NewsLeecher V8.0 Beta is now available!

Brand new UI | Tons of new/optimized functionality | *Much* more Usenet content available ( deobfuscation support ) | FREE Download
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NewsLeecher Version History
See what has changed so far, during the history of NewsLeecher.

NewsLeecher 7.0 Beta 7

#: This version of NewsLeecher uses an improved file cache format,
   so it is recommended to backup NewsLeecher settings / data
   before installing, in case a downgrade to an earlier release of
   NewsLeecher is wanted later on.
   NewsLeecher will automatically upgrade existing cache files
   to the new format when loading groups, download queue, etc.
+: Full Unicode support. Articles containing UTF-8 encoded
   subjects / poster names are now correctly displayed in
   NewsLeecher. This mostly affect articles originating from
   Asian countries. ( If parts of NewsLeecher are still found
   to be non-compliant with Unicode, please let us know )
+: Selected files in the download queue, can now be moved up /
   down of the queue, using the keyboard shortcuts Alt+Up and
   Alt+Down.
+: Selected files in the download queue, can now be moved to top /
   bottom of the queue, using the keyboard shortcuts Alt+Shift+Up
   and Alt+Shift+Down.
+: The 'expanded' states for sets in the Repair & Extract listview
   are now saved between sessions.
*: An increasing number of article subjects exceed the previously
   set maximum length in NewsLeecher of 250 bytes. Mostly due to
   Unicode encoding. The maximum length has been bumped and is now
   much higher.
*: The download queue ( together with other NewsLeecher settings )
   is now automatically backed up once every 15 minutes.
*: Many smaller improvements ( listview hints are not cut-off
   anymore, speed optimized drawing routines, up-to-date SSL
   libraries, etc. )
*: Further improved the performance of the NewsLeecher download
   queue loading and saving code.
!: Fixed bug that sometimes triggered an exception when adding
   lots of PAR2 files to the Repair & Extract listview as the
   same time.
!: Fixed bug where NewsLeecher would trigger a bug when updating
   groups, if two unassociated articles shared the same CRC value.
!: Many smaller bugfixes ( "Explorer" listview font bug fixed,
   etc. )

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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