rondalescott wrote:2) For context, I'm coming from FeedDemon.
We're always very glad to see people coming from FeedDemon
rondalescott wrote:* But at the same time, Awasu is remarkably easy if you just want to set it up to monitor newsfeeds. Basic RSS users have no problem using it either.
Yep. Non-techie users are a group of people that we have specifically tried to cater for.
rondalescott wrote:* Wow, SOAP requests? Post-download XSLT? Is there anything this app doesn't do? Wouldn't be surprised to see the kitchen sink in there next. I just love how many unique features are in there.
The kitchen sink? We're working on it. One thing I'd like to add is the ability to chain multiple XSLT's so that you could have more than one being applied to a channel e.g. an Atom-to-RSS transformation and then another one to reverse the item order
rondalescott wrote:* Importing from OPML should be a standard feature in every newsreader. But many do not offer this. The fact that Awasu does is *heartening*.
Yep. I did a quick review of the competition the other week and while other readers can import from OPML, I still think that Awasu's implementation is the best i.e. you can pick and choose and preview the feeds to see if they're worth subscribing to before doing so.
rondalescott wrote:* I really like the ability to add menus for my feeds to the tray menu.
If you check out our first birthday retrospective
, this was actually one of the very first features that was ever implemented
rondalescott wrote:* Ability to consume Atom feeds natively (without using a plugin)
This will be coming very soon. The next beta is in the final round of testing and after that will be another general (i.e. non-beta) release. After that, we will start work on archiving content and native Atom support will be part of that since we will be revamping the internal object model.
rondalescott wrote:* While categorization is nice, it would be even nicer to see all those categories and their contents implemented as a more conventional treeview. It would also be nice if it were a little more obvious exactly which channel filter you were currently using.
Yes, both popular requests and have been on The List for a while. I've just been busy working on higher priority features
rondalescott wrote:* The rich per-feed settings are a double-edged sword. It is rather difficult to set settings for groups of feeds. I realize there is an external utility for this but it would be very nice if it were built into the app.
Again, yes. One thing that I want to add when My Channels becomes a treeview is the ability to multi-select channels and bring up the Channel Properties dialog to edit all of them. Again, it's just a question of prioritizing features. Awasu stores channel settings in standard INI files so we sometimes just write a little Python script to do bulk updates :hack: :hack:
rondalescott wrote:* I would like to see Awasu act a little bit more like a real tabbed browser. Right now you get different feeds in tabs; but it would be very nice if I could middle-click on links and have them open in new windows, and middle-click tabs to have them close. This would support my standard usage pattern when using FeedDemon, and would make the app much more comfortable for me. Though I admit the read-me list in the workpad can largely duplicate the effects of my FeedDemon usage pattern.
The IE context menu has an option to "Open in Awasu." I looked at double-clicking on tabs to close them a while back but it turned out to be trickier than I first thought and was going to take more time than I had so it got put on hold. I only have a two-button mouse so I'm in no big rush to add middle-button support
rondalescott wrote:* I realize this is totally pie-in-the-sky, and I realize there's a hack to do this, but native support for the Gecko engine (Mozilla/FireFox/NetScape) in addition to IE would be super-nice.
I agree. Again, priorities.
rondalescott wrote:* Some kind of popup killer would be most welcome.
rondalescott wrote:* I'd love to see a more configurable item list (i.e. the upper-right pane). Like, maybe if I could add a couple of columns for subject/author/age/publish date/whatever. That would be nice.
Once we go to the new object model, this is something I will be looking at. The plan has always been for Awasu to be a powerful knowledge management tool and metadata is obviously a crucial part of that.
rondalescott wrote:* This is admittedly another pie-in-the-sky, but if there were an implementation of some kind of scraping algorithm like Radio's RssDistiller, or Aggie's RssHarvest, that would be really neat.
We already have a plugin that scrapes web pages. Just waiting for Allan to finish writing the documentation
We also want to put together a little UI to help people construct the necessary regular expressions. I'm hoping to find a bit of time to do that over the next few weeks. Let us know if you're interested in giving the plugin a whirl.
Thanks for all the feedback and ideas. If you go through these forums, you will see that a lot of what people have suggested have made it into the app and it's that much stronger because of it. There's so much I want to add but I have to be a bit ruthless when it comes to prioritizing my efforts. But it all goes on to The List and I will get around to doing most of them eventually.
BTW, let us know how you go with the source control plugin. I've been meaning to write one for ages and would be happy to work with you on this or any other plugins you might want to write.