Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Feeddler 2 for iOS 8

Feeddler was first released on April 1st, 2010, two days before the first-generation iPad was released. At one point, it was ranked 11th in the App Store across all categories. In the next three years, Feeddler was constantly ranked in top 20 in the iPad News category, and top 30 for iPhone News.

Feeddler was first written for iOS 3.2 to support Google Reader. Over time, the code was upgraded for iOS 4, 5, and 6. There were more than 20 updates. When Google Reader was shut down, Feeddler continued to support a few RSS services.

Apple made a bold change in iOS 7. But for the first time I couldn't update Feeddler accordingly. My wife was fighting a cancer. I had to pause all plans to support her and the family. Luckily my wife has recovered well after all the chemo treatments, surgeries, and radiation therapy.

In the past few months, I have rewritten most of the code for Feeddler. The new Feeddler uses the similar UI layout with the modern iOS design. New features include Feedly support, full screen reading, full text mode with Readability, and GIF image support among many others. Test users have praised the new app for its improved speed and reliability in iOS 8.

I have submitted Feeddler 2 to the App Store and hopefully it will be approved in time this week for iOS 8 and iPhone 6 release. Feeddler 2 will be a new app. The Pro version is priced at $4.99 again. If you are not ready to pay (again), I invite you to download the free version for Feeddler 2. I decided to make most Pro version features available for the free version this time.

I hope you will like the new Feeddler and appreciate your continued support. Thank you!

60 comments:

RyanH said...

Thanks for the update! I look forward to seeing v2 show up in the app store for purchase!

droszel said...

I too am glad to hear of the update that's coming. Also, best wishes to you and your wife dealing with her illness. hope she stays well.

RetiredArmy A said...

Will the new ver be able to transfer in my current feeds?

Diamond said...

Sorry to hear about the illness of your wife. Glad she is doing well now.

Thumbs up you've been working on such an update after that dark times.

Vladimir Shabanov said...

Glad to see you both back to life. Best wishes to you and your wife.

Scott said...

Very glad to hear the good news regarding your wife! I am sitting in a Chemo chair as I type thus, so feel your pain.

I will be happy to pay for the new pro version. Very worth it to me, as I use the app many times per day. Keep up the great wire!

scott

robseth said...

Thankyouthankyouthankyou. I was just about to contact about Feeddler constantly crashing in iOS8 and was pleasantly surprised to find out a new version is coming.

And I too am glad your wife is doing better. Use your app sale money to buy her something nice. :)

Unknown said...

Glad to hear your wife is doing better.
Will the new Feeddler for iPhone be able to display more than 20 entries at one time before having to load more items? If not, could this be something included in a future update? By far the best rss reading app for iOS I've tried.

Rodney Douglass said...

Just a note that your current version is not showing in the international app store, in particular australia. I hope your update will be available internationally.

Reg Burns said...

I have just written that Feeddler was unstable with IOS8, but now I feel a bit of a moaner. It is all too easy to forget that the programmers are humans like myself. I hope your wife continues to do well. Here is a X for,her.

John Scarfone said...

Glad your wife is doing better.

Feeddler 2 isn't showing up in Canada either. (With all the app updates it may take a bit)

Stitching Cat said...

So sorry to hear of your wife's illness. Will be on the lookout for the new app. This app is by far superior to any others I have seen. Your blog will now be part of my feed. Best to you and your family.

Segundo said...

Thanks for your work.

Espero por la nueva versión. Feedler me acompaña cada día.

Saludos.

Greig said...

Thanks for the update. I too am anxiously awaiting the update so I can continue to get my daily Feeddler fix.

Just so the international folks know, Feedder 2 has yet to show up in the US App Store as well.

Any update on when it might show?

Glenn said...

It seems that the existing version(s) are no longer available from the Apple App Store as well.

Alice Bertaina said...

So glad your wife is ok. That is more impt than anything else! Best wishes to you and your family.

Will be happy to pay for the app. Hope Evernote is included in the Services!

Sincerely
Alicat2500

Haim Toeg said...

Good to hear about your wife's recovery.

Is there any indication when the app will be release by Apple? I use it several times a day and greatly miss it now.

iolaire said...

FYI: the old feeddler app started working with BazQux yesterday afternoon. It no longer errors out, but it does crash every so often. So until the new app is out you can still use the old one!

I wonder if BazQux made some sort of fix or something?

Ned the Nerd said...

Why should I have tp pay again for the same app, all of my other paid apps (over 50) have been upgraded to work with iOS 8. Those app providers have not tried to fleece their loyal customers by putting a '2' after the upgrade.

You have a product that is useless in iOS 8, fix it, I've already paid for it.

I now expect to be flamed, but if everyone did this they would feel the same as I do.

Regards

Vladimir Shabanov said...

Feeddler wasn't updated to iOS 7 due to developer family health problems. So it's impossible to fix iOS 8 without developing new app (apple doesn't accept pre iOS 7 apps).

It's not just a little update -- it's rewriting of a major part of application (iOS 7 interface is completely different from iOS 6). Read: In the past few months, I have rewritten most of the code for Feeddler.

It's amazing that people deny to pay $5 for the app they use everyday. But how you expect the app to develop further?

Ned the Nerd said...

Didn't need to be updated for iOS 7, it worked perfectly well.

Yes, I did read that, so what.

For an app to be ranked like he stated for so long he must have made some considerable sum from sales, all I want is what I paid for to be fixed, don't care if the 'new' version looks different, happy with the way it looks now.

Vladimir Shabanov said...

> Didn't need to be updated for iOS 7, it worked perfectly well.

Apple no longer publish non iOS 7 apps. So it's impossible to fix app without making it iOS 7 first (Apple just won't publish it in App Store).

App developers doesn't make tons of money as you can think. Look at Reeder -- one of the most popular news reading apps and still developer has decided to make paid Reeder 2 update. It's becoming common thing since Apple doesn't have paid updates.

Robert said...

The app was working just fine till ned broke it, using ios8. Apple caused the problems...not the developer. Go tell Apple to fix it.

I'm happy to pay for an updated app. I have several apps that have found ways to pay for their developers time. Some charge subscriptions, new versions, or in-app purchases.

Unknown said...

I would have no problem paying for an upgrade. What is more of a concern for me is Voiceover accessibility. Feeddler has been great in this regard. I haven't upgraded to iOS 8 due to a lot of accessibility bugs so I'm still happily using the original Feeddler Pro app on iOS 7.1.2, but I would hate to eventually upgrade to the new OS only to find out that the new Feeddler may have VO issues. Will the new Feeddler app indeed have the same level of Voiceover accessibility?

robseth said...

If you're complaining about an app that cost less than $5 and that you probably got a least a year's, if not more, use out of, then you might be a whiny little nimrod. Or an obviously bad troll. Move along Ned, you won't find any friends here. Try 4chan maybe.

Stuart Ciske said...
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Stuart Ciske, Ph.D. said...

No problem paying for this great App. Can you post when V2 is in the app store?

Best wishes and good health for you and the family.

Andrew G. said...

There's an awful lot of whining going on here. The updated version didn't write itself. I will be more than happy to purchase the new version. Just waiting for its approval ad inclusion in the App Store.

Danny Mittleman said...

I'm with the crowd here. Been using Feeddler since iPad1 in Spring of 2010. Back then C.B. Was personally responsive when I raised some minor issues and even adopted a few of my suggestions into the product.

I rely on my RSS feeds and this is probably the most used app on my iPad Air. I found my way here today as, to try to address the iOS8 crashes, I'd deleted the app with plans to re-download. When it wasn't in the App Store I started Googling to see what was going on.

I hope Apple release V2 quickly. And I have no problem paying another $5. This app is worth much more than that to me.

James Walker said...

After the iOS 8 update it keeps crashing when viewing an article.

I'm more than happy to pay for the 2.0 version as I used this app more than just about any other app on my iPad.

In just the two days I've been unable to use it I have felt lost and alone in the world (ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much).

I hope things keep looking up for you wife.

Leeann said...
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Leeann said...

I am the biggest fan of Bazqux. The web gui is unmatched, and Feeddler is the best companion, no matter what suggestions are mentioned here. If you want to avoid paying developers for their hard work, go right ahead, pay crap and you'll get crap. But as a user who got a personal response from Vladimir within 5 minutes of reporting a problem, I'm not going anywhere. With his backup my $4.99 for Feedler is nothing if it means I'll continue to get the incredible support for a product I simply can't live without!

Thanks for everything guys :)

TooManyJens said...

Fellow Bazqux fan here. Bazqux and Feeddler are a great combination, and I'm hoping to get the new Feeddler version soon.

CONECTA BURGOS said...

Me parece una tomadura de pelo que no se actualice la versión de Feeddler Pro para iPad iOS 8. Resulta que ahora se nos quiere volver a cobrar de nuevo por la misma aplicación. Es como si estuviese utilizando office 2010 y dejase de funcionar en Windows 8.1. Considere la opción de actualizar la apps para iOS 8 a los antiguos usuarios de forma gratuita ya que ya hemos pagado 4,99€ por esa aplicación.
Saludos.

Gerald said...

So where is it???

Robert said...
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Morgan said...

Any progress on the new version?

FeeddlerPro has been great and has been my most-used application for many years. My only real complaint is that you should get paid more for it.

I really don't want to switch to a new client and would be happy to pay for an iOS 8 version. However, I will have to migrate if an alternative doesn't show up soon.

YrQ said...

Just installed the new version. Sadly the first thing that happened during sync was a crash. Also during slecting the 'more' option in the services list. Next the total counter is limited at 1000(?). Good news is that the webpages open without crashing. Progress but bugfixing needs to be done!

jzj said...

New version working just fine for me and worth every penny. Thanks! Hope all is well with both you and your wife.

Thoff73 said...
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Thoff73 said...

Hi, the App is not available in German AppStore. :-(

Rodney Epp said...

I see that the new paid version is on the app store now on the app store. Is there a new free app on the way

Reinard said...

Feeddler is one of my most importantAapps. So I will pay for it again, no problem. In the actual version there seems to be a bug: the RSS short text doesn't show up, not under iOS 8 nor under iOS 7 . So it seems a bug of the App.

Robert Bueding said...

I like ve the app! My only problem is I don't see the number of unread posts on the badge, I have it set properly in the settings, any suggestions?

Stensvaag said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have never found a better RSS reader than Feeddler 2, and I honestly believed I have tried all iOS possibilities. Yes, iOS 8 broke some things, but I kept my fingers crossed and am delighted to learn that the new version is available. I will gladly pay for it, with pleasure. Warmest wishes for your happiness and for the health of your wife.

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Unknown said...

Hi,

I'm an old user of feeddler but I stopped using it with the absence of feedly, now aI use minimalreader.

Is there any plans to add www.minimalreader.com compatibility ?

Gilles.

ncouch said...

I have purchased the V2 Feeddler. Many thanks for the upgrade.

However, I can't seem to get a display of all items. I can display any subscription but not all items.

Do I need to do something to regain this function?

Billy Barron said...

I was a feeddler user but then switched to feedly when google reader went away. I always felt their client was inferior to yours. I was so happy that you added feedly support. For one thing, feeddler is so much faster.

The bad news though is that Feeddler is crashing on me a LOT - probably an average of every 5-10 minutes. I hope you can get this resolved as it is just too unstable right now unfortunately. I'll watch for updates because I really like your app. By the way, using iOS 7 on an iPad 2.

jpb2 said...

I would like to try the free version of feeddler2.

Can't find it in the french store.

Thanks for your answer

JPB

Dimon said...

These developers are crooks using IOS8 as opportunity to charge for an update (a.k.a new app) and abandoning previous paid version completely. Apple should stop this practice!

Dimon said...

I have a lots of Apps I'd already paid, what if everyone adapt this practice? Should we pay for them again after update to IOS8? Something must be done about this!

Anton said...

hi
I used the oldreader RSS with login through G+. In the app the only way to log in to theoldreader is login/psw of oldreader itself. Is the any way to log in by G+ account?
Thanks
Anton

Stensvaag said...

Of course the generous author of Feeddler is not a crook. Apple rolled out iOS8, which broke the Feeddler app. The developer spent countless hours to fix what Apple broke. I, for one, am deeply grateful that the developer did not abandon the beautiful app that Apple broke. And it is totally appropriate that the developer should be compensated for his new, diligent work. He deserves thanks, not an accusation of being a criminal.

Dimon said...

What are you trying to say is that I supposed to buy again all apps I've purchased in a past to be able to use them in IOS8, clown?

Dispatcher said...

Let me decide either to pay for the app or not. If it's fabulous I might be only happy to support the developer. However, the first thing the app should be available for downloading which actually isn't true. So the key issue remains, when?

Minimalist Dave said...

This is a good software. Amazing clean design. But the price is quite expensive.

I think it's better 0.99 or 1.99 USD

Dimon said...

There is new app from Inoreader available which is free. I'm using it all the time since. Much cleaner and easier to use.

Glenn said...

Inoreader is not free. It's $14.99 a year to remove the ads.

Also, it doesn't appear to support any of the cloud services (like The Old Reader) to allow for syncing your reading across platforms. In fact, I didn't even see anyplace to put in your own RSS feeds.

It's just an app for their own aggregation service.

Dimon said...

It just supports its own syndication services but Inoreader is damn good second only to discontinued Google reader. I dunno which cloud services you are talking about but it supports a lot and has excellent integration with Pocket, Instapaper etc with automatic tagging. The ads never bothered me, as I use Inoreader they appear in Feeddler also. Overall much better experience.