2008-08-04 15:43

Urssus: Sorry about 0.2.9

Truly a paperbag release. But there's still hope!

While 0.2.9 had a number of bugs and awful performance, I have to say that the current svn revisions are much, much, better.

  • Snappy performance (ok, not quite snappy, but snappier than 0.2.0)
  • Finally a coherent nex/previous/whatever mechanism. The only broken piece is that posts may vanish from view when the feed is updated (and I can fix that, too).
  • Fixed issues 16,14 and 22

So, 0.2.10, coming tonight, should be a pretty good one.

2008-08-03 19:35

Urssus: 0.2.9 is out

Version 0.2.9 of uRSSus, my news agregator is out. Many new features including:

  • Different layouts (regular/widescreen/combined, aka river-of-news)
  • Twitter about things you see on uRSSus with a single click
  • Many many bugfixes
  • Lots of UI improvements

And so on.

2008-08-03 01:39

Urssus: import from google reader

It was rather easy because I didn't do the hard part (thanks authors of pyrfeed!)and now uRSSus has a simple "import my subscriptions from Google Reader" action.

All I can say is "it works for me" and "Google sure strips data from the feeds!".

It will import your tags as top-level folders (merged with whatever you already had).

Should be smart enough not to duplicate feeds or folders.

If a feed is in more than one folder, it will show in the first listed by google (no idea what the order is).

2008-08-02 23:02

Urssus: August 2nd - going small

Mostly, I spent my two hours today refactoring. But also, testing how uRSSus looks on a small screen. Take a look:

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This is urssus in the configuration I liked best on my 7", 800x480 eeePC's screen.

As you can see, a more compact template for the combined view is a must, and I will implement a compact template. Or maybe just make a configuration option where you choose what template the combined view uses, to avoid the multiplication of "modes" that are the exact same thing under the hood.

Using combined view with all bars hidden and fullscreen makes for a rather large reading area, which is nice.

The performance in that limited computer was good... until the memory usage balloons. While uRSSus is not too CPU hungry, it's pretty memory intensive. There are obvious ways to improve that, of course, and I am exploring them.

BTW, I have not measured this in a while: 1957 lines of code. And still quite fun!

2008-08-01 18:29

Urssus: no release today

I had planned to release a new version today, but there are too many untested features. A list:

  • Feed reordering via drag and drop
  • Unique app. The second uRSSus just makesthe first one operate.
  • Lots of refactoring to cleanup View/Model related things.

Since it's a lot of code, it will need a day or two of testing. Or a week.

2008-07-31 22:53

Urssus: July 31st - Many small things (with not-too-cool screenshot)

Helped by the testing by vgarvardt, many issues and possible features have been fixed or implemented in the last two days. Here's an incomplete list:

  • Implemented (and later fixed) proper close-to-tray
  • Marking a folder as read marks all its children
  • The reset filter button works like Akregator's
  • The tray changes its icon when there are unread items (and shows a count in the tooltip). Icon work needed, though.
  • Double click on a post opens in external browser
  • Default refresh period is configurable (no UI yet)
  • The feed tooltip shows unread count
  • Window size and position is memorized
  • Position of the splitters is memorized
  • Toolbar titles are now reasonable (never tried to right-click a Qt toolbar before)
  • Better templates for feed and post layouts
  • Unread items/feeds are now shown bold
  • The about window has the right title and icon, and doesn't appear in the taskbar.

There is almost certainly going to be a release tomorrow.

And here's a picture:

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2008-07-30 21:06

Urssus: July 30th (way too late). Now with users!

At least three people have tried urssus (including me ;-) and over 80 have downloaded it. The two that told me anything say it's a nice app.

I hope it keeps improving.

Right now, it has about a dozen less bugs (or more features) thanks to the issue reports by vgarvardt!

2008-07-30 06:45

Urssus: July 30th (way too early). new feature - twitter!

I have a twitter account. I never found a use for it.

Now I have one. I will post there whatever interesting thing I find. Just right-click, "Post to Twitter" and voilá:

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Here you can see the window, which is filled automatically with the post title and URL (made tiny, 140 chars is not much!), with the classic char countdown.

Also in the background, some news and my twitter account.

BTW: Uwe was awesome.

2008-07-29 15:51

Urssus: July 29th - Moo till it's done

I may have gotten a bit carried away with mootools: Combined view now has an accordion-like thing google-reader style.

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Not too pretty, but pretty's not my thing.

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