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.
The notifier feature in RSSOwl is capable of informing you as soon as news are downloaded. It can easily be enabled from the "Notifier" entry in preferences. Enabling this feature will show notifications for any downloaded news from all of your subscriptions.
Now, consider you only want to be notified about news that match a specific search (e.g. all news that contain a certain word or where the author is a specific person). Simply create this search as "Saved Search" with the desired conditions and set the Notifier to only show notifications for this search in preferences.
As soon as News Filters are implemented, this feature will even be easier to use.
Stay tuned for milestone 9!
- Automatically assign Tags
- Move or Copy news to bins
- Set a news to sticky
- and more
We have just completed a large task in the area of searching for news. A new search-specifier "contains all" was introduced that will ensure that a matching news contains all of the words as opposed to any. The existing specifier "contains" was renamed to "contains any" to match the old behavior. The default specifier when creating a new search now matches with what one usually gets from web search engines (all words have to match). In addition, wild-cards are now supported throughout all search-conditions.
If you want to give M9 a try, you can grab a recent nightly build. Usually, these builds are stable enough to be used everyday.
For the future, we will have a look at supporting phrase searches. This will allow for even more powerful search conditions where one can search for word phrases instead of just single words.
Stay tuned for more to come in the near future!
Update: Phrase search is now implemented and will be part of the upcoming M9 release!
The developers over at Excelsior just posted the results of their new Excelsior JET 6.5 beta 2. With Excelsior JET it is possible to compile a Java application to native code.
RSSOwl was chosen to be one of the demo RCP applications that are compiled natively. You can read more about it here. They also offer a download, but keep in mind that we have not yet fully tested the native version of RSSOwl. Also, it appears that the installation is limited in time until 6.5 final is released.
Thanks to Excelsior for choosing RSSOwl as application to show the capabilities of JET!
- Secure credentials with a master password
- Automatic proxy detection
- Support for Firefox 3 and XULRunner 1.9
- 27 bugfixes and features so far