Channel reports

Channel reports provide a powerful way to extract information from your channels. Open the Channel Reports dialog from the View menu:

To create a new channel report, click on the small yellow icon in the top-right corner to start the New Channel Report Wizard that will guide you through the process.

Awasu predefines several useful reports for you which can be seen in the screenshot above. For quick access, hotkeys can be assigned to channel reports. To assign a hotkey to a report:

 

Configuring channel reports

Double-click on a report to bring up the configuration dialog. For example, My Favorites is configured like this:

The first thing to configure is which channels will be included in the report. This is controlled by choosing a channel filter; any channels that pass the filter will be included. You can include all items from each channel, new items only or unread items only. Alternately, you can choose to generate the report from those items currently in the Workpad's Read-me list.

Next, you can choose a template file that will control how the report will look. A number of templates are supplied as standard:

You can, of course, customize these templates to suit your needs or write your own and use them instead.

Reports can optionally be stored in a file somewhere, perhaps so that they can be read by another program, or automatically uploaded to an FTP server.

Reports can also be automatically regenerated at regular intervals. This is particularly useful when used in conjunction with the FTP feature since it lets you keep content on a web site up-to-date. For example, you could generate a report once a day and automatically upload it to your blog to ensure that your blogroll is always up-to-date.

 

Meta-channels

The meta-channel report (MetaChannel.template) that is installed with Awasu can be used to generate meta-channel feeds, that is, channels that contain the aggregated content of several other channels.

To create a meta-channel using this report:

Now what will happen is that every time the report is generated, a new feed will be created to reflect the current state of the underlying channels being monitored and stored in a file. Then, when the meta-channel updates, it will read the new feed from the file and notify you of new items in the usual way.