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Tamava Reader

By Tamava Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

This free news reader is just clunky enough to throw a monkey wrench in the works for novices. Experienced users may have no problems, but we still have a few quibbles with this app.

Tamava Reader opens in what essentially looks like a tabbed browser window. Before first launch, we were prompted to choose a news server from a preloaded list. Some are free, but some require registration and payment, which may intimidate a first-time user. In our tests, we chose Other and entered our ISP's news server--a selection that may not be intuitive for many novices, especially because it isn't clearly listed as an option by Tamava.

Tamava includes preloaded options for Top Groups categorized by video, audio, and so forth. Parents should be alert that a variety of erotica groups are also preloaded, so this is an app not appropriate for children or impressionable users. Further, most of the groups seem to have a French orientation, so non-French-speaking users may want to steer clear of the preloaded lists.

More than once we tried to open headers, only to be told the app couldn't do so because it was still updating the newsgroup--but the app offered no visual cues that downloading was in progress. A progression bar, or a pop-up notice that updating was complete, would be a nice addition to this app.

Tamava Reader may appeal to some users, but it isn't high on our list of recommendations.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2

Version 1.2 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added October 24, 2007
Version 1.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista

Popularity

Total Downloads 12,355
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Better user experience - clear and modern user interface, no useless fancy features. Easy configuration--we tried to simplify the configuration as much as possible, with only the most usefull parameters. Image Thumbnails and SlideShow - very easy to see downloaded images, the thumbnails are updated automatically for each new downloaded image and the slideshow allows to see images one by one. NZB and ZIP file support--you can search binaries files via NZB indexers web sites using the integrated web browser. These nzb files will feed Tamara reader. Wizards and Top newsgroups--Wizards are used to simplify the configuration, and TOP newsgroups helps to choose the best available binary newsgroup.

Version 1.2 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

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