November 21, 2002 - New Release: "Hexapodia as the key insight"

What is Pan?

Pan is a newsreader which attempts to be pleasing to both new and experienced users. In addition to the standard newsreader features, Pan also supports yEnc, offline newsreading, article filtering, multiple connections, and more features for power users and alt.binaries fans.

It's also the only Unix newsreader to get a perfect score on the Good Net-Keeping Seal of Approval evaluations.


This release is a happy group of bugfixes and speed tweaks.

A revision number of 90 or higher is used to flag this release as a beta without confusing RPM with a name like ``0.13.3-pre1''.

Changes since 0.13.2

Pan Team Lots of speed tweaks, particularly in refreshing the header pane.
Duncan Pan now retains custom accelerator keys (shortcuts) between sessions.
Reordered the group popup menu items so that the delete-all and mark-all-read buttons are at the bottom next to `delete group', less likely to get clicked by accident.
Bas Mevissen
Modify the header pane to clear the display when the top row in the header pane, which shows the group's name, is selected.
Christian Rose
Made the new user dialog's welcome message more i18n-friendly.
Pan Team Reduced the number of strings needing translations by merging similar strings elsewhere in Pan.
Pan Team Added more error checking and logging when spawning new threads.

Bug Fixes
Valgrind Fixed a nasty little memory corruption bug in Pan's status bars.
Pan Team
Fixed a race condition that could cause Pan to crash on startup when the ``restore tasks?'' dialog appeared.
Carl Hudkins
Fixed crash that occurred when changing groups or exiting Pan when the current group in the header pane is trying to refresh itself.
Chill Fixed 0.13.1 bug that broke the Supersede function.
Fixed annoying space-key-reading bug where Pan could jump to the next article before the bottom page of the current article had been shown.
Leonard Nutley
Added the `red x' icon back to the header pane for articles whose download attempts have failed.
Fixed a bug that corrupted the multipart states of some articles.
Fixed refresh bug that caused Pan to disconcertingly deselect the current group and reselect the previous group.
Christian Lohmaier
Fixed bug that broke space reading on articles whose subjects contained 8bit data.
Pan Team Fixed bug that broke the bozo and spam filters on 8bit data.
Pan Team
Handle slightly-broken Message-ID headers more gracefully. Message-IDs with trailing spaces broke space reading in 0.13.0.
Martin Schrode
Handle broken content-type headers more gracefully: if text/plain couldn't be parsed, the text message wasn't be displayed.
Tom F Fixed obsolete web link in the new user dialog.
Valgrind Fixed a half-dozen small memory leaks.