Mimo Support Manual

Configure Mimo

Installation

Mimo runs on various versions of Windows and Mac OS X. Please see Setup for more specific information on running Mimo. In order to install Mimo, you should obtain one of the installers, and walk through the installation wizard.

Configuring Mimo

The first time you run Mimo, you’ll be presented with a dialog box to enter your username and password for accessing the Giganews Usenet servers. After you enter it, the dialog box disappears, but you may modify that information from the Settings window. Individual sections of the Settings window are accessible from the Tools menu.

After clicking one of the settings entries in the Tools menu, the Settings window will appear. Here you may modify and adjust Mimo’s behavior. Some things you may immediately want to do: Visit the Download Settings to change the location that Mimo downloads files to, or go to Identity Settings to set the properties that form your message posting identity.

Launching Mimo

When Mimo first launches, you will be prompted for your Giganews username and password. Once you enter the required information, click Test Connection, and then Done once you are verified.

Mimo uses a tabbed interface, allowing you to create as many tabs as you like. You may rearrange the order of the tabs or drag them off the current window to open a new window with that tab.

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Using Newsgroups

Searching Usenet with Mimo

After successfully entering your credentials, you’ll reach the welcome screen. A common way to begin is with a search. At the top of the window you will find a search bar containing multiple search types. From the search bar, you can Find a Group to locate information by topic, or search all of Usenet by keyword in a Usenet Search.

Finding a Newsgroup

The list of newsgroups is downloaded from Giganews the first time you launch Mimo. You can find interesting groups by clicking on the Show Group List button, or by searching for a topic using the Find a Group search. Once you find a newsgroup you are interested in, add it to your list of favorite groups by clicking on the plus sign to the left of the group name. This adds the newsgroup to your Favorite Groups on the left side. Double clicking the newsgroup name will open the specified group for browsing.

Viewing Article Content

You can click on a row in the list to see more information concerning a given post. After clicking on a row, the content pane appears, showing you more detailed information about the post. The detailed information will be represented in multiple ways depending on whether that post was primarily textual, image-related, or another downloadable file type.

For text posts, the content pane will show the text in a similar format to an E-mail client. For image posts, the content pane will show a list of the images along with thumbnails of those images. For binary content, you will see the content’s NFO file if one is present, plus a list of files that are considered part of the binary content. Content in the newsgroup will be threaded if the authors of the posts are replying to other posts.

Clicking around in a newsgroup should be straightforward. Textual and image posts will automatically be downloaded, whereas binary content will not be. If you would like to download the binary content, click on the download button (a green downward-pointing arrow). Depending on how rigidly the author of the post has adhered to standards and conventions, Mimo will intelligently download the content, recover it if it has been corrupted during transmission, and automatically decompress it if it has been posted as a RAR file. Once you have clicked the download button, it will turn into a progress bar. Once the download is complete, the progress bar will turn into a Show in File Browser button. You can click that button to see the content on your local computer.

Taking Action on Content

In the top of the content pane that appears, you will find the title of the post, plus another button labeled View File Information. When clicked, the View File Information button will show the headers from one of the messages as well as all of the Usenet Message-IDs for all articles from which the content is comprised. After selecting a post, the buttons in the Action Bar allow you to perform actions such as replying to the article or downloading binary content.

Getting Article Headers or Newsgroup Topics

Once the newsgroup has been opened, it will show a list of the 25,000 most recent content items available on the server. Content displayed in an individual row may represent multiple related articles that have been combined by Mimo, so you may see far fewer than 25,000 pieces of content represented.

Above the list of content you will see the Header Control bar. The Header Control bar will allow you to retrieve information on more content in the group. Drag across the bar to select a range, and Mimo shows estimates of the dates and article IDs included. Click the OK button to retrieve them, click the X button to clear the selection, or click the adjacent Refresh button to retrieve any new articles that have been posted since you opened the group.

Posting Messages

Mimo can be used to post text messages to Usenet groups. To compose a new message, either click the New Conversation button in the lower left corner, or select New Usenet Message from the Tools menu to write a new message. To reply to a message when browsing a newsgroup, click the Reply to Group button, or right click the message and choose Reply to Group from the context menu. The From field on the message editor will be filled in with the name and E-mail address that you have entered under the Name and E-mail Address fields of the Identity section in the configuration panel. The next field in the message editor, labeled Group, is where you specify the newsgroup you would like to post to. You can either type the name of the group directly in the input box or drop down the menu to select from one of the newsgroups that you have added to your Favorite Groups.

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Download

The Download List

You can view and manage your downloads queue from the Download Manager, available by clicking the Downloads button. Active downloads are listed on the top, followed by pending downloads, with completed downloads on the bottom. You can clear the completed items from the list by right-clicking and choosing Clear inactive downloads.

Right-clicking on any item allows you to pause, cancel or restart that specific item. Canceling a download will delete any partially downloaded portions of the binary content, and pausing a download will not.

Usenet Searches

Performing a Usenet Search is the easiest way to locate binary content within Usenet. From Mimo’s search bar, select Mimo Usenet Search or NZBIndex Usenet Search to quickly find content that has been posted to Usenet. These two search options quickly search across all newsgroups for content that matches the keywords you enter. Selecting a row in the table causes the content pane to appear. Even though you are viewing the content from outside of the context of a newsgroup, the content window acts just like newsgroup browsing described above.

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