Tom's Gravity Pages
Page date: January 24, 2009
Super Gravity is the unofficial version 2.6 of the Gravity usenet news reader that can show complete multi-part binaries and provides numerous enhancements. The developer is Albert Choy (aka Al), formerly of MicroPlanet.
All Gravity activity and future news can be found at SourceForge.
Gravity Web Page at SourceForge
Gravity Project Page at SourceForge
January 2009 - Since August 2008, development of new v2.7 has been active. I do not update this web site, but some of the information is still useful, this page in particular. I plan to put the useful information on SourceForge, but this has not happened yet. I will keep this site here for users of old versions, including Super Gravity. Also, some of the new commands are not documented very well, except on this page.
Also note that the new SourceForge builds will convert your databases. If you create a backup using GravityBackup.exe in the Program directory, you should be able to restore everything in the event that you want to go back to an earlier version. However, if you do not create a backup, you will lose your settings and databases! This only applies if you are updating an old version (below 2.7.1).
The following is OLD OLD NEWS
March 2004 - There is now a complete install available for the latest build 2060. See the Downloads for a direct link.
The latest unofficial version is 2.6 build 2060.
WARNING: Database format change! Beginning with build 2056 the database is not backward compatible! You should save a backup! If you want to go back to a previous build, you will have to restore the backup.
LINKS FEATURES SCREEN SHOTS USAGE AND EXAMPLES ABOUT DOWNLOAD INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS WARNINGS RELEASE NOTES INSTALL PROBLEMS
Some news readers cannot decode Quoted Printable (QP). You should set Super Gravity to send raw 8-bit, unless you really want to post QP. Note that French news groups use 8-bit settings. If you post to the fr.* groups you should definitely set 8-bit. The settings are located in
View - Global Options - Encoding
Gravity will set Content-Type and Content-Encoding headers for you.
Previous Builds 2046 - 2057
Super Gravity Enhancements.
- MIME RFC 2047 encoding/decoding for ISO-8859-xx
- Setting to over ride RFC 2047 and send raw 8 bit characters
- Set different signatures for Newsgroups
- Export or append Out Box messages to text files (build 2046)
- News URLs are sent to Google (build 2043)
- SMTP authentication (build 2036)
- Improved handing of ISO-8859-1 and umlauts in headers (build 2035). [ screenshot ]
- yEnc decoding (build 2034) (decoding only)
- Shows complete multi-part binaries [ 2 screenshots ]
- Quick filter dialogue - To use the new Quick Filter dialogue: Type "/" or "CONTROL Q" (no quotes). To restore your display press the function key "F5" when Gravity has the focus. [ screenshot ]
- A speed meter. It measures the throughput every 5 seconds. The display reports the average speed over the last 60 seconds. [ screenshot ]
- You can copy a filter
You might want to check the unofficial release notes for the latest information, bugs, and fixes.
!! Thanks Al !!
Gravity is freeware. You are free to use Gravity with no strings attached, and Gravity comes with no advertisements or banners. After MicroPlanet ceased operations Al graciously donated his own time to provide numerous enhancements and bug fixes. You are under no obligation to do so, but if you are able, please consider sending a donation to Al's PayPal Link
Please understand that these are un-official versions. Download and use at your own risk. These are not official releases. MicroPlanet no longer supports Gravity, but copyright and licensing still apply. There is no guarantee that Al or anyone will continue to fix bugs or further develop these versions. Please read the issues before downloading.
Super Gravity Version 2.6 is widely used and should not be any less stable than earlier official releases. I have not received reports of problems different from the official versions since the "Super" series started. At this time (3/07/04) there have been more than 120,000 download attempts. I personally have not had any problems with Windows 98 SE, P III 933, 256M RAM. I also test on Win2k Pro. But check the release notes for bug updates.
Warning! When using a Complete_Binaries filter, Gravity's rules do not 'see' the total lines count. The 'lines' rule condition applies to individual articles. Example: If you make a rule to delete articles less than 50,000 lines in size you will delete all of your articles!
Super Gravity Version 2.6 (and Gravity Versions 2.3 and 2.5) can be downloaded at this link
The open source Gravity Version 2.7 can be downloaded at SourceForge
SourceForge Gravity Page
Which file(s) to download?
Case 1: If you do not have Gravity installed on your system and are installing for the first time download the setup program. Unzip and run the installer. After installation set Gravity to post 8-bit (Read more)Download setup2060.zip
Case 2: You have Gravity 2.3 or 2.5 installed on your system, or you are currently using Super Gravity:Download super2060.zip - 1.11 MB (executable only)
If you are upgrading from Version 2.5 or a build before 2046 you should check that you have the registry fix for proper URL recognition.
Also note the database change. Builds 2052 and higher share a common database format that is not compatible with earlier versions. You should backup your database in case you want to go back.
The file named gravity.exe in the Super Gravity zip files named superxxxx.zip is not an installation program. It is a replacement for the gravity.exe file in your current Gravity program directory. You must extract the file and put it in the directory manually.
To install Super Gravity 2.6 on top of version 2.5 or to update an existing Super Gravity build, download super20xx.zip, extract the file named gravity.exe and place it in your Gravity program directory, replacing the current executable.
If you get a "missing _gravmon.dll" error, it usually means that you are trying to run Super Gravity without having version 2.3, 2.5, or 2.6 installed.
NOTE: You don't really need to replace gravity.exe. There can be several Gravity executables in the program directory. You can rename the executables and make shortcuts to each. The only minor problem that arises is that Gravity won't be able to find the help file. But you can specify that manually.
There is an optionally-installed application bundled with Windows XP. This application is referred to as the "Windows Compatibility Engine" and provides for compatibility with older - 16 bit - applications. If you elected not to install the compatibility program with XP Gravity may not install.
To view complete binaries:
You can create more than one filter and combine the usual filtering functions like read/unread sorting, etc. And all of your old filters should work exactly as before.
When viewing the thread display with one of your new "Complete_Binaries" filters, the 'Lines" column will now show the sum of all parts. You can even sort on the lines column. Cool ... eh?
Remember that the only requirement is to use "Complete_Binaries" as the prefix for your filter name (or the checkbox in filters). Then you can mix and match the other filter conditions. Also, you may get better effects in groups that contain multi-part posts if you select "Include entire thread if any article matches filter" when you create your filter. Sometimes this doesn't help in groups that are primarily single part posts.
EXAMPLE 1: For multi-part groups Filter: 'Complete_Binaries-Unread' check "include entire thread" EXAMPLE 2: Show All complete binaries Filter: 'Complete_Binaries' This filter should show all complete articles EXAMPLE 3: You want to show only the larger binaries while filtering out small stuff. Filter: 'Complete_Binaries-large' Unread articles And ( Lines > 200 ) EXAMPLE 4: You want to see only complete .mpg or .avi movie files and not include rar or split files Filter: Complete_Binaries-mpg Start with "All articles" Hit the "Advanced" button and enter this as a regular expression Subject contains reg. expr. "\.(avi|mpg)[^\.]"
These are simple, of course you can set up any number of conditions. After using the filters for a while I find my favorite is to use Example 1 and then click the subject heading to sort various ways, or use the Quick Filter.
To keep the database small, after I have browsed the group, I switch to a complete binaries filter and hit CONTROL A (select all) and DELETE. This gets rid of all the complete ones but leaves the incompletes in case more parts come in. Then I manually compact.Tom Bates