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Unison is a carefully-crafted, genuinely revolutionary Mac OS X Usenet newsreader. It offers all the expected newsreader functionality: easy-to-navigate threaded discussions, the ability to ignore annoying posters, multiple signature management, and easy, Mail-like posting with spell checking and all the more...

What's New

Version 2.1.10:
  • Added full screen mode
  • Fixed (really!) more unexpected transfer pausing at unexpected times

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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kingjj Member IconReview+2
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Having a machine that's stuck using 10.4 has forced me to not update Unison beyond 1.8

But this seems to be a blessing in disguise, as I don't seem to be having any of the issues people are reporting with versions 2 and above.

In fact, beyond the occasional crash and when the program has to purge/download/group a large number of headers (and the glacial speed it goes about doing this), I'm pretty fond of Unison. I mean, I'm never tempted to go back to the bad old days of Thoth (not that Thoth is bad, it's just clunky in comparison)

So if you're someone who actually contributes to the usenet, thusly needing something more than a leecher, perhaps you should consider downgrading Unison

http://download.panic.com/unison/Unison%201.8.1.dmg

It's served me very well for a good number of years.

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Version 2.1.10
PaulR7399 Member IconReview+0
PaulR7399
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I wanted this to be my Mac alternative to NewsLeecher. Nice interface, it seems as if the feature set had evolved to a point where it may have been. Unfortunately I am running into the issue where large downloads will all decide to suspend at seemingly random points in time. It looks like it may be some kind of issue where the authentication is not being passed back to my provider (Astraweb) - based on my reading it seems as if similar suspend / pause issues have plagued the software for years. Spent a bit of time trying to resolve but less effort to try alternatives (trying NZBVortex now, seems to be working well but interface is somewhat confusing.)

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Version 2.1.10
Ger-Teunis
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We should not be responding here but could you contact us at support at nzbvortex dot com. We'd like to pick your brain in how we might improve the experience you have using NZBVortex.

Jazzyguy Member IconComment+3667
Jazzyguy
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Xnntp is a good choice but it doesn't to pictures too well but it is great for text and it is free!IT WORKS ON MAVERICKS!!!!

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Version 2.1.10
Jazzyguy
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t does do pictures,but you have to click on the yenc button in the menu bar and download the pictures to your desktop.

Andrewm8 Member IconComment+75
Andrewm8
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Unison 2.1.10 on Mavericks uses 110% of CPU when downloading headers, funs on my MacBook Pro are going crazy... What and why it is happening?

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Version 2.1.10
Balanchine Member IconReview+108
Balanchine
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I use both NZBVortex and Unison. Generally, I prefer NZBVortex if my main purpose is to have a bunch of NZBs downloading in the background. It seems a bit more reliable (doesn't pause unexpectedly), more transparent in its handling of PARs, easier to choke if you need bandwidth for something else, and more flexible in what you can do with the queue - for example, you can merge downloads if you've ended up with the RARs and PARs in separate NZBs.

However, Unison does have some useful advantages over NZBVortex, even if you're only using it for binary groups:

- You can browse groups directly from your Usenet server, rather than going through a third party NZB site. Yes, it can take several minutes to fetch and group a large bunch of headers, but once they're loaded, it's a very convenient way to browse and search an entire newsgroup.
- You can preview images and read comments on binary uploads.
- There's a built-in web browser for searching NZB indexing sites, from a customizable list of URLs. NZBVortex only offers NZBIndex and NZBClub search, with limited customization - though you can, of course, search in a separate browser and have NZBVortex open the NZBs you create.
- NZBVortex can be a CPU hog, particularly when unpacking. Unison runs a little cooler, in my experience.
- When you're browsing a group in Unison, the binaries you've already downloaded are marked with a tick (though, annoyingly, this feature doesn't seem to work after you move a download out of the download folder).
- If you want to explore some of the weirder groups (don't ask!) that the NZB sites won't index, Unison can do that; NZBVortex can't.

If you're a Usenet addict with a premium account, you'll probably want both NZBVortex and Unison to get the most out of it.

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Version 2.1.10
Ger-Teunis
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Thanks for the nice review for NZBVortex as well. Although it's hard to explain why we run more hot then unison as both use the reference implementation of unrar to unpack.

More search engines are coming though, but we try to keep the advanced search parameters to a minimum as we try to focus on a keep it simple approach so it's not scaring off average users.

Detlevski Member IconComment+84
Detlevski
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Fetching .... 2 minutes
Grouping ...... 3 minutes

Beachballs, this is getting totally useless ..
But at least it looks nice.

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Version 2.1.10
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3667
Jazzyguy
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Very good version.I like the full Screen mode and it looks great.

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Version 2.1.10
Spudboy Member IconComment+67
Spudboy
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Holy Cow Fullscreen! Unfortunately it doesn't remember that you want FS every time you launch it :(

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Version 2.1.10
Kris-K. Member IconReview+8
Kris-K.
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Downloads randomly pause after upgrading to Mountain Lion. I had to use AppZapper to remove everything except the app file itself and then delete ~/Library/Application Support/com.panic.Unison2.

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Version 2.1.9
Eff Member IconReview+96
Eff
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After five years and precisely eight days of making excuses for Panic ("but it's so pretty, and easy to use *when* it works"), I've finally come to the conclusion that enough is enough, and therefore high time to jump ship.

"Intelligent downloads" (par support) was always somewhat sketchy, never reliable, the implementation of NZB search engines only half-hearted, never thoroughly done, and downloading large amounts of newsgroup headers is as slow in 2012 as it was in 2007. The straw that finally broke the proverbial camel's back however, was the already mentioned issue of Unison randomly pausing downloads for no apparent reason - what the heck good is a Usenet client with half of its advertised features ("read, look, listen, and download" according to panic.com) broken?

Thanks to MU's recent offering of NZBVortex I am now running a Usenet client that does exactly what it promises - download binaries without making a fuss.

NZBVortex's UI may be a bit of a mongrel here and there, but a) it actually does what it promises, and b) beneath the pretty surface Unison's always had (and still does have) some truly ugly corners as well.

So for now at least it's "Buh-bye Unison", and "Hello NZBVortex".

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Version 2.1.9
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Sebehk
Version 2.1.10
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Davedgd
Version 2.1.8
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Petty Evil
Version 2.1.7
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Quiiick
Version 2.1.7
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Wayne1974
Version 2.1.6
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Pmdf
Version 2.1.4
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anillo1968
Version 2.1.4
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Appleerwin
Version 2.1.4
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Downloads 115,243
Version Downloads 5,835
License Shareware
Date 30 Nov 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $29.00
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