January 17, 2003

Feedback. Yes, Feedback.

Frankly speaking, I was really quite nervous about the release of Syndirella. It is not quite the first time I release anything to the public, but still - I really wanted to do everything right. I didn't sleep too well the night after the release, and uneasily approached my computer after I woke up.

First, it looked like there was no real reason to be nervous. The world didn't turn around. Dave Winer gave me a one-line mention on Scripting News, just about as I expected. I got about 100 hits during the night, and a couple of reports about a nasty problem - for some users, Syndirella fails to create the toolbar. It's quite a bad thing when the user downloads the application and it crashes right on startup, but that's how things are with first public betas - and I got to see that the "send exception stack trace by e-mail" feature is also working nicely.

But this is about as close to the world turning around as I could possibly expect. :-) Mark Pilgrim did notice Syndirella. And - well, see for yourself. :-)

Thanks, Mark. Now I know it is worth spending my time working on Syndirella. Despite all the other news aggregators for .NET that are now popping everywhere like mushrooms after the rain.

Posted by yole at January 17, 2003 08:30 PM | TrackBack

Yes! It is worth spending your time! I really like Syndirella so far, even if I am one of the ones that can't see the toolbar yet. Just imagine how much I'll like it when the toolbar starts working :)


Posted by: Rod K on January 17, 2003 09:49 PM

You know, the only thing I hate about Syndirella is the fact that I spent $19 on Newzcrawler a few days ago for a friend :). It rocks. Good work.

Posted by: Jonas on January 17, 2003 09:54 PM

For me it is giving error

"the application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click ok to terminate the application."

i have XP professional os on my machince..


Posted by: pramod on January 17, 2003 10:28 PM

Wondering if you have heard of any errors regarding the display of the text. All I can see in the window panes is the first letter of each item. For example, where it should read "Feed" it reads "F" and where is should read "Date" it reads "D". I am using Windows 98 from work, but I will try it out at home with my XP machine.

Posted by: Doug on January 17, 2003 11:42 PM

Two odd problems on my machine (Win98, IE6, and just installed .NET Framework from Windows Update):

a) My toolbar has 12 icons: the normal 6 and then the same 6 repeated.

b) All columns in all list views are showing only the first character: for example, on yole's devblog I get 'y' at left, '1 F' '1 P' '1 S' etc at right.

Posted by: James Kew on January 17, 2003 11:49 PM

I, too, have found your Syndirella to be the best aggregator so far! I have spent the last week, trying out at least 6-8 different aggregators... yours is the best!

Thanks for your hard work! Can't wait to see what some of your future enhancements may be...

Posted by: Kenneth LeFebvre on January 18, 2003 12:30 AM

I have downloaded and installed Syndirella on win2k pro. A couple of problems

I read a long list of blogs and tried to install the feeds using Insert plus the URL.

I like the fact that it offers a web feed alternative if it can't find an RSS file, but the dialogue makes no sense to me. It asks for "Title starts with" and "ends with" but doesn't specify what kind of information you are asking for. Is it the title of the blog, the item or the initial letter, the whole word etc. Some clear instruction is needed.

The same applies to description. I have no idea what is meant by the term in this context. Do I use my own description of the site so that I will be able to identify it in some other context or is there a "description" contained somewhere in the site that I have to use? Same for "ends description", date start/ end (even more confusing but at least optional)

What I don't understand is why you ask for this information when I want to gain access to a feed from the site and therefore can't know where to start and end any of the parameters; what I want is "everything that I haven't read"

I found that when attempting to find some RSS feeds via Syndic8 the application appeared to hang, although came up in the task bar as Running. This happened several times and eventually returned to operation and I continued. However, at last the whole application hung and, when I tried to "End Now" Windows said that Syndirella was waiting for input from me, however although i could raise the window for Syndirella, all the field areas and buttons were blanked out.

I ended the application anyway and when I restarted found that all the feeds I had subscribed to were now missing. I assumed that since they were appearing in the left bar, Syndirella had taken note of their existence. Apparently not. How do I tell Syndirella to "Save these Feeds"?

I like the interface, and I'm sure it will be excellent, but these problems are making it unusable just now. I am happy to help with sorting out how to explain this stuff to people, like me, who aren't techies.


Posted by: Earl Mardle on January 21, 2003 04:31 AM
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