FeedDemon 1.6 Teaser: Newspapers

Yesterday’s FeedDemon 1.6 teaser talked about improvements in the way feeds are updated. Today’s tease involves improvements in FeedDemon’s newspapers.

Perhaps the biggest improvement is the new “Surfer” style (screenshot) I mentioned last month, which enables customizing the grouping and sorting from within the newspaper itself. You’ll also be able to flag items or copy them to news bins from within the newspaper – great for those like myself who run FeedDemon with the news item list hidden.

My favorite feature, though, is how the Surfer style enables you to choose between full, short and no descriptions. I prefer using short descriptions, which are basically the first two lines of an item’s description with all HTML except hyperlinks removed. This “river of news” approach enables viewing a large number of items at once, so I can quickly scan several feeds looking for items of interest.

FeedDemon 1.6 newspaper

4 thoughts on “FeedDemon 1.6 Teaser: Newspapers

  1. The new Surfer style is a blast (I love being on the inside. :)
    Any chance that the sort options could toggle? What I mean is, Sort by Date seems to be set to oldest to newest. Sometimes I prefer newest to oldest.
    In the past I’ve dealt with this by hacking the style to change the sort order and saving it as a new one. Switching required changing styles.

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  2. Great looking – just wondering and hoping that the Full|Short|No description setting may turn out to be channel-specific (remember settings for each channel).. some feeds suck and don’t really include anything useful in their descriptions (but still have useful feeds), others are awesome. Separate settings for different chann… well, you know what I mean by now. :)

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