 on Oct 12, 2006

I don't know why some people above had such issues with NMPro. It's VERY easy to install and use, with a great number of features.

It's scalable from the novice (using the built in database) to the expert using MYSQL / MS-SQL.
Reliable and powerful, this is THE newsreader if you are serious about Usenet.

There is NO bandwidth limitations with this and it will scale as fast as the hardware / network bandwidth you have available.

Support is second to none and has very regular updates with new features. Can't recommnend this highly enough.

SethBeckett

SethBeckett reviewed v2.5.0.1 on Jul 10, 2006

I was originally pointed to NMP, as a candidate newsreader (along with several other newsreaders), that would allow scheduling downloads at night. I decided on NMP after several weeks of testing, and have never looked back. I originally chose it because the solutions it offered for what I was looking for were the simplest and most effective.

The learning curve for NMP was to me very easy - it was very intuitive, and was no more difficult than any of the other newsreaders I have used in the past (15 years). However, there are TWO learning curves, not one - one for the NMP program itself, and another for the database program you choose to use with it (either MySQL or MS-SQL - the third, which comes with the program, is for undemanding data requirements only).

The learning curve for the DATABASE I chose, MySQL (there are three choices), was in the beginning, a little more frustrating, because it is important to configure it properly (getting it right makes a huge difference), but the on-line NMP help docs got me through this easily. In the case of the MySQL database, you will be well-served by downloading and learning to use their database utilities. This is the most synergistic merger of programs I've ever come across. The more you use it, the more obvious it is that this is a great idea. The self-repair functions are worth their weight in gold. I have never, ever lost any data that was not easily recovered. I cannot say this of any of the other newsreaders I've used - they've all managed to lose data sooner or later, especially when handling large amounts of data, as I do. The robustness of the basic data structure is a major plus for NMP, in my view.

However, I've come to realize the major plus of NMP is the responsiveness of the NMP development team. In the last 24 years I have never come across a developer as responsive to customer suggestions or problems as these folks. It's extremely fast, friendly, and extremely effective. Having gotten used to no answers, incomplete or irrelevant answers that basically blew me off or were never followed-through, this was a refreshing breath of wind. Dialog in minutes or hours instead of days, weeks, or never. As a result of this interaction, updates with new and useful features are frequent. NMP's customer support is worth its weight in gold, or platinum or something like that. I consider this program dirt cheap for what I get. And you never have to pay for an upgrade.

I will also add that NMP has NEVER caused low efficiency in my broadband connection; it seems to operate at the maximum speed my IP allows at any particular instant, typically around 550-600KB/sec, sometimes 670KB/s. However, NMP offers the CAPABILITY to intentionally lower this figure to whatever you desire, so if you want to download at slower speeds, just choose your poison, I think some IPs get ticked off if you use bandwidth over a certain amount. I have this feature turned OFF, to assure maximum available download speed from my IP at all times. It's a little "on-off" button on the top toolbar. The 'limiting speed' can also be set to zero, which accomplishes the same thing.

Anyway, I like NMP a whole lot. Does exactly what I want, and does it well. And unlike every other program I have used over an extensive time, it has never lost any data that could not be easily retrieved.

Munck

Munck reviewed v2.5.0.1 on Jul 7, 2006

[lzvk25] "And to be serious, since when do we have to download, install and configure a DBMS just to see if this thing works ?"

If you think that, then it's you that failed, not NMP. NMP comes with a built in database system but optionally supports MySQL/MSSQL which lends vastly more functionality to NMP as well as outstripping the built-in database functionality of every other newsreader I've tried over the last several years (which is most of them). When I tried the program I did decide to also try MySQL which was the first external database of any type I'd ever bothered with and had it downloaded, installed, configured and running perfectly with NMP in about a half hour.

To support my rating, I will say that I find it to be superior to other readers I've tried in the past several years and boasting of many more features I find useful as well. But that aside, the one "feature" I find the most important by far is that the devs are constantly working and supporting their users by being extremely receptive and responsive to new user-requested features and functions. This translates into if you like just about anything in another newsreader, you can probably get it added to NMP with little more than an explanation of why it's a good thing; this makes NMP an amalgam of the best of all other newsreaders over and above whatever unique features it has.

Oh, and yes, I *paid* for the program, and am not in any way other than as a customer, affiliated with the vendor. I just feel an obligation as a happy customer that hopes to see the software continue to exist and grow to point out that I think NMP is top of the line and do so after having earned experience with many other competitors' products.

lzvk25

lzvk25 reviewed v2.5.0.1 on Jun 30, 2006

[Quote jdalton]: ...But if you aren't serious about newsgroups, then you probably should use something simpler anyway.]

And to be serious, since when do we have to download, install and configure a DBMS just to see if this thing works ?
:P

And then again there are better and simpler newsreaders like NewsLeecher.

zridling

zridling reviewed v2.5.0.0 on May 26, 2006

[jdalton]: ...But if you aren't serious about newsgroups, then you probably should use something simpler anyway.

Oh yeah, that explains this mess of a program.

alexf153

alexf153 reviewed v2.2.0.0 on Nov 28, 2005

This news reader has it all except download efficiency. Your broadband connection will be underutilized. With newsreaders like NewsPro and Usenet Explorer, my entire bandwidth is pegged. But with NewsMan Pro, I'm average about 50% of my bandwidth. It gets worse the more connections I use. For large binary parts, it takes 4 times as long to download something compared to NewsPro and Usenet Explorer. Another person has done much more extensive testing and got the same results.

jdalton

jdalton reviewed v2.1.0.1 on Oct 27, 2005

With its support for real database backends, the newsreader is awesome! I find that while it is more complex than your basic binary downloader, it is no more comlicated than any other true newsreader. The sheer number of features that are included in this thing is amazing.

I think the biggest hurdle for newbies is setting up the database. But if you aren't serious about newsgroups, then you probably should use something simpler anyway.

zridling

zridling reviewed v2.1.0.1 on Oct 27, 2005

Overly complex for a newsreader, as if it wants to be something it's not. Plus, it's hard to figure out, as the help file truly bites. And as hkm notes below, it cripples the trial version, making me suspicious of its worth.

CAVEAT: If you're a developer who's afraid to submit a full working trial version to potential users, then don't expect anyone to ever buy your software. Ever.

I'm not buying your software just to see if it works as YOU claim.

hkm

hkm reviewed v2.0.0.3 on May 15, 2005

Look, works nicely, but I wish they were upfront about supporting NZB in the registered version only. Why not a FULL, uncrippled, at least 7-14-day trial like most of the other NewsReaders?

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