This blog isn’t the only place where I’ve been falling behind given my home and work responsibilities. I’ve also not been doing a great job on supporting RSS Bandit. Below is a repost of my first post in months on the official RSS Bandit website.

I’d like to apologize about the lack of updates on this site in recent months. Both Torsten and I have had the combination of work and new additions to the family at home take up a lot of our free time. I’m slowly beginning to get some time back as my son has started growing and things get less hectic at work. This weekend I started hacking RSS Bandit code again and feel it’s a good time to open up communication channels about a codename for the next release Collossus and the planned features.

Right now, I’m working on integrating support for reading your news feed from Facebook using their recently announced Open Stream API. You will be to select Facebook as a choice from the “Synchronize Feeds” menu

once that choice is made, you have to login to Facebook.

For the best experience, you should check to option to stay logged in to RSS Bandit so that we don’t have to prompt you for your Facebook username each time you run the application.

In addition, we will also be looking at bug fixes for a number of the crashing bugs that have been reported which have affected the stability of the application. We know there is at least one problem caused by the inability to render favicons in the tree view correctly which causes the application to crash. If you suspect you are hitting that problem, a temporary workaround is to disable favicons in the tree view by going to the Tools->Options menu and unchecking the option to use favicons as feed icons from the Display tab.

If you have any issues, thoughts or requests related to future versions of RSS Bandit please leave a comment in response to this post.

PS: Thanks to a tip from Mike Vernal I’ve already gotten my first improvement on this feature. The Facebook login screen look more streamlined when this is finally released instead of looking like it barely fits in the dialog box as it does above.


Monday, May 4, 2009 4:29:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Tip: it's spelled "colossus." Unless "coll" is some clever pun I'm missing?
Monday, May 4, 2009 4:46:22 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Hey Dare.. how about a sexier UI? Having used twitter clients such as I expect more from "smart" client apps these days :-)
Monday, May 4, 2009 4:06:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Dare, the biggest issue for me is having some kind of cloud storage for my feeds.

I switched from RSSBandit to Google Reader simply because I read my feeds on at least 3 different devices.

I am aware of FTP storage and friends. However, it was a pain having to remember always to upload my read/unread feed status every time I was done reading. If I forgot to upload the feed status to my FTP via RSSBandit, my feeds list would be out of date on the other machines, which was very frustrating.

Second on the list would be a better UI. The Office 2003 look is so...2003. :-)
Monday, May 4, 2009 5:13:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
The latest version of RSS Bandit synchronizes with Google Reader to address these issues. We've gotten feedback on refreshing the user interface and will be looking at doing that as well.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 3:18:37 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Tried sending this via Sourceforge mail, but something must not have worked:
Long time RSS Bandit user, so now I'm wondering how I can help out with the project.

Done my share of code cutting over the years (Z80/6502 assembler, VB, Cobol). So I'd be happy to help out with testing and coding.

What do I need to do/where should I start?
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 4:12:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I've responded to your email.
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