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NewsLeecher Version History

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

#: We have recently moved the SuperSearch service to newer, more powerful, servers and also optimized a lot of the core code in the SuperSearch backend. Due to this, we have been able to merge the two SuperSearch search categories ("General" and "Erotica") so *all contents* is searched, no matter what search category you have chosen. So no need to select categories anymore. Not only does this makes it easier and faster to use SuperSearch, but it will also return more results, since the earlier auto-categorization was not 100% precise and sometimes placed articles into the wrong search categories. We have also removed the retention limit for indexed image and audio groups. So search retention is equal for all indexed Usenet groups (12500+ groups) now. Speaking of retention. The current SuperSearch retention is around 4 years. In the near(ish) future, we will be able to bump the retention up 10 years for *all* groups. #: Note that this release changes the way that download-/unpack- folders for filesets are handled. It's quite a large change, so it is recommended to backup NewsLeecher settings and empty the download queue and "unpacker" queue inside NewsLeecher, before installing. +: -- * LARGER CHANGE * ------------------------------------------ The, rather counterintuitive, "Destination Folders" feature, has been replaced by a much simpler feature for specifying which folders that filesets should be downloaded and unpacked to. The new feature can be accessed by clicking the "Folders" icon on the main toolbar or from the settings dialog. +: Added a new feature to the SuperSearch service, that will allow one to get a last of all new Usenet postings that have been "unscrambled" by the SuperSearch backend within the list 0-24 hours time. The feature can be accessed by clicking the "New24" button on the SuperSearch toolbar. +: Added a new feature to the SuperSearch service, that will allow one to get a list of *ALL* contents indexed by SuperSearch within the last 0-6 hours time. The feature can be accessed by clicking the "Raw06" button on the SuperSearch toolbar. *: -- * LARGER CHANGE * ------------------------------------------ Browsing / updating Usenet groups is now substantially faster with many groups. Partly because NewsLeecher will now actively filter out unusable "garbled" Usenet postings, when fetching group headers. And partly due to new thread-optimized code. We are not completely done optimizing yet, though. We'll continue to optimize performance further in future releases. NOTE: It is recommended to wipe Usenet group headers, before updating Usenet groups for the first time, after upgrading to NewsLeecher V8.0 Beta 3. *: The SuperSearch "Search Results"-filter input control has been merged with the standard SuperSearch "Search Query" input control. Also the checkbox to switch the "Search Result"-filter on/off, has been removed. The filter is always active now. *: The SuperSearch toolbar has been simplied a lot, for easier usage. *: Lots of visual changes. Much simplified main toolbar. "Queue"-tab has been renamed to "Download"-tab. Changed splash screen graphics a bit, etc. !: *Lots* of smaller bugfixes.

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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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