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NetNewsWire 5 Feature Requests

Inessential By Anonymous on 31/08/2019 pm31 21:08:00

NetNewsWire 5.0 is a 1.0 app in disguise. And so, as expected, we’ve had a ton of feature requests. Most people tend to request one or two features — and there’s a huge variety in these. People want different things. Nevertheless, there are a few themes we can pick out from what people are asking for: More syncing options, especially Feedly support iOS app Some way to deal with partial-content feeds Customization of the article pane (fonts, colors, etc.) Traditional view (timeline on top with single lines, article below) More sharing options (Instapaper, Pinboard, etc.) Customizable keyboard shortcuts State restoration Localizations Hiding read items in the timeline (or dimming them) Hiding feeds (in the sidebar) that have no unread articles User-created smart feeds The... Read the article
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NetNewsWire 5 Feature Requests

Inessential By Anonymous on 31/08/2019 pm31 21:08:00

NetNewsWire 5.0 is a 1.0 app in disguise. And so, as expected, we’ve had a ton of feature requests. Most people tend to request one or two features — and there’s a huge variety in these. People want different things. Nevertheless, there are a few themes we can pick out from what people are asking for: More syncing options, especially Feedly support iOS app Some way to deal with partial-content feeds Customization of the article pane (fonts, colors, etc.) Traditional view (timeline on top with single lines, article below) More sharing options (Instapaper, Pinboard, etc.) Customizable keyboard shortcuts State restoration Localizations Hiding read items in the timeline (or dimming them) Hiding feeds (in the sidebar) that have no unread articles User-created smart feeds The... Read the article
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Follow-Through

Inessential By Anonymous on 29/08/2019 pm31 22:25:00

Decades ago, when I was working for Dave Winer at UserLand, I learned about the concept of follow-through after a major release. If you’re an app maker, it might seem like your goal is to get to release day. Get the app done, make it available, publish an announcement, and then get back to coding. Let the world do what it’s going to do. One bang, and then back to work, in other words. But that’s not going to maximize your chances for a good release. You need to follow through — you need to keep going. Some of the things you might do, in no particular order: Publish tips on using your app — one a day or so Update your website with feedback, testimonials,... Read the article
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Follow-Through

Inessential By Anonymous on 29/08/2019 pm31 22:25:00

Decades ago, when I was working for Dave Winer at UserLand, I learned about the concept of follow-through after a major release. If you’re an app maker, it might seem like your goal is to get to release day. Get the app done, make it available, publish an announcement, and then get back to coding. Let the world do what it’s going to do. One bang, and then back to work, in other words. But that’s not going to maximize your chances for a good release. You need to follow through — you need to keep going. Some of the things you might do, in no particular order: Publish tips on using your app — one a day or so Update your website with feedback, testimonials,... Read the article
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Daniel Figures Out One of the Two Crashing Bugs

Inessential By Anonymous on 28/08/2019 pm31 22:05:00

We have a few reports of a crash where the add-feed-sheet window doesn’t load. There’s a line of code with window! — because of course we expect the window to have been loaded — and it crashes right there. This crash made zero sense to me, but Daniel Jalkut figured out the most likely cause and was able to reproduce it: it’s because the person has moved the app (from one folder to another) after launching it, while it’s running, and the nib-loading machinery can’t find the nib, because it’s moved along with the app. Tip: if you’re going to move an app, quit it first, then move it, and then re-launch it! At any rate: our fix for this will be to... Read the article
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How Release Day Went

Inessential By Anonymous on 27/08/2019 pm31 22:28:00

Yesterday was a great day! A few things to note, in no particular order: NetNewsWire got some press coverage, including a well-done review in MacStories. We got a lot of feature requests, but no bug reports. Except that we did get a single-digit number of crash logs. On investigation, I found two distinct backtraces — we’ll need to fix those. The thing is, there’s no freakin’ way the app should crash in those spots. Except that, obviously, it can. Rarely, but it happens. The servers started timing-out at one point during the day. I contacted DreamHost support and they fixed things (and told me that the fixes they applied should prevent this in the future). There were a number of nice blog posts and tweets about... Read the article
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How Release Day Went

Inessential By Anonymous on 27/08/2019 pm31 22:28:00

Yesterday was a great day! A few things to note, in no particular order: NetNewsWire got some press coverage, including a well-done review in MacStories. We got a lot of feature requests, but no bug reports. Except that we did get a single-digit number of crash logs. On investigation, I found two distinct backtraces — we’ll need to fix those. The thing is, there’s no freakin’ way the app should crash in those spots. Except that, obviously, it can. Rarely, but it happens. The servers started timing-out at one point during the day. I contacted DreamHost support and they fixed things (and told me that the fixes they applied should prevent this in the future). There were a number of nice blog posts and tweets about... Read the article
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NetNewsWire 5.0 Now Available

Inessential By Anonymous on 26/08/2019 pm31 17:47:00

NetNewsWire 5.0 is shipping! In case you haven’t been following along until just now: NetNewsWire is an open source RSS reader for Mac. It’s free! You can just download it and use it. No strings. It’s designed to be stable, fast, and free of bugs. It doesn’t have a lot of features yet, and that’s because we prioritized quality over features. We will be adding more features, of course, but not quickly. We’re also working on an iOS app. It syncs using Feedbin. We’ll support more systems in the future (as many as possible). I hope you like it! Some links… NetNewsWire home page Screenshots NetNewsWire blog Frequently Asked Questions NetNewsWire Help NetNewsWire History NetNewsWire Slack group How to Support NetNewsWire NetNewsWire repository on GitHub Thanks... Read the article
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NetNewsWire 5.0 Now Available

Inessential By Anonymous on 26/08/2019 pm31 17:47:00

NetNewsWire 5.0 is shipping! In case you haven’t been following along until just now: NetNewsWire is an open source RSS reader for Mac. It’s free! You can just download it and use it. No strings. It’s designed to be stable, fast, and free of bugs. It doesn’t have a lot of features yet, and that’s because we prioritized quality over features. We will be adding more features, of course, but not quickly. We’re also working on an iOS app. It syncs using Feedbin. We’ll support more systems in the future (as many as possible). I hope you like it! Some links… NetNewsWire home page Screenshots NetNewsWire blog Frequently Asked Questions NetNewsWire Help NetNewsWire History NetNewsWire Slack group How to Support NetNewsWire NetNewsWire repository on GitHub Thanks... Read the article
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End of the Line for NetNewsWire 3.3.2

Inessential By Anonymous on 23/08/2019 am31 01:15:00

This is a little bit of bad news. It’s not my intention, and it’s not what I want to happen — but NetNewsWire 3.3.2 apparently does not launch in the next version of macOS (10.15, Catalina). It links to the PubSub framework, which is not included with the next macOS. NetNewsWire 3.3.2 was the last release of the full version that I worked on, before selling NetNewsWire to Black Pixel, and I’ve heard from lots of people that they’ve been using it ever since. They never switched. I would rather it continued working forever, but that’s not to be. Not my choice. Sorry about that! Read the article

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