Joseph Blowinski
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JoeBlowinski reviewed on 07 Sep 2011
Prepare for a rave review and a full retraction of my extremely critical post of 16 Feb 2011. Why? After two weeks of putting Unison 2.1.6 through its paces without mercy, I'm confident in saying it's fixed! Macnerd1984's 06 Jul 2011 statement, "The improvement of header loading with a lot of "ignore sender rules" is definitely noticeable." is a huge understatement in my experience. The agonizing slowness in loading headers must have been caused by Unison applying rules and is now in the past. Unison is now faster than Hogwasher and seems to have no problem handling lots of rules and large newsgroups with a bazillion posts. Unison has finally met it's promise and is at long last a fantastic newsreader IMO. I've thrown the kitchen sink at Unison 2.1.6 since it came out and everything works, and I"m loving it like never before.

I do understand the allure of NZB downloaders and love and use NZBDrop frequently. Searching NZB sites is handy (Unison can search any NZB url one wants as well.), but I still prefer to browse header listings, because I find things I miss searching NZBs. After all, one has to already know what one is searching for or browse the group listings at sites like But, I get tired of browsing lists of endless foreign language posts to find what I want, and I miss things. Now that Unison works, I can filter out what I don't want to see and just deal with what interests me. Creating a folder and putting a bunch of newsgroups in it (e.g., I have seven groups in my audiobook folder.), I get one list of what's available in all seven groups filtered by my rules with no cross posts, and I can choose the interval for when all seven groups are updated with the latest filtered headers. I can't do this with any NZB downloader that I know of. Plus, with a click of a button, I can read the messages associated with those groups which often answer questions I have or gives me a place to ask a question or request a post.

At long last, I can love Unison as much as I've always wanted to. I fully retract my post of 16 Feb 2011. However, rest assured that the incredible improvement I'm lauding proves to be some kind of fluke, I'll let you know.
[Version 2.1.6]


JoeBlowinski reviewed on 16 Feb 2011
Truth? I don't know about the latest version, because I gave up 6 months ago, and I was one of the original beta testers of version 1.0. That's how familiar I am with this app.

Someone tell me, has this thing speed up to be usable? I quit using it because updating the databases of the dozen or so newsgroups I subscribed to would take hours! I'm wondering, is Unison's database management still so slow that my MacPro with four 3 GHz Xeon processors with 10 GBs of RAM will still take 10-12 hours to update my newsgroups databases as it always did? I'm not exaggerating. It was that slow. Support seemed to care during the year or so I complained about this issue, but nothing changed. Can anyone tell me that things have changed? Should I give Unison another whirl?

Those of you looking at this app with no experience should stay away unless someone answers that these long standing problems are fixed. I quit using an app I wanted to love because it was so lame and slow I couldn't stand it any more.
[Version 2.1.4]

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JoeBlowinski replied on 17 Feb 2011
Thanks for the heads up, Neal. Sigh. There's so much I like about Unison, but being too slow to use is inexcusable. I now rely on the ancient, unattractive, but marvelously flexible and effective Hogwasher.

JoeBlowinski reviewed on 24 Jan 2011
While not the cheapest NZB downloader, I like NZBDrop the best. I like being able to choose different search engines which gives me more options. I also like the GUI better than NZBVortex, but I can understand why people choose the cheaper alternative. I've always gotten quick responses from the developer and have been using his software for at least 10 years. He's been writing software for the Mac since OS 9, so I'll keep supporting someone who has been supplying solutions for me for as long as this developer has. YMMV.
[Version 2.06]

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