One of the most popular additions to FeedDemon 2.5 was the ability to prefetch unread items, which downloads and caches your unread items so they’re available offline. Not only does FeedDemon prefetch images in your unread items, but it also caches links to external web sites, enabling you to click a hyperlink which appears in an unread item and still view the external page even without an Internet connection.
Despite being well-received, the truth is that the UI for this feature is downright unfriendly. When you start a prefetch, the progress is shown in a floating dialog which obscures what you’re reading. If you choose to hide this dialog, an icon in the system tray shows the progress instead. It worked, but it was both ugly and confusing. It’s one of those designs that made sense when I created it, but in retrospect makes me wonder what I was thinking.
So I decided to rectify this by ripping out the old prefetch UI and replacing it with a much simpler one which appears within the main FeedDemon window, as shown in the screenshot below:
This will be available in the next build of FeedDemon (sorry, no release date yet – but it will be sooner rather than later).