January 18, 2003

What's next

A major part of the feedback I've been getting is feature requests. So, to keep the responses in one place, here is what's planned for the nearest future.

First, I'll concentrate on all the little features that didn't go into 0.9 because I didn't want to drown in feature creep - I felt that getting something out was more important. So here's some of the things planned for 0.91:

  • HTTP proxy support.

  • Possibility to mark items as unread.

  • Option not to expand the browser pane when links are clicked, and a button for quick expanding/collapsing of the browser.

  • Possibility to customize the font used for the browser pane.

  • Double-clicking an item will open the permalink for that item, and double-clicking a feed will open its homepage.

  • Correct support for Cyrillic (CP-1251) feeds.

  • Support for dragging and dropping URLs onto the Syndirella window.

  • And some other things I have in my to-do list.

After that, I'm going to finally implement a decent way of sorting and organizing feeds. This is probably the most important shortcoming of the current Syndirella UI. It would be easy to replace the listview with a treeview - but I don't really like the idea of using the treeview here. I think there is really no need to have multiple levels in the hierarchy - one level of grouping should be enough. Thus, I'm thinking of implementing collapsible groups looking somewhat like the Opera 7 mail client.

Also, I'll add some way to sort and/or reorder feeds within a group. Nothing fancy is needed here - just a popup menu option to sort the feeds in a group alphabetically, and drag & drop for manual reordering.

Posted by yole at January 18, 2003 02:51 PM | TrackBack

Syndirella already seems to have HTTP proxy support. It appears to use the same proxy as specified in IE.

I would like the option to enable links to be launched into the default browser rather than staying within Syndirella/IE.

Posted by: james on January 18, 2003 04:44 PM

Unfortunately this built-in proxy support does not seem to prompt for user authentication support if this is required. Without this, I receive a (407) Proxy Authentication Required. Hopefully this can be fixed soon.

Posted by: A.J. Wilson on January 30, 2003 05:50 PM
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