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Panic launches Unison Usenet reader

updated 07:35 am EST, Wed January 28, 2004

Unison Usenet reader

Panic has introduced offers access to the Usenet for $12/month or in a bundle with registration for $29 (22% discount).

Unison offers a unique four-view interface that lets you view and work with Usenet group content in four distinct styles: messages, files, images, or music. It lets you preview MP3 files directly off a Usenet server, view images in an elegant iPhoto-like thumbnail view, prioritize transfers with a flexible downloads manager, find favorites quickly with a categorized column-view interface, smartly group files into meta-groups (like songs into albums), displays the download status in the dock, and much more.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Pollish not there yet

    For a v1.0 app it looks okay, but w/o the ability to use a .newsrc file I can't use it. It seems to ape the Finder's "column" view, which would be a wrench to have to use, also. I just want a newsreader which acts like MT-NW, but w/o the bugs.

    And the price on their web site is $24.95, not $10 less.

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    The only problem with...

    The problem with Unison is its inability to poll multiple servers at once looking for articles.

    Bring Newsbin Pro to MacOS X.

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    i will admit

    it takes a little bit of getting used to, but its really quite a fantastic program. and very flexible in its simplicity. it really does make getting binaries much easier.

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    Binaries downloading?

    How does it handle downloading and decoding multi-part binaries? Does it thread properly? Does it handle yenc?

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Yes, and yes

    Yes, Unison does automatically group file parts into single "files" in Files view. It also handles yEnc. AND, even cooler, it can even create "meta groups" based on subject information; for example, it will put all the MP3's from one album into its own folder, so you can download the whole album in one click.

    Give it a shot!

    Hope this helps! -Cabel / Panic

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    Another A+ Panic App

    I've been testing Unison for a while now, and really like it for what it is.

    I admit that for some of the groups I read, it lacks the advanced features I need and hope eventually to see them added, but for now I am planning on using Unison for some of my newsgroup activity, with MT-NewsWatcher for some others.

    >How does it handle downloading and decoding multi-part binaries?

    Nicely implemented. Also has a grouping sort of feature that puts related files together.

    >Does it thread properly?

    I'm just a user but haven't noticed any problems here.

    >Does it handle yenc?

    Yup.

    Give it a shot and you may find you like it. Or not. But Panic makes great apps and I'm glad to see this one added.

    -sam

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    doh

    Didn't see the post by the Panic person above when I posted...

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    I love Panic

    Panic rocks... they're one of my favourite software houses! Just been playing around with Unison here on our newserver, and it looks like another winner.

    Since we've got a Panic guy watching this thread, I gotta ask this: do you guys do your own icons/art or does IconFactory do it? Your apps (and your website) just look so damn Aqualicious!

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    Icons

    Thanks for thr very kind words!

    All of our art/web design is done internally, but with only a few very minor exceptions all of our icons are 100% genuine IconFactory goodness! Accept no substitutions! :)

    -Cabel / Panic

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    Yes, Panic is good

    I posted the first note in the thread here, so I'll follow-up a bit.

    I downloaded the program after the first ad I saw in comp.sys.mac.apps BECAUSE it was from Panic. After trying it, I sent them a note from home. Here's the deal:

    I want a program that will handle my .newsrc files, handle more than one task at once, and do the rest of that stuff. I don't know if this program will handle more than one task at once, but I do know I wasn't able to figure out a way to get it to read .newsrc or to get back to a decent list/window-oriented interface. I don't use the column-based Finder windows even in the Finder, so I'm not likely to take to them elsewhere. Binaries are not a major part of my newsreading, so the handling of them is less important to me than the other things I mentioned. If I can get the interface back to a nn-like one, like the Newswatcher-based readers, I'll be more likely to keep Unison around.

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