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Lightbulb [App] RSS Central

Name: RSS Central v1.1

RSS Central is a powerful and easy to use application that can download and display RSS, Atom and RDF news feeds from web sites all over the internet. Its quick multi-download system will bring all the news feeds you want to your fingertips in no time, and will hold on to them so that they can be read even if you lose your internet connection.

RSS Central features an attractive and informative user interface, categorised news feeds, a feed search to discover new news sources, article summary and full web page displays, article search tools, read/unread article tracking, support for international characters, a useful "send to email" feature, portrait and landscape support, plus a whole lot more.

RSS Central's trial mode is fully featured, and just displays occasional "nag" screens while using the application. Please give it a try and see what you think.

Before getting my Windows Phone 7 device, I had an HTC Touch Pro2. One of the applications that came pre-loaded on it was Ilium software's RSS Hub. This rapidly became one of my most-used applications. When I moved to WP7 I tried a number of the RSS apps that were available, but none of them worked in the way I wanted or offered the features that I was looking for.

In true programmer style, instead of compromising with one of the available alternatives, I set about writing my own application. RSS Central is the result. It is functionally inspired by RSS Hub and uses a similar approach to displaying and organising its content. I also used the opportunity to clean up a few of the little annoyances that I found with RSS Hub. I hope you like the end result!.

I intend to continue developing and enhancing RSS Central, so if you have any comments, suggestions, complaints or bug reports, please let me know and I'll see if I can address them in a future version. As you will see from the version history below, I added lots of new things in version 1.1, and most of these were suggestions from people using the app. I have more enhancements lined up, if there's something you think should be added or changed then please let me know and I'll add it to my list.

RSS Central is available now from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Key features:
  • Attractive and functional Windows Phone 7-style user interface.
  • Streamlined navigation to make using the app as quick and easy as possible.
  • Fast application startup to get you straight into your feeds without having to wait.
  • Create categories to group your news feeds together for easier browsing.
  • Feed search function to help you discover new feeds and news sources.
  • Quick display of article summaries, or show the full article content with just one touch.
  • Search for keywords within feeds to help you find articles of interest.
  • "Minimum refresh time" prevents unnecessary re-downloading of unchanged feeds.
  • Automatic tracking of read and unread articles. Choose to hide read articles and read subsciptions if you wish.
  • Full support for international character sets.
  • Quickly and easily send the details of interesting articles as an email message.
  • Full support for portrait and landscape orientation.

Reviews from the Marketplace
  • "Best RSS reader on the market, and I have tried most!" -- irdawood
  • "Best RSS reader I've seen so far. Worth the price." -- leongustavo
  • "Love it. I have tried many news and RSS apps and this is the best one." -- Tusker
  • "This app does exactly what's needed, making it easy to add feeds through searching, categorize feeds and HIDE items that have been read. I've tried about 10 other options in the Marketplace, but this is the one you want if you have a large number of feeds or have varied interests that don't correspond to some of the hard-coded readers." -- Mlizardi
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Just tried it on my phone. And I'm impressed.

It's one of these apps which use nice animations all over (I like it )
Also the preinstalled RSS are quite informative. It's surely one of the most appealing RSS Reader out there.

It'll surely stay my RSSReader of choise!
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Hi the_Crispy,

Thanks for your message and glad you like it. :)

I tried my best to get nice-looking animations throughout the app and I'm fairly happy with the result. Silverlight does do a very good job providing tools to get them up and running. It's difficult to decide whether to put the animations in or just get the app released though!
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good app but i need a google reader support like in wonder reader. then i will buy it
 
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Very nice app but it doesn't support "windows-1250" encoding. So I'll stick with SimpiReader for now.
 
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Hi libor_m,

It should support whatever encoding the RSS feed specifies -- I spent a fair bit of time working with different encodings to ensure (in particular) that accented characters in non-English feeds displayed correctly.

Can you give me an example of a feed and article that isn't displaying correctly? Then I'll take a look at what's happening.

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Hi Adam,

try this one - http://servis.idnes.cz/rss.asp?c=zpravodaj
 
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Thanks for that -- that certainly didn't do what I had expected! Let me see what I can do...
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No prob

Just let me know if you will fix it. After a new version will be out, I can test is with more Czech RSS feeds.
 
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Well that was a bit more effort than I had expected: it seems (unless anyone knows different?) that .NET on WP7 doesn't have any support for decoding windows-1250, hence it falling over.

So I wrote my own decoder. Does this look OK?



This will be included in version 1.2. Not entirely sure when I'll be releasing that yet, probably in the next week or two. I'll post an update to this thread when it's available, so you can subscribe to the thread if you want to be notified.
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