I've finally given up on Binary News Reaper 2/3 (BNR 2/3) after several years of devoted, but frustrating, use. Over the years I've toyed with other Usenet Binary grabbers, but their shortcomings always led me back to BNR 2/3. Now that I've given it up for good I've been using Newsbin Pro, which seems solid and quick (I do have a fairly powerfull machine, though). I can't think of a major shortcoming at this point, but I'm not crazy about the priority scheme: BNR allowed the assignment of a numeric priority for a particular file, Newsbin Pro uses a top-to-bottom scheme, which can be clunky when many files are queued.
What Usenet binary downloaders do you use, and why?
BTW, I use another app, Dialog, for text-based Usenet browsing. I used Agent for many years, but got tired of waiting for an update, and so switched to Dialog, which is similar to Agent in many respects. I highly reccommend it.
Thanks for the help.