January 18, 2003

Requests for Help

Phew. The stream of exception reports seems to have finally stopped - 0.9a does fix the worst problems. So now I can relax a bit.

The fact is, I could use some help with Syndirella development. None of the following items require programming experience, so should be quite easy for anyone.

Web Feed Settings: If you configured any Web feeds in Syndirella, please use the "Export" button in the feed configuration dialog to save the settings to an XML file, and send those files to me. To save the users the trouble of manual configuration, I'd like to create a repository of scrape settings for popular sites. (This will be much, much easier some time later... maybe. No promises.)

Graphics: Currently, all Syndirella graphics are programmer art at its worst - I cannot draw, and I'm not too proficient in using graphics editors. I really need a better icon (16x16 and 32x32) and a better tray animation (16x16, not necessarily 5 steps - could be more or less). I also need two new toolbar buttons - "expand browser" and "collapse browser" (for hiding and showing the feed list and item list panes.) Better replacements for the existing buttons are also welcome.

Installer: Syndirella needs a simple installer. Nothing fancy, no MSI for God's sake - just a single-file installer package that can check if the .NET Framework is installed and upgrade existing Syndirella installations. This should be easy to create with something like Ghost Installer or Nullsoft Install System. I can certainly do it myself, but it is a completely standalone task, and easily done by something else.

And of course, patches are welcome too. (We already have some, in fact. :-) ) If you want to work on something serious, please contact me in advance to discuss the details.

Thanks in advance for all your help! And thanks for all the feedback I'm already getting!

Posted by yole at January 18, 2003 10:25 AM | TrackBack

Hey yole...

Have you had any feedback on your request for help?


Posted by: Kevin on January 20, 2003 10:28 AM

Can I suggest that you leave out the tray animation. I think a static icon that changes slightly when you have new messages would be much cleaner.

Posted by: Doug Patterson on January 21, 2003 01:49 PM
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