FeedDemon 1.6 Teaser: Updating Inactive Groups

FeedDemon folder dropdownThe first beta of FeedDemon 1.6 is about a week away, and I think you’re going to like it. Despite the minor version increment from 1.5 to 1.6, the new FeedDemon actually contains enough improvements to warrant calling it 2.0. So, I figured I’d highlight some of the new features over the next few days, just so you know what’s coming.

If you’re a long-time FeedDemon user, no doubt you’re aware that the current version only updates feeds in the active channel group. I designed FeedDemon this way because it was so bandwidth-friendly, and also because I figured people didn’t really care about feeds in inactive groups until the group became active. Well, let’s just say I was wrong – very wrong – because second only to synchronization, the ability to update feeds in inactive groups has been the biggest feature request.

So I’m happy to report that FeedDemon 1.6 will update all of your feeds based on their schedule, regardless of whether they’re in the active group. And as the image to the right illustrates, the lackluster list of channel groups has been replaced with one that shows which groups have flagged and unread items. While this isn’t the treeview that so many have asked for (hey, I have to leave something for 2.0, right?), I think you’ll find this change to be a big step in the right direction (and I’ll be the first to admit that I should’ve had this all along).

This is just one of the changes in FeedDemon 1.6, though – there are many more, almost all of which were the direct result of feedback from FeedDemon users. Stick around for the next few days if you’d like to see more of what’s in store :)

19 thoughts on “FeedDemon 1.6 Teaser: Updating Inactive Groups

  1. Fantastic news! I look forward to getting my hands on 1.6 sometime soon.
    How will Newsgator support the channel groups btw?

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  2. Thanks for the info Nick, it’s great to hear you’re taking the feedback on board – you’ve got a great product and i’m sure FeedDemon will go from strength to strength

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  3. Since things can be updated across the board now…here’s a few random ideas.
    It would be nice to sort channel groups by last update (newest stuff on top) and/or interest rating. I’d also like to create a special group for the top interest rating. That way I can preserve groups as categories and still manage to hit the major unread stuff when I’m too busy to scan everything.
    It would also be nice to sort feed items by any tag on a per-feed basis. That might handle those non-conforming folks that end up with oldest items at the top of the list, for example.

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  4. Looking for a Better Aggregator

    I am looking for a better aggregator. Bloglines is good, but I want a “one stop shop” for podcasting support and an rss reader. I think this is what I am looking for. Podcasting support — I am not talking…

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  5. Looking for a Better Aggregator

    I am looking for a better aggregator. Bloglines is good, but I want a “one stop shop” for podcasting support and an rss reader. I think this is what I am looking for. Podcasting support — I am not talking…

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  6. Awesome news. That is a little annoyance. Can I recommend a v. 2.0 enhancement? Onfolio’s ability to capture, categorize & annotate rss postings (as well as web pages, notes, etc.) is a great idea, but the implementation for the report writer (to create web pages based on folders, or in FeedDemon’s case, your News Bins) is a little underpowered. But they are the best out there currently, which represents a great opportunity. :)

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  7. I only read one channel group and use any others to remember feeds I’ve discontinued (or might not read). The group names say it all Often, Seldom, Never…
    Reading all groups would be a definite negative.
    Please leave the ability to only update the current group. (Updating them all is a bad idea for people like me.)

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  8. – Please leave the ability to only update the current group. (Updating them all is a bad idea for people like me.) –
    It’s in their, Mike. No worries. :)

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  9. And here I thought nested/subgroups/tree view was the most requested feature…:)
    Sorry…couldn’t help that ;). This is probably the only reason I don’t use FD all the time (gasp! the horror!). Now it’ll always be in my tray.

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  10. “Well, let’s just say I was wrong – very wrong – because second only to synchronization, the ability to update feeds in inactive groups has been the biggest feature request.”
    I think you forgot nested (tree-like) grouping of channels, which has been by far the most requested missing feature in the FD forums ever since I’ve been visiting them.

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