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Thoth for Mac

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    Oct. 06, 2010
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3 stars

"The least terrible of a poor bunch"

October 06, 2010  |  By grh-akl

 |  Version: Thoth 1.8.4


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Inadequate filtering, developer has attitude problems, outdated interface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 It has an outdated interface which is, however, adequate if uninspiring.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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What's new in version 1.8.4
  • (last revised May 31, 2009)
  • Worked around a problem with some news servers such as Giganews that return an unexpected 501 or 503 response code for the XHDR command for unavailable header types. Also modified XHDR command handling to allow 225 as a successful response code (the correct command successful code for the newer HDR command) in addition to the standard 221 response. Other changes were made so that a filtering failure caused by this type of server problem should no longer prevent opening an article list window.
Publisher Thoth Software
Publisher web site http://www.appgarth.com/index.html
Release Date May 31, 2009
Date Added October 06, 2010
Version 1.8.4
Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.3/10.4/10.4 Intel/10.4 PPC/10.5/10.5 Intel/10.5 PPC/10.6
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 4.58MB
File Name thoth-1912-Intel.zip
Total Downloads 5,178
Downloads Last Week 14
License Model Update
Limitations Not available
Price $25

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