Tom's Gravity Pages
MicroPlanet Gravity (c)
the 32-bit Usenet News Reader for Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000.
Gravity is freeware. No nag screens.
My other download links are no longer available. The only download link is the directory at freeshell.
Download Directory - Gravity 2.6
Use the directory listed above to download Gravity. Most people
today want to install Super Gravity Version 2.6. The Super Gravity
download files are labeled inst20xx.zip, or
where 20xx indicates the build number. If you are cautious about using the
latest builds, Build 2039 was very stable and in use for quite a while,
with very few problems. Builds 2056 and 2057 have been out for a while and seem very nice too.
Please note that there is a database change in Build 2056. If you use Build
2056 or later you will NOT be able to use a previous Gravity version without losing your database.
Builds 2056 and up use MIME (RFC 2047) encoding for ISO-8859-xx. This is not welcome
in many news groups.
One of the first things you should do after installing is set Gravity to send 8 bit characters
This makes Gravity act like before. The settings are located in
View - Global Options - Encoding
What file do I need?
Which Super Gravity file you need depends on whether you have Gravity Version
2.3 or higher on your system. If you currently have Gravity 2.3, 2.5, or 2.6 installed on your
system, you can download super20xx.zip.
More installation information is on the Super Gravity page.
If you do NOT have Gravity installed on your system, download
This file contains a complete install program. After Gravity is installed on your system you
can easily update to later builds by downloading super20xx.zip and replacing the executable.
The last official MicroPlanet Release was Version 2.5. If you want that
version, download grav25.exe. If the
Version 2.5 install hangs at the splash screen you can usually install it by
installing Version 2.3 first (file grav23.exe) and installing 2.5 over it.
However, most people today want one of the newer Super Gravity 2.6 Versions.
Open Source Version 2.7
If you are interested in the open source version of Gravity 2.7 that uses
PCREs and shows x-faces you can download it from
Please read the notes so that you are aware of any limitations (like no spell
If you are interested in French, Portuguese, and Italian Gravity versions,
see other languages, below.
- MICROPLANET - MicroPlanet officially closed their web site and offices in December 2001. Do not send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org because you will not receive a reply.
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I have three pages of Gravity examples:
If you need help with regular expressions I have examples
and a tutorial (mainly for beginners).
Third party software can be used to expand Gravity's capabilities or even allow
reading e-mail with Gravity. You can probably find more than these on the Internet if
you search. Some Europeans use Morver (http://www.morver.de)
and Korrnews to add character set support and
display umlauts and accented characters.
- X-Faces in Gravity - If you are interested in
viewing x-faces attached to newsgroup posts, Matthijs Laan wrote a patch for Gravity. See his web page for more
information. Please note that the patch does not work with builds after Version 2.6 build 2039. You
should check his page to see if it has been updated.
- SSL with stunnel - This helper application allows you to read news on secure servers like Netscape's
"secnews.netscape.com". Stunnel is available from
www.stunnel.org. I wrote a small page about setting up stunnel, but it may be getting a little old.
Thanks for the pointers Don! Go to the SSL Page.
- Hamster - Is a local news server that can also post e-mail to a newsgroup (threaded) which you can read with Gravity just like a newsgroup.
I wrote a short page describing it and showing a basic configuration. I updated this page once, but it may not be up to date.
- According to the author ..
Nfilter is a supplemental filtering program to your existing news reader.
It is designed to run transparently alongside any client for Windows ... Even if your news reader has filtering capabilities (e.g.. Agent), the filter
can perform more advanced filtering on fields that are not normally available to your news reader. Nfilter is capable of filtering on any fields that appear
in the header of a news article, not just fields in the overview (normally news clients can only filter on author, subject, etc).
I have done a little testing and it is true, you can filter on all
headers returned by your server including Xref and Path
(the "Lines" header did not work in earlier versions but was fixed in
the newer versions). Nfilter supports scoring and regular expressions.
You can either have Nfilter drop the articles and you will
not see them, or add a Text Flag to the post subject.
- Contact Tom (me) -
Please send corrections, suggestions, or contributions to me at ...
There are people who should be acknowledged. The following people have offered encouragement, input, contributions and support in one form or another. Their contributions have been invaluable.
- Al Choy, A-1 programmer and cool guy, author of Super Gravity, (and big chunks of the release versions), formerly of MicroPlanet
- Tony Edwards, formerly of MicroPlanet
- Patrick Lamaizière, author of Mime-Proxy, for very helpful charset information and some beta testing
- Dirk Nimmich for very helpful charset information
- Barnabas at Speckz.com for providing a lot of download bandwidth
- Don Mastrovito, for helping with stunnel config
- Heiko Studt, for helping translate Hamster Ver 2 scripts
- Francois Visagie, wherever you are!
- The other Gravity users who graciously allowed me to use their material
Many thanks to all !
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