Download Forte Agent v8.0.1272
Forte has optimized and redesigned Agent 8 to work seamlessly with large Usenet binaries. Now you can select, download and view large Usenet binaries with just a single click. Agent will download, join, and repair your binaries without requiring any 3rd party software.
Article Number Expansion
With the growth in the amount of data available on Usenet and the long-term retention of this data by premium news services such as Fort?'s APN, some newsgroups have well over four gigabytes of headers. (The infamous alt.binaries.boneless is such a group.) We have updated Agent to store 64-bit article numbers, so that Agent is not likely to hit a limit anytime in the next millennium.
Optimized Message Retrieval
Message bodies can be retrieved not only by article number but also by Message-ID. Previously Agent's default was to retrieve by article number, and to revert to using the Message-ID only if that failed. On modern servers retrieval by Message-ID has become more efficient and reliable, so we have made this the new default for body retrieval.
Improved Saving of Attachments
Previously, when Agent detected an error in a binary attachment, its default action was to save the attachment but also keep a copy of the file in the message stored in Agent's folder. This behavior had two problems. First, it could cause a folder to fill up if it contained a large number of messages with damaged attachments. Second, in anticipation of possibly having to retain the attachment data, Agent would simultaneously stream the attachment to both a file and to the folder. This made saving attachments slower, and it caused undue disk fragmentation. Because of these problems, we have changed the default to Save and remove from message. This, together with the default option After saving an attachment, remove it from the message should improve performance and help prevent Agent's folders from filling up.
Improved Connectivity with SMTP (Outbound Email) Servers
In keeping with the spirit of this release, Agent 8.0 has updated SMTP login options to keep pace with changes made by service providers. Selecting your correct login options is easier, and Agent automatically sets values that make your connection parameters consistent.