[OFFTOPIC] - Anybody know of a Newsgroup Reader with better sorting capabilities?

Hi all,

I use Outlook Express to view these newsgroups and in general it is a decent
enough tool. It highlights any 'hot' topics in bold so that I am aware of
new additions to the threads in those topics. The problem is that sometimes
old threads that are way down the list get added to and I can't be arsed to
slowly scroll down looking for them.

I wanted to know if there is a newsgroup reader out there that allows
sorting on subject so that only the new and added to topics appear at the
top of the list to save me scrolling around looking for new additions?
Currently I sort by date so that the new topics appear at the top but this
only solves half the problem.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
- scott


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On Tue, 13 May 2003 10:09:08 +0100, Scott Curtis wrote:

I wanted to know if there is a newsgroup reader out there that allows
sorting on subject so that only the new and added to topics appear at the
top of the list to save me scrolling around looking for new additions?
Currently I sort by date so that the new topics appear at the top but this
only solves half the problem.


Download pan - best darn newsreader I've ever used. Started as a linux
client but has been ported to windows. You need to install gtk2.2 for
windows first thou - but all the instructions are on the website:

http://pan.rebelbase.com


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...turn to the light - turning away could be a terrible mistake
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Scott Curtis wrote:

I wanted to know if there is a newsgroup reader out there that allows
sorting on subject so that only the new and added to topics appear at the
top of the list to save me scrolling around looking for new additions?
Currently I sort by date so that the new topics appear at the top but this
only solves half the problem.


I'm not sure I understand what you're looking for but I'm using
Mozilla's news reader and I use the Go->Next->Unread Message command
mapped to the key N which allows me to run through the new messages in a
newsgroup. If there's a thread with a lot of new messages that I'm not
particularly interested in reading, I use the Message->Mark->Thread As
Read command mapped to the key R, which allows me to skip that whole thread.

It works quite nicely for me.

Ciao,
Gordon

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On Wed, 14 May 2003 00:22:19 +1200, Mark Derricutt wrote:

On Tue, 13 May 2003 10:09:08 +0100, Scott Curtis wrote:

>> I wanted to know if there is a newsgroup reader out there that allows
>> sorting on subject so that only the new and added to topics appear at the
>> top of the list to save me scrolling around looking for new additions?
>> Currently I sort by date so that the new topics appear at the top but this
>> only solves half the problem.


Download pan - best darn newsreader I've ever used. Started as a linux
client but has been ported to windows. You need to install gtk2.2 for
windows first thou - but all the instructions are on the website:

http://pan.rebelbase.com


Hi Mark,

It turns out that I just wasn't using Outlook Express to its full
potential and it was simply a case of selecting 'hide read messages' in
the view menu! :)

Anyway, now that you have opened my eyes to the world of newsreaders I
have to say I am particularly impressed with Pan so far so I think I might
stick with it for the time being.

Thanks
Scott

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Also you can ignore a thread (Message / Ignore Thread - K) and
watch a thread (Messages / Watch Thread - W).

New messages in an ignored thread will be marked a read right
away and the thread is marked as such.

Watched threads can be filtered using View / Messages / ...

You should give Mozilla a try for sure!

Marius

Gordon Tyler wrote:

Scott Curtis wrote:

>> I wanted to know if there is a newsgroup reader out there that allows
>> sorting on subject so that only the new and added to topics appear at the
>> top of the list to save me scrolling around looking for new additions?
>> Currently I sort by date so that the new topics appear at the top but
>> this
>> only solves half the problem.


I'm not sure I understand what you're looking for but I'm using
Mozilla's news reader and I use the Go->Next->Unread Message command
mapped to the key N which allows me to run through the new messages in a
newsgroup. If there's a thread with a lot of new messages that I'm not
particularly interested in reading, I use the Message->Mark->Thread As
Read command mapped to the key R, which allows me to skip that whole
thread.

It works quite nicely for me.

Ciao,
Gordon


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On Tue, 13 May 2003 08:38:04 -0700, Marius Scurtescu wrote:

Also you can ignore a thread (Message / Ignore Thread - K) and
watch a thread (Messages / Watch Thread - W).

New messages in an ignored thread will be marked a read right
away and the thread is marked as such.

Watched threads can be filtered using View / Messages / ...

You should give Mozilla a try for sure!

Marius

Gordon Tyler wrote:

>> Scott Curtis wrote:
>>
>>> I wanted to know if there is a newsgroup reader out there that allows
>>> sorting on subject so that only the new and added to topics appear at the
>>> top of the list to save me scrolling around looking for new additions?
>>> Currently I sort by date so that the new topics appear at the top but
>>> this
>>> only solves half the problem.
>>
>>
>> I'm not sure I understand what you're looking for but I'm using
>> Mozilla's news reader and I use the Go->Next->Unread Message command
>> mapped to the key N which allows me to run through the new messages in a
>> newsgroup. If there's a thread with a lot of new messages that I'm not
>> particularly interested in reading, I use the Message->Mark->Thread As
>> Read command mapped to the key R, which allows me to skip that whole
>> thread.
>>
>> It works quite nicely for me.
>>
>> Ciao,
>> Gordon
>>

Hi,

Thanks for your suggestions. That was exactly the sort of functionality I was
looking for, I just didn't realise that Outlook Express already provided
'some' of it. I will try mozilla as well as Pan although Pan is looking
like a good contender at the moment.

Thanks
Scott

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Just use Ctrl-U to jump to next unread message... Ctrl-T to mark
conversation as read. Using both, you can fly through the messages,
skipping over stuff you're not interested in and reading everything you are
interested in.

In short, before switching tools, make sure you're current tool doesn't do
what you want :)

"Scott Curtis" <scott_b_curtis@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:b9qcnl$3m7$1@is.intellij.net...

Hi all,

>

I use Outlook Express to view these newsgroups and in general it is a

decent

enough tool. It highlights any 'hot' topics in bold so that I am aware of
new additions to the threads in those topics. The problem is that

sometimes

old threads that are way down the list get added to and I can't be arsed

to

slowly scroll down looking for them.

>

I wanted to know if there is a newsgroup reader out there that allows
sorting on subject so that only the new and added to topics appear at the
top of the list to save me scrolling around looking for new additions?
Currently I sort by date so that the new topics appear at the top but this
only solves half the problem.

>

Any suggestions?

>

Thanks
- scott

>
>


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On Tue, 13 May 2003 16:43:52 +0100, Scott Curtis wrote:

I will try mozilla as well as Pan although Pan is
looking like a good contender at the moment.


Pan is definitelly one of the best clients I've ever used, one or two
features/settings I miss from Gravity, but its they're minor, and don't
realy matter as I use pan as an online reader, not offline.

--
...turn to the light - don't be frightened by the shadows it creates,
...turn to the light - turning away could be a terrible mistake
...dream theater - the great debate


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On Tue, 13 May 2003 16:33:44 +0100, Scott Curtis wrote:

Anyway, now that you have opened my eyes to the world of newsreaders I
have to say I am particularly impressed with Pan so far so I think I might
stick with it for the time being.


Good to see a convert ;) Pan now also introduces X-news/slrn style
scoring, which is an excellent way or watching threads your interested in,
or don't care about.

--
...turn to the light - don't be frightened by the shadows it creates,
...turn to the light - turning away could be a terrible mistake
...dream theater - the great debate


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