The 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 :)