Well, Newzbin2.es has shutdown. If that is currently set to your NZB Index provider, you’re probably quite frustrated with Newzworthy right now.

Making it worse, NZBMatrix changed their website breaking Newzworthy’s agent.

So for now you’re stuck with NZBIndex as your only real NZB Provider option. Please be sure to set that option in your Preferences in Newzworthy.

Here are the top three things that in progress:

  • Fixes for NZBMatrix.  This is not going to be easy… the API is not as flexible as the website and the RSS feeds only return 50 results and you don’t get any filtering.
  • Making Newzworthy compatible with the latest versions  of Plex and the Plex clients (biggest change: no context menus).
  • Adding additional NZB sites.

There will likely be a release with the first two done first.  Adding additional NZB sites can be done easier in future releases.

Stay tuned here or keep checking Newzworthy for updates!

 

In this world of free and open, why is that Newzworthy requires you to pay for NZB service?  Well, until recently I didn’t realize there were free NZB indexing sites.

I recently discovered NZBIndex.nl, which is actually a great index site.  I’ve sometimes found NZBs on NZBIndex at the same time or sooner than NZBMatrix.  And once I found NZBIndex, I couldn’t ignore it.

So I added it to Newzworthy.  You should consider it beta support (kinda like Siri or most Google products).

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Another fun update for you!

I really don’t like the idea of having y’all have to dig around in your file system trying to find the Movies and TV Shows you download.  Really, more importantly, I hate having to dig around my system when I want to save something forever.  So, Voila!, Newzworthy now allows you to archive items.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Choose to setup your archive from the main menu Archiving - Step 1.jpg

 

2. Manage the File System folders Archiving - Step 2.jpg

 

3. When navigating your file system, use the Context Menu (Menu on your remote or “C” on your keyboard) to choose the folder you want to archive to.  You can choose different folders for TV Shows and Movies.Archiving - Step 3.jpg

 

4. Now, when you are looking at your Completed Downloads list, you will have a new Contextual Menu option: Archiving - Step 4.jpg

This release also improves metadata collection when using NZBMatrix, as well as improvements to IMDB and TVRage metadata lookups.

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First off, sorry for the long delay between updates.  There have been several interim releases since the last blog update.

Some recent releases have included sorting and filtering of lists, better error condition handling, fixes to TV Rage and IMDB metadata collection, and lots of smaller fixes.  See the full list here.

All of that brings us to v0.60.

But there’s something that’s been bothering me.  Too often I have a download running and I have to reboot my machine, restart Plex, or restart Newzworthy.  And whatever is downloading at that time has a pretty high chance of getting corrupted, failing, or just getting funky.  And it bothers me, it bothers my wife, it slightly annoys my dog.

And today I have a fix for it.

So go download v0.61.  And enjoy (hopefully) error-free restarts.

Oh, and there’s some other new stuff, too.  Like being able to move items in the download queue around (aka re-prioritizing the download queue).  And there’s a new main menu option to see what’s new in the update.  Let me know if you find anything else!

Get it here.

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I’m really excited about this release!  Of all the minor fixes and updates, the thing that has me most excited is the ability to have multiple usenet server configurations.  Now Newzworthy will let you enter multiple Usenet servers for redundancy and/or load balancing.

Let’s look at the example below:

Newzworthy 0.51 - Manage NNTP Servers.jpg

There are four server configurations.  You can see the hostname, the port, the priority of that server (lower number is a higher priority, 1 is the highest priority), and the number of connections currently in use by Newzworthy and the number of connections you’ve told Newzworthy are available.

In addition, you can see the total number of connections I want Newzworthy to make when downloading.

How does this all fit together?  Well, in this instance, the highest priority (P1) server has 20 connections available, and we’re trying to make 15 connections when downloading.  Assuming all goes well, those 15 connections will be made to the P1 server.

However, if I had configured it for 25 connections, the fun would’ve begun.  Newzworthy would find that it is out of connections after making 20 connections on the P1 server.  So it will go searching for the next lower priority server and make the remaining 5 connections with that server.  So you can be downloading from multiple Usenet providers at the same time.

So that’s cool for balancing downloads across multiple providers.  But what good is that if you can’t find an article you’re trying to download?

So (this is where it gets good) if the first server has any issues, including being unable to connect or download the article, Newzworthy will try all the other servers.  So if my P1 server can’t find a part of a download, Newzworthy will try my P2, then P3, P4, P5, etc. servers.  And you can have large gaps in  your prioritization (notice I skipped P3) and Newzworthy will just find the next lower priority server to try.

Another big change in 0.51 is navigation and menus.  This is actually a fix to some really bad behavior many have noticed with the Play button in Newzworthy.  Without getting into too much detail, Plex works a certain way and Newzworthy can’t change it.

Instead, the Play button now works and doesn’t give us grief (we hope!), and we rely on contextual menus in Newzworthy.  Both Cancel and Delete have been moved to contextual menus.  You can access a context menu by pressing Menu on your remote or “C” on your keyboard.

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Have fun and please let me know in the forums if you have any issues!

Be sure to perform data updates if you’re upgrading in the product!

Get it here.

 

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There’s good stuff coming…

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Note: If you currently have Newzworthy installed, you’ll be able to update from within Newzworthy.

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Over the past few months the Plex team has done a tremendous job of releasing additional platforms and clients.  The Newzworthy development crew has been closely monitoring their progress.

Newzworthy has been successfully tested on iOS and Android without any changes.  The current release of Newzworthy is already iOS compatible and you do not have to make any changes for compatibility.

Although the current release works on Android, the Android client was released after the Newzworthy release.  In order to use Newzworthy on an Android client, you will have to disable capability checking in Plex Media Server.  You can find that option in your Plex Media Server Preferences pane:

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When the next Newzworthy version goes live, you will no longer need to Disable capability checking.

As far as Windows goes, we know Newzworthy doesn’t work on Windows PMS yet.  It shouldn’t be a far stretch to get Windows compatibility, there’s just a few files we need to tweak and testing to conduct.

Keep watching this site for updates!

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OK, this felt like a big release.  I got to spend some quality time over the Thanksgiving holiday to fix lots of stuff I previously broke.

This release brings lots of performance improvements, stability, and advanced error handling.  Everyone should upgrade, follow the in-product instructions to update their data, and enjoy the new release!

Release highlights:

  • New: Updated to new data storage mechanisms; improved reliability and load speed
  • New: Much improved handling of damaged files. Added ability to recover manually if it didn’t complete, and to extract if it never completed.
  • New: Lots of performance improvements. (I want to know about slow-downs or memory issues)
  • New: Updater modified so you no longer have to manually apply updates. Going forward (v0.42+), updating in program will download and apply updates.

Enter your feature requests in the forums!

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Without much fanfare, I’m officially launching Newzworthy Version 0.3.  If you have questions I’d prefer you use the forums to get help, so others will be able to both help and learn.

What’s new in 0.3:

  • Notice on the main menu when a new version of Newzworthy is available for download
  • Auto-detection of missing articles
  • Auto download of PAR2 files when missing articles are detected
  • Auto repair using PAR2, when downloading is completed

More to come over time.  Enter your suggestions in the forums!

Get it here.

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