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[APP] feed me RSS Reader -[U]- 29.09.11 -[V]- 1.12

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By _calum_, Senior Member on 22nd February 2011, 08:14 PM
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feed me has been temporarily removed from the marketplace. I hope to get a new version out towards the end of the first quarter of 2012.


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When I first got my HTC Mozart I looked for an rss reader but couldn't find one that suited. RSS Central from Adam Dawes came close, but still didn't quite have the structure I was looking for. I always like to look at my subscriptions in groups. If I am tracking two or three blogs related to the same thing then I don't want to have to look at all three seperately. I just want to look at the newest entries from all of them together. So I got to work, and feed me is the result.
Please give feedback about any missing features or possible improvements.

There is currently no video of version 1.11 as I am spending all my spare time getting a mango version up and running.

Here's a video of Version 1.11:

Here's a video tour of Version 1.9 (full details on the site as always):

Changes in Version 1.8:

Changes in Version 1.7:

Changes in version 1.6:

Supported languages:
• English
• German

Key Features:
• Live tile shows new article count1
• Add YouTube feeds 2
• Watch YouTube videos in HD
• View or listen to podcasts while browsing other articles
• Download podcasts for offline viewing (with pause/continue)
• Tweet or e-mail articles, post to facebook or send the link in a SMS
• Add articles to Instapaper or Read it Later
• Allow feed me to run under the lock screen (allowing feeds to be updated when the phone is locked)
• Supports all windows-125* and ISO-8859-* encodings
• Feed groups with optional ‘all’ and ‘unread’ views
• A Google feed search for adding new feeds
• Add new feeds from Google Reader
• Backup and restore settings to our server
• Filtering of views using the title and/or content
• Feeds are only downloaded if they have been updated3
• Optional automatic update on start-up
• Favorites for bookmarking items

The free version and the trial are ad supported. The live tile is also restricted to showing the number of new articles for four feeds only. The trial does not allow podcast downloads or viewing of YouTube videos in HD, these restrictions will be lifted in the next release.

Visit the site for more info and feel free to PM me if you have any questions
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23rd February 2011, 10:04 AM |#2  
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Calum you are a legend, looks great.
6th March 2011, 11:53 AM |#3  
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just a quick update...
I'm on holiday for a week and am doing the last few bits for the next update... Just got the last bits of live tiles to go, then the tests and it's done.

For the live tiles I will show the total number of new items since the last time the app was open (like the stock e-mail app). You will be able to select which feeds are used for live tiles, so certain feeds with frequent updates can be excluded.
This won't work for backdated items. For example, BBC likes to post items that are backdated to yesterday, these will not be seen as new as the publish date is older than the date of the last refresh.
Feeds included in the live tiles update will always be updated on startup.

Let me know what you think.

I have also set up a page on facebook. And you can follow progress on twitter.
19th March 2011, 12:11 AM |#4  
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So I've finished the next update... here are a few of the new features:

  • A live tile showing the number of new items. This is restricted to showing the total of a maximum of 5 feeds at the moment (or 1 in trial mode). I hope to increase or remove this limit but I want to see how the server handles things first. The tile can be updated in 10, 15, 30 or 60 minute intervals.
  • You can now add a feed from your google reader subscriptions. They are shown in a flat list similar to the feed search in the current version.
  • I now check the http headers for feeds before downloading. If the 'last-modified' header is present and the feed has not changed then the download is cancelled.
  • I added a pivot to the start page. Now you can swipe from the list of feed groups to a list of all the new items (these are grouped for easy browsing).
  • There is a backup and restore function for the feed settings. This backs up the settings to a SQL server so you can restore even after a factory reset. In this version an anonymous device ID is used so you don't need to log in.

I have also improved caching and done quite a bit of work on performance. The limits for the trial version have been increased to 4 groups of max. 4 feeds.

Unfortunately I have had to do away with backwards compatibility for the settings. This means that all settings in the previous version will be lost. I really didn't want this, but due to the live tile implementation, backup and cache management I had to change the storage format for the settings. The main problem is that it is impossible for me to simulate an upgrade as a developer so I couldn't event try to implement a settings upgrade. This is quite annoying and I hope microsoft will do something about it, but at the moment all I could do was add the google reader support mentioned above, and ensure this never happens again due to the new backup/restore feature.

This only really affects the few paid versions out there (unfortunately, or fortunately in this case the actual number is pretty small). Trial versions won't update so you need to uninstall it before installing the new version - this is another microsoft 'feature'.

I will post a full list of changes on the website after the update hits the market. This should be towards the end of next week. I have decided to run the final build on my phone for the weekend as there is not point in submitting tonight (nobody will start testing it until monday morning anyway), and you never know... there may just be a bug or two still lurking
26th March 2011, 12:50 AM |#5  
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V1.2 just got published... a load of improvements and new features.

Check out for all the details.
31st March 2011, 04:20 PM |#6  
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Just submitted the next version. A few bug fixes but a nice new 'tweet article' feature as well. The new version supports all the European and Middle Eastern encodings I could find (I will post the full list as soon as the app is certified)
2nd April 2011, 02:08 PM |#7  
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Feed me version 1.3 has been published to the marketplace. This version has Twitter integration, improved encoding support and a few fixes. See the site for details:
5th April 2011, 12:04 AM |#8  
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Hey i've been trying out your app for a day or two now, seems to work great so far. If its something i find myself using often, I'll be sure to buy it (first time using an RSS reader, so I don't know how useful it will be for me). Also, I'll let you know if I notice anything/have any suggestions
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5th April 2011, 12:38 AM |#9  
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Thanks for the feedback. Feel free to pm me if you have any questions/ideas.

5th April 2011, 06:19 AM |#10  
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Great app man! Thanks!
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7th April 2011, 09:33 PM |#11  
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Originally Posted by bdotr

Great app man! Thanks!

Glad you like it I'm always looking to improve things, so any constructive criticism is welcome...
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