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Shareware; $40-$45

Current Version: X 1.2 (December 18, 2003) / PE 1.1b (June 12, 2006) / PE 1.2 (March 30, 2010)

From the Info-Mac abstract file: PictureSnooper is an application that searches Usenet newsgroups for binary files, while you are having dinner, at the movies, or even sleeping. These binary files are usually pictures (and sometimes executables and HTML files). After finding a binary file, PictureSnooper downloads the file, decodes that file, and saves that file to the directory of your choice for later viewing.

PictureSnooper X version 1.2 (Carbon, for Mac OS 8.5 - Mac OS X) made the the following changes:

  • Improved Performance On Message Parsing
  • Fixed An Issue With Pre-G4 Processors
  • Various Bug Fixes

PictureSnooper PE version 1.1b added "Universal Binary" support for native performance on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.

PictureSnooper PE version 1.2 - the first new version in almost four (!) years - adds support for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6.

PictureSnooperX and PictureSnooperPE are shareware, $40 and $45, respectively. (Upgrades from previous versions are $5.)

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Related Links

Andrew Starr has another marvelous page about Usenet newsreaders that you simply must check out.

Key Mac Newsgroups

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 ( Usenet archive, and now offers sophisticated searching of all mainstream Usenet newsgroups, both past and present.

Also Consider . . .

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!