By Panic, Inc.
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Unison is the best Usenet browser / newsreader in the world. Only for Mac OS X.
>>> NOTE: UNISON REQUIRES A USENET SERVER TO WORK. Your ISP may provide Usenet service for free! We also can provide Usenet service for a low monthly fee, as can many other companies. <<<
Usenet, one of the oldest distributed discussion forums on the internet, is filled with lots of interesting content, but it can be incredibly difficult to get started. Unison makes Usenet simple.
- Instantly understandable user interface
- Friendly group directory
- Per-group options like auto-loading and offline reading
- Threaded message viewing
- View and post messages in HTML or Plain Text
- Auto-magical file grouping and downloading
- Smart Downloading to skip unneeded recovery sets
- Inline image browsing and music listening
- Convenient Search browser to find Usenet content
- UnPAR / UnRAR / Join built in, no external tools needed
- One-click binary uploads
And much, much more.
What's New in Version 2.1.10
— Fixes (really!) a mysterious problem with stalled downloads
Improved over the last version
The last version of Unison was so bad I was forced to delete it and use an old version. This current version does seem to have fixed some of the issues I experienced.
I’ve been using this version for a week now. The crashing problem has gone away. The program no longer bombs out when dealing with extremely large numbers of headers is newsgroups. Operation seems to be a bit more crisp. Overall it’s a significant improvement over the last version.
Does it still have issues? Yes. The ‘mysterious stalled downloads’ mentioned in the “What’s New” blurb that they claim was fixed, isn’t. At least not here. It still stops downloading for no apparent reason, but at least it doesn’t crash when it does so any longer. Shut the program down, restart it, and the downloads begin working normally again. Sometiems if you wait five minutes or so, they’ll start up on their own.
This is actually one of the best overall newsreaders I have ever used! I have used MOST of them in Windows and Linux and I was pleasantly surprised when I found this gem when I bought a MacBook pro and moved my loyalties to OS X. For text groups it really does not stand out as much as it does for graphics or binary groups. Can't say that as of yet I have done much with using filters, but for my needs and what I do in newsgroups, this works better for me than any other program I have ever used.
Still not updating
Bought this on the promise that the stalled downloads problem (experienced with the demo) had really been fixed. As of this point (ver. 2.1.10), it hasn’t. And that’s just the worst of the erratic features, of which my second-least-favorite is that deleted and/or downloaded items keep popping back up into the header lists. Needs work. A lot of work. You’d be well advised to hold on to your money until you see a whole lot of new reviews confirming the problems have been fixed once and for all.