Unison
Unison 2.1.10
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Usenet newsreader handles messages, files, & media.   Shareware ($29.00)
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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 trimmings.

But it also goes much, much further than any other Usenet client on earth, starting with a unique four-view interface that lets you view and work with
What's New
Version 2.1.10:
  • Added full screen mode
  • Fixed (really!) more unexpected transfer pausing at unexpected times
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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PaulR7399 reviewed on 12 Feb 2014
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.)
[Version 2.1.10]

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Ger-Teunis replied on 08 Mar 2014
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.
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Jazzyguy commented on 05 Dec 2013
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!!!!
[Version 2.1.10]

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Jazzyguy replied on 07 Dec 2013
t does do pictures,but you have to click on the yenc button in the menu bar and download the pictures to your desktop.
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Andrewm8 commented on 12 Nov 2013
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?
[Version 2.1.10]


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Balanchine reviewed on 14 Jan 2013
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.
[Version 2.1.10]

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Ger-Teunis replied on 28 Apr 2013
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.
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Detlevski commented on 08 Jan 2013
Fetching .... 2 minutes
Grouping ...... 3 minutes

Beachballs, this is getting totally useless ..
But at least it looks nice.
[Version 2.1.10]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 30 Nov 2012
Very good version.I like the full Screen mode and it looks great.
[Version 2.1.10]


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Spudboy commented on 30 Nov 2012
Holy Cow Fullscreen! Unfortunately it doesn't remember that you want FS every time you launch it :(
[Version 2.1.10]


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Kris-K. reviewed on 28 Oct 2012
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.
[Version 2.1.9]


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Eff reviewed on 14 Oct 2012
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".
[Version 2.1.9]


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vukodlak75 reviewed on 08 Sep 2012
I've been using Unison for 4 years. It has been great and solid up until I installed it on Mountain Lion.

I've been noticing that my downloads randomly pause.
I usually download multi part files. Some parts say paused next to them but the transfer queue in the lower left is not paused. The resume all button is greyed out. To get these files to finish download I need to press Pause All then Resume All.
this is very strange.
[Version 2.1.9]


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Matreya had trouble on 23 Feb 2010
Very disappointed with 2.0.4. After paying for it, I discover that it has a very nasty bug where it freezes up my Mac Pro for approx 30 seconds and then the entire left sidebar becomes a mess of corrupted graphics, and the only way to see my newsgroups listed properly if to relaunch Unison.

Another thing this is lacking in is automatically marking cross-posts to other newsgroups as read. This is something Thoth and other newsreaders have been doing for YEARS.

Also, when you want to read more posts, it shouldn't load headers for articles you have already read.
[Version 2.0.4]


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Macfevre had trouble on 05 Feb 2010
I love Unison. I purchased 2.0 the minute it was announced, as I purchased 1.x when I tried and liked it. About a year ago, I started having major problems with one of their releases, and even after 2 was released, the problem follows it. It's simply that downloads stall. All the time. I used to be able to clear all the caches, and that would seem to help a lot, but you no longer have that option with 2.x. You can clear the caches and wipe out everything including the headers in a group that you have in your sidebar, but if you happen to get a nzb from another source, how are you suppose to clear that groups cache??

I actually wrote several times with the developer, all to no avail and pretty much a "We've never seen that problem, so it doesn't exist" attitude. Now with the 2.04 release, it actually says they "fixed" the stalling issue. Not for me, unfortunately. Also, it runs the pars, but doesn't seem to fix the files and re-run the extract. But then it deletes the par files! So I have to re-download the par files, run the par myself to fix the files and extract the download. It works 90% of the time, however, and I think that is a really cool feature that is worth keeping even if it's a little buggy.

Fix the stalling #1. Let me clear the caches myself across all the groups #2. Lastly take a look again at the extraction portion of the app, and it will be a really classy A1 program. I know it's not a big money-maker, but there are those that still like using Usenet. As far as the rest of 2.0 upgrade, it's FANTASTIC. It makes reading groups so much nicer. (Yes, people still use the Usenet for reading!)
[Version 2.0.4]


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Chri515 had trouble on 23 Jan 2010
Has anyone noticed that Unsion 2 does not include all of the .par files when using .nzb files to start your downloads? I have to go in manually and separately DL all the extra par files if parts are missing from a bunch of rars. It includes the 1st .par file (which is small), but the rest are automatically purged from the .nzb for some reason.
[Version 2.0.3]

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Jingo_man commented on 18 Mar 2010
chris,

i seem to be having the same issues as yourself with unison 2.

however, i dont seem to carry your usenet expertise... ;o) can you tell me how you use the software to manually download the par's, etc, that are failing?

cheers

jingo_man
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Picatinny had trouble on 21 Jan 2010
For some reason nothing happens when selecting the "Preferences" and "Edit Servers" menu items. Same issue someone posted on Versiontracker.
[Version 2.0.2]

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Picatinny replied on 25 Jan 2010
Update: 2.0.3 resolved this
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Jic had trouble on 10 Jan 2010
Dear friends at Panic:

Are you sure that Unison works OK if the date and time are set in the computer in a format different to the standard USA format (month, Day, Year)?

This is a common problem in many software created in the USA, and that could explain why I am able to read in some groups (like rec.music.classical.recordings) only postings from today and from the 18th of January of 2006, and nothing in between.
[Version 2.0.1]

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Zuulito replied on 11 Jan 2010
works fine with me and french date and 24h time
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Cabel had trouble on 10 Jan 2010
Email us ( unison@panic.com ) and we'd be happy to help. And hopefully fix your bugs!
[Version 2.0.1]


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Julsa1 had trouble on 10 Jan 2010
Annoying bug still in version 2.0.1
Program let's you upload some files fine the first time after installing the app.
After that it's impossible to upload Files again. Select "upload" and the program freezes. Only way to quit program is a forced stop.
It's as if something jams after the first upload of files
Dont know if i'm the only one, anyone else with same problem ????
[Version 2.0.1]

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Cabel replied on 10 Jan 2010
Have you filed a bug with us? We'd love to look into it.
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Julsa1 replied on 11 Jan 2010
Yes I did, waiting for a reply. Hopefully it's something minor .
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Gcoghill had trouble on 06 Jan 2010
FYI, there is a UI glitch if you drag-resize the window using a Wacom stylus (at least an Intuos4). I have been in touch with the developers and they are aware of it, but no indication of when it will be fixed.
[Version 2.0]

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Gcoghill replied on 19 Jan 2010
The UI glitch with the Wacom was fixed in 2.02.
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VeryCarla had trouble on 28 Nov 2007
Unison is having some major, major issues here. I was using 1.7.9 under Leopard, and it seemed to work okay, but then I upgraded to 1.8 and everything went pear-shaped. I'm losing the connection to the server over and over. Unison locks up constantly, sometimes so badly I have to forcibly power off my MacBook.

And because of other issues I was having with Leopard, I reverted to 10.4.11 and Unison 1.7.9, and if anything the problems have gotten WORSE.

It takes forever to make the initial connection to the news server to get article counts, or to open a newsgroup. Downloads fail inexplicably. If I see another "Read failed" error I'm going to scream.

And most annoying? If a newsgroup has several million articles, at some point (even if the article headers aren't all loaded) Unison will open the group, load the new articles and then flash between "Threading" and showing the articles. Infinitely. I've waited as much as ten minutes for it to stop, but it never does. And I have to force-quit Unison to get out of the app.

I've deleted the newsgroups, the preferences and even the app itself. I've flushed the caches, I think I may even have sacrificed a goat to Cthulhu at some point. Some of this helped, but before long it was messing up again.

This is getting ridiculous! I really like Unison, but until something is done about these major problems, I'm going back to MT NewsWatcher. It may not be pretty, but at least it WORKS.
[Version 1.8]


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Djinibaby had trouble on 01 Nov 2007
After a fresh install in 10.5, unison needs 1 minute to connect to the newsserver.

The download speed is only 50%.

I have no firewall and at my router the ports for my newsserver are open.

Any hints?
[Version 1.8]

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eyeburn commented on 02 Nov 2007
I have the same problem
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yurivoor replied on 03 Nov 2007
Same here, and nzbDrop is doing the same thing. I thought it was me, but possibly leopard?
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eyeburn replied on 03 Nov 2007
nzbupdate does the same thing to me too. When i did an update from tiger to leopard, i didn't get this problem. However after I did a fresh install, this problem occured.

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Sebehk rated on 30 Nov 2012

[Version 2.1.10]



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Davedgd rated on 30 Jul 2012

[Version 2.1.8]



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Petty Evil rated on 19 Jul 2012

[Version 2.1.7]



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Zuulito rated on 23 Mar 2012

[Version 2.1.7]



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Quiiick rated on 01 Jan 2012

[Version 2.1.7]



Wayne1974 rated on 07 Sep 2011

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Flavum rated on 11 Jun 2011

[Version 2.1.4]



Pmdf rated on 23 Mar 2011

[Version 2.1.4]



anillo1968 rated on 17 Mar 2011

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Appleerwin rated on 17 Feb 2011

[Version 2.1.4]


Downloads:114,960
Version Downloads:5,552
Type:Internet : Newsreaders
License:Shareware
Date:30 Nov 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $29.00
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