Since John Norstad releases the source code to the free NewsWatcher program for people to change, there are several variants of the program that add many features. MT-NewsWatcher is a multi-threaded version of NewsWatcher (hence the name) that brings a new level of usability to the NewsWatcher series. Multithreading has almost become a necessity in these days of Usenet overload, and the version 3.x series further enhances MT-NW's implementation, with an intuitive interface and smooth operation that will get you reading news faster than just about any other newsreader. Yes, it still has speech recognition capabilities, but a host of new features in version 3.x are, perhaps, of far more interest to most users. A few highlights include:
Version 3.1 (the latest "Classic" version) has some new features, and a lot of bug fixes. New features include:
Version 3.4 (the latest Mac OS 9 version, which is not considered fully supported by the author) features the following changes:
Version 3.5.2 (the latest Mac OS X version) is a must-have upgrade, bringing Universal Binary support for both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs. Improvements include:
MT-NewsWatcher is one of the reasons the Macintosh remains the preferred platform for serious Usenet junkies. There's little else that compares with it.
"Multi-Threaded NewsWatcher . . . without doubt positions itself as the premier Usenet newsreader available today for the Macintosh. Simon Fraser has done an unbelievable job supporting this excellent product, and get this - it's free! It is easily the most-used piece of software I have on my Mac.
"As far as bug fixes are concerned, every bug report I have sent to Simon has either resulted in a fix or has been acknowledged. Three new releases this year is pretty good going! I work for a software development company, so I can appreciate the response Simon is providing.
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version 2.4.4 (for older Macs).
version 3.1 for Power Macs running OS 8 and earlier.
version 3.4 for Mac OS 9.
version 3.5.2 for Mac OS X 10.3.x+ (Carbon / Universal).
the MT-NewsWatcher documentation.
Version 3.5.3b3 for Mac OS X 10.3.9+ is available (July 7, 2008), adding/fixing the following:
Can't find what you're looking for? Try a search:
Also, if you have an older Mac, be sure to check out the "Classic" applications page for more options.
Finally, take a look at ALEMIA if you think you know that name of an application, but aren't quite sure.
Andrew Starr has another marvelous page about Usenet newsreaders that you simply must check out.
There are several Usenet newsgroups dedicated to Macintosh-specific topics. Here are the most essential ones:
comp.sys.mac.announce is a moderated newsgroup that contains important general announcements to the Macintosh community.
comp.sys.mac.apps is the place to go when you have questions about specific Macintosh programs.
comp.sys.mac.comm is the place to discuss all things involving Macintosh telecommunications and Macs on the Internet.
comp.sys.mac.printing is for all printer- and printing-related discussion.
comp.sys.mac.hardware.misc is for discussion of all other Macintosh hardware-related questions.
comp.sys.mac.system is the place to go for MacOS-related discussions.
comp.sys.mac.misc is the place to post when other Macintosh-related newsgroups don't fit the bill.
Note: If you'd like to search the Usenet for Macintosh-related information, you really only have one option (but it's a good one): Google purchased the old DejaNews (Deja.com) Usenet archive, and now offers sophisticated searching of all mainstream Usenet newsgroups, both past and present.
These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!