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1 stars

"Unwieldy UI and very slow decoding / binary retrieval."

September 29, 2011  |  By thomas.tmc

2011-09-29 12:52:14  |  By thomas.tmc

 |  Version: Xnews 5.04.25




Could only download at ~1/3 of my connection speed. Tried my regular reader, 100%, Xnews, almost 30%, consistently.

Multiple clicks or menus must be accessed to accomplish simple tasks that should be a single or double click.


Probably a great reader for simple Text, but not in the least for binaries.

Far more effort than should be required to queue multiple files for download, only to have them download at a very slow pace.

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5 stars

"Best newsreader"

July 27, 2011  |  By alsandor

2011-07-27 12:57:28  |  By alsandor

 |  Version: Xnews 5.04.25


Handles filters admirably and performs with nary a hiccup. Old DOS screen a plus in my mind...


Can`t think of any. Some might have trouble with it if they are not used to setting up programs as it requires input from the user.


I tried (and paid for) some other newsreaders and found they all had some issues that Xnews cuts through. It is no longer maintained by the developer but is still the best reader around.

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4 stars

"Very flexible, fast, but it has a long learning curve."

January 16, 2009  |  By DougJH

2009-01-16 17:31:37  |  By DougJH

 |  Version: Xnews 5.04.25


It gives the user a great deal of control. There are multiple settings, yet you can use it pretty quickly without too much set up. As you get to know it, you can learn how to make it work for you.


It is written by the designer for his own use, and released on that basis. You pretty well have to be a nerd like me to like it.


Lots of user control if you are willing to learn how to use it.

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5 stars

"Great for those not afraid of the keyboard or menus."

December 24, 2008  |  By dicobalt

2008-12-24 21:15:59  |  By dicobalt

 |  Version: Xnews 5.04.25


Easy to queue, easy to filter, posts are listed in a sane manner, a post that is 1300 parts wont show up as a single line onscreen but rather all the posts that make up the whole. No need to fool with expanding trees to see the parts.


No way to save your queue, you loose your queue if you accidentally close the window. No ssl support built in but xnews works well with stunnel even on vista, so who cares. Score system is too complex based on old unix expressions.


If you are part of the point and click generation don't bother you are too young to figure how to use this program well. Some people would call this client ancient but everytime I try to use something newer I find it impossible to organize and filter things out in a time efficient manner. This program is an excellent for that. Xnews never misses a part so you still get unfinished parts so those pars work that much better. Easy to queue files and filter headers. Posts are listed in a way that lets you see if parts of it are damaged and keeps you from missing large posts even if you scroll fast. You can easily discard and mark read the headers you don't want so you don't need to even see them.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.04.25
  • Possibly fixed the errant got reply sound problem.
  • If you have a free floating (non-MDI) editor window, it doesn't warn when you shut down Xnews without saving.
  • X-Face is now integrated into the exe. No need for compface.dll. Thank you, Matthijs.
  • Took out the yEnc info banner. I think everyone knows what it is by now
    • Also, added total= to yEnc header, in compliance with yEnc 1.3.
Publisher Clarion
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Release Date August 31, 2007
Date Added August 31, 2007
Version 5.04.25
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Blogging Software & Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95/98/NT/2000
Additional Requirements
  • Windows NT 4 SP 6
  • Windows 2003 SP 1
  • Windows XP AMD 64-bit
  • Windows XP 64-bit SP 1
  • Windows NT 4 SP 2
  • Windows 2000 SP 1
  • Windows 2003 64-bit
  • Windows 2003 AMD 64-bit
  • Windows XP 64-bit SP 2
  • Windows NT 4 SP 3
  • Windows 2000 SP 2
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 R2
  • Windows 2000
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  • Windows Vista AMD 64-bit
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  • Windows ME
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