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  • 3.0 stars

    "The least terrible of a poor bunch"

    October 6, 2010  |   By grh-akl


    Relatively bug-free


    Inadequate filtering, developer has attitude problems, outdated interface


    No idea why v 1.84 is surfacing now. It's been around for a very long time. Years, I think. The developer is a well-known, whiney pissant who, on whim, enters and exits phases of refusing to respond to emails or offers to buy the software. This, despite frequent complaints that no one wants to buy! Be careful what you email to him or he might lock you out like Jerry Seinfeld's Soup Nazi.

    The whole category of usenet client software for Mac is very poorly-served. (Maybe for Windows too!) Thoth might be considered the best of a pathetic bunch. It has an outdated interface which is, however, adequate if uninspiring.

    Setting up Thoth is non-standard or, at least, non-intuitive although the on-screen notes are somewhat helpful. But setting up might take a while if you don't read those notes carefully.

    Filtering is inadequate for today's usenet world. The newsgroups abound with morons and ********. To effectively deal with them, there needs to be more-sophisticated filters, perhaps a chaining option too. In the Windows world, experienced users seem to have no difficulty locking out specific morons. This is often not possible with Thoth because the morons are more-clever than Thoth is.

    Re-ordering items in the Queued Transfers List window is non-standard. No undo of deletions is available.

    "Mark cross-posted items as read" does not work as it should.

    Thoth hides its various files obscurely. Syncing two Macs is difficult and time-consuming. Thoth needs to keep track of several things ? newsreader server details, personalities, groups to read, items requested to be downloaded, filters. It would be a big help if they were all stored together in a preferences file that can be easily found, amended, copied to another machine.

    There are not a lot of usenet newsreaders for the Mac. Some people prefer others (like Hogwasher for example) but, for me, Thoth is the best of a poor bunch. I've tried Hogwasher and I don't like it at all. I just wish BC would bring Thoth into the 21st century (AKA OSX) with, say, version 2, a proper manual, a bright, attractive interface and preferences that are easier to manage.

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