IMPORTANT: This is an alpha release (what's this?).
Some features are not complete and you will find bugs!
You must be already running 2.2.
- Read the release notes below first!
- Backup your Awasu installation directory and keep it, even if
the alpha appears to work correctly.
- Unpack one (!) of the following zips on top of your existing installation:
- If you are running Windows NT/2K/XP, you also need to unpack this zip file in the Awasu installation directory.
- Run ArchiveMaintenance.exe (in the Awasu installation directory) to upgrade your databases.
Offline feed items
Awasu can now automatically download linked-to feed items so that they can be read while offline. This can be turned on for each channel individually on the Advanced page of the Channel Properties dialog.
Feed items that are available offline will be marked with a special icon in the channel summary pages ().
If you are offline, clicking on a feed item will automatically show the saved version instead, or you can just click on the available offline icon (even if you're online).
It should be noted that web pages tend to be complicated affairs these days and saving them for reading offline is not a simple task.
Web pages often contain scripts that try to connect to other web sites which will obviously not work if you are offline.
This means that you will sometimes see a delay when opening these offline feed items, or the page will sometimes not display properly (because it's trying to get stylesheets, etc. from other sites).
However, the content will always be available, which is the most important thing.
IMPORTANT: This feature only works if you use Internet Explorer to read the offline feed items. Awasu stores the web pages using the Internet-standard RFC 2557 format which is not supported by Mozilla.
The usual caveats about being considerate and not needlessly burning up huge amounts of other peoples' bandwidth apply. Of course, this feature also has the potential to burn up huge amounts of your disk space as well :-)
This feature is available only in the Professional Edition.
LATE-BREAKING BUG: You must have Auto-detect an Internet connection turned on in the Program Options (Advanced page) for Awasu to automatically switch to showing the saved feed items when you are offline.
Offline feed item images
Feed items often have images embedded in them which will be displayed as ugly "broken image" boxes (e.g. ) if you are offline.
Awasu can now download these images and show them instead if you are offline.
This feature can be turned on from the Archive page of the Program Options dialog and affects all channels.
It is possible to restrict where images can be downloaded from so that you don't download ads, etc. However, testing showed that it's less annoying to see the ads than the "broken image" markers, so this feature is turned off by default.
Publishers often host images at a domain other than the one where their feed is coming from so these would have to be individually allowed as well.
NOTE: When you are offline, Awasu replaces <img> URL's with special ones that Awasu itself will handle.
This means that if you copy a feed item's HTML to use elsewhere (e.g. because you want to quote it in one of your own blog posts), the image URL's will be incorrect.
This feature is available only in the Advanced and Professional Editions.
LATE-BREAKING BUG: You must have Auto-detect an Internet connection turned on in the Program Options (Advanced page) for Awasu to automatically switch to showing the saved images when you are offline.
- Atom 1.0. Awasu now recognizes Atom 1.0. Woo hoo!
- Internationalization. Awasu has had its guts ripped out, re-organized and stuffed back in to allow it to be run in different languages (e.g. Japanese, hint hint...).
Unfortunately, this means an awful lot of work and architectural changes were made under the hood but if you're running in English, everything will look exactly the same :-(
Please keep an eye out for any funny messages or other things that don't look quite right in the UI.
Minor changes and bug fixes
- Fixed a problem if the user's Windows account name contains a single quote.
- SHIFT-Click in a workpad or the Sidebar now opens the item in a new (default) browser window.
- The Click/SHIFT-Click behaviour in item panes, workpads, the Sidebar and Tasks Pane can now be reversed.
Open your user's CONFIG.INI file (with Awasu not running), find the
ReverseItemShiftClickBehaviour=0 line and change the 0 to 1.
- Download GZIP-encoded feeds correctly.
- Generate more informative error messages if something goes wrong during a download.
- Fixed a bug where the Find Channel dialog would not recognize changes you had made to settings when you click OK.
- Fixed the computer-destroying Atom feed of horror where Awasu would go into an infinite loop if a feed failed to parse and had a single definitive auto-discovery link that pointed to itself.
- Added the ability to control the format of date/time stamps in channel summary pages and reports.
- Took out the ability to disable archiving.
- Removed the reminder to optimize the archive database.
It is still recommended that this be done regularly but is no longer considered essential.
- Disabled Auto-hide workpads by default.
- Minor UI changes.
- Upgraded to the latest version of our GUI toolkit.
- The channel images shown at the top of the channel summary pages should included in the offline-feed-item-images framework.
- Clicking on a feed item's available offline icon () does not mark it as read.
- Offline feed items and images will sometimes just stop working. Awasu needs to be restarted to get them going again.
- More work is still needed to tighten up the handling of text vs. HTML content/titles so please don't complain that Awasu is failing Phil Ringnalda's Atom 1.0 <title> tests (yet). The parser is handling everything OK but the UI still needs to be made a bit smarter.