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Thoth is a usenet newsreader, available as a PowerPC or Intel binary for OS X 10.4 - 10.9, localized for both English and French languages. Thoth offers powerful and flexible filtering of usenet posts, including live filtering. Reference-based article threading is available, along with with a handy view of the thread tree in the window of the article you're reading.

Multiple news servers can be used at the same time, with multiple connections per news server. Many preferences settings can be specified on a per newsgroup or per newsgroup hierarchy basis, making it easy to have the optimal settings for binary and more...

What's New

Version 1.9.1.2:
  • Made some changes to better support non-complaint news servers that have problems fetching articles by Message-ID.
  • Fixed an ancient bug that would case the Print command for selected articles in an article list window to not work. Some other old printing related bug were also fixed.
  • Ensured that any new groups window shown for the "Rebuild Full Group List" more...

Requirements

OS X 10.4 or later

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I now have the latest version of Thoth whiz is 1.9.1.0.I have read all the really rotten comments about this developer and I have to state that EVERYONE has bad days and the posters might have got this Developer in a bad moment. Brian is a very more...

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Version 1.9.1.0
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KevinT7167 Member IconReview+2
KevinT7167
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Sad. I know the feeling full well of trying to charge money for something that people have been basically ripping off from usenet for years. Some people come up with a product that beats the rest however they just don't have the time, money or a room of employees to help them run it. Hopefully the creator will win the lottery or something and maybe put this app back into play.
It's definitely better than others of it's type.

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Version 1.9.1.2
ZachP3614
+1

Yes - very sad... I've used Thoth for 15 years I think, although don't use as much now. A top notch app, even before there were apps. Maybe Brian should turn his hand to writing iPhone apps?? Should be a few bob there for a gent of his knowledge....

Dfass Member IconComment-1
Dfass
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So how does one actually get a registration, especially, when you cannot purchase one via the website...

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Version 1.9.1.2
Jazzyguy
+1

One writes to Brian Clark At Thoth. When one writes he or she will surely get a reply and may register but like I said in my posting he may have given up!

Balanchine
+0

He does indeed seem to have given up (again)... "no longer available for downloading or registration".

I was a paying customer over a decade ago, then he withdrew Thoth from sale in a fit of temper and stopped updating it. Now he seems to have done the same thing again. Very unprofessional.

Jazzyguy
+0

I have to correct you.This developer is now starving because a lack of support for his application which happens to be the best usenet user app available for Usenet in Mavericks. We don't have anything else on Mavericks but Unison The Developer asked for help and no support was forthcoming.So what was he supposed to do? Give it away for free?

Balanchine
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I'm not sure what support he wants, other than people buying his app. But we can't do that now, or even trial it. The download link just takes you to a "Go away" message. It's abandonware and MacUpdate should make that clear in the listing or delete it altogether.

Unison seems to be the best of the rest (apart from the purely NZB-based readers such as NZBVortex). It was sluggish on my old MacBook, but is running well on my new iMac so far.

Jazzyguy
+0

Well Balanchine It no longer matters. Thoth is gone for good and the people that criticized him will have to find someone else topic on.It is pretty sad that there are no usenet readers other than Unison but I'm glad I got in before the gates closed.

Jazzyguy Member IconComment+3698
Jazzyguy
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All of the critics of Brian Clark have forced this great Developer to not further develop his newsreader.So now what do we have on Mavericks? There is no MT-Newsreader,Hogwasher doesn't work.Xnntp is active but it doesn't do pictures too well.Macsoup has one of the worst interfaces I have ever encountered .Only Thoth is very Mac-Like and has a nice interface.Unison is very slow if you have a large number of articles and if you have a commercial news server that has good retention like Giganews it is extremely slow. So there you have it. All the critics and ultra-sensitive users have destroyed a great application.YA-Newswriter was a creation of Brian Clark and there were many Mac users that appreciated his work and even revered him.Just do a Google Search for YA-Newswriter and see all the Mac users who lauded him. The critics that hyper criticized this Developer should be ashamed of themselves!

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Version 1.9.1.2
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3698
Jazzyguy
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I now have the latest version of Thoth whiz is 1.9.1.0.I have read all the really rotten comments about this developer and I have to state that EVERYONE has bad days and the posters might have got this Developer in a bad moment. Brian is a very nice guy. I have used his app also as the user preceding me for 10 years and as I stated before it is a very MAC-LIKE news Reader. It has features that no other news rear has.It has a CATALOG for the pictures you gather to save on your hard drive that UNISON doesn't have. With the DEMISE of MTNewsreader on Mavericks (it still works on SnowLeopard and Leopard) This app is the ONLY newsreader for usenet available for Mavericks other than Unison. It is simple to purchase it you just have to write the Brian and ask to purchase it.Since Hogwasher went down this app is the only one for a Mac experience.

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Version 1.9.1.0
Jazzyguy
+1

@Freddylan "My review of the author is not the same as my opinion of the software." Because the author in a bad day snapped at you and appeared to you "God-like". Haven't you ever had a bad day? We all have had them and unfortunately we don't always act toward people with courtesy. It is sad to judge our neighbors with one act of theirs. It is only when a repeated behavior problems occur can we make an intelligent decision. Give the guy a little leeway as you would want others to do with you.

aSocrate Member IconReview+2
aSocrate
+2

Using Thoth for more than 10 years, yet one of the best Newsreader for Mac ...

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Version 1.9.1.0
Dschwartz Member IconReview+8
Dschwartz
+4

There is no way to pay for this application any more.

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Version 1.9.0.20
Dschwartz
+4

And according to the website, he is no longer accepting registration requests.

Miner
+2

You can buy licenses again nowadays.

Jazzyguy
+1

@Paulimpola Ok so he used MTNewswatcher as a base and also used YA-Newswatcher as a base for Thoth. YA-Newswatcher is extinct. There is no way to resurrect it!MT-Newswatcher no longer works on Mavericks and I personally miss it although I have Thoth,Hogwasher doesn't work on Mavericks either. I have MT-Newswatcher on my 2 iMacs with Snow Leopard and on my PowerBooks with Leopard but I miss it in Mavericks,What you have said is extremely harsh toward this Developer. Maybe I found him on a better day than you but as I said in another post I am sure you have had some bad days yourself where your behavior wasn't acceptable to others. Would you liked to be judged by others on your bad days with unacceptable behavior? Maybe your opinion may change based on the above. I hope so.

Jazzyguy
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@Paulimpols That depends on how many item you have cofigured in your Newsgroups in Unison.I think if it takes you 8 seconds to load in Unison,you must have a miniscule number of items configured. That is why so many users are complaining about Unison because they have a lot of items configured.I myself using Giganews and their outstanding rentention have as many items as I can materially put together. Now the other users must have Commercial News Servers with good retention and they are complaining. Now Thoth with a lot of NewsGroups and a lot of items . It is very speedy. 5 seconds with Thoth with a large number of items. What about the rest of my posting to you? Don't you think you were somewhat harsh with Brian considering he might have had a bad day?

Frieddylan Member IconComment+45
Frieddylan
+18

Ya know I had used Thoth for a while, not to pirate but to actually take place in conversations and share ideas. It can happen. But then one day I got a taste of the author's bad attitude and god complex. Really I paid for the application and asked for a ground level of support, nothing lofty- and he snapped at me.

You know what, I don't need that from anyone. And so today I find myself fondly remember the application for what it was and still might be, a solid and good newsgroup client. But beyond that I refuse to try it again as long as the original author is tied to it. I'll take my money somewhere else where customer service is as important as the quality of code.

My review of the author is not the same as my opinion of the software.

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Version 1.9.0.19
Paulimpola
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Agreed, wholeheartedly.
What many do not realize is that Thoth was built on many preceding FREE apps in the NewsWatcher "family" -- MT-NewsWatcher, YA-NewsWatcher et al. The arrogant jerk who "owns" it did little more than port it from OS 9 to OS X.
I also was a paid user back when it was the only stable choice for OS X. I am now a happy Unison user, and would not ever consider giving another penny to the schmuck responsible for Thoth.

Jazzyguy
+1

@Paulinopolis You say you are a "happy Unison user." How can you be happy with Unison as it takes a long time for the groups to load? Extremely long! Take a look at the Unison web site on MU and see how many users are complaining about the slow loading of Newsgroups. Thoth is very fast in loading NewsGroups,Very Fast!

Paulimpola
+0

@Jazzyguy It takes Unison about 2 seconds to load Newsgroups on my fairly ancient (early 2008) MacBook Pro. I suspect folks who find it slow should blame their ISP.

Jazzyguy
+1

@Paulimpois Maybe the reason YA-Newswatcher resembles Thoth so much is because Brian Clark was instrumental in developing YA-Newswatcher and that it looks like Thoth

Idjster Member IconComment+31
Idjster
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Thoth was my first 'real' GUI newsreader when I came over to Macs many years ago. I loved it then, and I have to say that I'm really glad to see it resurrected. There are lots of choices now, but for good filtering and threading it was hard to beat Thoth. I'm glad to see it's gone Intel now too!

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Version 1.9.0.17
Jazzyguy
+0

The voices in Mavericks are very meager.

Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3698
Jazzyguy
+3

Excellent News Reader in every way. Vey Mac-Like in design. The GUI is excellent and it supports SSH.

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Version 1.9.0.16
sjk
+5

If it's currently 'Vey (sic) Mac-Like in design" then it sure looks like screen image here is out-of-date. :)

Jazzyguy
+1

Sorry for my misspelling maybe you can cut me a little slack instead of accentuating my misspelling. In addition the Thoth news reader is very Mac-Like and far better than the GUI of Unison and Hogwasher. The layout is very classy and VERY MAC-LIKE.

Penguirl Member IconComment+1057
Penguirl
+2

Apparently Hell has frozen over, Thoth now supports Intel Macs. Of course in doing so PPC support was dropped rather than making a UB…

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Version 1.9.0.16
Younkint
+1

Evidently there is a PPC version 1.9 at the developer's site: http://www.appgarth.com/thoth-trial-ppc.dmg

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Jtklug
Version 1.9.0.16
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Downloads 22,824
Version Downloads 1,263
License Shareware
Date 06 Dec 2013
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $25.00