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Tuesday, September 28, 2004


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This is awesome, but does it synchronize 'read' status for each news items too?

I just downloaded the 1.5 beta, created a Bloglines channel and it downloaded all my feed into and displayed the read status properly. When I returned back to the Bloglines web site, all of my feeds were marked as read.

Now Bloglines is only showing items that were new since I imported my settings into FeedDemon.

Is it also safe to move all items out of the Bloglines master group after the import, into my own group setup?

Joost, the way it works is that FeedDemon only downloads items you haven't already read in Bloglines, and when an item is downloaded in FeedDemon, it's marked as read in Bloglines. We considered one-to-one item synching, so that an item isn't marked read in Bloglines until you've actually read it in FeedDemon, but the added bandwidth consumption and performance cost didn't make this worthwhile, IMO.

To clarify... it marked all my feeds as read in Bloglines even before I actually read them all in FD.

That makes sense.

Consider this real life example though: User subscribers to a lot of feeds (~300 here). Wakes up in the morning just to browse a few of them, fires up FD. If he only has time to scan a few, none of the new posts from overnight will be visible to him in Bloglines anymore when he comes to the office later that morning.

Your current compromise assumes that you either read all new posts in one sitting, or have to use Bloglines if you just want to have 'a quick look'.

The items are still visible in Bloglines after being marked as read by FeedDemon. Bloglines normally shows only unread items so by default the items downloaded in FeedDemon won't appear, but you can change this by selecting a timeframe in the "Display items" selection at the bottom of the page.

What a brilliant solution!!

This is fabulous, especially the Bloglines sync.


Sure they're visible in Bloglines... but the status is set to 'read'. I'd have to go through each of my feeds to check for new postings manually.

If automated bandwidth usage is a concern, perhaps a user driven 'Manu read status sync' option would be an idea.

great! just what i've been looking for :)

Ooh, this is very nice. Just a few feature requests though. First of all it would be nice if the directories spawned channel groups or some how split up. Its really annoying having all folders in one bang view.

Another thing that would be nice is if our current channel groups could be made into Bloglines channel groups and the appropraite functions created in Bloglines...

Very cool, especially being able to sync with both OS X and Windows clients. Is there any way to preserve my Bloglines folder structure in FeedDemon?

This is good idea. This is a step in the right direction to solving the RSS bandwidth problem. Bloglines only needs to hit the rss feed once for all feed deamon users rather once per user. This should elminate a lot of traffic from Feed Demon to the end site. I just hope Bloglines has some serious horsepower and bandwidth to back all this up.

Very nice. I finally might get back into using a desktop rss reader. A good enhancement would be if Feedreader would also display the categories and group the blogs into categories same as with Bloglines. In a sense, it would create a new channel for each category in bloglines or something. I will leave you to figure it out ;)

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