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NewsLeecher Version History

See what has changed so far, during the history of NewsLeecher.

#: This version of NewsLeecher implements a new internal way of handling articles. This means that the old cache format doesn't work anymore, so you will have to redownload all article headers after upgrading to this version. +: Major new feature: It's now possible to search up to 3 usenet groups at the same time, using the newly implemented server search feature. The search feature is based on the 'XPAT' usenet server command. It will not work on all servers as some usenet providers have disabled the XPAT command to save system resources. +: Added a queue manager system. It's now possible to save and load different transfer queues. +: It's now possible to customize which buttons should appear on the standard toolbar. +: Added feature that makes it possible to manually add a new group to the list of groups available. +: It's now configurable whether articles should be marked as old when NewsLeecher updates a group. *: Simplified lots of the menus. *: Changed behaviour of 'DEL' key whenin active group. It's now used to mark articles as 'old' instead of deleting the articles from the cache. Much requested feature change. *: Tons of small improvements all over the app. Too many to mention all of them. !: Fixed bug where NewsLeecher didn't finish certain 'incomplete' downloads. !: Fixed 'Post' and 'Post Reply' feature. !: Fixed a buffer bug in the uuDecode routine that sometimes caused NewsLeecher to crash without notice if the UUencoded article was faulty encoded. !: NewsLeecher was unable to login to some servers that doesnt allow posting. That has been fixed. !: Tons of small bugfixes all over the app.

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SuperSearch is currently running with a bit more than 4 years of article retention. But we are working hard to reach our goal of 10+ years retention. All 10+ years of Usenet article-data is in our storage, just waiting to be used to bump the SuperSearch retention.

The reason that retention is currently "only" at ~4 years, is that the amount of stuff posted to the Usenet is constantly rising. It requires more and more system resources to keep up, even though the index retention is kept constant. And not only that. We have also decided to start indexing subjects of text-groups and keep full index retention for audio and image (JPG, PNG, etc) groups. Those groups alone contain tens of millions of articles that we make fully searchable in true wildcard/substring (

Anyway. As mentioned above, we are working hard on improving the SuperSearch service at the moment. The service's backend-engine is being partly rewritten to improve performance and to make sure that the service is futureproof, by being able to keep up with the ever expanding Usenet retention demands.

We also use the code-rewrite opportunity to modulize the backend, so it gets a lot easier to add new functionality in the future.

While we cannot say for sure when exactly the job is done, we can say though, that it will be pretty soon. Things are progressing nicely and the most longhaired part of the optimization is done.

So all in all, good things to come soon :)

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