I'm very pleased to announce the availability of FeedDemon 3.1. Despite the minor version change, this is a significant release – there are some major new features which I think you're going to love.
Still with me? Good! I'd like to introduce you to some of the new features…
FeedDemon 3.1 Gets Social
My favorite new feature is "Shared by People I Follow." If you're following people in Google Reader, their shared items now appear in FeedDemon, and as I mentioned in my previous post, these shared items are included when finding and suggesting popular items. I've found this to be a great way to uncover interesting articles in feeds I'm not subscribed to.
When an article has been shared by someone, their profile photo appears next to it so you can easily identify who shared it. To view posts shared by a specific person, just click their photo.
If you're not following anyone, FeedDemon makes it really easy to find people to follow – just enter a few keywords:
…and FeedDemon shows a list of people with matching profiles:
Click "Preview" to view a newspaper containing recently shared items from that person, or just click "Follow" to follow them right away. If you get tired of someone, select "Show People I Follow" and click "Unfollow" to stop following them.
In the past you were forced to see every article from every feed you're subscribed to, but now you can use FeedDemon 3.1's "Content Filters" to hide the stuff you don't care about. Just create a content filter, assign it to whichever feeds you like, and articles in those feeds matching the filter will be marked read as soon as they arrive so you don't see them.
Content filters can be used to either include or exclude articles based on your keywords – and if you subscribe to a feed which has several different authors, you can use a content filter to show or hide articles from specific authors.
I personally use this feature to deal with all the high-traffic tech feeds I'm subscribed to which rarely talk about things I care about. Now instead of seeing every single article, I have a content filter which automatically hides stuff that doesn't interest me.
I'm subscribed to a lot of search feeds that tell me when someone blogs or tweets about FeedDemon, which really helps me stay in touch with how people feel about my work. Quite often I'll see something written in a different language, so I have to translate it in order to figure out what it says – a time-consuming process, especially when there are several items that need translating.
FeedDemon 3.1 solves this with the addition of the "translate" icon which now appears beneath each item. Simply click this icon and FeedDemon will translate the item into your language.
And Lots of Small Stuff
So that's a look at the major new features, but as with every release, there are tons of small improvements, changes and fixes in FeedDemon 3.1, all of which are covered in the release notes.
PS: If you have any questions about the new version, rather than post a comment here, I recommend asking in the FeedDemon Support Group instead.