Awasu Personal Edition v1.0.3 (beta)

UPDATE: This beta has expired. Please check the releases page for information about the latest releases.

IMPORTANT: This is a beta release. Some features may not be complete and the software may be unstable. Install at your own risk! You may need to do some basic computer maintenance tasks to get this release to run.

Please read these installation instructions carefully. It's not going to work properly if you don't!

  • You must have at least Awasu 1.0.1 already installed.
  • Make sure that Awasu is not running. It may take a while for it to finish even after the main window has closed so use Task Manager to determine when it has really exited.
  • Backup your installation before proceeding e.g. C:\Program Files\Awasu.
  • Unless you have heavily customized your menus, toolbars and/or keyboard shortcuts, you should run ResetUi.exe in the Awasu installation directory. If you don't, you will not see any of the new menu items or keyboard shortcuts!
  • Unpack the following zip to the installation directory: Awasu-1.0.3.zip
  • Copy all of the .template files in the Resources directory to your user's home directory:
    e.g. C:\Program Files\Awasu\Resources\*.template => C:\Program Files\Awasu\Users\YOUR-NAME

New features

  • If you are running out of fingers and toes keeping track of your channel subscriptions, channel filters will help you keep them neatly organized (your channels, that is, not your digits). Channel filters are a much more flexible way of managing your channels than the traditional way of putting them in folders and sub-folders. If you've heard rumours about the file system being developed for Microsoft's next generation of Windows, you will recognize some of the similarities in the way information is being managed.

  • Channel reports provide a single-page listing of all or a selection of items from any number of channels. If you like to browse your channels from a single page or want to export your channel feeds to a PDA for offline browsing, then you'll be using this feature a lot. However, channel reports are surprisingly flexible and let you do much more than just this. You can export your channel subscriptions to any format whatsoever, automatically keep your blogroll up-to-date or create meta-channels i.e. channels that are aggregated from several other channels!

  • Items in the channel item panes are now shown in three different ways: no icon to indicate read items, a black and white icon for unread items and a yellow icon for new unread items i.e. items that were received in the last update for that channel.

  • Channel summary pages now show the appropriate icon for each feed item and italicize read items. These summary pages are also kept in sync with what happens elsewhere in the UI e.g. if you mark items as read from the item pane, the summary page will update itself to reflect that.

  • The number of unread items in each channel is displayed in the My Channels window. This can be turned off in the Program Options if you find it distracting.

  • "Mark all as read" was added to the My Channels context menu.

  • The size of each channel's item pane is saved and restored the next time the channel is opened. If you prefer the old behaviour where it would show itself every time the channel was opened, stop Awasu, find the "SaveItemViewHeights=" option in your user's CONFIG.INI file and set it to 0. Note that if you have "Auto-hide feed items" turned on in the program options, the item pane will always be closed up when you open a channel's window (as before).
  • If more than one new item is found when a channel is updated and notification balloons are enabled, the tray icon starts animating and/or a sound played only when the first balloon is shown (instead of for every one).

  • The way Awasu decides when to start and stop the system tray icon animation has been completely overhauled. It was working properly as designed (no, really!) but some people were finding it a bit annoying. The animation will now be stopped any time you switch to Awasu and will not start if Awasu is the active window.

Bug fixes and minor changes

  • Added a new item to the File menu: "Open next channel". The default keyboard shortcut is F10.
  • Limited the number of feed items listed in consolidated notification balloons.
  • Fixed the flickering that happened when the main window was resized.
  • Added a navbar to plugin windows.
  • RSS parse errors are no longer translated into a "Not an RSS feed" error if an <RSS> tag is not found. The underlying parsing error is returned instead.
  • Leading whitespace in RSS feeds is now ignored.
  • Optimized the work done behind the scenes when you opened, closed or switched windows inside Awasu. You should find the UI much snappier now.
  • Optimized "Mark all as read."
  • Fixed an occasional crash when Windows is starting and Awasu auto-start is turned on. I haven't ever been able to get this to happen but a few people have reported it. I'm fairly certain that I've figured out what's going on so if it happens again, please let me know! Thanks to everyone who helped me track this one down.
  • Fixed a bug where the navbar wouldn't resize properly for channel windows when CTRL-TAB was used to switch between windows.
  • Fixed some bugs that occurred if feed items had the same URL.
  • Fixed a bug where unread feed items were sometimes being incorrectly flagged as new when a channel was updated.