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Saturday 26th March 2005 1:30 PM [General]

This (Flash, but definitely worth it!) is just way too cool!

Friday 25th March 2005 3:26 PM [General]

Long-time users of Awasu will know already how we manage the release cycle but the number of new users coming on board is increasing dramatically every month and there has been a bit of confusion about the difference between alpha, beta and general releases and how each one works.

So I've updated the FAQ with a few new entries:

And while I was in there, I also added this one:


Thursday 24th March 2005 4:42 PM [Awasu News]

These past two weeks have been somewhat unusual for me in that I've had a pretty clear schedule (but just to make up for it, I've been ill :-() so I've been banging away furiously on my keyboard getting the next release ready. The main improvements:

  • a toolbar in My Channels that shows the currently active channel filter
  • the ability to change the order of folders
  • an option to hide empty folders
  • folders can be configured to show how many channels they contain

This release completes the work on My Channels folders so it's bug fixes and minor improvements for a while and that'll be the 2.1.1 beta release.

Saturday 12th March 2005 12:14 PM [General]

To us!

Thankfully, I managed to put this retrospective together before our third birthday rolled around :roll:

Friday 11th March 2005 12:33 PM [General]

Hot on the heels of the 2.1.1.alpha1 release comes a new extension from Mathew Gower.

Enclosure Transfer is a channel hook for Awasu that turns Awasu into a podcast client for iTunes. The program automatically transfers MP3 enclosures downloaded by Awasu to iTunes, synchronizing a connected iPod. It also maintains the iTunes library of files, removing orphaned file links. The benefit of using Awasu in this fashion is that the user gains immediate access to show notes and blog entries associated with podcasts.

Thanks mate!

It really is quite easy to extend Awasu by writing a channel hook or plugin channel and there are lots of examples in the Samples sub-directory. Some are only a few lines long! Full documentation can be found in the online help and you can always post any questions in the forums.

You too can achieve fame, fortune, all the girls and eternal happiness by getting your extension posted up on the Awasu website! Just ask Mathew :wink:

Thursday 10th March 2005 6:48 PM [General]

The latest article from Paul Graham.

Imagine talking to a customer support person who not only knew everything about the product, but would apologize abjectly if there was a bug, and then fix it immediately, while you were on the phone with them. Customers loved us. And we loved them, because when you're growing slow by word of mouth, your first batch of users are the ones who were smart enough to find you by themselves. There is nothing more valuable, in the early stages of a startup, than smart users. If you listen to them, they'll tell you exactly how to make a winning product. And not only will they give you this advice for free, they'll pay you.

Of course, this means that all of you who are using Awasu now, you're the smart ones! :-) :wink: I don't do phone support but have certainly apologized abjectly for bugs and other problems via email and in the forums.

Well, it's embarrassing! :oops:

Thursday 10th March 2005 6:24 PM [Awasu News]

Woo hoo! Check it out! Folders in My Channels!

This has taken quite a bit longer than I would've liked but as is often the case when writing Windows UI stuff, things tend to work almost how you want them to but not quite, so you have to spend an inordinate amount of time hacking around trying to fix things :-(

It's still a work in progress and a little rough around the edges but it's coming along well. All of the testers seem to like it, which is always a good sign :-) This release also contains some optimizations to help make Awasu more responsive when it's working hard doing channel updates plus some other goodies people have asked for.

Have fun! :-D

Tuesday 8th March 2005 11:27 AM [General]

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