NewsTap (Usenet Newsreader)

NewsTap (Usenet Newsreader)

By Alexander Clauss

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2008-10-08
  • Current Version: 5.3.3
  • Adult Rating: 17+
  • File Size: 5.50 MB
  • Developer: Alexander Clauss
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Score: 3.5
From 188 Ratings


NewsTap is a powerful Usenet Newsreader for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch. Features: - Optimized for offline usage, so you can read and write news articles without an internet connection - It's easy and simple to subscribe, manage and read news groups. - Filters (also known as "Killfile") can automatically mark articles as read or mark them with a certain color. - The application fully supports the portrait and landscape mode. - Support for binary groups (photos and other files). Photos and pictures can be displayed directly. It's possible to add photos into the photo album or open them in other Apps. - Quotes are displayed in different colors. Colors are also used to distinguish between read and unread articles, filtered articles. - Hyperlinks are automatically detected and can be opened in a web browser. - Optimized article layout for the small iPhone display. The original article layout is also available. - Navigate within the articles from within the thread view or simply by flipping to the next/previous article with your finger. - A graphical „tree view“ visualizes a complete discussion and makes it super-easy to follow and participate discussions. - It's possible to hide articles that are already read and to hide quotes. - Sync the read/unread states of the articles using a „newsrc“ file with other usenet client. The sync can be done via SFTP, WebDAV, Dropbox and iCloud. - Post new articles or send followups. - Build-in help, which explains all the application features. For more screenshots please look at the developers web site.



  • Useless

    By AirForce MSgt
    Disconnects without loading articles.
  • Is it any good

    By Cybersco
    I have no idea, I have never been able to do anything with this app. I will have to take other's word that it actually does something. If you are stupid, like me, give a pass on this app and find another app which doesn't require a PhD to operate.
  • Great update

    By frossie
    It's so great to have an iOS Usenet app. Thank you for your hard work on the latest update, it works great.
  • oijewrjn

    By MJF1967
    All the features they list work well, except one, viz., "Filters (also known as "Killfile") can automatically mark articles as read or mark them with a certain color.” This is not quite right: every article filtered to be marked as read must also be color labeled. I would rather not have articles that I want to ignore stand out in the list of articles. I wish it weren’t necessary to have articles marked as read automatically color marked; but I also wish there were an option to have certain articles automatically deleted.
  • Used to be a good app

    By SciFi_Reader62
    I used to use and recommend this app; but can no longer do so. Starting a couple of updates ago, I started getting the authentication issues and even after contacting the developer could not resolve the issue ( he could not duplicate it). I'm sure that I'm ever ring the user name and password correctly, as I can manually enter them on my laptop and access my newsgroups.
  • great newsreader - love this ipad version

    By jminpa
    This is an update to my old review - this app remains 5 stars - it works just fine & allows me to still enjoy the newsgroups I've followed/participated in for decades(!), now. It's unfortunate that people are complaining about account issues and what must be general ignorance of Usenet and blaming the app, itself. It works fine, it works fine for multiple groups, it posts and updates just fine ... 5 stars. I've been using newstap on the iphone for several years, now, and it worked fine, for me. But this ipad version is great - the extra screen real estate is used very nicely. Now, I don't care about binaries, I just care about reading my favorite few groups. rmgd lives!
  • NewsTap *used to be* much faster...

    By Matterenergy
    I'm a long-time, relatively happy NewsTap user, despite the occasional scrambled article list or crash. But recently I "upgraded" to the latest version, and what a shock! Everything is five to ten times slower, with "Delete old articles" being the most egregious. What happened? Is it now running on a Turing machine simulation? ;-( I'd love to be able to "downgrade" to the older wasn't fast, but it was so much faster than the new one. Update on Oct. 7: For no obvious reason, NewsTap's speed has improved remarkably. Now it seems that it's a bit faster than the old version. I don't know what happened, but I like it!
  • Difinitely Broken

    By JonsBlog
    Won't load more than one newsgroup, won't display photos, can't delete groups of unread messages, hangs if any other function selected during a download ... nice try, but no cigar. Eagerly awaiting a working version ...
  • Yup, new version broken

    By Billy3827
    When iOS 9 came out it killed the old version, which I liked very much. Shortly, there was a new version for iOS9... it won't retrive articles so it's useless too.
  • Broken

    By Jloyless
    Been using it for years, but this update is broken. Not picking up messages, lost messages that hadn't been read, can't scroll through all messages in a group