Getting Started with Newsbin Pro

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Downloading Newsgroup Headers

Newsgroup headers basically store data from posts locally so that you can navigate them when looking through an individual newsgroup.  These will need to be downloaded at various times in order to ensure that you have access to all the latest articles.  There are a number of ways to accomplish this.

Just under the drop-down menu is a series of icons.  The third from the left displays two arrows that are sort of pointed at each other in a circle.  If you hover over this icon, you'll notice it says: Download All the Latest Group Updates.  Simply pressing this button will allow all of the groups to update simultaneously.

One caveat to using this option, however, is that it only performs an update based on a point at which other files have loaded.  For instance, if when you installed Newsbin you only set it to download 30 days worth of files, that will be the next jumping off point for updating.

Most groups and most servers go significantly further back than that.  If you want all the files that have been posted in the past umpteen years, you'll need to familiarize yourself with one of the many options available to you from Newsbin's right-click menu.

Go to your favorite group, and then right-click the selection.  You'll notice another way to update the latest headers from the group, but you'll want to ignore that for a moment.  Instead, check out the Download Special option:

Downloading All Posts from Group to Newsbin Pro

From here, you can download all the headers for an individual group going as far back as the retention on Usenet Storm (website: https://www.UsenetStorm.com) allows.  From there on out, you can simply load the latest posts from the group by either updating or simply choosing the group.  You should be warned, though, that some groups have 10's of billions or even 100's of billions of posts so choose groups that aren't insanely large.

Newsbin is Not Downloading My Headers Properly

If you get to a point where Newsbin does not appear to be downloading your headers properly, there is a fix for that.  There's an issue with how your server has configured a special feature.

Under the Options drop-down, selection Servers, the second choice from the top.  In the lower right-hand area of the server's window, you'll find a button called Really Advanced.  Click that button.  Check the box that says: Disable XFeatures.  Try downloading again.  If this doesn't correct your problem, your best bet is to contact Newsbin's support crew.  It should correct the issue for most users, however.

When I go Into a Group, I Don't See Any Posts

If you go into a newsgroup and don't see any posts, it's probably that Newsbin is loading all the new posts based on a given setting.  You can reload all the posts from the downloaded headers by selecting the two arrows in a circle which is located next to the magnifying glass in the newsgroup window.  This will load all the posts going as far back as your Usenet server allows.

Downloading with NZB's on Newsbin

Newsbin can be used as an NZB downloader too!  The only thing that it can't do is effectively act as an indexer.  Indexers are paid services, but for a nominal yearly fee, you can get nearly unlimited access to billions of NZB files going back a decade.  There are also some free NZB sites, but you want to be careful with those.  Paid services generally have quality standards and lack annoying ads.

Needless to say, you need a place from which to download NZB's.  The software cannot help you with that.  It can, on the other hand, actually help you locate the files on Usenet using the NZB as information.

So once you have the NZB, you can simply load it into Newsbin from the File menu item on the drop-down.

Downloading NZB's with Newsbin Pro

Once you've loaded the NZB, Newsbin will load a separate tab with the files that the NZB points to.  NZB files basically contain information on where a file is located.  They're less complex than torrents because they aren't responsible for connecting computers or routing data.  They only need to show you where information is.

While most NZB Downloaders will simply begin downloading the files to which the NZB points, Newsbin will display them in a separate tab.  While there are many options on what to do with them from there, the most sensible option is the following:

  1. Select all of the files
  2. Right-click on the selection
  3. Choose the option: Download to a Folder Named for Subject

This will create a folder that is named identically to whatever the tab’s title is, download the files, and piece them together again, just like a normal downloader would.

Setting Up and Customizing Newsbin Pro

Like most Usenet related software, Newsbin comes stock with an almost unimaginable amount of settings to tinker with.  While 90% of these will go ignored, it's nonetheless better to know what they are and what they do in case you need them later.  See Navigating Newsbin Pro for more information.

The first choice from the Options drop-down is Settings.  Here you can find every switch and option that 23 years of development has engineered.  Choosing it will open a new window that looks like this:

Newsbin Pro Settings

Basic setup options include determining which folder will receive new downloads.

Here, we're just going to run through your options for settings.  This section should help familiarize you with the awesome set of options that the software affords its users.

Settings: Switches

There are four groups of switches that you can turn off and on here:

  1. The first group controls how things are displayed.
  2. The second group controls the how thumbnail images are displayed.
  3. The third group controls how and when newsgroups are updated.
  4. Sets the interval at which searches are performed using watchlists.

Settings: Filename Options

As would be expected, this frame directs how files are named once downloaded.  Typically, Newsbin will simply use the title of the post to name the file or folder.  In some instances, such as when the file name is very short, or an MP3, it will ask the user how to proceed.  Here is where you can direct it.

Settings: NZB Options

Much like any good downloader, Newsbin Pro can be used to automate the process of downloading files with NZB's.  In order to accomplish this, an NZB needs to be given to the software.  It can be one that you have downloaded from a website on your own or from an indexer.  If using one that has been grabbed using an indexer, this can require signing up and sometimes also paying for an NZB indexer. The NZB's will then be saved into a specific folder.

What the software will do is periodically scan these folders to see if anything new has been placed into them.  If so, it will load the NZB and begin downloading.  This frame is where you can set this up.

Settings: AutoPAR Options

More often than not, files are uploaded to Usenet in parts and spread out across multiple threads.  This is due to the fact that Usenet limits the size of individual posts.  The software can automatically piece these parts back together again and then decompress them.  If you, for whatever reason, want to tinker with how it goes about that process, here is where you can do that.