IMPORTANT: This is an alpha release. Some features are not complete and you will find bugs!
If you have not done so already, please read the release notes for alpha2. Some things in this document may not make sense otherwise.
If you have already installed alpha2, do not install this release on top of it. It won't work. Instead, go back to your saved 2.0 installation (you did save it, right...?) and install on top of that.
If you haven't installed alpha2, save your 2.0 installation (for the same reasons listed in the alpha2 release notes) and unpack the alpha3 zip on top of your existing installation.
Here's the release: Awasu-PersonalEdition-v2.0.1.alpha3.zip
The biggest problem I had was keeping track of which items are new/unread and how many. In hindsight, this is perhaps not that surprising - Awasu now has so many options to control what exactly gets shown for each channel (e.g. only unread items from the last 10 days or new items only) that figuring these details out (at a reasonable speed) is a very complicated process.
It would be appreciated if you turn on the unread item counts in My Channels (Display tab in the Program Options) and keep an eye on the values to make sure they are correct. Especially if you have a slower machine - I definitely want to see how it performs on older boxen.
It would also be good to set the default length of time to archive content for (Search tab in the Program Options) to something really small, to test the purging of old content. For example, I have this set to 3 days and by default, show content from the last 2 days (Display tab of the Program Options). Awasu is smart enough to recognize that items that were purged should not be flagged as new the next time the channel is updated but there might be a bug in there that I haven't been able to nail down yet so keep an eye out for it.
All components in the release zip should now work properly. Barring any bug fixes, this completes all the archiving-related changes for the next beta. There will be one or two alphas after this one but they will introduce other non-archiving features.
There are some new settings on the Save Sync Data dialog. Historical data controls how much historical data to send as part of the sync data. This needs to be at least as big as the number of days you usually have between sync operations. For example, if you sync between home and work, there can be a gap of 3 days between syncs (Friday morning to Monday morning) so this parameter must be greater than 3. It makes the sync data file a bit bigger but not much. Setting it too low will not have any serious consequences other than some items being flagged incorrectly as being new.
You also have the option of including the last feed for each channel
in the sync data file. This produces much bigger sync data files and is
slower to process but gives better results (since once you sync the
other machine, you will immediately be up-to-date instead of having to
wait for all your channels to finish their first update).
IMPORTANT: Something weird has just started happening and Awasu
seems to insist on crashing when it reads or writes to the database
after doing an optimize (manual or automatic). If you get this problem,
please let me know and turn automatic optimization off :-)