Whats coming in NetNewsWire. The next release of NetNewsWire is going to be a big upgrade, perhaps bigger than you were expecting. (And it will be a free upgrade.)
There are lots of new features. What follows is a partial listIm leaving some surprises.
(Also: NetNewsWire is in private testing. If youre interested in helping test, please send me email. We have a great group, but theres always room for more.)
Browsing in place
One of the most common feature requests we get is to be able to open links inside NetNewsWire, so you dont have to jump out to your browser. This is thereand its an option, so you can still open links with your browser if you want.
We jazzed it up a bit and added tabbed browsing. (It even remembers your tabs between runs.)
Searching works as you would expect, with a standard search field in the toolbar. It searches as you type.
Theres a setting for how long you want to keep news items. Theres a global setting, but you can also set it at the group level and for individual feeds.
You can mark items as flagged. They get a little flag icon, and theres a special feed that shows all your flagged items. Flagged items are kept permanently (or until un-flagged).
A new activity window lets you know exactly whats happening in the current download session. You can cancel the entire download or cancel individual items.
At the same time, weve provided a much larger range of options for concurrent downloads, so that you can better tune NetNewsWires refresh speed.
Per-feed refresh settings
Some feeds you want to refresh often, but other feeds you want to refresh every four hours, or once a day, and so on. You can now set all this on a per-group and per-feed basis. Settings inherit, so you could set your Macintosh group to refresh every two hours, but then have some feeds inside that group that refresh more or less often.
You can also set feeds that dont refresh at all. (This was a surprisingly common feature requestpeople want to save feeds sometimes but have them not refresh.)
People who use multiple computers will be able to synchronize their subscription lists and the read/flagged status of news items between two copies of NetNewsWire.
There are two main approaches you can takeeither filters (as in email apps) or smart feeds. We went with smart feeds. You can create smart feeds that show headlines from other feeds. Its much like smart playlists in iTunes or smart groups in Xcode.
You can write AppleScript scripts or shell/Perl/Python/etc. scripts that return RSS or Atom. Scripts can take parameters or not. These scripts can do whatever scripts can doI expect some people will write screens-scrapers, but you can also use them for things like watching a drop folder on your hard drive or monitoring log files and so on.
Search engine feeds
You can subscribe to searches at Blogdigger, Daypop, and Feedster. You just tell NetNewsWire what to search for and choose your search engine.
Feeds that havent updated
We get a lot of requests for different subscription management featuresbut the most common was to find out which feeds havent updated in a long time. You can now see all feeds that havent updated in n days (where n is a number you choose).
OPML subscriptions lists and groups
You can export your OPML subscription list with groups intact, and you can import OPML files with groups.
It reads Atom feeds. If youve been using the Atom beta, note that weve fixed a bunch of bugs (most notably the bug where summaries-only feeds appeared as title-only feeds).
I havent mentioned some little things (like favicons in the Sites Drawer, an Errors window)but Ive also left out a few big things. As I said above, if youre interested in helping test, just send me email. [inessential.com]