Thursday, June 20, 2013

Feeddler 2.0 release

Feeddler's iPhone-only Pro version has been approved by Apple. There are not many users on this one since I have encouraged users to purchase the universal version. I keep this version in the App Store so I can continue to update the app for users. Most of you need to wait a bit more for Feeddler 2.0 release.

After the last blog entry, other than Bazqux Reader, I added two services to Feeddler 2.0 update: FeedHQ and The Old Reader. Bazqux costs $2/month and supports the most Feeddler features including custom feed sorting. FeedHQ costs $12 a year or you can host this open source yourself. Feeddler will support self-hosting FeedHQ later. Both Bazqux and FeedHQ offer 30-day free trial. And I don't take any cut from these subscription fees. The Old Reader is free. No starring or article tagging support for the first API release, but they will work on these features next.

All these three services are developed by highly dedicated individuals or teams. I encourage all users to try them all. Feeddler 2.0 still supports multiple accounts like before, and also from multiple services now. You can still use Google Reader till 7/1 with Feeddler 2.0. Feedly support should come next.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Feeddler status update

Long story short: I will submit a Feeddler update soon that should transition well into the post-Google Reader era.

No, it's not Feedly or Digg. Their API is not ready yet. I am aware of Feedly's announcement last week and I did get its API access after the news. But Feedly folks are still working day and night to fix bugs. Their API is also different from Google's, so it will take me some time for integration.

Feeddler will first support BazQux Reader which nicely duplicates Google Reader API. In the past few days, its developer even implemented a few advanced API methods that are only used by Feeddler (e.g. drag-and-drop sorting and feed pagination) after my requests. BazQux Reader is the only one I have seen that supports full set of Google Reader API, which means Feeddler users will not miss any major functionality. It has a very usable web interface too. BazQux Reader offers a 30-day free trial and charges a $2/month subscription fee.

Not ready to commit to a subscription service? Feeddler will support Feedly later, but you might lose some functionality due to API changes.

How about Feeddler's own solution? I have completed the code for RSS aggregation and successfully tested hundred of feeds in several languages. But I still need to work on cross-plateform syncing. No subscription fee, but likely a separate app. Some non-technical issues have prevented me from spending time in this new development. I cannot promise when I will release it. Hopefully soon.