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Wednesday 26th March 2003 8:00 PM [Awasu News]

Awasu 1.0.2 has been released. This is a beta release. Some features may not be complete and the software may be unstable. Install at your own risk! You may need to do some basic computer maintenance tasks to get this release to run.

Channel hooks are the most powerful feature of Awasu and transform it from being just another RSS reader to something much more profound ... Browsers such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla and every other RSS reader available today are passive tools - they simply display the data as it arrives without understanding anything about what they are showing. Channel hooks allow Awasu to monitor information as it comes in, analyze it and respond to it.

There are plenty of other not-so-profound features as well :-). In particular, if you use a PDA to read your news offline, you will want to check this release out.

Wednesday 19th March 2003 8:00 PM [Awasu News]

MX articleThis is so cool! MX is a widely distributed and read magazine here in Melbourne so this article gave us a lot of exposure.

"The program is changing the way people are using the Internet," Muraoka said.

"You tell it what you're interested in and the program will look for you and deliver the information to your desktop instead of you surfing the net.

Awasu will keep an eye on what's happening around the globe and lets you know about events as soon as they happen."

You have no idea how long it took to squish the three of us into that tiny bubble! :-)

Monday 17th March 2003 8:00 PM [Awasu News]

A new forum has been set up for those of you who want to try your hand at writing plugins.

One of the most powerful features of Awasu is its extensibility. You can write small programs (channel plugins) to generate RSS feeds from any data source at all, not just those published by a web site. You can monitor information stored in databases, the status of a running program or perhaps a device plugged into your computer.

Or you can write application plugins that add functionality to Awasu itself, such as the Syndic8 plugin that comes as standard that lets you search's database of RSS feeds.

And coming soon are channel hooks, actions that can be performed when things happen on a channel. For example, you can send out emails when new items are found, store links in a database or monitor a channel in a ticker window.

Each forum also has its own RSS feed and so you can get Awasu to notify you when new threads are posted. Make sure Awasu is running and click on the orange XML button at the bottom of each forum to start the Channel Wizard.

Thursday 13th March 2003 8:00 PM [Awasu News]

From Microdoc News:

Tired of surfing from site-to-site to see if there are any updates? Want to get notified when a site updates? Want to track your parcels as they are delivered but do not want to log-in at the parcel site each time? Want to read the headlines of your favorite weblogs without having to surf to each of them? Need to monitor the progress of an online auction? Then what you need is not just an RSS news-reader; you need Awasu!

Thanks for the review and glad you like it!