NewsLeecher V8.0 Beta is now available!

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

NewsLeecher 8.0 Beta 1

+: ---------------------------------------------------------------
   -- Full Support for Searching & Handling Obfuscated Files -- --
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   Fully integrated a fast deobfuscation engine into the
   SuperSearch backend. With this new engine in place, SuperSearch
   will try to guess/detect and deobfuscate garbled/hidden/
   obfuscated Usenet postings, seconds after they have been posted
   to the Usenet.
   This means that you will now be able to find a lot of contents,
   that were previously not detectable when using SuperSearch - or
   browsing Usenet groups manually.
   While SuperSearch can deobfuscate lots of postings right now,
   we work further on improving the deobfuscation engine to
   support more known deobfuscating techniques in the near future.
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   Please note that the deobfuscator works by "guessing" the
   titles of the obfuscated postings. No human interaction is part
   of the process. It's all automated. That's why it works as fast
   as it does.
   But because it is 100% automated, there might be a few false
   positives, resulting in wrongly deobfuscated titles along the
   way.
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+: In addition to supporting the natively implemented SuperSearch
   deobfuscation of Usenet postings (as mentioned above),
   NewsLeecher now also supports downloading, unpacking and
   proper renaming of 3rd party NZB files with obfuscated
   contents.
+: ---------------------------------------------------------------
   -- Completely Rewritten Leeching Engine -- --------------------
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   The NewsLeecher leeching engine has been totally rebuilt, to
   provide the best possible performance in regards to speed and
   smoothness. On an average computer, older versions of
   NewsLeecher would hit a performance bottleneck, when leeching
   at ~150 Mbps or more. With the new engine in place, the
   performance bottleneck is at a *much* higher level. We have
   tested the new engine on a pretty old/slow (2012 Gen. Lenovo
   Thinkpad X1 Carbon, 1.8GHz Core i5 / 4-core) laptop hooked up
   to a 500 Mbps connection, and didn't notice any noteworthy
   slowdowns.
+: ---------------------------------------------------------------
   -- Completely Rewritten GUI w. full High DPI support -- -------
   ---------------------------------------------------------------
   Completely new UI that has been optimized with screen real-
   estate and compatibility with current and future High-DPI
   setups in mind. In regards to screen real-estate, the UI has
   been optimized to use as little space as possible and thereby
   allow more Usenet related contents to the displayed at the same
   time. This is done by placing the NewsLeecher tabs control in
   the Windows caption bar and making all the main components in
   the NewsLeecher main window easily collapsed and out of view,
   when not needed.
+: NewsLeecher is now fully compatible with High-DPI Windows
   system setups. So instead of blurrily upscaling texts, icons,
   etc. on High-DPI setups, the NewsLeecher UI elements will now
   be presented as crisp as your dislay allows. Further, due to
   the way UI elements in NewsLeecher are now built, it is also
   compatible with any future display DPI / resolutions you might
   use.
+: Implemented a setting for changing the maximum number of
   decoder threads that the new NewsLeecher leeching engine is
   allowed to use simultaneously. The settings can be accessed
   from :
   Settings -> Adv. Settings -> Threads Article Decoder
   The default setting automatically sets the thread number, based
   on the number of CPU cores available in your computer, so
   changing the setting is not recommended under normal
   circumstances.
+: Implemented a tabs control 'lock' feature that, when 'locked',
   allows one to drag the NewsLeecher main window by dragging the
   tabs on the tabs control. When 'unlocked', tabs will instead be
   re-ordered when dragged.
   The 'lock' feature can easily be accessed by clicking the lock
   button, located right next to the tabs control.
+: Implemented a simple color-theme feature for the new
   NewsLeecher UI. The feature can be accessed by clicking the
   colored button next to the NewsLeecher tabs control. We will
   most probably enhance this feature a lot later on, with custom
   skinning, etc.
+: Implemented two difference icon styles for the NewsLeecher main
   toolbar. This is done to find out what style works and looks
   the best for NewsLeecher.
   To keep things simple and more easily maintainable, we will
   probably settle on one of the two styles before the V8 final
   release and discard the other style.
+: Created and implemented an internal script-engine, to
   dynamically generate and animate resolution independent icons
   for the NewsLeecher toolbars and buttons.
+: It is now possible to customize the posting editor font on the
   "Post to Usenet" dialog. The font can be customized at :
   Settings -> Posting -> Additional Posting Settings -> ...
*: Added a setting to reset the widths of all the listview
   columns, to match the width of the NewsLeecher windows. The
   setting can be accessed from :
   ... Toolbox -> Advanced -> Reset Listview Columns
*: The "NZB Importer" can now import, rarely used, non-standard
   NZB files.
*: Improved support for non-standard article encoding variants.
*: Introduced new "Advanced Tweaks" property, to control the
   width of the speedbar overlay on the NewsLeecher tray icon.
   The property can be accessed from:
   Settings -> Advanced Tweaks -> Icon Tray Speedbar Width
*: Tons of smaller changes and improvements.
!: Lots of bugfixes, though many fundamental parts of NewsLeecher
   were changed in this release, so we have probably introduced
   quite a few new bugs as well:) We will do what we can to get
   everything sorted during the next betas releases.

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

February 7, 2020

Due to a bug in some new SuperSearch backend code, the SuperSearch service has been down for periods of time today. We have now reverted the code, so the service is back to working. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Optimization notice:
We are currently (still) working full time with optimizing the SuperSearch backend, to make searching, indexing and unscrambling faster - and, primarily, optimizations to bump the retention to 10+ (12+ actually) years for all indexed groups.

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 :)

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