PCNewz (The following was written for PCNewz 1.1, there are
a few minor changes for 1.5 but they should be obvious when you are installing - I hope to
update this page in the next couple of days with new screen shots)
If you don't have the default synch folder, find the the synched folder in the dialog box, then select the 'create folder' button to create a synch folder caled PCNewz. (Note: you can change this folder later, under Options if you wish).
You will then be alerted that you're not synching to any newsgroups. Select 'Add', then enter the name of a server (e.g. news.microsoft.com). There will be a delay whilst the list of groups is downloaded. There's a list of news servers I have tested with PPCNewz here.
You can then use the '>>' button to select the groups you require (the edit box above the list of groups acts as a simple filter, similar to the one in Outlook Express.
If a server requires a username & password to login,
select the server and then select the 'options' button to configure these. Note that they
are not stored in an encypted format.
The blue bar indicates the % of disc space filled per group; the green bar indicates the percentage of messages on the server downloaded, with the right hand side indicating the most recent message on the server. Subsequent synchs will move forward from the last message received until either all messages are downloaded from the server, or there is no space remaining (based on the configured space per group).
'Old' messages are deleted either after they are read on the PPC, or
if they are unread for more than the 'Days to Live' configured under 'Preferences'
(default is 15 days).
You can also schedule this from the WinNT or Win2000 'Scheduled
Tasks' if you wanted to synch without having to rememember to click the button. Note that
the PPC doesn't need to be connected when you synch.
From the Windows menu, select "[Start]->Programs->PCNewz->PPCNewz Installation on PocketPC" and following the instructions for the installation of PPCNewz on your Pocket PC.
Then run it (from the programs page). When first run it will ask you to enter a name and email address to be used when posting messages. You can also enter a signature to be (optionally) attached to messages you send.
The ThreadAutoExpand option will mean that whenever you select a new thread to view, it will be expanded (showing all messages), and the previously selected thread will be collapsed, hiding all messages.
Checking 'To Unread message' means that AutoExpand will only expand threads with new (unread) messages, and will move the selection to the first unread message in the thread
Then click the browse button to select the folder that is being
synched from the PC.
If it doesn't find a folder it probably means that you've not selected a folder in NewsPC which is synched to the PocketPC (or that you've not yet joined any newsgroups with NewsPC). You should do this before continuing with PPCNewz installation.
Once you finished the configuration use should be pretty simple, the Groups menu gives a list of groups you're subscribed to on the PC. If you change this (on the PC) you will have to stop and restart PPCNewz (just hit OK on the main window to exit)
If you have previously installed an earlier version of PPCNewz, you can install the latest version in the same folder without uninstalling, or uninistall the previous version. In either case any configuration information (email address, signature etc) you previously entered will be saved, though you may want to go to the Msg-Options to configure the any new options described above.
When installing PPCNewz you may be asked if you wish to overwrite various Microsoft DLL's and VB runtimes. Depending on the model of your PocketPC, and what other applications you have installed, this may not be necessary. However, saying 'yes' should not cause any problems, except that it uses a little more RAM. I'd suggest first trying to install without over writing these files; if PPCNewz doesn't run, then uninstall and try again, this time saying 'yes' when asked to overwrite. You can uninstall PPCNewz from the ControlPanel->System->Add/Remove programs icon.