Our BatchDownload (tm) feature allows you to
select files in the newsgroups and automate their
download to your computer. Simply click the
"DL" link that appears next to the files
that you wish to download, and our interface will
move those file to a separate BatchDownload
you've completed your selections, click the
"Download" button in the BatchDownload
window, and our interface will automatically
decode the files and compress them into a single
ZIP file that will be downloaded your computer
system. If your Internet connection should be
disrupted, BatchDownload offers a
"Resume" feature that allows you to pick
up where your download was disrupted. Once you
receive the ZIP file, you can uncompress it on
your local system to access the individual files.
The date that a message was posted to a newsgroup.
In this example, the message was posted on June
The name or email address of the person that
posted the message. In this example "Sharon
Smith" posted the message.
This indicates the size of the text message or
multimedia file that has been posted to a
newsgroup, and is measured in either Kb's or Mb's.
If you wished to view a particular message from
the list, you may click on the file size link to
open the message. In this example,
"Sharon" posted a text message that is
"1.5K" in size.
Please recommend reliable...":
Each newsgroup message is given a title by the
person that posted it. In this example,
"Sharon" titled her message "Help!
Please recommend reliable equipment for underwater
photos". If you wished to view a particular
message from the list, you may click on the title
link to open the message.
Icons: A person may post either a text message
or a multimedia file (photos, videos, music, etc.)
and if you look to the left of each posted message
within a newsgroup you'll find a Direct Read News
"Action Icon" which indicates the type
of message that has been posted...
When you click on
one of these "Action Icons", Direct Read News will
automatically decode and display that post,
regardless of whether it's a text message, video, photo,
music clip, etc. As an example, the illustration
at the top of this page indicates that
"Martin Brunner" has posted a photo to
the newsgroup titled "bigbear.jpg (1/1). You
can tell that it's a photo because the photo
"Action Icon" appears next to his post,
and if you click on that icon, Direct Read News
will automatically decode and display the "bigbear.jpg"
File Archives: It is very common to find large
newsgroup files broken into multiple parts or
archives, which can be very difficult to manage when
it comes to gathering, decoding and downloading all
of those individual parts. Direct Read News
simplifies that process by taking a large multipart
file archive, such as this...
gathers and collapses those multiple parts into a
single line item within a newsgroup...
A "CD" icon will appear
next to that line item, and if the icon is clicked,
Direct Read News will automatically decode and
combine those parts into a single file that can then
be viewed or downloaded. A text indicator will also
appear next to the "CD" icon, and will display how
many archives have been received within the
newsgroup, to let you know if a file is complete or
still missing components. In this example, their
were 5 main archives that supported the entire file,
so the text indicator will display a "5A".
If you do not wish to
decode and entire file, but have an interest in
retrieving specific file parts within a particular
post, you can click the "Subject" line to display
all the individual file parts. From there, you can
download the file parts independently.
Often times large multimedia files need to posted to
a newsgroup in smaller parts/segments, which would
have to be manually assembled, decoded, and
downloaded. Direct Read News automates this process
for newsgroup users, so that they simply have to
click on an Action Icon, and the interface
automatically assembles, decodes, and displays a
multipart file for them.
of these files may contain over 200 individual
parts, and rather than take up valuable screen
space displaying all of those parts, Direct Read
News has an "Assemble" feature that will only display the Subject line
from the first part of a multi-part post. As an example, if a 5 part file were posted to the newsgroups, all 5 parts
would traditionally be displayed in this manner...
...but with the "Assemble" feature, Direct Read News will display the 5 part
post as one assembled file, along with an accumulative file size (5.0
MB in this example). In addition, a green checkmark ()
will appear next to the Action Icon indicating
that all the file parts have been received and
the event that all the parts within a multipart
post have not arrived in the newsgroup yet, Direct
Read News will display a letter "P"
next to the Action Icon rather than an assembled
If you'd like to know how parts have already been
received, simply place your mouse cursor over the
"P" symbol and pop-up tag will indicate
the number of parts that are available...
your web browser does not support this "Alt Tag" function,
you can simply click on the message's title link
("Video of a huge rhino..."), and Direct
Read News will display a list of all the parts that have been
received and processed up to that point.