Two of the best "offline" PC newsreaders available are Forte's Agent and Free Agent newsreaders. Both of these are available on the web at http://www.forteinc.com/
For assistance in using Agent or Free Agent, subscribe to the newsgroup
( news:alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent) alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent
Netscape Communicator can be used offline, but does not have the more powerful features normally found in a stand-alone newsreader. (If you do decide to use it, be sure you configure it not to post HTML or attach Vcards to newsgroups postings.)
A good offline newsreader for the Macintosh is MacSOUP, a shareware program (You can try it for free, but if you decide to keep it you should send US$20 payment to the author, Stefan Haller). Instructions are included in the download.) MacSOUP is available on the web at http://home.snafu.de/stk/ You will also need Adobe Acrobat Reader (available on your System disk) in order to read the manual, and Internet Config to set the preferences.
The Mac Orchard has a great collection of newsreading software at http://www.macorchard.com/
If you are interested in other newsreaders, please visit the newsgroup (news:news.software.readers) news.software.readers and ask which newsreaders are made for your system.
An excellent source of information about newsreaders and links to download a newsreader to try it out or see screen shots of it is the Newsreader.com web pages at http://www.newsreaders.com/
Also, please visit the GNKSA (Good Net Keeping Seal of Approval) webpages at http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Ejs/gnksa/ for information about desirable behavior in a newsreader and reviews of many newsreaders.
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