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Thoth for Mac

Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 191 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5.9
  • Total Downloads:
    5,178
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 05, 2002
  • Price:
    Purchase; $25.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    4.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    14
  • Platform:
    Mac
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1 stars

"Can't download or register"

April 30, 2012  |  By djschwartz

 |  Version: Thoth 1.9.0.20

Pros

Good news reader, but..

Cons

There is no longer a way to download or pay for this application.

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5 stars

"Best usenet reader!"

November 08, 2011  |  By deanras

 |  Version: Thoth 1.9.0.18

Pros

Thoth does everything a usenet reader should do and does it very well. The interface is easy to use and lots of great options. Has SSL.

Cons

No bad things, really.

Summary

The small charge for the software is well worth it! Thanks to the developer!

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5 stars

"Best usenet/binary client ever!"

November 14, 2010  |  By scotts13--2008

 |  Version: Thoth 1.8.5

Pros

Easy(ish) to use, extremely flexible, fast.

Cons

It appears the author will not be offering an Intel-native version; i.e., the stillborn Thoth 2.0.

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5 stars

"Great in every way!"

October 17, 2010  |  By Razzledazzle

 |  Version: Thoth 1.8.5

Pros

Very Maclike and a classic Mac App!

Cons

Nothing to criticize!

Summary

This is a great Mac App in every way!

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3 stars

"The least terrible of a poor bunch"

October 06, 2010  |  By grh-akl

 |  Version: Thoth 1.8.4

Pros

Relatively bug-free

Cons

Inadequate filtering, developer has attitude problems, outdated interface

Summary

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 It has an outdated interface which is, however, adequate if uninspiring.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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5 stars

"still the best"

January 07, 2007  |  By barberfloyd

 |  Version: Thoth 1.8.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I've been using this reader for over ten years (it was YA-NewsWatcher) and it's better than ever. I've tried all the others and I always end up back with Thoth. I'll keep using it until it becomes extinct. It is a shame that it is no longer available for purchase. I hope the developer changes his mind about that some day. Thanks for the updates Brian.

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5 stars

"Thank you so much for Thoth"

January 07, 2007  |  By ChickenHotRod

 |  Version: Thoth 1.8.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Thanks so much for Thoth 1.8.3. It is still the best Mac Newsreader. Should you ever decide to release Thoth 2.0, I would gladly buy it again.

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5 stars

"Still The King Of NewsReaders But No SSL"

November 03, 2006  |  By Razzledazzle

 |  Version: Thoth 1.8.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Thatis a feature I would love to see in Thoth! Unfortunately there are not enough users willing to pay more for Brian to develop it further. I certainly would having loved Thoth (and it's companion PTAH) from the inception of these great Apps.

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5 stars

"More Thoth"

September 04, 2006  |  By lwitte

 |  Version: Thoth 1.8.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Have used Thoth since inception, and it is the best there is. I wouldn't want to travel the newsgroups without it, and am glad there's a update, downloaded just fine, hopefully a foretelling of ones to come...

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5 stars

"Thanks loads"

September 02, 2006  |  By ChickenHotRod

 |  Version: Thoth 1.8.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Thanks for updating. I know that you dont get paid for this and I really appreciate it. If you ever come out with Thoth 2, I would gladly pay

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.5.9
  • Subscribed group list windows, the filters list window, and the queued transfers list window now all have a proxy icon in their titlebar, when running under OS 8 - 9, to make it more obvious when the window has unsaved changes (the icon is dimmed). Note that since there's no file associated with the proxy icon, command-clicking the window title will not display the file/folder hierarchy menu, and the proxy icon can't be dragged to the Finder to move the file, etc. The proxy icon is used solely to indicate the saved or unsaved state of the window. Under OS X the close box has always indicated when a window has unsaved changes (it has a dot in it ), and the proxy icon is never dimmed (OS X regrettably doesn't do that), so no proxy icon is shown for these windows under OS X.
  • Added main keyboard shortcut 'o' to rotate and 'f' to flip an image in an image window. See the User Guide for details.
  • Changed formatting of bytes downloaded/download speed in the status panels of the queued transfers list to be the same as that used in the list portion of the queued transfers and article list windows.
  • Made changes to how files were read in certain circumstances to try to work around a very serious bug in OS X 10.2.x that can corrupt the data read from files on dual CPU machines. This OS X bug affected file decoding and other operations.
  • The 'm' command in image and movie windows to magnify the image or movie and zoom the window as large as possible was failing to avoid obscuring the Status window if it was docked. Fixed.
  • Fixed window hierarchy menus (from command-clicking on an article, article list, text info, etc. window) not bringing the selected parent/grandparent/etc. window to the top.
General
Publisher Thoth Software
Publisher web site http://www.appgarth.com/index.html
Release Date October 05, 2002
Date Added October 05, 2002
Version 1.5.9
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Dial-up Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS Classic/X 10.0/X 10.1/X 10.2
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS 8.5 or higher
    or
  • Mac OS X 10.0 or higher
  • Download Information
    File Size 4.58MB
    File Name thoth-1912-Intel.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 5,178
    Downloads Last Week 14
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    License Model Purchase
    Limitations Not available
    Price $25

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