Back from holidays, working on new features

After an amazing month of vacation in New Zealand I am back at home to work on some cool new features for Milestone 9. The news filter is evolving really nice. Not only will you be able to perform a set of actions on incoming news, you can also apply it on existing news. I will post more about it once it is polished.

Here is a list of noteworthy features I added the past days:
  • Play a Sound on incoming news
  • Re-Order Labels
  • New color picker for Labels
Stay tuned!

Tip #4: Bookmark Sets

Today I would like to make you aware of bookmark sets in RSSOwl 2. They offer you a great way of organizing your list of subscriptions into logical units. Consider the following screenshot:

As you can see, three sets (Home, Work, Vacation) have been created by using the Manage Bookmark-Sets action from the bookmarks view. Each set contains a list of bookmarks. You can switch between sets using the two yellow arrows in the toolbar of the view. Navigating between sets will make the list of subscriptions reduce to only those that are part of the selected set. You can move bookmarks to other sets either by opening the Properties of the bookmark and changing its location, or dragging it into another set inside the opened Manage Bookmark-Sets dialog.

Sets can also be useful if you have some bookmarks that you want to keep, but remove from your active set of subscriptions. Simply move them to another set. Once you changed your mind, you can move those bookmarks back to your active set.

Seven bugfixes at one blow

Bug 943 will be famous for having so many duplicates. In short, it will make the user experience of the embedded browser much better on Windows. Most importantly, beginning with M9, JavaScript will be disabled by default (you can enable it again in preferences if necessary). This should make it much easier to use RSSOwl in areas, where IE is not allowed due to security concerns. Note that you can always switch over to using Mozilla inside RSSOwl, even on Windows.

Tip #3: Use Tabbed Browsing

Tabbed browsing is a well known concept from most modern web browsers and RSSOwl 2 is supporting this feature as well. However, you have to change some options in preferences to make it work. Further versions of RSSOwl 2 (beginning with M9) will enable this feature out of the box.

To enable tabbed browsing in RSSOwl, open preferences and find the Miscellaneous section. Enable Show multiple tabs side by side and decide on the maximum of tabs to show below. This option greatly reduces the clutter of opened tabs by limiting the maximum number of tabs that will show at the same time. That's it. From now on you can have multiple feeds and websites open at the same time!

Public Preview of Milestone 9 soon!

Just a short heads up that a preview of upcoming milestone 9 will be available soon. This preview already fixes 54 bugs and comes with 11 noteworthy new features.

Stay tuned for more info on the preview!

Tip #2: Create smart Feeds

In this week's tip for RSSOwl 2, I would like to bring attention to the bookmark wizard for subscribing to feeds. Instead of using the link of a feed to subscribe, you can simply type a keyword or phrase describing your interest and choose from a list of popular search engines.

We think this is a great way of staying in touch with areas of your interest. You should give it a try!

Improve startup time of RSSOwl by using latest Java 1.6 Update 10

Sun has just released the Update 10 of Java 1.6. Among other changes, this release comes with the Java Quick Starter included. According to Sun, this features improves the cold startup time of Java applications (e.g. after a system boot).

I gave it a try and was able to speed up the startup time by 30%. Note that the quick starter is not running in case your notebook is running on battery power. Also note that as far as I know, this service is only provided on Windows XP.

Grab the update from here.