RSS Reader

RSS feed reader for windows phone 7.

Beginning with Version 1.3, RSS reader has a backup and restore option as application bar menu item in the settings page. If you want to use this feature, you need to install PhoneExchangeService on your pc or home server.

14 Responses to RSS Reader

  1. wp7 says:

    hallo,
    ich finde die Mango-Version ist sehr gelungen und macht sie wegen des Metro-Designs zur best-aussehendendsten RSS App für WP7.

    jedoch fehlen noch einige wichtige Funktionen:
    – man sollte mehrere Feeds auf einmal auswählen können (wie im Mail- Hub)
    – sehr gutes Live-Tile. Aber auf der Rückseite sollten die neuesten News stehen… 🙂
    – kann man die Feed-Anzeige (feed lesen) nicht auch so machen wie im Mail Hub?

    • tgerbermcpd says:

      das mit den mehreren Feeds verstehe ich nicht ganz.
      Im Live Tile ist leider zu wenig Platz um eine News unterbringen zu können. Die nächste Version wird aber u.a. mehrere Tiles ermöglichen, also ein Tile pro Feed und vor allem die Performance wird sich nochmal verbessern.
      Punkt 3 ist im nächsten Update enthalten, falls ich es richtig verstehe. Ausserdem kann man zwischen light und dark Theme wählen. Vor allem das light Theme ist meiner Meinung nach zum lesen von Feeds besser geeignet, weshalb wohl auch der Mail Hub so ist.

  2. wp7 says:

    ich meinte “multiselct”. Das Update sieht ja schon ganz gut aus! 🙂

  3. Mumtaz says:

    Hallo,

    When I use your application, I said “that’s it, this is the RSS reader that I am looking for”. But I saw some points. Here are my notes.

    I cannot buy applications because I live in Turkey. Now I cannot update feeds. Please reconsider your trial policy for users like me.

    In list view, images “on top” must be more fit. Currently you are setting a standard frame with static height and width. And most images has gray band in left. Also, tall images is looking very small in left side. Your height value must be taller.
    Align top image on center.
    Also don’t set the “image frame background color” different from page color.
    In “left aligned” option, images must be larger. Consider google reader’s HTML5 page for mobile users.
    In “popular science” feed, when summary open, some articles has long white spaces. Its so rare event that I cannot give you detail but I think it’s about length of the feed detail.
    Scientific American feed cannot be found and set in anyway. Please try it: http://rss.sciam.com/ScientificAmerican-Global

    Good luck,

    Mumtaz

    • tgerbermcpd says:

      Unfortunately, I can do nothing to make it available in Turkey. What I did is to set worldwide distribution, what I validated to be so.
      Some images may have a width and height attribute which I’m using for the size. For feeds I have tested this looked fine. For images on the top, I decided to give it a fixed height after trying various posibilities. If I make it dynamic, The scrolling would behave weired as the image is dynamically loaded in the background and so It would cause the position to jump back when images have loaded. The frame is the standard color to signal that there is a placeholder. I think with the first verison, I aligned images centered, but then I was the opinion that it would be better to have it left aligned. scientific american still works for me, but anyway, the predefined feeds are just ment to be an introduction in order to see and try without first have to add some feeds by yourself. I will keep your suggestions in mind for the next version.

  4. Julien says:

    Hi !
    Your app is the best RSS reader out there. I bought it and it does a great job !
    However, there’s a little glitch with the live tile. It shows the number of new unread feeds but if I don’t start the app, the number disappears after a certain amount of time. Can you fix it for the next release ?
    Also, the background task is being deactivated for this app way before the 2 weeks limit.

    Thanks for the great work 😉
    Julien

    • tgerbermcpd says:

      Thanks, I’ve never had this glitch but I will take a look at it. I know that the background task might except sometimes. This happens if there is not enough memory available. Unfortunately a background tasks can use only up to 5MB if it uses more, then an exception occurs.

  5. Julien says:

    I’ve found another bug for you 😛

    Say that I’ve got new unread feeds. Sometimes when I start the app, it updates on opening. When it does, the new feeds are erased with the update, and are considered as “read”.
    I think it’s related to the live tile number issue because it only updates on opening when the number is not showing.

    Maybe I’m not very clear, but I’d be glad to help you fix this (and the faster the better).

    Thanks.
    Julien,

  6. wp7 says:

    wann wird die rss-app mal wieder aktualisiert? ich warte schon lange auf eine neue Version 😉

    • tgerbermcpd says:

      gerade hab ich eine neue version von shopping lists in den markteplace gestellt, vom cycle her ist jetzt timers dran, und dann der rss reader.

      Gibt es irgendwelche Vorschläge für das Update?

  7. John says:

    I hope you don’t mind me saying but you have the makings of a great news reading application here with RSS Reader. The Metro integration is simply stunning and I can’t stress how refreshing it is to not see a splash screen for once when launching an application.
    I hope you won’t be offended with me for making the suggestion of integrating a mobilizing service to view selected links within?

    • tgerbermcpd says:

      Thank you.
      Funny, that I’m currently working of a new news reader which has a splash screen. It’s not because it takes longer, in contrary, it even starts faster, but the splash screen is nicely integrated in the start animation. The news reader I’m working will probably be not an update for rss reader, because it is a different approach to view feeds so if I update it, many users would complain.

      I was also thinking about a service that optimizes the content and image sizes, but the costs for the service would probably exceed the earnings for rss reader and might case some copyright concerns if I take feeds from a web site and manipulate the content in order to provide an alternative view. But news reader will also have inline html formatting. It’s still under development, so it is not out yet.

  8. John says:

    Your welcome and I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Having played with the app further I can now understand your thinking behind such an approach and yes the inclusion of a mobilizer would create problems of it’s own.
    This may seem superficial but I find the home screen tile with its ‘unread counter’ to be somewhat awkward looking, especially when pinned next to to the Messaging and Email tiles with their full sized and matching coloured readings. It seems a small blot (and literal in this case too) on an otherwise very elegantly designed program.
    And one last suggestion if I may and that is the summary of feeds. Could you possibly restrict them to a limited number of lines as some sites such as The Guardian for example offer the full content within their feeds. This can as you can imagine become quite a struggle to scroll through.

    • tgerbermcpd says:

      I’m considering not to show a counter for the tiles on news reader. as you mentioned, it looks awkward and I personally never needed that information at all.
      news reader will have a pivot with one section showing only the titles and the image, which loads very fast and another with full zoomable details in html which takes a little longer do render if needed. it’s also possible to tap a title to see the details. I could (optionally) limit the content size in the detail section.

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