Using the Search Engines
One of the greatest advantages in using Alt.Binz compared with other grabbers is the use of Search Engines. Using these engines, you're not only able to search, but also to browse all groups available on each of the sites.
Starting with Newzleech first.
- You need to click on " Search" every time you start Altbinz and want to browse through groups on Newzleech.
- Select the group of your choice, and click on " Browse". For search actions, you can set the number of days you want to go back.
- Subject filters can be set using the +/- button for hiding and displaying results by key words. To the right of that, filters can be set for the size of the files in MB (min/max fields).
On image-1, you can see the Red rectangles: one around the "Search" tab and one around " Minimum file age/Search for files in last xxx days".
- On the left of "Minimum file age", there are options for sorting the search results. Choices can be made between: Age, Subject, Size, and Views.
On image-2, a search has been run on the subject " linux". (Red, big rectangle). The search has been made in "all groups" , which means all groups available on Newzleech. Only a selection of the results is shown here.
After the search command, some tabs become active, such as "direct page access, number of pages" (Blue rectangle). On the subject screen, the results are shown in green, which means they were recognised as complete by the Newzleech indexer, Completion 100% (Yellow square) and in which newsgroups the results are found (alt.binaries.cd.image) (Purple rectangle), and to the left of that, the age of the files.
One of the files shown on that result screen is a so- called NFO file, which includes information about the post written by the poster. (Small Red rectangle on the left). That .nfo file can be viewed with the internal nfo-viewer of Altbinz.
On image-3, a newsgroup selected: alt.binaries.cd.image. As soon as a newsgroup is chosen, the "Browse" button become active. (Red rectangle). After clicking on the Browse button, the content of that newsgroup will be loaded in to Alt.Binz, and if there are more files than one page actually can fill, the "direct page access, number of pages" tab become active again. (Blue rectangle).
Note: the fields on the result screen are been blanked.
What we see on that result screen is one green and 2 red files, which means one is complete, other two are not (yet). The age, the newsgroup and the completion in % (Purple rectangle).
Binsearch has a bit more to offer than the previous search engine, Newzleech.
- First thing you have to do is fetch all of the available newsgroups. Binsearch splits the groups in two parts, "Popular" and "Others", as you can see on Image-1. When clicking on the downward arrow, the two groups will be shown. (Red rectangle)
- First select "Popular" and click on "Fetch".(Purple rectangle)
- Do the same for "Others". Both groups will be downloaded now and stored in the folder Altbinz\misc\.
- After fetching both groups, the "Fetch" button will disappear, and "Browse" is added as a new option.
However, there is one problem. For some reason, Alt.Binz doesn't get the whole "others" group. Actually just a small part of the bsglist2.abz list (28 kB) will be loaded instead of the whole 207 kB. Because some interesting and rare stuff can be found in the "Others" list, and so someone made a bsglist2.abz manually. This list can be added to the Altbinz\misc\ folder, replacing the existing one (thanks to cr4zyfr4g).
The new bsglist2.abz list can be found here.
On Image-2, we are a bit further along. One of the newsgroups can be selected now, in this case for the "Popular" groups (big Red rectangle).
- From the moment on you've selected a newsgroup, the "Browse" button will be active.
- "Number of results per page" and "Search for files in last xx days" can be selected (Yellow rectangle).
- Selections can be made based on "Size from" and "Size to" and "only collections" or "only with .nfo" . On the left, it is possible to sort subjects based on Date recent, Date oldest, Poster and Subject.
- Subject filters can be set using the +/- button for hiding and displaying results by key words here also.
The "Search" window is also available here (Green rectangle).
Note: When you do a search on Binsearch, you should take care in which kind of groups you make your search, "Popular" or "Others"!
- With Binsearch, you are able to create your own "Favorite" newsgroups.
- Select a group you like and click on the button with the star and + symbol. (small Blue rectangle in the middle).
That group will be added to your favorites.
- After you've made all your choices for the favorites, you can click on the small label with "Fav" (small Blue rectangle on the left), to show only the favorties. The label with the star is changed to a star and - symbol (used to delete favorites).
If there are more results than can be displayed on one page, the "next page/previous page" button becomes active (light-blue rectangle on the right). Tooltips are available on almost every button.
Compared with other search engines, beta.binaries.nl works very simply, but can be very useful sometimes nonetheless.
- Starting on the left, *"Search for files in last xx days" can be selected (Red rectangle).
- "Enter substrings to search for" window (Blue rectangle), "direct page access, number of pages" (Yellow rectangle), and subject filters can be set using the +/- button for hiding and displaying results by key words (Black rectangle).
And that's it!
We go from left to right with "Number of results per page" (Yellow rectangle).
- Search results can be sorted by "Age newest/oldest, Size smallest/largest " (Purple rectangle).
- "Enter words to search for" (Green rectangle). Click on "Search" to activate the search-command (Red Rectangle).
- "Direct page access, number of pages, next/previous page" (Blue rectangle).
- Filter "min/max fields" (in MB) (Light-Blue rectangle).
- "Maximum age" (of the search results) (Black rectangle).
- "Complete" (show only complete} (Orange rectangle).
- Subject filters using the " +/- button for hiding and displaying results by key words" here also (Light-Green reactangle).
As you can see on the image, there is no Browse facility available on NZBIndex, but you can browse if you want to.
Just put a dot in the Search-field (Green rectangle), choose the newsgroup of your choice in "-All groups-",
click on "Search" (Red Rectangle), and there you go, just as simple as that.
Just as with Newzleech, you need to click on "Search" every time you start Alt.Binz and want to browse through groups on Yabse, as you can see on Image-1. (Red rectangle)
On Image-2, when starting from the left top rectangle.
- Sorting subjects based on "Date recent/oldest first", "Size biggest/smallest first", "Poster" and "Subject" (Red rectangle).
- "Enter words to search for" (Green rectangle), and "direct page access, number of pages, next/previous page" (Blue rectangle).
On the left, second row.
- Filters "min/max fields" (in MB) (Yellow rectangle).
- Subject filters using the " +/- button for hiding and displaying results by key words" here also (Black reactangle).
- "Only collections", and "Search for files in last xx days" (Purple rectangle).
Here also, when a group is chosen you are able to browse that group.
With aEton we have the same kind of search engine as with Binsearch, so the difference isn't that much. Once you know how to handle Binsearch, this engine won't give you any difficulty.
- You have to click on the "Fetch" label first to get all the newsgroups available. The difference with Binsearch, there is just one kind of groups, so no "popular" or "others" (Red rectangle).
- "Number of results per page" (Red rectangle).
- "Search for files in last xx days" (Yellow rectangle).
- Number of groups are shown (Blue rectangle), etc etc.
Xpat search description.