Hogwasher 5.24

A Usenet newsreader supporting threaded discussions and multiple servers.
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Hogwasher is a Usenet newsreader, which allows filtering articles, viewing threads as a tree, simultaneous downloading from an unlimited number of primary and backup servers as well as decoding binary files automatically, among many other useful features. Luckily, it also lets you connect through multiple accounts. If this is the first time you use an application like this, you will probably be glad to know that it comes with a detailed PDF that even includes an introduction to Usenet.

When you open the tool for the first time, there is a wizard to help you set up your accounts. At this point, it may be necessary to retrieve a list of available newsgroups and pick the ones you wish to subscribe to. Luckily, if later you find that any of the subscribed groups is no longer of your interest, it is quite easy to delete it. Also, another important step is to configure SMTP to be able to send and receive messages.

Once the initial setup is done, you can choose which newsgroups you want to download articles from. Once the headers have been downloaded, it is possible to sort the messages according to several criteria, such as author, subject and date. Likewise, you can use filters to hide some types of messages. However, it is a pity that setting filters is not as easy as it may be as it implies using a complex set of rules. Fortunately, unlike other similar apps, Hogwasher lets you delete unwanted headers to have a clearer view. more

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Pros

  • Simultaneous downloading from an unlimited number of primary and backup servers
  • Automatic binary decoding
  • Threaded discussions
  • Detailed help documentation
  • Built-in image viewer
  • Powerful filtering
  • Allows deleting unwanted headers

Cons

  • Filtering by rules may be more difficult than it should be
  • Crashed a couple of times

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