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

NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 1

#: Note that this NewsLeecher release introduces a completely new
   article cache system which is significantly different from the
   previously used cache system. Because of the major change in
   the format of the cache, it will be necessary to re-fetch
   headers for any subscribed usenet groups the first time
   NewsLeecher V4.0 Beta is used.
#: Because of the early beta stage of this NewsLeecher V4 release,
   it is recommended that you keep settings for NewsLeecher V4
   separate from settings for earlier releases of NewsLeecher that
   you might have installed.
   To setup a separate NewsLeecher V4 settings folder, check:
   http://www.newsleecher.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18326
   You can of course also take the chance and simply install this
   release on top of your currently installed NewsLeecher copy,
   and hope things work out ;) Doing that will probably also work
   fine.
+: *MAJOR ADDITION*: NewsLeecher now fully supports collections
   (also known as threading) of binary articles. The collections
   feature will group associated binary articles together and
   present them as a single article entry in the NewsLeecher
   listviews, instead of multiple separate entries.
   Collections are supported by the entire NewsLeecher interface.
   That is the article browser, the SuperSearch service and the
   NewsLeecher download queue.
   Besides providing better article overview, the collections
   feature also speeds up group loading by 500%+ for most
   binary groups aswell as keeping memory usage much lower than
   what previous NewsLeecher releases does.
+: It's now possible to specify separate paths for NewsLeecher to
   store settings and temporary files. For more info on how to
   set the paths, check this URL:
   http://www.newsleecher.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18326
+: NewsLeecher will now ask for confirmation before closing down,
   if Repair'n'Extract is actively working on one or more file
   sets.
*: This NewsLeecher release supported mixed-case subject lines
   returned by SuperSearch. Earlier releases would show all
   subject lines returned by SuperSearch in lowercase.
*: More parts of the internal Windows Explorer are now multi-
   threaded. This brings a significant speed improvement when
   browsing folders containing many sub folders.
*: The entries in 'Max Days' SuperSearch filter have been re-
   organized to better suit the new elevated SuperSearch
   retention.
*: Improved 'Leech Specify' dialog to be more intuitive and
   easy to use.
*: Many smaller improvements. (The mouse hint text for the
   SuperSearch favorite buttons now shows the query to be
   searched, SSL libraries updated, etc.)
!: The entire NewsLeecher codebase has been probed for memory
   leaks. Lots of leaks have been fixed.
!: Fixed a bug prevented NewsLeecher from properly updating groups
   containing an extremely large amount of headers (such as alt.
   binaries.boneless). The bug was only triggered on a few usenet
   servers.
!: Fixed bug that somestimes caused NewsLeecher to hang on
   shutdown.
!: Many smaller fixes. (The Repair'n'Extract verification state
   was sometimes reset between sessions, GUI tweaks, etc.)
-: Removed option for turning off error checking of downloaded
   articles as there's no reason not to check them for errors.
-: Removed outdated option to cancel errornous articles from being
   downloaded as the option could cause some confusion. Also the
   introduction of PAR2files and the NewsLeecher Repair'n'Extract
   feature makes errornous files usable.

Releases

NewsLeecher 8.0 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 8.0 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 8.0 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 8.0 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 7.0 Final
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 15
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 14
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 13
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 12
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 11
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 10
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 9
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 8
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 7
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 6.5 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 6.5 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 6.5 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 6.5 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 6.5 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 6.5 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 6.3 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 6.3 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 6.2 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 6.0 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 6.0 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 5.2 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 5.2 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 5.1 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 5.0 Final
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 19
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 18
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 17
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 16
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 15
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 14
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 13
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 12
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 11
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 10
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 9
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 8
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 7
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 5.0 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 4.0 Final
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 24
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 23
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 22
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 21
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 20
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 19
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 18
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 17
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 16
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 15
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 14
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 13
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 12
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 11
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 10
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 9
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 8
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 7
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 4.0 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 3.95 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 3.95 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 3.95 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 3.91 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 3.91 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 3.9 Final
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 17
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 16
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 15
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 14
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 13
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 12
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 11
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 10
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 9
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 8
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 7
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 3.9 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 3.8 Final
NewsLeecher 3.8 Beta 9
NewsLeecher 3.8 Beta 8
NewsLeecher 3.8 Beta 7
NewsLeecher 3.8 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 3.8 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 3.8 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 3.8 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 3.8 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 3.8 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 3.7 Final

NewsLeecher 3.5 Final
NewsLeecher 3.5 Beta 10
NewsLeecher 3.5 Beta 9
NewsLeecher 3.5 Beta 8
NewsLeecher 3.5 Beta 7
NewsLeecher 3.5 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 3.5 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 3.5 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 3.5 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 3.5 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 3.5 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 3.0 Final
NewsLeecher 3.0 Beta 9
NewsLeecher 3.0 Beta 8
NewsLeecher 3.0 Beta 7
NewsLeecher 3.0 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 3.0 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 3.0 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 3.0 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 3.0 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 3.0 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 2.3 Final
NewsLeecher 2.3 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 2.3 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 2.3 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 2.3 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 2.3 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 2.3 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 2.1 Final
NewsLeecher 2.1 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 2.1 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 2.1 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 2.1 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 2.1 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 2.0 Final
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 13
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 12
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 11
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 10
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 9
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 8
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 7
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 2.0 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 1.0 Final
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 32
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 31
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 30
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 29
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 28
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 27
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 26
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 25
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 24
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 23
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 22
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 21
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 20
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 19
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 18
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 17
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 16
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 15
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 14
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 13
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 12
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 11
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 10
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 9
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 8
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 7
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 6
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 5
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 4
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 3
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 1.0 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 0.9 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 0.8 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 0.7 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 0.6 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 0.6 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 0.5 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 0.4 Beta 2
NewsLeecher 0.4 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 0.3 Beta 1

NewsLeecher 0.2 Beta 1

January 9, 2020

SuperSearch Retention Status Update:
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 ( *word* ) manner.

Note that it's really the "wildcard"-search capability, that makes it tricky to raise the SuperSearch search retention. If we simply used a genetic database approach (such as MySQL) to provide SuperSearch searching capabilities, we could easily bump retention to 10+ years and much much more if needed. But we really want to keep true wildcard searching available for our users and that's why it gets a lot harder to bump the retention, since generic databases don't implement true wildcard search capabilities. Everything has to be written from scratch and specifically tailored for the job that the SuperSearch service provides.

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 :)

December 15, 2019

NewsLeecher V8.0 Beta 4 is now available for download.

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