NZBVortex
NZBVortex 2.11.6
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Lightweight Usenet NZB download client.   Demo ($20.00)
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NZBVortex is a small, efficient, and powerful NZB client for OS X, optimized for performance and ease of use--a usenet client which really takes the pain out of usenet downloading the most efficient way.

Please note: You need a subscription to a usenet server or one from your Internet provider. If you have any issues at all, contact us at info@nzbvortex.com.

Features:
  • Very efficient multi-server, multi-connection downloads
  • Web and iPad interface included - works great on your tablet
  • Robust and
What's New
Version 2.11.6:
  • Adding par2 files from other NZB via advanced context menu broken
  • Par2 file details check improvement for specific file sets
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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NZBVortex User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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PickyA2452 reviewed on 12 Apr 2014
Fantastic native leechers. Feature-complete, fast and pretty. Also, developer answers support email very well. Doesn't get much better than this.
[Version 2.11.6]


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ThomasF6116 reviewed on 02 Apr 2014
Well, it just works perfectly. To me, the best part is the repairing, since many file are broken with my provider.. but the rest is perfect too, it supports everything, and the included packaging supports rar5, there's really not a single negative point. Keep it up!
[Version 2.11.6]


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Rasputinsrevengereloadet reviewed on 22 Dec 2013
Since using this software a year or so ago, never I had any problems.
And the software is still very fast and greatly integrated in to my favorite OS.
[Version 2.11.6]

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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 22 Dec 2013
Thanks for your review. Happy downloading!
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jovanmac reviewed on 21 Dec 2013
NZBVortex doesn't cache Search requests, so if you want to sort Desc/Asc or by Size instead of Age it sends request again... it would be smart to do some caching and local sorting..

Free version is limited to 250kbit even if it is not clear.

Does it support app nap? it uses more energy that BinSearch
[Version 2.11.6]

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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 21 Dec 2013
Thanks for the feedback!

Thanks for the feedback. Legally we can't cache or store any results and only do a query again. It only takes a second or so to do the query.

The speed limit for the free version is communicated clearly in the app after the free trial expires.

It support App Nap fully, it should take a lot less energy then all the competitors. I don't know how to compare energy usage with a search engine :-)
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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 21 Dec 2013
Ps> regarding changing the sort direction caching. The search engine does only return a part of the result. The results are sorted online. It would be impossible to transfer all possible 1100 days of search results locally. If the search engine would even would allow to get all possible results it will be very inefficient.
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jovanmac replied on 21 Dec 2013
Thnx for very fast answer!

Sorry I meant energy use compared with Binreader 1.0. I have downloaded the same NZB with both applications and monitored EnergyImpact via Maverick Activity monitor. (maybe speed throttling is the problem in free version)

Speed limit was not communicated at all - neither through application nor your website (but I was eager to buy your application because of good support ;) ) - you are loosing sales because user don't know the reason for slow download.

Regarding sorting of search results, idea is to locally sort results which are already fetched (eg. first 100). Make an option for this in config file if you have any legal concerns.

Keep up the good work.
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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 21 Dec 2013
Thanks for the reply, much appreciated!

I did a CPU and Energy compare of both clients. Binreader consumes 30% cpu with spikes to 45% CPU usage. NZBVortex 15% with spikes to 30% CPU. (120Mbit at 10 connections on a MacbookPro 2013 retina)

Energy Newsreader: 28,3 with spikes to 50,1 with NZBVortex 13,8 with spikes to 42,3

Please make sure you both test them with SSL enabled or both disabled. Also make sure you set the connections to the same amount.

I can make a video if you want. Really: we did a lot of work to tune CPU and Energy usage in NZBVortex. It is really important to us!

Please contact me at support@nzbvortex.com - Just to be sure!
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Mrchips commented on 12 Dec 2013
The app store version is at 2.11.6. The downloadable version is still at 2.11.5. Just wanted to save others the trouble of downloading here if they already have 2.11.5 (came out December 1st).
[Version 2.11.6]

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Sgginc replied on 14 Dec 2013
The title version needs to be changed to 2.11.5.
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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 16 Dec 2013
There is a slight confusion in the version numbers.
Version 2.11.6 is exactly the same as 2.11.5 + one additional Mac App Store only fix.

I'll publish a dummy update for non-Mac App Store users to end this confusion. I had to explain it a couple of times so far :)
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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 21 Dec 2013
New version is up. Thanks for using NZBVortex!
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 01 Dec 2013
Another great of version of this app.
[Version 2.11.5]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 08 Nov 2013
Excellent Version of NZB Vortex This app really rocks!
[Version 2.11.2]


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cybervision reviewed on 03 Jun 2013
More features and better performance convinced me to switch from Unison to NZBVortex
[Version 2.9.5]


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nanostra reviewed on 23 May 2013
Hello,

I have used for several years many software NewsLeecher, mimo, unison, newshosting software ... NZBVortex is definitely the best on mac and search engines are well integrated and efficient with possibilities to merge several NZB in 1... really usefull for TV Shows for example... The support is very responsive to questions and the team is very open to requests for changes. Sorry for my English...
[Version 2.9.5]

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Ger-Teunis replied on 23 May 2013
Thanks nanostra for your review, much appreciated!
We try to be as open as possible for feature request and try to be open about it.

I now see your comments on the issue tracker as well, thanks for the feedback.

We're working hard on 2.10.0, more features to expect like better season/episode tracking, ability to add own search engines based on index sites based on newznab and better obfuscation handling and much much more.

PS> You're english is just fine!
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DarrenParry7345 reviewed on 26 Apr 2013
This is a good application for what it does, although at times it feels like a 'rip-off' of other applications. Not sure if the developer is affiliated with, but it looks a lot like Transmission with the similarities in even the icons astonishing (as in exactly the same). Shame it doesn't distinctively stand out.

The implementation of RSS feeds seems really clunky, and although for Torrents, Automatics implementation seems a lot more clear and user friendly. Its a shame it cannot be as feature rich as say SickBeard is for NZB's as ultimately this is what it seems to be aspiring to emulate (a bit of SABNzb and a bit to Sickbeard).

Apart from its faults, it worth a look. Although there are freely available alternatives that are a lot more feature rich which this should be considering its at version 2.9, sometimes it feels like a version 1 application.
[Version 2.9.5]

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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 28 Apr 2013
We can't remember such a harsh review. One and a half star review while you think it's worth checking out.

We did not try to ripoff any other client but we are listening very very closely to our customers and their wishes.

We personally love simple native but nicely animated interfaces. Indeed our goal is to create what our customers want and they want a interface we have now.

You can't compare Torrents, automatics or Sickbeard with NZBVortex. We are a usenet client with bonus features the same as those clients. Those other apps only focus on those functionally.

We do not inspire to emulate any client. All icons are custom designed by us yet we think a few icons are very clear in other clients so we added the same in ours. Functionally we don't even look at other client implementation just listen way our customers want. A little unfair to accuse us of want to emulate other apps. As those other apps also all have the same functions implemented. So they are all emulating each other in that respect.

Our customers so far are extremely happy with the client, especially with it being stable and having a lot of unique junk and other protection measures other clients don't have. Lots of sabnzbd and unison switchers who like our client better. But everybody should use their preferred client.

In macupdate, Mac App Store and private emails people are very happy with the client. We are a little baffled with a 1.5 star. But it's your opinion. Hope your review will not refrain users to at least try the client and will be happy users as all other reviews here (all 4.5 or 5) as we take software quality seriously.

Please contact us if you have good ideas how to make your negative review a positive one. We get a little sad by this review.
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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 28 Apr 2013
On top of that; you compare NZBVortex with not just another usenet client but also applications specialized at just one thing: TV shows and RSS. So comparing to Torrents, Automatics and SickBeard is not fair, as other usenet clients of NO RSS or as as basic as that of NZBVortex.

RSS feeds etc are secondary features for usenet clients. So we provide a basic version for those secondary features which will get better over time. NZBVortex and other usenet clients are not specialized RSS clients.

We agree we have used some design elements from Transmission, which we love ourselves as well. Better that then a web ui or creating a worse UI in our opinion.

You just should have compared to other usenet clients. NZBVortex does have more stable performance, even compared to SABnzbd. Better post processing, lower failure rate. Less CPU and Memory usage. We don't think there is a free usenet client which outperforms NZBVortex is what it's meant for: downloading from usenet.
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DarrenParry7345 replied on 29 Apr 2013
Thank you for your reply/option. You've given yours and I've given mine. Is your guy Povilas going to weigh in with his opinion in your apps favour as he normally does, and slates any other Usenet clients?
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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 29 Apr 2013
Sorry to say but are you really trying to be that guy with the negative attitude?

Povilas is not affiliated with NZBVortex, he just likes the client as other users do. Other have written positive NZBVortex reviews on SABnzbd+, Unison and NZBdrop topics as well. I even make sure I re-add other clients as Similar software as some fans removed them all the time.

Too bad you didn't like the app. Thanks for your review.
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SDream had trouble on 12 Jul 2013
uncompress problem. could you check if all of the downloaded rar files of a nzb have the same name. if not rename all files to the same name before uncompressing them. thanks.
[Version 2.10.1]


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SDream had trouble on 07 Jul 2013
custom search engines: newznab index sites
seems to work for proper domains but not for http://IP:PORT

can you check and fix that please?
[Version 2.10.1]


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Hey. had trouble on 20 Jun 2010
Nice application, it's one of the best of its kind.

However, I did find that it pauses the download when it detects low disk space. I had maybe 1 gb left to download, and 4 gb free on the drive. It would not resume! I'm sure the dev can fix this though.
[Version 1.0.0]

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Ger-Teunis replied on 20 Jun 2010
It is not a bug but a protection measure.
It will make sure you have around 4gb left on your system drive so osx can keep running optimal. The required free space is lower on non system drives.

Please make some space free and you should be golden. I'll make it a pref in the next release so people will not be surprised.

I like my users to have a optimal running osx so this application makes sure it will not overload the system drive.
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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 04 Jul 2010
Ps> I forgot to mention this;
You can alter the write cache upper limit to a lower value by doing the following

1. Quit NZBVortex
2. Open Terminal
3. Enter:
defaults write com.NZBVortex.NZBVortex WriteCacheUpperLimitSize -int 250
(change 250 to any other value you desire; it is in MBs)
4. Press enter and restart NZBVortex
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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 04 Jul 2010
Sorry, I meant:
defaults write com.NZBVortex.NZBVortex MinimalFreeDiskSpaceSystem -int 250
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Jazzyguy had trouble on 25 Mar 2010
I need some help.Any help would be appreciated. I am using 10.5.8 I was eager to try this app as I use Usenet a great deal using Unison,Hogwasher,Thoth and xnntp. I inserted my newsserver in preferences and username and password.I got no listing of groups as I usually do with other Usenet Apps. I would like to use this app as most of the users think it is good and I will register it but I want it to work,I tried support but there was no manual,read me or directions.Can someone help me?
[Version 0.5.5]

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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 25 Mar 2010
Thanks for trying this application JAZZYGUY,
This application has an different approach to downloading from usenet.
NZBvortex hides all the technical issues like posts, threads, pars etc from the end user.
All you need to do is open a NZB file and NZBVortex will take of the rest!

So if you are looking for reading and typing messages on newsgroups; this is not that kind of an application. It's an download application for downloading files from usenet as easy and efficient as possible!
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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 25 Mar 2010
Ps> you can compare it to transmission. You need to download and add an NZB to start an download. Use your favorite NZB source like nzb search engines, indexers or forums.
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Jazzyguy commented on 25 Mar 2010
Thank you for your reply! I appreciate the advice. I am enthusiastic about this approach.I notice that when I open an NZB file in xnntp app it downloads the NZB but then after that Unison opens and places the downloaded files on my Desktop in a Folder. Unison is my default app for Usenet files.Will this behavior continue in NZBVortex? Must I change my default Usenet app? Can you give me a suggestion for a Search Engine? Do I simply drag and drop the NZB file onto your app? I know so many questions! But I do want to get my feet wet!LOL
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Jazzyguy commented on 25 Mar 2010
Thank you for your reply! I appreciate the advice. I am enthusiastic about this approach.I notice that when I open an NZB file in xnntp app it downloads the NZB but then after that Unison opens and places the downloaded files on my Desktop in a Folder. Unison is my default app for Usenet files.Will this behavior continue in NZBVortex? Must I change my default Usenet app? Can you give me a suggestion for a Search Engine? Do I simply drag and drop the NZB file onto your app? I know so many questions! But I do want to get my feet wet!LOL
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Nzbvortex (developer) replied on 25 Mar 2010
That are a lot of questions :-)
What nzbvortex can do for you:
- watch your downloads folder for new nzb's and automatically start downloading the files. (or any other folder if you like)
- ask you where you want to download the files (optional) or just save them in a subfolder in your downloads folder. Or any other location you prefer.

All the rest is done automatically, it tries to finish as soon as possible by only downloading the files it needs.

I cannot give you any specific nzb website kinks because I would break macupdate's rules. Use google to search for "nzb search" or simething similar.

Hope you'll enjoy using nzbvortex as much I did creating it!
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Jazzyguy commented on 25 Mar 2010
Thanks again.I will give it a try.I think I will like it and get used to this way of downloading It is new to me and I appreciate your rapid response!
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Jazzyguy replied on 25 Mar 2010
I love this app! The Developer is responsive and very helpful for a "newbie" as you can see from the posts below! This app is a winner!!

Quisemarre rated on 21 Nov 2013

[Version 2.11.3]



Cashtro rated on 17 Sep 2013

[Version 2.10.3]



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bobbbdzxx rated on 03 Mar 2013

[Version 2.9.3]



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Teg Bains rated on 03 Feb 2013

[Version 2.9.1]



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Teg Bains rated on 18 Dec 2012

[Version 2.8.5]



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Si-Beau rated on 15 Oct 2012

[Version 2.8.2]



Noblejones rated on 14 Oct 2012

[Version 2.8.2]



jpaylor rated on 11 Oct 2012

[Version 2.8.2]



Maxmerlin rated on 11 Oct 2012

[Version 2.8.2]



+4

Caesium rated on 22 Jun 2012

[Version 2.7.4]


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Date:21 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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NZBVortex is a small, efficient, and powerful NZB client for OS X, optimized for performance and ease of use--a usenet client which really takes the pain out of usenet downloading the most efficient way.

Please note: You need a subscription to a usenet server or one from your Internet provider. If you have any issues at all, contact us at info@nzbvortex.com.

Features:
  • Very efficient multi-server, multi-connection downloads
  • Web and iPad interface included - works great on your tablet
  • Robust and reliable
  • Simple and intuitive UI
  • Simply the best post-processing
  • Smart pre-checks for junk and passworded NZBs
  • Cleans up your downloads after they are finished
  • Optimize download size, smart-skipping Samples and par2 files
  • Post processing, parring, unnrarring, unzipping, joining
  • Quick data checks using CRC32, SFV and PAR2
  • Shutdown/sleep when all downloads are completed
  • RSS feed watcher - automate your downloads
  • NZB watch folder - add nzbs from a specific folder
  • Support for yEnc and UUEncode encoded downloads
  • Supports SSL servers
  • Low SSD wear - we optimize disk I/O
  • Download throttling/limiting
  • Growl and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion notifications support
  • Automatically move downloads to desired folders
  • Scheduler -- disable or limit downloads at specific times
  • Open network API for 3rd party developers to control the queue
  • much more


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