[APP] Minimal Reader 3.3 - 02/10/2012

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By Joenrv, Senior Member on 6th May 2012, 12:10 PM
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Finally out of Beta and available on the Play Store !

Hey folks!

I've been hard at work these past weeks to take my Minimal Reader Widgets to the next level. I finally reached a milestone of stability, performance and usability, and I just couldn't help but sharing it with you guys.

I'm proud to introduce Minimal Reader 3.0 - Bringing a full Google Reader experience on your Android device with a brand new APP in addition to the widgets!

The App follows the latest ICS Guidelines and is available from Android 2.2 and above. It's clean, fast and simple to use.

There's a new color system that let's you associate a color to a particular feed, so you can easily spot it when scrolling through lists of news.

App and widgets are completely synchronized, so you can both quick read through your daily feeds on a widget and explore more content in the app when you have time.

The app should be pretty straightforward to use, give it a spin, and if you encounter any issues/bugs, please report them in a detailed comment on this thread.

I'm really looking forward to your feedback, and to make it easy for me, please give me your opinion by simply answering these three questions :

1/ what do you like about the app
2/ what do you miss (compared to other news app maybe)
3/ how would you improve it

Here are some screenshots :

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6th May 2012, 01:32 PM |#3  
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For me the minimal reader is the best reader/widget. I'm looking forward to test this beta.
6th May 2012, 01:53 PM |#4  
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First impression: really fast, but I don't have tried the older version (2.6)

What I liked: velocity
What I missed: possiblity to change the mobilizer. Readability Mobilizer is better than the Instapaper One (imho)

1) after the tap on "mark all as read", the app should refresh the ui to not show again the feed marked as read. If I'm in the "browse" view, under a certain folder, it should prompt me to the upper folder
2) the name of the tabs are too big/long: as you can see from the picture above, the words "reading list (0)" and "favourites (0)" are too close.
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6th May 2012, 02:22 PM |#5  
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I like the look, and feeling a lot. Just like 2.6, but great to have a app with it now

Things I miss: Synchronization interval

Change the order of my labels, now you would have to add labels 1 by 1 to get the order you want. Would be nice if it could just be added all at once, and be reordered afterwards
Maybe an option to rename the labels in the app (only for the app, so leave the label name as it is in google reader), with the same reason as above poster
Maybe I missed it, but just saw there is no option for adding an individual rss feed. Not a problem for me, but maybe other people still like to add them all manually :P
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6th May 2012, 02:56 PM |#6  
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This is great stuff guys, exactly the stuff I need to hear to prioritize features.

Keep it coming!

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6th May 2012, 03:18 PM |#7  
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Look forward to testing this, thanks

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6th May 2012, 04:57 PM |#8  
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Another suggestion/missing feature:
Refresh on app startup

Option to hide read labels (unless all are read/show all is selected) So you wont have to scroll through empty labels to get to the ones you havent read yet
6th May 2012, 04:59 PM |#9  
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Is it possible to add an export favourite news option? Just a simple html list with the title and link of the news, something like that.

Best news reader ever
6th May 2012, 05:28 PM |#10  
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Going to test. Just downloaded the beta. Will tell you how it works on both CM9 and CM7.

6th May 2012, 05:32 PM |#11  
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I'm actually live coding your suggestions right now

Here's my TODO list atm :

From XDA :
ADD : Reorder colums in manage screen
ADD : hide columns when no more news (option ?)
ADD : Auto refresh in background option
ADD : Refresh on startup option

ADD : sync starred from greader as favorites
ADD : white theme
ADD : tutorial with recommended labels
ADD : Tablet UI

This is great. Thanks guys !
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