Unison for Mac

Unison for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 94 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.1.10
File Size:
9.07MB
Date Added:
November 30, 2012
Price:
Free to try; $24.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
11,316
Downloads Last Week:
22
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Unison 2 is a major update for this popular Usenet client, providing a much more modern interface to access one of the oldest and most arcane corners of the Internet.

Fans of Usenet typically come in search of discussion groups and binary downloads, and Unison's all-new, iTunes-style interface makes navigation easy, with a friendly directory system, threaded messages, and an immensely useful search bar. And given that downloads are a priority for so many Usenet users, Unison also has some thoughtful integrated features, like audio preview, automatic unarchiving (with unRAR and unPAR), and automatic skipping of unneeded files. Unison hasn't gotten everything perfect yet (which is perhaps inevitable when venturing into the secret caves of Usenet). For example, you still can't toggle binaries as read. But some problems, such as the inability to import preferences, have been rectified quickly in early updates.

Many Usenet users may be happy staying with their current clients, but if you're new to Usenet or looking for a more elegant way to get around, Unison is a breath of fresh air. The seven-day trial version also offers a 24-hour trial of Unison Access, if you don't already have Usenet access through your ISP.

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  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 94 votes

    • 5 star: 52
    • 4 star: 18
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 1 stars

    "Really, Really Bad"

    August 26, 2012   |   By hudsonw

    Version: Unison 2.1.9

    Pros

    This software has zero functionality. It's is outrageous that the developer is demanding payment for a product so deeply flawed it is an insult.

    Cons

    pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, hang, no response, pause, ad nauseum.

    Summary

    Don't give up your old Mac because the last functional version of Unison was 1.8.1.

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  • 1 stars

    "Enough already!"

    August 07, 2012   |   By bildervice

    Version: Unison 2.1.8

    Pros

    Absolutely no redeeming features at all

    Cons

    It simply does not work ... if I cannot download more than a single article at a time manually on an i7 quad with 16 gig of memory and a 256 gig ssd without this program crashing then enough is enough ... it is bad enough having to wait on geological time scales for group headers to download and organise. I have tried for years to give this program the benefit of the doubt, but I have had enough .. it will never be installed in any form again, and nor will I be using any of Panic's other software as there is no way on this Earth I would trust it. Disgraceful customer service performance too, as they are well aware of these issues and have been for years.

    Summary

    I have never condemned a piece of software as harshly as this before, but in the circumstances, my advice would be don't waste a red cent of your money on this product, as it has NEVER, EVER worked correctly in any version from beta onwards to my knowledge on any machine I have owned. A disgrace to give away, never mind charge for.

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  • 1 stars

    "After all this time it's still junk"

    May 08, 2012   |   By Pop Tart

    Version: Unison 2.1.7

    Pros

    Can't think of any?, the program stinks

    Cons

    I've seen more bouncing beach balls than a visit to a waterpark, constant lockups and no timely fix's. I can't remember the last upgrade to this program and it sure needs one or maybe a complete re-write, it's crap and not worth $.05. Save your money till they really fix it, this program can really turn your day to crap, and shame on you PANIC at this point I would not buy any of your programs for fear they would work the same way, turn the code over to someone willing to make it work, you sure don't seen to care

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  • 2 stars

    "Not impressed yet"

    April 24, 2012   |   By derlin_13

    Version: Unison 2.1.7

    Pros

    Fast downloading

    Cons

    The 3-window interface isn't well-suited to reading Usenet news, this design makes me think it's just a quick adaptation of an email program. Post threading is inconsistent. When you click on a group name, the number of posts disappears, making it hard to keep track when shifting between groups or even just between a group list and your download tracking. All in all, I never would have left Thoth if it hadn't stopped working for me. For all the raving about this software having a "modern" interface, it doesn't really have a useful interface for anything but email.

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  • 1 stars

    "Hangs when you have a group with a lot of articles"

    October 23, 2010   |   By Pop Tart

    Version: Unison 2.1.2

    Pros

    Not much, wish I'd stayed with the old ver.

    Cons

    It still hangs, takes forever to sort, and you still can't set all the text sizes, wish there was another news group reader

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  • 4 stars

    "Best Mac Usenet reader out there."

    September 16, 2010   |   By JSchur

    Version: Unison 2.1.1

    Pros

    The best, and it keeps getting better. Much faster par assembly in this version.

    Cons

    Slow to load large numbers of headers.

    Summary

    The best... bar none!

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  • 4 stars

    "Version 2.1 still does not work well enough to use"

    August 13, 2010   |   By Tstalcup

    Version: Unison 2.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    2.1 still is so slow as to be unusable. Furthermore, I doubt Panic really cares...they update this program on geologic time and the problems with Unison have consequently been around for a long time.

    The speed problem with the current version 2.1 is also present in 2.0.5 and 2.0.4. I use 2.0.3 because its marginally fast enough to be usable but its not -much- faster and it corrupts downloads (something they have fixed in the current version). If there was a modern alternative that ran under Snow Leopard then I would use it...but Panic gets away with selling this worthless program for $29, and not fixing it, because no one else has written an alternative or updated the other NNTP clients in years.

    Problems I have with the program:
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    When you open Unison it may take up to two hours, 120 minutes, to open fully if you have subscribed to groups with large numbers of new postings. Even if there are only a few thousand new postings spread across 20-30 groups, it will easily take 45 minutes to an hour to have every group ready to use. This is very clearly a programming error because the articles are actually downloaded very fast...Unison just doesn't process them. If you force quit during startup, the groups already processed will pop up as ready on restart...to avoid a delay spanning hours, you must force quit every 5-10 minutes to cut the start up down to half an hour or so. I don't consider this acceptable but its the only way to make it work.

    If you try to change groups, Unison stalls for 1-5 minutes, sometimes longer.

    If you try to open an article while Unison says it is downloading new posts, it stalls for 5-10 minutes.

    Sometimes Unison never comes out of its stalls and simply beachballs forever.

    Whenever Unison is stalled, it severely slows down the rest of the activity on your mac...safari pages take a minute to open, mail collection hangs or times out, opening dashboard can take 30 seconds. This is not a particularly slow mac either, its a 2.8Ghz Core2Duo MBP. Furthermore, activity monitor says that overwhelmingly, Unison is just sitting there not doing anything but repeatedly looping.

    One has to ask whether Panic does any kind of testing on the releases of this program, these problems are not sporadic or hard to reproduce...read the other reviews here. The only people happy with this program either work for Panic or maybe they check one group that gets one new posting every month?

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  • 2 stars

    "Still waiting"

    May 19, 2010   |   By Pop Tart

    Version: Unison 2.0.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Still waiting for 2.0.6, Panic you can't leave this program like this, it's still 1 step up from a beta? I know there's only 1 programmer working on this but please fix some of the screw-ups, don't leave it like this.

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  • 4 stars

    "Is this an upgrade or a downgrade?"

    April 16, 2010   |   By k60--2008

    Version: Unison 2.0.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I recently upgraded to Unison 2.0.5 because 1.8 had started to crash frequently after the latest Snow Leopard updates. But OMG! This thing is sloooooow! I just redownloaded the cache for a 4,000,000 messages NG (it doesn't recognize the cache of the previous version, apparently), and now I have been waiting for about 20 minutes for it to show me the NG on screen. It's still "fetching"...

    Other than that, it succeeded in crashing my iMac in a way I had never seen in 3 years (black box in middle of screen in 5 languages telling me to hold down the power button to shut down the computer).

    Am I ever underwhelmed...!

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  • 2 stars

    "Unison 2.0 has problems"

    April 06, 2010   |   By kcannon

    Version: Unison 2.0.5

    Pros

    Good user interface, improved over version 1

    Cons

    Performance (time to load directory, display file headers, etc.) is not good at all, much worse than the previous version. Files can no longer be marked as "read," which means you can't quickly go to new uploads.

    Summary

    Unison 1 was a solid product that let you do what you needed to do quickly and easily. With the new release that no longer is possible. The combination of poor performance and the inability to mark files you've already seen means it's no longer a viable option for serious usenet users. Too bad, but maybe they'll get back on track with the next release.

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