rlmrdl wrote:The option is "Listen for" which doesn't mean anything to a non-techie. If it said "enable new feed add when you click this icon would help, it would also be good if you could get it to listen for anyone clicking on any rss feed.
Good point. Sometimes it's hard to think like a non-programmer
In your email to me you suggested detecting clicks on the plain old XML buttons:
This is an excellent idea but unfortunately, there are technical reasons that would prevent this from working reliably. There is a thing called RSS auto-discovery that is becoming more popular and will be added to Awasu soon. It lets a web page advertise the fact that it has an RSS feed associated with it in such a way that RSS readers can detect it.
rlmrdl wrote:a) read the news (Actually a text only option would be good, as well as the full graphic browser)
I'm guessing you're talking about blog entries here? I'm not quite sure what you're asking for here.
rlmrdl wrote:b) post from the reader to my blog (I love the LJ application that resides on the desktop and lets me post, edit, re-order, delete etc without having to do it over the web) and which enabled either a fresh post or picked up the URL and any selected text from the post I was reading to use as the basis for a new post.
Something like this may be added in the future.
rlmrdl wrote:c) the ability to email a link from the reader via Eudora (looks like you have that)
The version I'm working on now has this feature already and will be available in the next beta (out in a week or two).
rlmrdl wrote:d) News Viewer had a preinstalled list of feeds placed in categories, which was potentially good value, although far to many and when I deleted a category I didn't want it shifted the damned feeds to the next one up without realising that if I don't want a sports category, maybe I don't want any sports feeds. But its not a bad idea.
Yes, the idea is good but the implementation is usually less so. One of the things we've focused on with Awasu is quality over quantity. I hate
it when news readers automatically install tens or even hundreds (!) of feeds that I'm not interested in. The first thing I always do is delete them all and then go look for the ones I really
want. Hence the page that you see when you first run Awasu. It shows you fifteen or so high-quality links that you can subscribe to if
you want. You can always see this page again by opening the Help menu and choosing Welcome Page.
rlmrdl wrote:e) a set of links to good sources of feeds would be a nice touch
Also on the Welcome page are some links for this. The Radio Community Server link is a really good one: the 100 most popular feeds at Radio Userland. Syndic8 is the place if you want to search for feeds and there is an Awasu plugin that lets you search their database.
rlmrdl wrote:f) the ability to save/ export/ share a category or group of feeds might be useful as a marketing tool. By being able top post "My Favourite Feeds" to a feed for new users to add to their installation, it would be possible to give readers who don't post an ability to contribute/raise profile/participate etc
This is a great idea. Thanks for the feedback. My to-do list just keeps on getting longer and longer...