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Browser buttons

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2003 4:41 pm
by marco
Hi,

I like your feedreader. I think it would be an even better product with just a few very easy features to add:

- previous/next buttons to allow the news panel to go to the previous/next detail page without having to click in the headlines panel (better usability)

- browse back/forward buttons to allow one to navigate links in the detail panel without having to open a new window to browse the site (usability)

The buttons should be on the divider between the headline and detail panels to minimize cursor movement. Also one could use the arrow keys for the browser navigation.

- category folders for channels

Re: Browser buttons

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2003 10:31 pm
by support
marco wrote:- previous/next buttons to allow the news panel to go to the previous/next detail page without having to click in the headlines panel (better usability)


Yep, this is on the way. There wil be menu options and hotkeys added but I suppose I can put some buttons on as well (I'm not a big mouse person :-))

marco wrote:- browse back/forward buttons to allow one to navigate links in the detail panel without having to open a new window to browse the site (usability)

The buttons should be on the divider between the headline and detail panels to minimize cursor movement. Also one could use the arrow keys for the browser navigation.


I'm not quite sure what you're asking for. Do you want buttons on the browser pane's navigation bar (1.0.1 only) to move backwards and forwards through that channel's items? You can already do this from the keyboard with F8 and SHIFT-F8.

Or do you want Back and Forwards buttons like in Internet Explorer. This has already been added in 1.0.1. You can also use the arrow keys (in all versions) for the same effect: ALT-Left and ALT-Right.

marco wrote:- category folders for channels


It won't be folders but something is on the way that will address this.

browser navigation

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 12:49 am
by marco
I'll get the latest version. I was lookign for browser buttons so that we can use the preview panel like a browser. By the way, the browser tabs are a great feature.

Also, it would be useful to have the headlines display the date/time of the news/article. As it is now it is not possible to see when the article was posted.

The control center could also list the number of news items for each channel.

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 1:01 am
by browser is cool!
Wow, that was fast! I see not only the browser buttons but also the URL.
If you keep going at this rate pretty soon you'll have all the features that
NewzCrawler has, and then some. Keep it up!

Re: browser navigation

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 1:05 am
by support
marco wrote:I'll get the latest version. I was lookign for browser buttons so that we can use the preview panel like a browser.


Good. You'll find them there :-)

marco wrote:Also, it would be useful to have the headlines display the date/time of the news/article. As it is now it is not possible to see when the article was posted.


Yes. Some feeds include them (e.g. the Awasu News feed) but not all. I'll probably add something soon that records when each item was received, even if the feed doesn't specifically include a date/time.

marco wrote:The control center could also list the number of news items for each channel.


Sombody else raised this question recently: http://www.awasu.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=40. It's a long thread but I explain why I didn't do it and we sorted out a better solution anyway.

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 1:07 am
by support
browser is cool! wrote:If you keep going at this rate pretty soon you'll have all the features that NewzCrawler has, and then some. Keep it up!


And you get it for free! 8)

Great!

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 3:19 pm
by marco
Free!!! That's hard to beat!

I also like the browser panel navigation, auto-expand, auto-hide
and summary - it makes it one of the most usable readers.

Also displaying the URLs and the favorites are great.

You probably already have it in your plans: category folders
for channels and favorites. How about placing the favs on a folder
tab on the control panel? Then one could drag the URLs to it and
it would also be more consistent (channel, favorites, plugins in
ctrl. tab)

I'd also add the ability to close individual browser tabs when using
MDI mode.

Re: Great!

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 11:06 pm
by support
marco wrote:Free!!! That's hard to beat!


Yep! There will be a paid version coming soon that will have a whole bunch of extra features but the free version will always be fully functional and have heaps of stuff in it.

marco wrote:I also like the browser panel navigation, auto-expand, auto-hide
and summary - it makes it one of the most usable readers.


Usability is always something we've focused on. I've always loved software that did little things like this, quietly in the background so that you hardly notice it, that makes using it so much more enjoyable.

marco wrote:You probably already have it in your plans: category folders
for channels and favorites. How about placing the favs on a folder
tab on the control panel? Then one could drag the URLs to it and
it would also be more consistent (channel, favorites, plugins in
ctrl. tab)


A very early version of Awasu actually had that but I ditched it. There will be something much more powerful coming soon.

marco wrote:I'd also add the ability to close individual browser tabs when using
MDI mode.


You can do this already. Choose File, Close from the main menu or click on the little X in the top right-hand corner or press CTRL-F4. Also, depending on the version you have, right-clicking on the MDI tab will bring up a menu that has an option to close the tab.