One of our most common requests for improving the user interface of RSS Bandit has been to add an option so that all links clicked in the newspaper view result in tabs that are opened in the background instead of the new browser tabs stealing focus. This allows you to breeze through a newspaper view with a lot of items and click the links of the items you are interested without without having to go back and forth between the newspaper view and open browser tabs. Below is a screenshot of the new option

I've realized that it's been a long time since we shipped an RSS Bandit release and have started spending more evenings getting the code in ship shape. This evening I'll start work on the often requested feature that we utilize favicons in the tree view instead of the generic folder icon. My only question is whethere I should bother adding a flag to disable that behavior. Will mind having Dare's favicon.ico show up beside my feed instead of the boring folder icon enough to want to turn the feature off? Let me know what you think.


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Friday, September 1, 2006 3:48:24 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
K.I.S.S. Just use the favicons. Don't bother with a pref. -- Bob (Bob Denny)
Friday, September 1, 2006 4:12:55 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Use the favicons. That's what they're for.
Friday, September 1, 2006 6:28:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Is background/foreground loading something that can be controlled per-link-click (ala Firefox)? Or is it set globally for the whole app?
Friday, September 1, 2006 8:51:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Sorry, but IMO favicons will make the tree look cluttered, and I think they nearly always look pre-Windows 3.1. I'd like an option to disable them, but a per-feed option may be nice for some people?

Having been spoilt for choice with Firefox extensions, I like the option of CTRL or middle-clicks loading in the background.

Is it in the plan to be able to read feeds in separate tabs? Having just the one feels limiting, particularly with the "mark as read when exiting" option.

Did I say I appreciate everything RSS Bandit has become? I do, thanks :)
Friday, September 1, 2006 10:23:24 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I'll use the favicon but would like to have the option to disable it.
Friday, September 1, 2006 2:35:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Kevin & Doug,
Ctrl+Click already works for opening tabs in the background today. However few people seem to know that feature exists.

Friday, September 1, 2006 2:54:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I like the favicons and would use them, but it only takes one person to spoil the party. I can see someone using inappropriate images in which case I would probably want to turn them off (per feed would be nice).
Friday, September 1, 2006 6:47:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
>However few people seem to know that feature exists.

I certainly didn't! Thanks for the tip!
Friday, September 1, 2006 9:04:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
The favicons: generally, on my job I'm trying to learn that any option is an option too much (needs to be exaplined, translated, tested, maintained, etc). But I do agree with the others that having every feed with it's own icon competing for my attention (and so using bright colors etc) the tree may become a cluttered ugly thing real soon. So yes, the tinkerer in me says: at least a global option, and preferably one per feed. [sigh, I'll never learn ;-)]
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