Grabit Review

grabit Review
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Support Infoe-mail, FAQ, Forums, support ticket.
 
Quick Summary Review
Great for people with poor eyesight.
Security and multiple connections.
Lots of options, and filters

From the website Schemes.com comes Grabit, a full featured Usenet newsreader created with the handling of binaries in mind. The developers promise that the reader will browse and search Usenet files without the hassle of downloading headers. With Grabit, you can simply select a newsgroup and go there, and browse the contents without even downloading the headers. But that’s not all this client will do.

If you have privacy and security in mind, the client comes with SSL, advanced error checking, and exact pause/resume functions. Auto unpacking and repair is built in, and there are plenty of filters and options for displaying your search results, to make narrowing your search down faster. The client is totally free, but for the optional integrated search engine you will have to subscribe to the Grabit Search, which will cost you around $2.49 per month, or $24.99 annually.

Main Features And Highlights Of Grabit

  • Browse and search (with paid subscription) Usenet content without headers.
  • Automatically unpacks and repairs downloads when finished.
  • Security insured with SSL.
  • Multiple connections and servers supported.
  • Lots of search options and filters to help you narrow the search down quickly.
  • Status all on one screen, speed, time remaining, percentage of completion, etc.
  • Posting from inside the reader is supported.
  • Group updating is handled incrementally.

There is full support for NZB files in Grabit, and the unpacking/repair processing can be handled in the background to prevent slowing any downloads down. The interface is very easy to use, and the buttons are large and easy to see.

Grabit Summary

Over all this is one of the most robust and solidly built newsreader clients we have seen. The interface worked well, even with our old blind mentor at the helm, he had no problems. The support options are great, with a FAQ that can handle most every situation, and for the few things that it doesn’t handle there is a knowledgebase, and finally the dreaded support ticket. We recommend this client often, and have just as often been thanked for it.