February 08, 2003

Crossing off

Sam Ruby gives his list of reasons why he likes the Radio aggregator better than Syndirella. Here's my list of responses.

  • Accessing subscriptions from outside the program: I actually plan to implement support for the Radio aggregator API. But for now, there is quite a lot of more urgent problems and requests, so the subscription control API will have to wait for a couple of versions.

  • Control-clicking on links: I will support some way of clicking on links that will force them to be opened in a new window. Looks like Shift-clicking is intercepted by IE, so I will need to use something else. Middle-clicking would be certainly good, but a bit harder to implement.

  • Making the post author more apparent: I will add a more visible display of the item properties (author and title) above the item text itself. I haven't yet decided on the implementation strategy yet (either add that directly to the HTML text and allow restyling with custom stylesheets, or add a separate pane like the e-mail clients do).

  • Feed sorting: Coming in version 0.92. I do not want to implement something temporary now, because I would have to scrape this code after 0.91 is released and the new feed list implementation goes in.

  • Reviewing today's items: Two things are coming here. First, Syndirella will probably get the ability to show an aggregated list of all posts in a group (or in all subscribed feeds). Second, it will be possible to mark an item as "permanent" and to see the list of all items with this mark. But both of these will have to wait until 0.92.

  • Marking all items in all feeds as read: Coming in 0.91.

Come back in a month or two, and you won't be disappointed. :-)

Posted by yole at February 8, 2003 10:51 PM | TrackBack
Comments

You might want to have a look at BottomFeeder:

http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/BottomFeeder - a free, open source, cross platform aggregator. i'm releasing version 2.7 today. BottomFeeder is moving towards being an RSS and network 'hub' application - it supports plugging in applications at runtime - there's a simple IRC client and a simple MSN IM client available already. Have a look - we (the developers) are more than open to suggestions. The project is hosted on SourceForge and Freshmeat as well.

Posted by: James Robertson on February 9, 2003 01:18 AM

Wouldn't it be a problem for people who don't have mice with middle buttons?

Posted by: tamaracks on February 9, 2003 09:21 AM

Middle-clicking will not be the only way to open links in a new window. The point is that I do have a four-button mouse myself (a Logitech Dual Optical), and of course I want to utilize it as much as possible. The Back button on my mouse is already used by Syndirella, but the wheel button is not.

Posted by: Dmitry Jemerov on February 9, 2003 10:04 AM

Hmm. How about a function to automatically export the feeds list OPML on shutdown, and re-import it on startup, allowing people to write things to automatically sync it to their web-page?

Posted by: Aquarion on February 9, 2003 08:42 PM

Aquarion: This function is definitely planned. Auto-export may make its way to 0.91, and auto-import will probably have to wait for a while more, but eventually they'll both be implemented.

Posted by: Dmitry Jemerov on February 10, 2003 10:21 AM
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