What's new in the latest version of AllNews

This document is Copyright (C) 1995-2002 Mike Read.


Mar 16, 2002 -- Version 1.36 -- General release
  • Various minor bugfixes and enhancements
  • support for decoding yEncoded attachments
  • added SOCKS4/SOCKS5 Proxy Server support
  • significant font support added
  • configurable status indicator for up to 8 drives
  • Added "Restart" to Kill Articles dialog
  • several new status tags for posts in the articles list
  • removed requirement to TEST server before use
  • can now run multiple instances from different startup dirs/configs
  • changed Winsock DLL from WS2_32.DLL to WSOCK32.DLL for Win95

  • Sep 9, 2000 -- Version 1.35 -- General release
  • Win32 support is here!
  • Various minor bugfixes and enhancements
  • some memory leaks fixed
  • RMB (right mouse button click) below article list would UAE
  • evaluation of numeric IP addresses sometimes incorrect
  • suppression of repeated blanks in evaluation of articles list
  • added ReFetch to Articles RMB popup menu
  • articles/status RMB POPUP:
  • added Minimize/Maximize/Restore to RMB popup in articles and status list
  • added Connection timer to toolbar and File | Set Timer
  • added font support:
    Group | Defaults / Edit | Properties
    article read / post | RMB | set font
    outbox | post / email | RMB
  • added support for Socks 5 proxy servers:
    Config | Comm Name/Port default SOCKS server name
        Connect by default
        Id/Pass 31 chars max
    Servers | Edit Server
  • Confirmation dialog -- DEL key acts as escape (Win32 only)

  • Feb 19, 2000 -- Version 1.34 -- Intermediate release

    It's been a year since the last release of AllNews. This is due to a combination of reasons: 1.33 was very stable, I built a new house and moved my family, I changed ISPs, and have been carrying a heavy load at work.
  • Various minor bugfixes and enhancements
  • Articles | Kill (without selection) could cause GPF
  • allow temporarily disable a server ("x Deactivated) from "Edit Servers"
  • some NNTPSession PANICS fixed
  • decode now more tolerant of experimental/extended mime headers
  • Manual Decode | Signature - for non-standard signatures generated by some Web-based newsreaders
  • incomplete download of headers list now processed
  • added number of posts in group for each server to Groups | Edit list and Test Servers
  • NT: scrolling articles list by drag above/below listbox fixed
  • NT: pgup/pgdn would return list to left when srolled to right fixed
  • Various improvements to "Test Servers" including:
  • long lines in HELP response caused GPF
  • DNEWS servers were sticking
  • extract server name from message-id in "Test new list"
  • disabled popup errors while testing list of servers
  • added button to Edit Server to show how many posts found in each group
  • Search for missing post now skips servers not carrying group
  • when all 31 servers had been used, could not delete then "Use" from "Reserve Servers"
  • Coming attractions:
  • Full support for Windows 98 (Feel free to report Win2000 problems)
  • Better support for high-traffic groups like alt.binaries.movies and alt.binaries.cd.images
  • Permit more than one instance of AllNews to run at the same time
  • Support more than 32 newsgroups

  • Jan 9, 1999 -- Version 1.33 -- Maintenance release
  • Closing the Configuration dialog during initial install caused GPF
  • message deadlock when article receive completed while messagebox up
  • click in status pane (to update) could disable fetch
  • decoding a post of more than 128 parts would fail
  • "disk full" message now identifies disks which are full
  • more work on disk full conditions
  • decode error codes now presented as text messages

  • Dec 12, 1998 -- Version 1.32 -- Win95 Modem Status, Confirmations
  • Work done on DCD modem status for Win95, reconnect after connection loss, etc.
    Cooperation with Win95 autodialers / connection monitors
  • Added Config | Controls | Status Bar : DCD and Clock
  • Added Config | Confirmations (aka "Training" the newsreader)
  • Hot URL in "About Box" fixed for Win31/OS2/Warp
  • Can now monitor space used any combination of drives C-H
  • Fixed bug occurring when non-available disk selected
  • Fixed <server>:<portnumber> notation in NNTP/SMTP servers
  • Several fixes in email: better error handling, timeouts, other fixes
  • Various other minor bugs fixed
  • Better handling of invalid date formats and new MIME encoding
  • Various minor decoding fixes and enhancements

  • Oct 10, 1998 -- Version 1.31 -- GNKSA, Y2K, Maintenance release.
  • AllNews has been awarded Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval Number 9.
  • Year 2000 (Y2K) compliance. Just a few minor display issues.
  • "Status | Tickle CommSession" now has "Disable all Servers" for shutdown.
  • Del key while reading a post now activates Delete.
  • Various memory leaks, missing resources, etc. fixed.

  • Aug 30, 1998 -- Version 1.30 -- Outbox, EMail, Posting, and more goodies
  • Much attention has been given to posting and EMail
  • added "OutBox" to menus, toolbar
  • Posts and EMails are now in OUTBOX, stored in *.OUT in temp files dir
    Files|Post Queued still posts *.PST in temp files dir
  • moved Config | Headers to Group edit | Headers
  • now have default group properties, overridable for individual groups
  • added some more headers to support EMail
  • implemented signature files, "Followup-to:" header, fixed "References:"
  • followup to post with "selected" text
  • ROT-13 is now applied to _selected_ text, if any
  • added "Disable server" to tickle menu
  • changes to servers, config, decoding settings now take effect immediately
  • killfile - global rules now evaluated after group rules instead of before
  • Kill action Fetch - now also sets Mark
  • Retain kill rule 1 day changed to 3 days
  • IHAVE protocol now fully implemented
  • Support for servers that limit number of sessions and amount of connect time
  • A detailed discussion of the changes is presented here.
  • There is now an AllNews Mailing List for notification of updates.

  • bugs fixed:
  • various minor bug fixes and enhancements
  • fixed horizontal scrolling (Win95) in read/post-new article
  • fixed problems ocurring when more than 32000 lines in articles display
  • fixed group name error in test server
  • made more tolerant of corrupted XOVER digest returned by some servers
  • fixed some problems with decode numeric filenames (e.g. 10.JPG

  • Mar 7, 1998 -- Maintenance and Decoding Release
  • fixed panic when several posts with bad dates received at same time
  • fixed panics when handling large numbers of kill rules
  • fixed kill rule "From:" not firing
  • fixed article counts for groups with more than 32768 posts
  • fixed thruput status display for high-speed connections
  • added "increment filename to unique" to manual decode
  • moved D)ecode from config to Group properties (auto upgrade
  • various other minor bugs fixed
  • various decoding problems fixed, including
  • improved decoding of BinHex (Mac)
  • Outlook Express new Mime formats
  • NetScape (Mac) discard resource fork
  • better handling of decoding unnamed attachments

  • Feb 15, 1998 -- Version 1.20 -- Major upgrade - Win95 now fully supported!
  • Kill/Watch file
  • Anti-spam/spew controls are now implemented
  • Automatic decoding of attachments
  • Enhanced long-filename support
  • Individual group properties, including "From:" and signature files

  • bugs fixed:
  • Detection of Win3.x/95/NT corrected
  • Horizontal scrolling of articles list in Win95 fixed
  • PANIC when opening too many groups fixed
  • improved handling of articles with bad date
  • improved handling of import article with missing post headers
  • Famous GPF when closing AllNews fixed
  • Overwriting posts when CONFIG file is replaced has been fixed
  • handling posts containing embedded ctl-Z (end of file marks)
  • A detailed discussion of the changes is presented here.
  • A form is now available for reporting bugs and requesting enhancements.

  • Sep 7, 1997
  • Allowed setting Config/Comm/Port to 0 for disabled (win95/WinNT).
  • Several minor decoding bug-fixes and enhancements.
  • Several minor bug-fixes and enhancements in post/follow-up.
  • Several minor bugfixes in Test Reserve Server List.

  • Jun 15, 1997
  • Improved active task status reporting for DCD.
  • Fixed handling of incomplete UUencoded posts.
  • MUCH attention given to reserved servers; testing list; and searching for missing article parts.

  • Mar 1, 1997 Minor decoding enhancements; some status indicators not saved on exit.


    Feb 15, 1997 Initial release.

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