ANN: FeedDemon 1.5 Beta 1 with Bloglines Integration

I’m pleased to announce the release of FeedDemon 1.5 BETA 1. In case you haven’t already read about this in Scoble’s blog, the big news is that this beta release includes integration with Bloglines. Here’s some background on how this came to be:

A few months ago I read a comparison of RSS readers which described FeedDemon and Bloglines as competitors, and that didn’t sit right with me. It seemed to me that our customers would be better served if we worked together instead of being competitors. Many FeedDemon customers were asking for a way to synchronize their feeds between multiple computers, and I’d read a number of comments from Bloglines users stating that while they loved the seamless synchronization, they preferred the flexibility of a desktop application. So I sent an email to Mark Fletcher asking if he’d be interested in providing a way for FeedDemon users to access their Bloglines subscriptions – and it turned out that he already thinking along these lines, and wrote back with details of a synchronization API his team was working on.

Over the next few weeks I worked with Mark to simplify the API, and his team did a great job providing a lot of functionality through a simple RESTful API that’s very easy to support. The end result is that FeedDemon (and soon NetNewsWire and BlogBot) offers integration with Bloglines, enabling you to keep your feeds synchronized between multiple computers.

Starting with version 1.5, FeedDemon users can create a Bloglines Channel Group from their Bloglines subscriptions. When viewing a Bloglines Channel Group, items you read in Bloglines won’t show up in FeedDemon, and items you download in FeedDemon won’t show up as unread in Bloglines. It’s very easy to synchronize with your Bloglines subscriptions so that FeedDemon reflects feeds you add or remove from Bloglines.

If you’re an existing FeedDemon customer, stop by the FeedDemon Beta Site to download FeedDemon 1.5 beta 1. While you’re downloading, you’ll want to read the release notes since there are a lot of other changes in this new version you’ll want to know about. Note that the final release of version 1.5 will be a free upgrade for all FeedDemon customers.

Update: NetNewsWire‘s Brent Simmons posted his thoughts on the Bloglines integration here and here.

46 thoughts on “ANN: FeedDemon 1.5 Beta 1 with Bloglines Integration

  1. FeedDemon and Bloglines: Guns and Butter

    I learned a long time ago that when you can’t make a decision it’s okay to ask yourself, “What would happen if said ‘yes’ to both?” Hosted feed-reading and client-side RSS feed reading are a case in point. I like…

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  2. This is awesome, but does it synchronize ‘read’ status for each news items too?
    I just downloaded the 1.5 beta, created a Bloglines channel and it downloaded all my feed into and displayed the read status properly. When I returned back to the Bloglines web site, all of my feeds were marked as read.
    Now Bloglines is only showing items that were new since I imported my settings into FeedDemon.
    Is it also safe to move all items out of the Bloglines master group after the import, into my own group setup?

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  3. Joost, the way it works is that FeedDemon only downloads items you haven’t already read in Bloglines, and when an item is downloaded in FeedDemon, it’s marked as read in Bloglines. We considered one-to-one item synching, so that an item isn’t marked read in Bloglines until you’ve actually read it in FeedDemon, but the added bandwidth consumption and performance cost didn’t make this worthwhile, IMO.

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  4. That makes sense.
    Consider this real life example though: User subscribers to a lot of feeds (~300 here). Wakes up in the morning just to browse a few of them, fires up FD. If he only has time to scan a few, none of the new posts from overnight will be visible to him in Bloglines anymore when he comes to the office later that morning.
    Your current compromise assumes that you either read all new posts in one sitting, or have to use Bloglines if you just want to have ‘a quick look’.

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  5. The items are still visible in Bloglines after being marked as read by FeedDemon. Bloglines normally shows only unread items so by default the items downloaded in FeedDemon won’t appear, but you can change this by selecting a timeframe in the “Display items” selection at the bottom of the page.

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  6. FeedDemon 1.5 Beta Rocks!

    I just saw that Nick has done some seriously awesome things to FeedDemon. For starters the Bloglines feed synchronization rocks my world. This was precisely the type of service I was looking for (and tinkering with my own idea at home). Woo, this ma…

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  7. Sure they’re visible in Bloglines… but the status is set to ‘read’. I’d have to go through each of my feeds to check for new postings manually.
    If automated bandwidth usage is a concern, perhaps a user driven ‘Manu read status sync’ option would be an idea.

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  8. Ooh, this is very nice. Just a few feature requests though. First of all it would be nice if the directories spawned channel groups or some how split up. Its really annoying having all folders in one bang view.
    Another thing that would be nice is if our current channel groups could be made into Bloglines channel groups and the appropraite functions created in Bloglines…

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  9. Very cool, especially being able to sync with both OS X and Windows clients. Is there any way to preserve my Bloglines folder structure in FeedDemon?

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  10. subscriptions synchronisation

    Bloglines a annoncé ce matin la sortie de la nouvelle version de ses Web Services. […] Je viens de tester cela sous FeedDemon 1.5 et j’ai trouvé l’implémentation fort décevante. […]

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  11. Bloglines + FeedDemon/NetNewsWire = the perfect marriage!

    As someone whose time in front of a computer is divided between my work PC, my home PC and my iBook, I’ve been a keen adopter of centralised online services that let me access the same information no matter where…

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  12. This is good idea. This is a step in the right direction to solving the RSS bandwidth problem. Bloglines only needs to hit the rss feed once for all feed deamon users rather once per user. This should elminate a lot of traffic from Feed Demon to the end site. I just hope Bloglines has some serious horsepower and bandwidth to back all this up.

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  13. Shrook and Distributed Checking

    Evan finds Shrook’s “Distributed Checking” feature interesting, and it is. Shrook is an RSS/Atom aggregator for OS X. I use it everyday. The Distributed Checking feature works as advertised. Distributed Checking centrally coordinates …

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  14. FeedDemon 1.5 Beta – An Amazing Update

    Nick has released FeedDemon 1.5 Beta 1 to registered customers.
    Rather than try and explain this myself, I’ll let Nick do it….
    Starting with version 1.5, FeedDemon users can create a Bloglines Channel Group from their Bloglines subscriptions. …

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  15. Bloglines Services: a step towards rich client web services

    Early Tuesday, Mark Fletcher posted the news on Bloglines’ new REST based web services API. I’m glad to see that NetNewsWire and FeedDemon, the RSS aggregators of choice in our house, among the initial supporters. Marc Hedlund has an article showi

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  16. Beta 1.5 of FeedDemon, out now!

    Check out Nick Bradbury’s excellent FeedDemon. Great newsreader. I am blogging this with his new beta 1.5 through MoveableType, though I do believe MT support has been there for a while this is the first I’ve used it! ANN: FeedDemon 1.5 Beta 1 with Blo…

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  17. Feeddemon 1.5

    So Feeddemon 1.5 (Beta 1) was released yesterday and has Bloglines integrated. So I downloaded it but at first I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I thought I might. I imagined that one would easily be able…

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  18. Bloglines API für Feedreader

    Mit der neusten Betaversion des Feedreaders FeedDemon ist es möglich, seinen Account beim webbasierten Feedreader Bloglines zu synchroniesieren. Das ist besonders für Menschen, die öfters den Rechner wechseln, praktisch, da sie bereits über den Cli…

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  19. Very nice. I finally might get back into using a desktop rss reader. A good enhancement would be if Feedreader would also display the categories and group the blogs into categories same as with Bloglines. In a sense, it would create a new channel for each category in bloglines or something. I will leave you to figure it out ;)

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  20. NetNewsWire and FeedDemon to integrate with Bloglines

    I’m not sure how I missed this (although I suspect a recent spring clean of my subscribed feeds is to blame) but I managed to miss the announcement that both NetNewsWire and FeedDemon are to integrate with Bloglines. I wasn’t…

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  21. The Missing Link

    Mein favorisierter Feedreader für Mac OS X NetNewsWire ist in der Version 2.0beta22 erschienen. Das Update bringt neben verschiedenen Fehlerbereinigungen auch eine ganze Reihe neuer Features mit, wie z.B. die…

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