Publisher: Forté Inc.
Category: Usenet News Reader
My choice is the Usenet newsreader "Agent," from Forté. Agent has a free 30-day trial for reading Usenet news.
When you purchase Agent ($29), you will receive a registration key that can be entered into Agent to unlock its functions after the trial period..
As I drafted this section, the current version was v2.0.652, with version 3.0 is in the late beta stage (it had been in public beta since December 2004, so it must be coming out of beta status soon!). Version 3.0 was released at the end of last week!
I used FreeAgent for a couple years before switching to the paid version a few years ago, when it was still version 1.something. Version 2 was a big improvement over version 1. Version 8 is the current version (typically, there is one major version upgrade per year).
In addition to being able to read and post news, Agent will also send and receive email. As a practice, though, the use is really for sending — for forwarding a message to someone. The email functions are very limited. Agent focuses on news.
Check out Agent for your newsreading pleasure. If you haven’t tried Usenet news, give it a try. When you are looking for an answer to something, be sure to search the postings via http://groups.google.com — those postings do not show up in the regular Google search results.
My news server choice is Giganews.