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Postby MysteryFCM » Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:35 pm

.. no really;

GreatNews RSS Reader 1.0 Beta (360)

Overview (homepage isn't formatted to get all of the features info):

Full page reading
You don't tear newspaper into pieces to read them. Why should reading rss news articles be any different? GreatNews is optimized for full page reading, so you can scan through rss articles quickly. Combined with functions like "Open Next Unread Channel", you don't need to waste any time to find where all the unread articles are.

GreatNews is extremely fast. Even with hundreds of rss feed subscriptions, GreatNews's response is always instantaneous. You can opt to show news from all channels on the same page. And you have full control over how many articles can be displayed at once. GreatNews takes care of pagination for you.

.. and much much more!;

- Support all major feed formats, including RSS 0.9x, 1.0(rdf), 2.0, Atom 0.30 and 1.0. Support popular extensionslike dublin core, content:encoding etc.

- Integrated internet browser, with popup blocking. Working closely with default browser like Firefox.

- With Import/Export wizard, you can import/export all channel subscriptions in a single step.

- Export rss articles to rss 2.0 format. You can also customize the export by selecting channel/group/label, and/or applying filters.

- Bloglines.com integration
Read everywhere at Bloglines.com, but read twice as fast at your desk.

- Full text search with keyword highlights.

- 100% Unicode support. Displays international languages on the same page. Use any languages anywhere in GreatNews, including Search, Label and News watch.

- "Channel Organizer" helps organize channel subscriptions in one place. Use "Find Channel" to locate your subscriptions quickly.

- Support HTTP Conditional GETs and gzip/deflate encoding to reduce bandwidth consumption.


Download: http://www.curiostudio.com/download.html

Recommend the no-install package myself (why setup when you don't have to?).

Tis the first dedicated RSS reader that I actually like! (makes the feed look pretty cool too, hehe).

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Postby JeanInMontana » Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:40 pm

Hmmm I might have to give that one a try. I got the one for FF called Sage and am very disappointed. All I get is an email telling me what ever site I have subscribed to has a new post etc. Not what I had in mind. :(
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Postby TeMerc » Mon Jan 30, 2006 6:52 pm

This one I'm running seems to have a glitch with picking up new stuff.

Seems no matter what settings I use, it will on occasion (much more than I'd like) pull all the articles from whatever feed, and I have to mark them all as 'Read' again. :twisted:

I have it set to check every 10 minutes, and far too many times it will still pull old feeds. I wonder if this is also due to the site publishing? ?>!

Maybe I'll give this one a shot.

Steven, any glitches with it, and how long have you had it installed?
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Postby MysteryFCM » Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:02 pm

Tom,
With regards to your issue, it could be (assuming it's with a specific feed) that the site is not marking the thread with a "last updated" value ... or is updating it with the date it was pulled?

Had GreatNews installed since around 15 mins before posting about it and haven't noticed any problems yet :)
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Postby TeMerc » Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:08 pm

It's on random feeds, but most all of them at one time or another. And it seems to pull some dates from orig posting too, weird.

Well, I'll see how you like this one, and give it a shot too.
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Postby MysteryFCM » Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:18 pm

In that case, it's most likely a problem with the reader ;)
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Postby TeMerc » Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:51 pm

Well, I switched today to this Great News reader, and I love it!!

It works like it's supposed to, gettin feeds that ya specify, fresh ones. That other reader wasn't quite good at that rofl

Couple of things tho:
    1: wish I could minimize to sys tray with menu\toolbar
    2: wish I cold pull it up without havin to go to sys tray


I imagine had I installed complete package I could have pinned it to start menu and added it to Startup Cop. But I'll have to live with it I guess.

Just noticed they have a forum, I'll have to check it out.
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Postby clif_notes » Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:28 pm

TeMerc wrote:Well, I switched today to this Great News reader, and I love it!!


Cool, could you nab a screenshot and tell us about some of it's features?
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Postby TeMerc » Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:51 pm

Well Steven already provided most of the features, so here are a few more screens:

Toolbar:
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This thing is just much more efficiantly coded too, it uses far less resources than the RSS Reader I had installed. It takes literally just about 3-5 seconds to check all the 64 feeds I have currently set up.

And it pulls the feeds that are new, which the other reader had trouble with.
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Postby clif_notes » Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:58 am

I've noticed you really like that font. Thanks for the shots.
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Postby TeMerc » Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:05 pm

I just wanted to say that this RSS reader is an amazing bit of work. It saves me so much time, I can't believe it.

Checking so many sites every 15 minutes in a matter of less than a few seconds is so time saving, I dunno how I did without one before.

Thanks Steven for passing it on to us, I urge all of you to try it.

I'm up to about 80 diff feeds to collect info from.
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Postby MysteryFCM » Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:07 pm

My pleasure :)
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Postby TeMerc » Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:21 pm


Way cool....lil mistake tho in typing:

Support all major feed formats, including RSS 0.9x, 1.0(rdf), 2.0, Atom 0.30 and 1.0. Support popular extensionslike dublin core, content:encoding etc

I'm pretty sure a space needs to be between extensions and like. :P

I dunno why that jumped out at me, but it did, and I'm not gonna say if there are any other errors either....cuz I know if I do, I'll get busted by someone else finding something rofl
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Postby MysteryFCM » Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:23 pm

hehe, the spelling error is actually the fault of the author (tis the same on his website), but I'll have it corrected in a few mins :)
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Postby JeanInMontana » Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:11 pm

Will this work in Firefox?
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Postby MysteryFCM » Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:21 pm

Great News?....... it's an external application - it doesn't have anything to do with the browser ;)
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Postby JeanInMontana » Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:38 pm

Oh...the screen shots look like it is a sidebar.....even better then won't take up any browser space!
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Postby MysteryFCM » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:13 pm

W H A T'S N E W

Ver 1.0 (Build 363) released on 2/20/2006
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+Added: Channel->Rename(F2) to rename a channel/group/watch/label directly on the tree.
+Added: Label tree nodes now show total number of items with the label.
+Added: If a channel/group has labelled items, GreatNews now warns user twice before deleting it. (Thanks gardenia)
+Added: CTRL+S to save current web page
+Added: Serbian language pack (Thank you very much Djurasinovic!)
-Fixed: When reloading modified items, GreatNews may mark wrong item unread if the feed has no valid guid (Thanks SteveAgl)
-Fixed: GreatNews shows minimize-to-tray animation regardless Windows setting (Thanks flock)


Ver 1.0 (Build 362) released on 2/13/2006
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+Added: GreatNews now supports plugins to extend BlogThis functions.
A demo plugin is included to support w.Bloggar. Source code will be released this week. It's fairly easy to support other blogging tools now.

+Added: Koren language pack (Thank you very much Moon sung-wook!)
+Added: Czech language pack (Thank you very much Tirsor!)


Ver 1.0 (Build 361) released on 2/7/2006
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+Added: GreatNews now refreshes channel favicons weekly. (Thanks Mordac)
-Fixed: Adding then removing a label will prevent an item being cleaned up. (Thanks rodeoclown)
-Fixed: in "mark read interactively" mode, the last page won't be marked read if user switched channel.
-Fixed: Removing then adding many channels at once may mess up favicons (Thanks sen)
-Fixed: changed podcasting .oog to .ogg (Thanks marsh)
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Postby TeMerc » Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:55 pm

Steven the site says 360 still, have you DLed the new version yet, and if so, do you just install over the old?

I joined the forum there and psoted a couple of things, one to congratulate them on the award you posted about, and then to inquire about the install.
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Postby MysteryFCM » Tue Feb 21, 2006 11:29 pm

The newer builds are pre-releases (from what I can tell anyway) and can just be installed over the current installation (tis what I did ;)).

hehe, and thankyou ;) (was beginning to think I was alone on that thread, lol)
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Postby JeanInMontana » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:59 am

How do you turn off the damn balloon notification? I can't take it anymore!
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Postby MysteryFCM » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:11 am

Tools > Options > Usability ;)
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Postby TeMerc » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:16 am

I installed over old copy, yet it still says version 360 :(
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Postby JeanInMontana » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:18 am

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Postby MysteryFCM » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:20 am

Are you using the no-setup package? (had no problems upgrading here)
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Postby JeanInMontana » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:22 am

TeMerc wrote:I installed over old copy, yet it still says version 360 :(


I just installed it last night and directly from the site I have 360. <?>
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Postby MysteryFCM » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:26 am

Here you go....... exactly the same file I used to upgrade ;)

http://archive.mysteryfcm.co.uk/interne ... atnews.zip

Make sure it isn't running in the tray when upgrading or it'll not work ;)
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Postby JeanInMontana » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:33 am

I did use the .exe file, not the zip.
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Postby MysteryFCM » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:41 am

I never use setup's unless I have to ;)
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