HelloNZB Review

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Quick Summary Review
Java based, runs on any computer.
No installation necessary, just run the exe.
All the best features offered by other readers.

HelloNZB is an open source project that was developed in Java. There are a few translations, English, German, Dutch, and Turkish, with the client being at version 1.0.2. It’s a full featured NZB client that supports SSL, RAR repairing, and since it runs on Java, it probably works on virtually every computer OS. We used the term probably in this case, because the client has been extensively tested on Windows and Linux systems, but there has been no mentions of testing on Mac OSX or others. Though, any system that will run Java would be a suitable candidate.

Main Features And Highlights Of HelloNZB

Being Open Source, the program has lots of potential. Adds in the community of developers to the community of users, the best and most useful features that others offer are added as requested or needed if possible. Here’s some of the highlights.

  • Java based. Can be compiled for any OS.
  • Security via SSL
  • Integrated yEnc and UU decoding.
  • Drag-n-drop supported. Automatic unpacking and repairing of downloads.
  • Supports multiple simultaneous connections.
  • Auto shutdown, speed limiting, many other options.
  • Minimizes to tray. (Optional.)
  • 4 languages supported, English, Dutch, German, and Turkish.
  • No install required, and is tiny.

Downloading from Source Forge is easy, and the core package is only 2.1 MB, but if you want to use the auto un-RAR and repair functions you will have to download the optional command line utilities. The set up for these files is fairly easy, and explained on their website.

HelloNZB Summary

Aside from being a little difficult to set up, (if you can follow simple directions, it’s still not hard,) we found the client to work extremely well, and did take up few resources until file processing started. We did note however that it is easy to confuse things and grab the wrong file and get the Linux version, so watch carefully when you download it, but we suggest that if you have a little know how with the Windows system, give this a try.