Announcing RSSOwl 2.0

A lot of users might have already heard me speaking about the next major version of RSSOwl in emails or the forum and wondered why there is no more information available here. Other people might have wondered why there hasn't been a RSSOwl 1.3 for the past year. Well, sorry for not blogging about this important news earlier, I am going to give you some details in this news!

Actually the idea to work on a completly new RSSOwl was born back in Summer 2005. At that time it became clear to me that it was very hard to catch up with the features of other readers without redesigning everything. I teamed up with another developer (Ismael) to work on RSSOwl 2 from scratch. Our main goal is to provide a newsreader that is powerful, easy to extend and easy to use. We chose the Eclipse Rich Client Platform as framework and db4o as powerfull database to store all the news. In combination with the well-known full-text search engine Lucene, we are able to implement exciting new features.

I will announce more details about a preview version for all to play with later this week. You will be able to either use RSSOwl 2 as standalone application, or add it as extension to your Eclipse.

EclipseCon 2007

I am attending the EclipseCon next week in Santa Clara. If you can make it there, here is my list of recommended tracks.

On Tuesday you will find me in the exhibition hall at the booths of the opensource pavillion where I will demo RSSOwl and answer questions about upcoming RSSOwl 2.0.

Wednesday begins with a short talk about What's new in SWT 3.3. Later on that day I am giving a 40 minute demo of RSSOwl 2.0.

And on Thursday I am talking about The new JFace ColumnViewer API in Eclipse 3.3. Directly afterwards I am joining a panel about Usability and User Interface Best Practices in Eclipse.

That will be an exciting week :-)

RSSOwl in the finals for the Eclipse Community Award

After being nominated for the award last year without making it into the finals, this year RSSOwl made it into the finals for Best Open Source RCP application. The winner will be announced next week on Monday at the EclipseCon.

Roadmap for RSSOwl 1.2.4

Just wanted to let you know that the next version of RSSOwl 1.2 is planned for June after Eclipse 3.3 has been released. One of the cool new features will be the support for Mozilla as embedded Browser on Windows as opposed to Internet Explorer.

RSSOwl 1.2.3 released

The RSSOwl development team is happy to announce a fresh new version.
Check out some of the cool new features and security enhancements:
  • Subscribe to feeds from Firefox 2.0
  • Maximum security on windows by disabling JavaScript in embedded browser
  • Support for Internet Explorer 7 as embedded browser
  • A lot of Bugfixes
Download for: Windows | Linux | Linux 64Bit | Mac | Solaris

May the owl be with you,
Ben

Feed Security and RSSOwl - Part 2

Here is an update on the progress of protecting RSSOwl from malicious JavaScript in feeds: Upcoming RSSOwl 1.2.3 will disable scripting when displaying news. Thanks to Nick who was writing about the solution.

Firefox 2 and subscribing to Feeds in RSSOwl *update*

Firefox 2 has just been released. Congrats to Mozilla and all the people involved, I am a very happy user since 1.0.

One of the interesting new features is a way of subscribing to feeds with your newsreader of choice. Beginning with the next version 1.2.3, RSSOwl on Windows will show up in the list of readers and subscribing to feeds out of Firefox will be supported.

Update: Of course this feature is available on other platforms as well. However, only Firefox on Windows is able to show RSSOwl automatically in the list of readers. But you can always add any reader by selecting "Choose application..." from the list.