what do you guys use? usenet reader

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by starfox101, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. starfox101 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2006
    I have switched from windows to Mac. Love it, never going back!! Only one program I really miss. Agent newsreader. I have been using Pan, X11. This past weekend I did a fresh install of OSX and really don't want to reinstall X11. I have tried to use Unison, just not right for me. Are there any big usenet users out there that can help choose one.


    Mac OS X 10.4.6
    Machine Name: Power Mac G5
    Machine Model: PowerMac11,2
    CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (1.1)
    Number Of CPUs: 2
    CPU Speed: 2.3 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.15 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: 5.2.7f1
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I don't really use one, but Hyperjeff has lots to try... :)

    I think I would have started with OSXnews...
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
  4. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    It takes a few seconds and takes a trivial amount of disk space, so you might as well, because I don't know of anything else that's as good as Pan unfortunately.

  5. ray_uk macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Yeah I'll second Unison its the best Mac news reader ive used so far.
  6. starfox101 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2006
    Thanks much for the replys, I guess it's back to Pan, As I said Unison is just not for me..

    Thanks again
  7. prophet621 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Agent is a good app for just reading newsgroups in Windows (slow and clunky for binary downloading, great for discussions) and Pan is probably the best I found for that purpose. As you already know it's a lot like agent, Thunderbird is a lot like Outlook Express, in other words it sucks for that purpose. X11 is a pain to install...especially for one app.

    For binary downloading Unison is king on OS X. I primarily use this because I mainly use newsgroups for downloading and the rare occasion I do want to post or read discussions I may as well use it for that purpose as well but I will also often use my Windows laptop and Agent for that (don't like to use the OE clone or install X11).

    When I first got my ibook I tried at least a dozen different apps for newsgroups and my postings above are the best I've found for their respective purpose.
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I use Mozilla but don't read usnet much anymore but when I do Mozilla seem to work.

    Actually in the "old days" before the web and before everyone had email when I was a daily usnet reader I usad "tin" and pointed it to a local NNTP server. With a 300 and 1200 baud modem the local NNTP server could suck up new files in the background for hours ad then reading was fast. Trying to remember if the computer even had a mounse back them, likey not.
  9. JDar macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2003
    Yea, I miss Forte Agent, too. I use Hogwasher for a newsreader. It is very capable (can do mail as well as news, and can easily define and filter junk 'till the cows come home) and with the capability comes some complexity in settings. With only a couple of version changes Hogwasher has worked from Panther days to the present with not a problem.
  10. Wrock macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2003
    I've always liked Thoth. It's showing obvious age now, and it isn't being updated anymore, but it's a nice simple newsreader.

    You know what.. it IS still being developed. I just did a little searching to see if I could find a download link, and came across this:

  11. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada
    I would be using it (looks great) but it never worked with my isp, go figure, eh?:rolleyes:

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