January 18, 2003


The release of Syndirella did not go quite smooth, after all - I got quite a few exception reports since the release. Thus, I have to release an updated version, fixing the most common problems reported.

Here's the details:

  • Probably fixed the problems with toolbar creation. It was not related to Windows 2000, as I initially thought. The problem was fixed by upgrading to the latest version of UtilityLibrary. It does some hairy things when initializing toolbars, and for some users it just didn't work right. I wasn't ever able to reproduce the problem myself, so if it still remains, please shout.

  • Fixed several RSS autodiscovery issues. For instance, Syndirella produced exceptions when adding feeds at online.effbot.org and Hack the Planet.

  • Fixed the ArgumentOutOfRange exception that was produced if a feed was removed before it finished updating.

I'll respond to feedback tomorrow - sorry, have to get some sleep. :-)

Get the binaries and sources at the usual location.

And I really owe a lot of thanks to Francois Planque for his help in testing this version.

Posted by yole at January 18, 2003 01:47 AM | TrackBack

Congratulations, yole. Syndirella is an outstanding application. While I'll admit I still miss the look of Amphetadesk a bit, the functionality and ease-of-reading features in Syndirella have made me an instant convert. Mark Pilgrim's comments on diveintomark.org are right on the money.

A few features I'd like to see added in a later release:
* option to turn off the auto-hiding of the feed panel and the article panel when browsing external links.
* option to always have the url bar visible, so I can type an url without having to click through a link in an article first
* drag-and-rearrange sorting of the Feed list
* ability to mark an item as unread.
* option to supply a default stylesheet to be used in the main panel, and per-feed stylesheets.
* toolbar button to jump to the homepage of the active feed

Thanks again, yole. You've improved my newsreading immensely.


Posted by: Jason Clark on January 18, 2003 05:40 AM

Excellent app... Please continue development.

As for additional features / feedback. The ability to "select all" and mark as read or unread would be nice.



Posted by: Kevin on January 18, 2003 10:21 AM

I have to say it again: Syndirella is great! And 0.9a fixes some of the problems I had with a double buttonbar and inability to add a feed.
My list of feeds and item titles still only display the first letter of the feed/item (as James Kew mentioned in his comment on your previous post). I'm also using win98 and the latest .NET. Hope this helps... ;-)

Posted by: Roel on January 18, 2003 01:21 PM

Ditto: I'm still seeing the first-letter-only bug on 0.9a and .NET Framework SP2. The double button-bar is fixed.

Posted by: James Kew on January 19, 2003 04:28 PM
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