Channel filters allow you to keep your channel subscriptions organized in a much more sophisticated manner than the usual way of putting them into folders and sub-folders.
A filter is simply a set of conditions that a channel must meet for it to appear in the My Channels window i.e. they are used to control which channels are shown at any given time. The power comes from the available criteria and how they can be combined. For example, you can configure My Channels to show only:
My Channels will be dynamically kept up-to-date and so channels will be added and removed to the window as things happen in Awasu e.g. channels being updated or new items received. You can also assign hotkeys to any filter, letting you switch between different sets of channels with a single keypress!
Managing channel filters
Open the Channel Filters dialog by choosing Channel filters from the View menu. Several filters are predefined for you by default and you can see these in the screenshot below:
To create a new channel filter, click on the small yellow icon in the top-right corner to start the New Channel Filter Wizard that will guide you through the process.
For quick access, hotkeys can be assigned to channel filters. To assign a hotkey to a filter:
For example, the screenshot above shows that pressing Control, Shift and N will apply the New content filter. If you close the dialog and press this key combination, you will see My Channels change to show only those channels that have new content.
Configuring channel filters
Double-click on one of the filters to bring up the configuration dialog. For example, New content is configured like this:
There are three main criteria that filters use to determine if a channel should appear in the My Channels window or not.
Channel categories. Channels can be included only if they have been assigned to one or more channel categories. If you specify more than one category, you can also specify whether a channel must appear in either all of those categories or any one of them.
If you specify more than one of these criteria then each channel must meet all of them to be included in the My Channels window. You can also request that only channels that don't meet the specified criteria be included by ticking the "Show non-matching channels instead" option (although you probably won't be using this very often).
Finally, you can specify how My Channels should be sorted e.g. by the number of unread items or the most recently updated channels first.
The predefined filters
The channel filters that Awasu predefines for you are configured as follows:
Some more examples
Here are some more examples of how filters can be set up:
The power of this method of organizing channels becomes apparent when you define several channel categories and filters that use them. For example, let's say you are a musician and are really interested in technology so you create the following categories (in the Program Options dialog) and assign your channels to them accordingly:
Remember, channels can be assigned to more than one category so a feed advertising rock gigs would be assigned to Music, Rock and Gig listings, a feed about the latest synthesizers would be in News, Technology and Music while something like Slashdot would be in News and Technology. Now you can create filters to show channels that meet the following criteria:
And don't forget that you can assign hotkeys to each and any of these filters, allowing you to switch between them with a single keypress!