Configuration and Usage

Configuration

Before you can use HelloNzb to download Usenet files you have to configure it first. When you start the application for the first time the configuration dialog should appear automatically. If not, or if you want to configure HelloNzb later on again, you can also click on the button with the two gear wheels on it, which opens the preferences dialog.

General Settings

  • On the first tab you can choose the local folder on your computer you want HelloNzb to download the Usenet data to (“Download directory”)
  • You can also select a specific directory on your computer where HelloNzb automatically loads new NZB files from while running
  • If you set the “Delete NZB file after loading” option, then HelloNzb deletes the NZB from the local disk after it has been loaded.
  • If you want to show a system tray icon for HelloNzb then you can do so via the according option on this settings tab
  • The “Check for new HelloNzb version at startup” does what it says, it commands HelloNzb to check for an update on every application start (you can manually check for an update via the HelloNzb menu too).

Server Settings

  • First enter the name of the Usenet provider or Usenet server name into the “Server name” input field. You can enter any name you like here.
  • Below you should enter the hostname of your Usenet provider.
  • Below you can change the port number of this Usenet server (this is by default the port 119).
  • If you want to use secure connections via SSL, then you should activate the next option and set the SSL port accordingly (default is 563).
  • The “Timeout” setting below specifies how long HelloNzb will wait for a reconnect when a connection dies (does not recieve any data from the server).
  • The “No. of concurrent connections” setting is used to specify the number of concurrent connections (“threads”) the server of your Usenet provider supports.
  • If your Usenet provider wants you to authenticate on their server, then you can enter the Username and Password in the last two input fields on the “Server Settings” tab.

Download Options

  • The first option on the “Download Options” dialog tab is called “Max. download speed”. Via this setting you can limit the speed HelloNzb downloads data from the Usenet server (in KB per second). If you leave this setting empty, then HelloNzb uses the full bandwith of your Internet connection.
  • If you want HelloNzb to automatically check & repair downloaded data via PAR2, you have to enable the “Check files after download” option. If you do so, then you have to specify the location of the PAR2 command line utility below (please see here for more information regarding HelloNzb and PAR2).
  • Additionally, if you want HelloNzb to automatically extract RAR archives after download, then you also have to specify the location of the Unrar command line utility (please see here for more information regarding HelloNzb and PAR2).
  • Under “Extended Download Options” you can specify a (comma- or space-separated) list of file types for all those files that should be automatically deleted after download

Extended Settings

  • HelloNzb is translated into different languages, its default language is English. Usually, if the language you have set on your local computer is supported by HelloNzb, then it automatically displays all text elements in that language. If you want to choose another language, you can do so on the last tab “Extended Settings” under the “Language settings”.
  • If you want to activate console output, you can do so via the last option on this tab (you have to start HelloNzb via command line in order to see this console output). Please note that this option produces a lot of output to the console, so it’s for debugging purposes only, you normally don’t want to enable this setting. If you want to see information, warning and error messages, then you don’t have to enable this option. You can see this messages at any time in the HelloNzb log, which can be accessed via the applications main menu.
  • If you want to show all messages again, which you have previously marked as “don’t show this message again”, then you can do so via the button “Reset all notifications and messages” on this last preferences tab.

Usage

After you have set all preferences according your needs, you can start to use HelloNzb to download data from the specified Usenet server. To do so you just have to click onto the first button on the toolbar and choose the NZB file you want to load. After that you can start the download process via the “play” button. During download you can pause it anytime via the “pause” button (and restart the download after another click onto this button).

If you want HelloNzb to automatically shutdown your computer after all files in the queue have been downloaded, you can activate this feature via the arrow-shaped button (that says 100%) on the toolbar. You can see that this features is active (meaning the computer will shutdown after download) as this button is highlighted. You can disable the feature again any time just by clicking this button again.

The last button on the toolbar (with the cross on it) is used to quit HelloNzb.

Note that if you want to limit download speed or remove/adjust the download speed limitation (even during an active download), then you can do so via the button next to the download speed history graph.

HelloNzb also supports some context-sensitive options directly on the queue items. You can access them via a right click on the queue entry in question. Note that you can also mark multiple entries and access the context-sensitive options for all those marked entries.