Binary Vortex

Newsgroup Picture Downloader

This howto describes how to use Binary Vortex to download pictures from newsgroups. Downloading pictures form newsgroups can be fun, educational, or just something to do. People post all kinds of pictures about all kinds of things. Beware that the newsgroups are a great “free speech” area, and you might very well encounter images of just about anything!

Also, have a look at the brand new Android Newsgroup Downloader. Android is a third-generation newsgroup downloader and excels at downloading
large files such as movies, mpegs, mp3s, RAR archives, and more!

This page is just a brief introduction to the picture downloader. Click
view the complete tutorial, with illustrations. The full tutorial shows you exactly what to do, and how to use the software.

If you’re looking for the Janet Jackson picture, it’s at the bottom of this page. But, please have a look at the rest of the document, it will tell you how you can download celebrity pictures yourself from newsgroups. Downloading from newsgroups is often free, and you can often find brand new content that hasn’t been seen on websites yet! Check out for more information on a variety of newsgroup downloading tools, and how to use them to download pictures, movies, music, and more.

There’s a lot more to the groups than just pictures — there are groups for
videos, movies, music, and more. You’ll be surprised how much cool stuff you can discover online.


First of all, the website that you are viewing right now is NOT a picture website. Although you’re probably looking for pictures, that’s not specifically what this website is for. What this website does is to instruct you on how to use a tool, called Binary Vortex, to download pictures from the Internet.

So, what are newsgroups? Well, newsgroups are public places where information can be shared. Vortex includes a newsgroup picker dialog box that will help you locate the group that you’re looking for. For example, I entered the word “celebrities” in the search box, and it brought up a whole bunch of groups, including alt.binaries.celebrities.fake.moderated,
alt.binaries.nude.celebrities, and We’ll pick for now, and continue with our example.

Below is a picture of what the Binary Vortex downloader looks like:

The Binary Vortex Main Window
The Binary Vortex Main WindowThe quick run that I produced using
Binary Vortex to write this HOWTO guide yielded pictures from
Janet Jackson, Shannon Doherty, Jay Leno, Angelina Jolie,
Jenna Elfman, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kelly Ripa, and more!
Binary vortex actually downloaded over ten thousand pictures
in the space of just a few hours. Below is one sample screen shot of the
program while it’s running to give you an idea of what it looks like. It’s
all very easy to do, and mostly automatic.See the
full tutorial for
instructions on configuring and using vortex.

The main interface for Vortex has a <Start> and a <Stop> button. Press the start button and it starts downloading pictures from the groups you selected. Press the stop button, and it stops. It’s as simple as that! A couple of things have to
happen before you see any pictures — vortex needs to log on
to the news server and download the news headers first. This
should all happen automatically, and vortex should display what is going on, like “Connecting to news server”,
or “Downloading Headers”. Most newsgroups have lots
and lots of headers, so the downloading headers phase might
take a while.

Did you know that there are different kinds of news downloaders, some that can download as many as four pictures simultaneously, as well as specific software for mp3 and mpeg groups? Visit and learn all about newsgroup downloading!

Viewing your downloaded pictures

Binary Vortex has a built in jpeg image viewer that can be used to view the pictures after you’ve downloaded them. The
viewer is a full functional image viewing program, and supports jpeg, gif, bmp, and many other image formats. It even has a slideshow function to automatically play the downloaded pictures.

Here is a shot of the viewer showing a picture of Janet Jackson from her famous superbowl “wardrobe malfunction”.

Please note I’ve shrunk down the image and
reduced the quality on purpose to prevent people from
thrashing the web server by linking the picture to
the whole damn internet! The real picture is 1024 x
768. If you really want to see the Janet Jackson Boob
picture that bad, then just download binary vortex
and use it to get the picture yourself! :) And no, I
won’t email you a picture of the real picture. :) Looking for the
Jackson Sunbathing Movie
?Also check out the
Janet Jackson links page!
You can also get a standalone version of the Binary Vortex viewer in a product called SortPics. The SortPics viewer has some additional features, such as the ability to quickly categorize photos and seek out and destroy duplicate images.

Full Tutorial…

This is the end of the brief introduction to the Binary Vortex picture downloader. Now, click here to follow a link to the full tutorial that is completely illustrated and shows you how to download, configure, and use the software!

Click here to go to the Binary Vortex HOWTO and FAQ listing

Newsgroups are an excellent source of pictures,
and other files.I recommend the following resources to get started
downloading files from newsgroups:

Tale of Three Newsreaders
: choosing the right downloader.


Downloading MPEG videos
from newsgroups using QuadNews.

Android Newsgroup Downloader: Illustrated
Quick Start
to downloading newsgroups.
Also, try out the following
newsreaders. All of them have free trial versions:
Android Newsgroup Downloader
SBNews / News Robot
Binary Vortex


If you’re looking for great Internet Shareware and
, try checking the
SB-Software Products
page, where you’ll find everything from newsgroup downloading software
to website downloaders, to image viewers and sorters! All of the
software has
free-to-download fully functional versions. 


So what can you download from newsgroups? …

  • Pictures
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Archives
  • Software

Your Internet Service Provider usually supplies you with
newsgroup access as part of your Internet Service — this means that
newsgroup access is usually 100% free!
Binary Vortex is the easiest
downloader to master for downloading pictures, but you might also want to
try the following if you want to download movies, music, or other files:
Android Newsgroup Downloader
SBNews / News Robot

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