Mac Alternatives to Newsleecher/WinRAR/QuickPar

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jaded-mandarin, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. jaded-mandarin macrumors regular

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    hi, just wondering if you can reccommend some OS X alternatives to the following applications:

    Newsleecher
    WinRAR Archiver
    QuickPar

    i used to use newsleecher to download material which i'd opened from a .nzb (NewzBin file). i'm positive that 9 times out of 10 i was left with .RAR's as opposed to .ZIP's. so can .RAR's be extracted by program's other than WinRAR?

    also i used an OS app called Unison as an alternative to Newsleecher for a while. but my newshosting account enables me to 8 conncections, but Unison has no preference settings for me to determine how many connections my newshosting account entitles me to.

    i hope this doesn't sound like complete tosh, and to those that understand what i'm on about understand the processes i'm after can in-turn recommend the right software.

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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  3. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    My favorite application for extracting archive files such as RAR is The Unarchiver.
     
  4. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    I'll have to try that one, GUI looks more polished than UnRarX.
     
  5. jaded-mandarin thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks, and as for the plethora of usenet clients, can you recommend any tried and tested ones which appear to be solid?
     
  6. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    Stuffit is what I use for .RAR but the good pro version costs.
     
  7. Mark Morb macrumors regular

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    Another user of Newsleecher here, I will be buying an iMac as soon as Macworld is out of the way, so I would be very interested in an alternative app for the mac. As the original poster said, one which supports multiple connections if possible.

    Thanks,
     
  8. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    I think you can get Usenet for the Mac, but I haven't tried it out.

    I came across this on the panic.com website:

    http://www.panic.com/unison/

    I haven't tried that either, but panic make good OS X software.

    The Unarchiver is what I use as well. It also works with password -protected files unlike OS X's own Zip program
     
  9. petvas macrumors 601

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    the best software for this job is Unison For unrar/unpar use Macpar Deluxe. These two programs are by far the best. Have fun!
     
  10. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    another one voting for the unison/macpar deluxe combo..

    also use binsearch.info for newsgroup searching and create nzb's
     
  11. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    UnrarX
    MacPar Deluxe
    Unison

    All you need.

    Oh and Unison does have a control for the number of simultainious connections but it is listed under downloads.
     
  12. trippr macrumors member

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    hi, i used to use newsleecher as well. to be fair nothing on OSX is better than this.

    I'm using NZB Drop, have tried all the others and not got on well with them.

    NZB drop is so basic but does the job fine.
     
  13. jaded-mandarin thread starter macrumors regular

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    in reference to Unison's "number of downloads", i can set it to 200, and 200 file's will all begin to painfully struggle to download, so i'm sure that it isn't the same thing as "connections" which is more clear in how many you have. (8 in my case). i may be wrong though. it's also a pity that you can't see your overall download speed etc.
     
  14. Evader macrumors newbie

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    I'm a paid newsleecher owner and long time supporter, but when I swiched to mac I tried a whole lot of apps. There's nothing like newsleecher available for Mac. I use the above quoted apps, they work great, maybe someday we'll see a port of newsleecher.

    just to re-iterate you don't need a separate program for un-rar - macpar does both par-check and un-rar
     
  15. Amigalander macrumors regular

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    NZB Drop is what I use. It allows multiple connections, and shows the full download speed. I do miss Newsleecher tho.
     
  16. jedib0p macrumors member

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    In regards to Unison not supporting multiple connections you can change that in the "Downloads" preference.

    I only get about 400K/sec downloads if I only have 1 download enabled but I can max my connection (1.8MB/sec) with 8-10 downloads set so I believe that is the same thing.
     
  17. rozner macrumors member

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    Yes Newsleecher is the best. I have VMWare and run Newsleecher. Although after reading this thread maybe I'll try Unison. Otherwise I use UnrarX for rar/par. It gets the job done.
     
  18. skp574 macrumors 6502

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    +1 for NZB Drop. It's a bit unstable under Leopard but it does do the job and does it fast. I've got 40 connections running at the same time and get very fast downloads. It does hog system resources and disk usage though but leave it running unattended at night and it'll easily complete those long downloads. I do recommend downloading to another HD rather than your system disk, as it can make other applications crawl.

    I use MacPAR deLuxe for my unRAR/PAR needs. Can't ask for a betting app IMO.
     
  19. prettysmartguy macrumors newbie

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    "newsleecher"

    just letting everyone know, the best "newsleecher" for mac is SABnzbd, it is an app that runs through safari as an adressed server. on there you can configure your settings for any news group and enter a username n password if needed. it also unpacks n unrars files for you. if need be, it will use pars to repair files for you.
    you can find it here.....http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=207766&package_id=248837
    this app has changed my life lol
    i get all of my nzbs from NZBMatrix.com
    the server i use is giganews.com---greatest server in the world...Yes, i do pay money monthly, but the amount of "nzb"s i download daily, PAYS OFF
    if anyone has any more questions just let me know by sending me a pm or reply on here
     
  20. Evader macrumors newbie

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    that looks awesome. but the install it too damn complicated. I bought a mac cause I like things to be easy and "just work"
     
  21. shinji macrumors 65816

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    It is not the same thing, and what the OP is asking for is a feature I asked Panic about that they said they may implement in a future version.

    Simultaneous downloads != simultaneous connections

    When Newsleecher opens an nzb and goes to download something, it will use 10 connections (in the case of giganews non-ssl, for example) per file at a time. Unison doesn't do that, it will download 10 separate files at a time but it won't make 10 connections for one file.

    There is no mac equivalent of Newsleecher, sadly. I use NZBDrop, though, which does have this particular feature, but it doesn't hold a candle to Newsleecher with smartselect and super search.
     
  22. nomadpass macrumors member

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    You guys are forgetting the best. Its called Binbot - it will also automatically unrar and extract par files and repair them if needed.
     
  23. shinji macrumors 65816

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    It's a java app though isn't it? How is the performance?
     
  24. Beaverfish macrumors regular

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    Sorry to dig up an old thread. Ive been looking for a MAc NZB downloader. I previously used Grab it in windows. I now use NZB vortex with unarchiver. Its awesome !
     

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