According to the RSS Bandit roadmap the time draws nigh for the next release of RSS Bandit codenamed Nightcrawler. As with the previous release we will have an alpha version which will be mostly feature complete, followed by a beta version which will be feature complete and then the final release. Last week, Torsten and I agreed on the following plan for the alpha version of Nightcrawler.

Release Date: August 31, 2005

New Features:

  • NNTP Newsgroups support
  • Downloading of Enclosures/Podcasts
  • Subscription Wizard replaces Add New Feed dialog
  • Fast Mode (shutting off comment threading which uses a lot of CPU)
  • Synchronization with Newsgator Online
  • Atom 1.0 Support
  • Extensibility Framework to Enable Richer Plugins
  • Item Manipulation from Newspaper Views (e.g. Mark As Read, Flagging)
  • Tip of the Day on Startup

There's also a persistent bug that has been bothering some of our users where posts from different feeds end up being mixed up. We haven't located the source of this bug but have added some tracing to the build which will be enabled in the alpha. Users who end up with mixed up feeds after the alpha can send us the trace files which should help us narrow down the source of the problem.

There are a couple of features I'd like to see in the final version such as "Comment Watching" so I can tell when a post I am interested in gets new comments. However we need to start locking down for the next release so that feature isn't likely to make it in unless I can sneak it in before the beta.  If there are other small, nice to have features you'd like to see in Nightcrawler please file a feature request in SourceForge and we'll see what we can get to before the final release.

Any comments or other feedback would be greatly appreciated. 


Friday, August 5, 2005 10:47:23 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Great update list, guys!

I've been evaluating RSS Bandit again (after at least a year) and so far I've only seen the content-mixing bug, where one feed's items appear under another feed. The application is very good!

Your blog comment support is very important, so I hope the comment tracking feature makes the next release. Otherwise, RSS Bandit has already superceded my other feed reader.

Saturday, August 6, 2005 12:39:51 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Comment watching, YES! I've been waiting for an RSS reader with that feature.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 12:40:21 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Does the support for "Item Manipulation from Newspaper Views" include a JS enabled newspaper view or do I have to build my private version again? No scripting support will break my custom stylesheet =]

Anyway, the "Extensibility Framework to Enable Richer Plugins" sounds interesting enough to find some ideas to play with it...
Saturday, August 6, 2005 6:31:56 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Looking forward to the new features and possible "feed scramble" fix. I've had several weeks trouble free then it happened again today. Am sure it relates to editing existing feeds, not adding or deleting. I had a site change today its feed today and updated the feed URL then got a scramble. Have also seen it after shifting feeds to a different category.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 6:48:08 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I also am looking forward to the new features. the "richer plugins" and the "item manipulation from newspaper" sounds cool.

as well as the enclosure downloading.
Thursday, August 11, 2005 6:48:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Could the NNTP feature allow for login to the NNTP server? For example, reading the MS Betaplace groups, which requires login.
Keith J. Farmer
Thursday, August 11, 2005 8:26:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
We plan to support authenticated newsgroups. However I haven't tested this feature much so I can't guarantee it works 100% right now.
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