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PAN is a powerful and user-friendly USENET newsreader for GNOME. It attempts to be pleasing to both new users and power users. In addition to the standard newsreader features, Pan also supports yEnc, offline newsreading, article filtering, multiple connections, and more features for power users for power users and alt.binaries fans.

Pan is good for Reading News.

  • Pan is the only Unix newsreader to score 100% on the Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval newsreader evaluations.
  • Pan has keyboard bindings for mouse-free newsreading.
  • Basic newsreader features, such as reading and writing news, threading articles, and replying via email, are supported.
  • Articles can be sorted by author, date, subject, or the number of unread children in the thread.
  • Multiple connections are supported, so articles can be read while binaries are downloading.
  • Articles can be filtered by regular expression matching, read/unread state, binary/text, etc.
  • Works well as an offline reader.
  • Posts can be queued until you want to go online, and can be re-edited at any point before they're sent.
  • Pan saves your posted messages in a folder for future reference.
  • A flexible rules system allows you to delete, hide, download, or notify you of, etc. articles that match a subject, or are posted by a particular user, and so on.
  • Groups can be filtered by regular expression matching subscribed/new/all, etc.

Pan is good for Downloading Binaries.

  • Attached images can be shown inline.
  • Pan can download and thread articles as quickly as bandwidth allows.
  • uuencoded, mime, and yEnc attachments are all supported.
  • A task manager lets you re-order, cancel, and resubmit download tasks.
  • Multiple connections are supported, so many binaries can be downloaded simultaneously.
  • Multipart articles are automatically grouped together.
  • Nonbinary, incomplete multipart, and saved messges can be filtered out of the article list.

The latest info and versions of Pan can always be found at