NewsTap (Usenet Newsreader) app good for
I find it veru useful to have a real NNTP reader on my iPhone, so that I dont have to rely on Google Groups, and I get offline reading...
The best usenet newsreader for the iPhone OS. Developed by Alexander Clauss with love for details and functionality (like iCab), it has everything one can wish in a newsreader. Now, with support for more news servers, it has become even better. I use it often, especially while traveling, and it is a pleasure.
Ive been wanting this since Day 1 of the iPhone 3G and even thought about buying a Mac so I could develop one. But I kept hoping someone would write one eventually and it was a very nice surprise to find that app a few weeks ago.
I first downloaded the Lite version 1.2 to test it with the two private servers I access every day but to no avail. After a few email exchanges with the author, he was able to accomodate me and add a fallback for those servers that are not 100% compliant. So now with 1.3, I can finally say I have NNTP access wherever I go and it is great. The app is surprisingly fast, handles small binaries posts (like a 250k JPG) perfectly and this tree window is out of this world. Nice touches like filters and groups descriptions and custom sort are way cool.
Also, threaded view works great but that brings me to my only serious wish: a different sort order. I would much prefer sorting the threads by date and not alphabetically. The newer the threads original post, the higher up it appears.
Another nice to haves:
- a way to navigate to the next unread post directly
- multi-line signature
All in all, a terrific app at that price. Thanks!
for such a small screen and device this makes newsgroups surprisingly easy. I love keeping track of all my resources when away. Two suggestions I would make; first is the backup feature, why no linux/windows love? second, Id like to suggest a "mark as read" for all groups.. I frequently have to clear each one, and reload groups if I havent used the app for a bit.
I was happy to find and app that let me follow technical newsgroups on my iPhone as I dont have a newsreader at work anymore. Quick and easy to configure and use, I like it very much for this use.
It is lacking binary support as others have noted but I dont need it personally.
Thank to the developer for this very useful app !
One of the worst apps Ive ever bought.
Update: much improved after the most recent update. Thanks
Some bad moments
Not all functions work on IPad - reader is slow - but ok for low data posts _ does not clear read cache so you have to keep deleting group - with a few tweeks this should be great
Most shortcomings noted by other reviewers, but most annoying for me is lack of binary support. I access newsgroups to get e-books; ePub and mobi files are filtered by Newstap. Fail!
Junk, pure and simple. Support so elementary as to be laughable.
Barely works. Forget about it if want to get jpgs. The author should flat out say doesnt work for pics. Yenc pics are distorted beyond recognition and the filters dont work. Its the only game out there. Buyer beware!
If you actually want to USE usenet, then avoid this app. Its slow, clunky, is NOT user-friendly, and is almost useless for binaries.
Great idea but doesnt display images from the newsgroups. Waste of time.