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Channel report "mark as read"

Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 6:32 pm
by timrray
Is there any way to mark items as read when a scheduled report is generated? I'd like the ability to mark everything read after generating a report of unread feed items. My initial thought is to be able to run Awasu on my home computer and generate an HTML file containing only unread items every x amount of time. I would really like to be able to see my unread items on my mobile browser but I don't want to keep re-reading everything I've read when I get to my desktop.

The only problem with the above is if I hadn't read the previous report's output, it would get written over with another report so I'm not even sure if this is the best way.

Another option I was thinking about is using the email plugin to email myself this stuff (which does end up on my mobile as well) but I'm not sure if there is a way to mark those as read too.

If there is another way of accomplishing being able to see my unread items on my mobile someone please let me know!

Re: Channel report "mark as read"

Posted: Fri May 26, 2006 1:03 pm
by support
timrray wrote:Is there any way to mark items as read when a scheduled report is generated?

Yes, I did have a long and hard think about this when writing the reporting code but it proved to be quite fiddly from a usability point of view.

Something like this is better handled via synchronization. There was a move a while back to get Awasu working together with Plucker but it died due to a lack of interest. The next release is going to have some seriously souped-up sync features so you may well be able to get what you want then.

Posted: Fri May 26, 2006 1:30 pm
by timrray
Are you talking about the 'currently in alpha' release or is that planned after that one is completed?

Let me know if you want any beta testers :wink:

Posted: Fri May 26, 2006 1:34 pm
by support
timrray wrote:Are you talking about the 'currently in alpha' release or is that planned after that one is completed?

The (unscheduled) 2.2.2 has just been released so I'm referring to 2.2.3.

Some programming would be needed on the mobile device side to handle the synchronization process.

Posted: Fri May 26, 2006 1:41 pm
by timrray
Well, if you are working on making Awasu sync with something like Bloglines, Newsgator, Google reader, etc, they all have mobile versions of their website that would eliminate that need. If not, then I agree something would need to be done to sync with PDA's. That of course opens up a whole new can of worms depending on what type of device you use.

Alternatively, I've seen other people request a web interface for Awasu which might also work with a mobile. It might be easier to make Awasu interface with anything if there were a web interface somehow.

Either way I look forward to more synchronizing options!!

Posted: Fri May 26, 2006 1:55 pm
by support
timrray wrote:Well, if you are working on making Awasu sync with something like Bloglines, Newsgator, Google reader, etc, they all have mobile versions of their website that would eliminate that need.

We're looking at allowing sync'ing with web-based feed readers but it's proving difficult finding anything worth the effort :roll:

Bloglines' API is pretty much useless, NewsGator is difficult to use (and a competitor :-)), so we were hoping to use Google Reader. Unfortunately, their API is missing some key functions to do this kind of thing which will make it almost unusable :-(. So we're still looking around trying to find something to use. I was originally hoping to have this in alpha2 but it might have to be pushed back to alpha3 until we can sort something out :-(. BTW, alpha1 will be the database optimizations.

Posted: Fri May 26, 2006 2:12 pm
by timrray
I definitely understand the limitations of those web based aggregators. That's why I'm using Awasu. :D

I guess if I had my choice in this the web interface into Awasu's power would be the best option if it weren't too difficult. That way I could maintain everything in one place and just go to a website from my mobile (or any other browser for that matter). I'm not sure it would be necessary to have the ability to add channels to it from the interface (although that would be handy) but if there were at least way to read your new items (marking as read of course) that would be enough for me.

If I'm not mistaken there is a way to publish new items in Awasu into an email, right? I get my email on my mobile and I've been thinking about getting that going but I'm assuming they won't be marked as read either when you do that.

I guess my main complaint at this time about Awasu isn't anything with the program itself, just the ability to get to the information in it from where ever I am. Of all the aggregators I've used, Awasu is by far the best but I'm still struggling with my need for information while not at my main PC. Maybe I should just learn to detach from being up to date!!! I wonder if there is an 'RSS Anonymous'.

Posted: Fri May 26, 2006 2:19 pm
by support
timrray wrote:just the ability to get to the information in it from where ever I am.

Yes, this would be the main use case of such a setup. Awasu would be the primary way fo reading feeds but you can also access your feeds via a browser when you're not at your desk, and then be able to sync everything up later.

timrray wrote:I wonder if there is an 'RSS Anonymous'.

Yes, it's called the Personal Edition. You can only have 100 channels :lol: :roll: