Configuration Form / Group Setup / Decoding
This tabsheet is used to setup where to and how BNR will decode the downloaded articles.
You can type (or use the Browse button to select) a directory to use as the root for the decoded files. You can also let BNR automatically append either the full newsgroup name (like alt.binaries.test) or the newsgroup abbreviation (like ABT) to the root directory to have separate directories for separate newsgroups.
Note that you can download individual articles to various subdirectories of this decoding directory, by either manually using the Right-Click menu or using a CSV file (see FileCheck advanced settings).
While BNR is built for downloading binary articles, you might sometimes want to download also text articles. Here you can configure what to do with the downloaded text articles. They can either be skipped (this is good in a situation where the newsgroup contains mostly binaries and you wish to simply grab a lot of binaries and not read the idle chatter), shown in a separate window within BNR (this is only useful if you normally mark very few text articles), or saved into TXT files into decoding directory.
You can also decide to save text portions of the binary articles into separate files, as sometimes the posters give some information regarding the binary in the text part of the article.
If you check the "Auto-execute decoded files" box, BNR will automatically execute the downloaded and decoded file. If the file is one of the registered file types that Windows knows, the corresponding program will be launched to view or play the downloaded file. Note that executing .EXE and .COM files is disabled due to the possibility of virus infection.
BNR has an internal JPEG viewer which can be used to display JPG files within BNR. If you check both Auto-Execute and this checkbox, all downloaded JPEG images will be shown with the internal JPEG viewer immediately after they have been downloaded.
You can select to log all the files you download. This is useful for later checking what the article subject was, in case the file name is not very descriptive.
If you select to log into BNR.log, BNR will append a row into BNR.log (in the decoding directory) for each downloaded file. This log file row will tell the filename, article subject, and an abbreviation of the newsgroup name (for example, alt.test would display AT). This can be useful when you later clean up the decoding directory, to determine what a certain downloaded file is and from which newsgroup it was downloaded. You can give the command sort <BNR.log >sorted.log on the command prompt to produce a log file sorted by filename, so it will be easier to find a certain file from the logfile. Note that BNR will always append to the end of the log file regardless of whether the file is sorted or not.
You can also select to log the files into "descript.ion" file (in the decoding directory), which is used by ACDSee (by ACD Systems Limited) image viewer to describe image files. BNR will not make the file hidden, though.