FAQ - Please explain “subscribed newsgroups”, “Autoscan”,
News Rover has four modes of operation:
1. "Subscribed newsgroups" -- You select newsgroups of
interest, download the list of available messages, browse the list and
download the messages that you want. This is the traditional way to browse
Usenet newsgroups and is the only method offered by most other
2. "Autoscan" -- You set up one or more
"Interest Groups" to scan newsgroups. Each interest group can scan
one or more newsgroups on one or more news servers and combine the
downloaded messages into a common set. You can set Include and Exclude
Filters to select what messages you want collected by each interest
There are two types of interest groups, "header
only" and "full message". Header-only interest groups download
only the list of messages that meet your selection criteria. You can then
browse the list and download the messages you want just the same as using
subscribed newsgroups. Full-message interest groups download the entire body
of the message, combine parts of multi-part messages and store the message
bodies and downloaded files so that they are ready to be viewed.
3. "File Attachment Locator"--
This is the easiest and fastest way to find specific
files that you are looking for. This global search function is similar
to web search engines.
Just type in words you are looking for and the File Locator
will search all of the newsgroups for messages with those words in their
subject. You can then download the messages without even knowing what
newsgroups they are stored in.
4. "Message Locator" -- This feature
searches all text newsgroups for messages containing words you specify. The
search words can be in the body of messages as well as subjects. This is the
best way to research some topic. For example, suppose you are thinking about
buying a new Lexus RX330 SUV and want to read what other people have to say
about its off-road capabilities. Use the Message Locator and type
"Lexus RX330 offroad" as your search string, and News Rover will
find all messages containing these words in all newsgroups.
information about how to use each of these methods:
Start News Rover and click
on the name of your news server in the main left panel to select it. Then
click the 4th toolbar icon from the left end (the flyby help says "List
newsgroups available for subscription" when you put your cursor over
The Newsgroup Subscription Control screen will come up.
You will see a list of all newsgroups available on the selected news server.
You can browse that list and double-click the newsgroups you want
"subscribe" to. A red arrow will appear to the left of the name of
a newsgroup when you subscribe to it. You can double-click again to
To make browsing the list easier, you can type a word or
a portion of a word in the field above the list labeled "From
category, select only newsgroups whose names contain". News Rover will
then change the list to display only the newsgroups who have what you typed
in their names. For example, if you are looking for football newsgroups,
type football in the selection field and only newsgroups with football in their names
will be displayed. Clear the field to display all newsgroup
Once you finish subscribing to the newsgroups you want, click
the "Finished" button to exit from the subscription control
If you subscribed to a binary newsgroup, News Rover will
display a screen recommending an initial "Display Filter" for the
group. This controls which messages are displayed. Click the button labeled
"Use this filter" to accept the filter recommended by News
You will now see the main News Rover screen. In the left
panel, the newsgroups you subscribed to should be listed under the name of
your news server. If there is a '+' next to the name of the news server,
click it to display the list of subscribed newsgroups.
Click on the
name of one of the newsgroups to select it. Since no messages have been
downloaded yet for that group, News Rover will display a screen asking if you
want to download the list of all messages or just some of them. Click the
button labeled "Get all message headers", and News Rover will
download the list of messages available in the newsgroup. You can then browse
the list of messages shown in the main right panel and select which ones you
want to download.
When you want to update the list of messages
available in the newsgroup, select the group and then click the 7th toolbar
icon from the left end (the flyby help say "Get new headers for the
There are several ways to download messages
shown in the right panel:
If you just want to get individual
messages, double-click on the ones that you want. A black lightning bolt
indicates the message is queued to be downloaded, scrolling down-arrows
indicate that the message is currently being downloaded. News Rover can do
multiple downloads at the same time.
If you want to select a range of
messages to download, single click on the first message in the range to
select it, then scroll down to the last message you want to download, hold
down the Shift key and click on it. This will select all of the messages in
the range. Then right click on a message in the list and select
"Download selected messages" from the popup menu. You can select
messages that are not in a contiguous range by clicking on the first message
and then holding down the Ctrl key while you select other
You can also "tag" messages for later download.
To do this, click in the box shown at the left end of message lines in the
right panel. A down-arrow icon will appear in the box indicating that the
message is tagged for download. Once you finish tagging the messages you
want, click the down-arrow icon on the main toolbar to start downloading the
tagged messages. You can tag messages in multiple newsgroups before starting
the downloads. You can even stop and restart News Rover and do the downloads
at a later time.
You will find that there are many actions available
when you right click on message entries or the names of newsgroups or news
servers, so we recommend you experiment with right clicking on various types
of items to see what options are available.
When News Rover finishes
downloading a message with a file attachment, a paper-clip icon appears to
the left of the message entry. You can single-click on the paper-clip icon
to launch the file attached to the message. A red icon means that the
attachment has never been launched, a blue icon means that the attachment has
been launched, but it has not been saved to an external directory. A green
icon means that it has been saved to an external directory. You can also
click on the name of the file shown in red in the body of the message in the
lower window to launch the file attachment.
In addition to the
message list, each newsgroup as an associated Picture Gallery for viewing JPG
thumbnail images and a file list. Find the name of a newsgroup in the left
panel, and if there is a '+' next to its name, click the '+' to open the
option list. Then click Picture Gallery to enter the picture gallery. If the
group has any messages with attached JPG pictures, an array of thumbnail
images will be shown. You can double-click on a thumbnail image to display
Autoscan Interest Groups have several advantages
over subscribed newsgroups:
1. An Autoscan interest group can
collect messages from several newsgroups and combine them into a single
2. Autoscan can scan multiple news servers automatically and
combine the messages found in all of the selected newsgroups on all of the
news servers into a single set.
3. Autoscan can combine the parts of
multi-part messages found in different newsgroups and/or different news
servers. This significantly increases the chances of finding all
large multi-part messages.
4. Autoscan keeps track of which messages
and files have been downloaded and does not download them again if they are
encountered in different newsgroups or on different news
5. You can create "Full message" interest groups
that download the bodies of messages and automatically decode the
attachments, or you can create "Header only" Autoscan interest
groups that download only the message headers. You can then browse those
headers and select the ones you want the same way you would do with a
6. Autoscan is excellent for unattended
operation. Once you set up your interest groups and set Include and Exclude
Filters to select what you're interest in, you can leave Autoscan running
while you are at work or sleeping, and it will collect files and have them
downloaded, decoded and ready to play when you're ready.
to set up an Autoscan Interest Group:
Click "Interests" on
the main menu to bring up the Autoscan Interest Group control screen. Then
click "New interest group" to begin creating a new interest group.
Enter the name of the interest group at the top of the first screen, and
then click one of the radio buttons below that to select whether you want a
"Header only" or "Full body" interest
Below that, click the radio button to tell News Rover
whether you only want messages with file names in their subjects. If you are
setting up an interest group to collect files, pictures, etc., click the
radio button that says you only want messages with attached files and the
checkbox that says they must have a file name in their
Click "Next" to advance to the next screen where
you select which newsgroups you want the interest group to scan. This screen
is the same that you use to select newsgroups to subscribe to. Once you
finish selecting the newsgroups you want the interest group to scan, click
The next screen allows you to specify how many days back you
want the interest group to start scanning the first time it is run. As
messages are scanned, News Rover keeps track of the position in each
newsgroup and scans only messages beyond that point on subsequent
Click Next to advance to the Include and Exclude Filter setup
screen. If you want to scan and collect all messages in the selected
newsgroups, you do not need to specify any filters. However, if you want or
don't want messages with certain words in their subjects, you can use the
Include Filter to specify what you want downloaded and/or the Exclude Filter
to specify what you don't want downloaded.
News Rover filters are
expressions that can include operators such as AND, OR, NOT, and NEAR.
Read the News Rover Help section on "Search
Expressions" for detailed information about specifying
Click Next to advance to the final screen where you specify
information about attached files. At the top of the page, specify the
directory (folder) where you will be storing files collected by this interest
group that you want to save. Below that, click one of the radio buttons to
tell News Rover whether to store downloaded files immediately in your save
directory or to store them in an internal holding directory until you browse
them and select which ones you want to save.
Near the bottom of the
page, you can select what types of files you want. If you want all types of
files (JPG, MPG, AVI, etc.) click the radio button labeled "Select
all file types". Otherwise, click the radio button labeled "Select
these types" and enter the file types you want in the field below. Put a
space between the file types. Note, you can specify RAR as a file type that
will match all of
the various RAR extensions such as .r01, .r02,
Once you finish that screen, click the "Finish"
button, and News Rover will return you to the Interest Group control screen.
Click "OK" to exit from that screen, or create additonal interest
groups if you wish.
Once you have created your interest group(s), you
are ready to start Autoscan running. There are two ways to do this: you can
click the left-most toolbar icon (a running dog) to start Autoscan, or you
can click the 3rd toolbar icon which looks like a speedometer to bring up the
Autoscan control screen. The Autoscan control screen gives statistics and
information about what Autoscan is doing. As Autoscan runs, downloaded
messages will show up in the message list for the interest group and pictures
will appear in the Picture Gallery section.
If you have access to
multiple news servers, you can configure Autoscan to scan multiple servers.
To do this, go to the Configure/Scanning screen. Click the radio button
labeled "Automatically scan multiple news servers as specified in the
list below". Then assign scan priorities to the servers. Higher priority
servers (i.e., ones with larger numeric priority values) are scanned before
lower priority servers. Servers with a scan priority of 0 (zero) are not
scanned. You also can specify how many servers you want News Rover to scan
File Attachment Locator
The File Attachment Locator performs a global search of all binary Usenet
newsgroups looking for messages with specified keywords in their subjects.
If you look in the
left panel, you will see an entry for
"File Attachment Locator" shown in the list. If a '+' is shown to
the left of the name, click it to open the options. Then click the Search
entry to open the search screen. You can also click the file search icon
on the toolbar to begin a search.
In the top field of the search screen, type words that you are looking for in
message subjects. If you type multiple words, all of the words must appear in
the subject for the message to be considered a "hit".
After you perform the search,
A list of the messages with files that match your search will
be displayed in the list. You can then browse this list and double-click the
messages that you want to start downloading. When you double-click an entry,
it will be queued for download and disappear from the list. You can continue
browsing and double-clicking while the downloads are running.
have access to multiple news servers, you can tell News Rover what order you
want it to use when trying to download the files found by the search. To do
this, click the "Search properties" button on the search screen,
and then select the "Download servers" property tab. Assign
non-zero priorities to the news servers that you want News Rover to check
when trying to download search entries. Higher priority servers (i.e., ones
with larger numeric priority values) will be checked before lower priority
ones. Servers with priorities of 0 (zero) will not be checked.
you finish queuing the downloads, click "Close" to exit from the
search screen. The downloaded messages will be shown in the message list for
the File Attachment Locator group.