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Sunday, January 09, 2005


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Very helpful tips, I've used it off and on simply for the reason that I have so many feeds that there is no way to sort through them all.

Instead of losing information by reducing feeds I shall try your tips.

Great tips, Nick...thank you - I already do some of these things, but didn't know about others.

One suggestion: I'm still using v. 1.11.03 (not allowed to use betas at work) and I tried to get the Expando style directly through FD, but found it's not on your FD Styles page. Maybe you could add it, for others who might have an interest? As it was, I searched and found your earlier post referencing Arvind Satyanarayan's blog at http://blog.arvind-satya.com/archives/2004/10/expando_snipey.php .

Great style - again, thanks!

Expando is a nice style however I would like to see an Expando (Large) also with slightly bigger text and a bigger + image as I have a HiDef TFT and it cant be annoying/difficult to use Expando at such a high resolution.

Would you be able to make an Expando (Large) Nick?

Thanks for the tips! I've been using FeedDemon for maybe six months, but hadn't gone back to review the options, and hadn't noticed the automatically mark as read when exiting (already using some of your other tips)!

Does this type of reading imply that you are reading once or a couple times a day? Rather than reading as each new item comes in like I'm doing now :-)

Great Tips.

I second David's suggestion for Expando Large. By the way: is there any possibility to create styles ourselves? Are they based on CSS by any chance?

andreas, looks like you can already create your own. Look in the styles directory under data. Looks like they are just xsl xml style sheets.

David, Morgan: I've just added "Expando" and "Expando (Large Font)" to FeedDemon's style download page, and they're also available through the FeedDemon Styles RSS feed.

Cheers Nick :)

I really appreciate it, not often you get people who will take time to do something like that for a customer so thank you.

Expando seems a nice alternative, however I like being ble to drag the items out of the channel summary, so they they get body comments, not just the link from the browser. Is there any way the broswer link could also pickup the next paragraph of text, or something like that, ormaybe pull it out of the rss feed based on the title?

Chris, I'm afraid there isn't a way to do this. The browser simply tells me the URL and the link text, nothing more.

Great tips Nick. I tried it out and it is a nice workflow. The only other thing I would mention is you'll want to change the dropdown box on the newspaper to "Unread News" otherwise you see all the items and without the item list you can't tell which ones are new.

Hmm. How 'bout a collection of screenshots. It'd be cool if folks had a way to shar their FeedDemon configurations.

Anyway, thanks for the ideas. I have some playing around to do.

take a look at "Freshpage" style or "Glass Notes" style or "Timeline" style on:
republika DOT pl SLASH fdstyles
to see the *potential* of FeedDemon.

ps: unfortunatelly I can not post direct links due to anti-spam restrictions.

Jeremy, I've added a screenshot to my post - and I like the idea of FeedDemon users sharing their layouts. This won't make it into v1.5, but I am planning to add a layout feature to FeedDemon which is similar to the one in TopStyle, where you can save/restore various UI arrangements.

Pity about that Nick, however a copy of ideas... From the link text you could check for items of that name and location in the current feed / all feeds and get the text that way, or possibly allow a selection to be added to a news bin by drag and drop?


In your screenshot you have large + icons whereas on my system the icons are tiny. How did you make them bigger? Expando (Large Font) has the standard size + images.

Update: I just resized the 2 icons in the Images folder with the Styles and it worked a treat. Looks awesome now!!

Update 2: I just noticed that 1.5 RC1a includes new images which I didn't get when first updating.

Would be nice to be able to edit posts here also ;)

When I find a link that I want to remember, I drag-and-drop it from the browser to a news bin (did you know you could do that?)

The only thing that would add to this is the ability to drag the favicon in the address bar to a bin as well (like you can do in IE).

Sometimes I open several links in new windows, and if I want to save one I have to open it in an external browser, move the wondows around, drag the address bar icon into a News Bin in FD's window. It's kind of a pain this way.

The was FD works now is that if you try to click the icon in the address bar (or anywhere in the address bar) the icon disappears - which makes the whole open in external browser and drag and drop accross application windows the only way to get the link stored in a News Bin (unless you can remember where the heck that link came from originally)

Yeah, this should probably be n the forums, but I'm here now and I'll forget therwise :-p

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