NewsTap Lite (Usenet Reader‪)‬ 17+

Alexander Clauss

    • 2.6 • 8 Ratings
    • Free



NewsTap Lite is a Usenet Newsreader for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch.

"NewsTap Lite" is the free version of the "NewsTap" App. "NewsTap Lite" is a fully functional Usenet Newsreader, but it does not support all features of the "NewsTap" App. The Lite version only supports one server and can only subscribe to two group.

Features of NewsTap Lite:
- Optimized for offline usage. Download and send out articles in one go and then you can read and write articles completely offline.
- Supports binary groups with photos and other files.
- Supports filters to mark articles as read or mark them with a certain color.
- 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.
- A „tree view“ of a whole discussion makes is super easy to follow even large discussions.
- Highly customizable.
- Post new articles or send follow-ups.
- Build-in help.

For more screenshots please look at the developers web site.

Please check out the full version if you want to read more than 2 groups, need newsrc syncing and if you do not want to see iAds.

What’s New

Version 5.5

Because of a bug in iOS 14 very large and deep threads could not be read properly anymore. So articles of the groups could not be accessed. The new release will include a workaround for this iOS 14 issue, so articles do no longer get lost. There was no such problem under iOS 13 or older.

Ratings and Reviews

2.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

dodihitjhh ,

Good news reader

Works pretty well. The author has done a fine job. It’s not perfect though. And it’s very limited. Below comments are intended to be constructive not negative.

The limit of one server and two groups is pretty stingy, even for a trial version. I would suggest 2 servers and 6 groups would be less scrooge-like.

The help function is fairly good but a nice touch would be a downloadable tutorial. This is a complicated app so takes a little study to master.

Marcushasfun ,

Odd Modal UI

OK, so I enter a newsserver in settings and the app launches and since it's the first time it downloads all groups, right. Well not quite. Instead I go to a screen called Connect with a bunch if settings and a download button. Pressing this starts downloading the groups... MODALY!! Other tabs on the tab control are DISABLED!! But wait, it's a tab control? Huh?

Well maybe initial setup is a bit odd... let's add a group to My Groups and dive into some articles. Adding makes sense, a plus button in the NavBar takes you to a list of all groups, tap one, and there it is in the My Groups list.

OK so now I tap it and it takes me to the articles, right? Wrong. It takes you to an empty list. Hmmmm. What to do?No Refresh button in the NavBar. Maybe that odd Connect tab will help? Ah. That's it. Back to Connect, hit button... articles start to download... and WE ARE LOCKED OUT OF THE OTHER TABS AGAIN!!!

Hey developer! Downloading content like the articles in a newsgroup is an action in the context of the current view (of the newsgroup), NOT a navigation to another tab and definitely not a modal operation!!!! Read the UI guidelines, they are extensive and very well written.

grumblemo ,

Can’t see articles

The app does a ton of work downloading groups and showing how many articles are in them, but it stops there. I’d like a simple way to see a list of those articles and then read some. Those areas do not populate.

App Privacy

The developer, Alexander Clauss, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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