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Friday, March 07, 2008


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Is it against the rules for a short phrase?
"Mark Items Read"
"Mark Read"

@Randy: a short phrase is fine, as long as it's *really* short. I'm not sure that "Mark Read" would work, though, since it does more than just mark items as read - it also goes to the next page/feed which contains unread items.

What's wrong with your referenced post's title - Speed Read?

Other thoughts that came to mind:

"Quick . . . something". The first "something" that comes to mind is Jump, but that could imply moving over without touching (or marking read) the visible posts. But I do think Quick is a good modifier to start with. Sort of a replacement for Speed - "Quick Read?"

Other potential:
- Burn (ties into the demon thing, perhaps? Something else along these lines?)
- Go! (Press the Go! button...?)

I don't know if your toolbar libraries allow for it, but it wouldn't be bad to have a slightly longer caption if there was an option to turn captions off, like Explorer/IE/Firefox have. It could be more descriptive for newbies, but could be cleaned up for experienced users to reduce clutter.

This is why I don't get paid to create UIs.

The only words that come to my mind for this button are "forward" and "advance".
But I think "next" is still better, and is good enough for the most of us.

What about 'Continue', because you're moving on? But 'Continue' could also imply just moving to the next page.

Maybe 'Quick Continue', to emphasize that this isn't just a regular Continue but some kind of shortcut to a longer process? Newbies may read 'Quick Continue' and not understand it off-hand but the mouse-over caption is pretty descriptive: Mark Page Read and Go to Next Page (Ctrl+D). I think the problem with the current 'Next' is that it's misleading: it makes you think it's just a simple page turner when in effect, more is going on. 'Quick Continue' kind of makes you realize there's more under the hood.

@Jack - hmmm...I think I like "Speed Read." I thought I'd prefer a single word, but actually having two words could make the toolbutton more obvious.

@Olivier: "Continue" is also good - it gets the point across better than "Next." Thanks!


"Mark Read" is probably best, and for what it's worth, I believe this is the terminology that Google Reader uses for similar functionality in their iPhone client.

Other ideas:
"Mark and Go" ?
"Mark and Continue" ? (might be too long..)


How about "Complete Page"?


New word for "next" how about "suivant"

good luck


"Next Unread Feed"

I know it's long, but it really is the only thing I can think of.

How about "What else?" :)

I find the 'Next' button is one of the major reasons I use FeedDemon, I don't like how NetNewsWire has the same feature but it only seems accessible via the menus (News > Mark > Page as Read and Go To Next Page) or using the keyboard.

I see it as such a important feature of FeedDemon and how I use my feeds that maybe it's wrong to just have it as a small button mixed with other less important buttons, maybe it should be moved to be a bigger and more prominent part of the UI, maybe moved down near Feed Date Title or across the bottom above the status bar.

The buttons to move from page to page are already at the bottom yet the button to move on to the next unread page or feed is at the top, in fact I've only just noticed the 'Mark Page Read' button to the right of the page buttons, could that not be made more of and changed into what is now the 'Next' button.

If it were to have more space, could it not change depending on it's action? for example, If I'm on Page 1 of 2 of unread items it could say 'Next Page' or 'Next Unread Page' where as if I'm on Page 2 of 2 it could say 'Next Feed' or 'Next Unread Feed'.

'Continue' sounds good if it were to remain as it currently is and if anyone knows how to add 'Page as Read and Go To Next Page' to the toolbar of NetNewsWire please let me know.

What about...

[ Read & Next ]

Wow - lots of great suggestions here. I'm leaning towards "Speed Read" and "Continue," but "Mark and Go" has a nice ring to it. Thanks, folks!

Update: Here's a screenshot which shows how a "Speed Read" button could look - http://nick.typepad.com/images/speedread.png

I like "Mark and Go" best of the suggestions offered. Another suggestion: "OK, Next". I never use the button, though, preferring the keyboard solution.

Personally, I'm fond of "Next." How about just adding a check mark with it?


I think Next is good (once you know what it does), so you may put a distinct name, because the button does something unique to the app (That does not relate to same action in other apps)

"Neeext" It's almost the same, but you will be curious about what the button do

"Ready? Next->" or "Readed? Next->" are other possible names

@Claude: "Pursue" is a great name. I'm not sure it works with FeedDemon (it has a different "attitude") but I'll give it a try.

Immediately to the right of the Next button is an unnecessarily wide url field. So there is plenty of room to widen this button for a longer title. I've been using FeedDemon for about a month and never even noticed the Next button until you posted about it. If the button was wider it would certainly be more noticable. And - the FeedDemon icon in the URL field is eye-catching - so maybe that's why I didn't see the Next button?

My vote for a new button title is 'Next Feed'!

I really love the NEXT button (whatever it is called). It's great!

"Move On"?

@mattbg: "Move On" is great - I think it's a tie between that and "Speed Read" right now.

I personally like "Speed Read" a lot. "Pursue" is a bit harder, IMHO it does not work so well in Non-US countries, because it's a word not so commonly used, and at least for me (as a german) associates with Trivial Pursuit or a racing game. ;)

Other suggestions: "Catch up", "Progress".

I don't like "Speed read", as FeedDemon doesn't read for me. I have to do it. And none of the suggestions makes it _clear_ for a new user that he gets "mark this page read and find me a new one".

I have a feeling this is change for change's sake. Without a usability lab test you can't make a proper call anyway, it's just guessing.

I'm not sure why "speed read" is even being considered. It just doesn't communicate to me the nature of the function. People who haven't been following this discussion won't even know what it is supposed to do. There are several suggestions on the table that are clearer and more to the point.

How about "Burst" since clicking the button bursts from the current to the next unread article. :-)

@Thomas: Welcome to the FeedDemon usability lab :) I'm really not thinking of changing the name for change's sake - I just don't think that "Next" is clear, that's all.


the "MOVE ON" button. haha or "LET'S GO!"

How about "ZAP->"

Hop? It's not skipping, and it's not jumping!

'Trawl' and 'Wade' fit the rivers-of-news metaphors, and are more honest descriptions of 'surfing' (with the amount of sewage out there :)).

Next is fine to me. If you change it later, make it optional please.

Zip Zap Next :)

I do not like Speed Read as it sounds like setting the reality in quadrouple time.

I like NEXT.

If you must change it, how about:

"Carry On"

"Storm" (?)

As one mentioned before, "Speed read" appears even more misleading than "Next" to me. "Next" at least is known from several other applications, like web browsers - "Speed read" isn't.
If at all, I'd clarify the meaning of the button by simply adding the missing noun, *what* actually comes next: "Next news"! Not trendy sounding or cool, but short and unmistakable. :-)

Addendum: In my opinion it's also not necessary to stress that the current news will be marked as read (like with "Mark and Go"). It's immanent for and I expect a news reader application to navigate me to new (sic!) items and not come back to the old ones I've seen before.
Just my 2c.


Gets rid of the old and fills the screen with new. So "refresh" would work.

I think that the placement of the button is more of a drawback than the name. I'd never actually noticed that button sandwiched in between the filter drop-down and the URL field. It might be better to place it at the bottom right of the window, next to the paging buttons and the Mark Page as Read button.

Then again, now that I know it's there, I'll be using it a LOT, regardless of where it is... :)


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