Torsten and I are getting ready to ship the next version of RSS Bandit and have made a beta version available.

The beta version adds a couple of features over the last version of RSS Bandit such as support for the Atom 0.3 syndication format, the ability to import OPML lists into a specific category, translations to German & simplified Chinese, ability to display logos of feeds that provide them and auto-completion when typing URLs in the address bar.

The beta version also fixes a number of bugs such as the fact that the notification bubble pops up too frequently, right-clicking URLs in the address bar makes them disappear, inability to launch the application on Win98/WinME, sometimes closing a browser tab causes dozens of IE windows to be spawned, clicking mailto: or news: links opens a new browser tab and most importantly the fact that in certain cases feeds are not updated.

Any comments about the beta version should be brought up on the mailing list or discussion board. Bugs should be filed in the bug database on SourceForge and feature requests go to the feature request database on SourceForge.

Our current plan is for the beta to last 2 to 3 weeks after which we'll create an installer for the next release.

PS: Given that RSS Bandit now supports other formats besides RSS and will support more technologies in future (e.g. NNTP) it seems to make sense for us to rename the application. Torsten and I are interested in any suggestions for a new name for the project.


Thursday, March 25, 2004 5:24:20 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
How about sticking with the current theme and call it "Feed Bandit"?

Or we could go artistic and make up a word, "Informa".

Other ideas:
Feed Reader
Xml Scavenger
Agent News
I'm reaching here...
Thursday, March 25, 2004 5:28:58 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Name suggestions:

AnyFeed Bandit
ManyFeed Bandit
Whatever Bandit (Rafael Teixeira)
Thursday, March 25, 2004 5:29:12 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
- FeedableMoose
- FeedBar (like “foobar”--sorry!)

Okay, so I am smoking crack.
Thursday, March 25, 2004 6:06:13 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Awesome. This is the single most important application I use outside of my development tools (I might even be able to argue it is more important than those, if pressed).

A few name suggestions:

* InfoSource Bandit (trumps InfoPath)
* InfoLog Bandit
* InfoSource Aggregator
* InfoLog Aggregator (as opposed to InfoLog Server (.Text or dasBlog))

Thursday, March 25, 2004 7:06:07 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
FeedMeSeymour? hehe
FeedTrough? (I actually like that one)

Tom M
Thursday, March 25, 2004 7:49:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
InfoBandit :-) (Michael beat me to the Info idea, though :-()
InfoGator (possible legal problems with NewsGator, though)
I also like the FeedThrough idea
Thursday, March 25, 2004 8:11:54 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Not Feed "Through", Feed "Trough" like what pigs eat out of? Put a crapload of food in the trough and the pigs eat it... Thought it made a lot of sense since we're supporting so many varieties of "feed" in the product...
Tom M
Thursday, March 25, 2004 8:34:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
How about "Bandido", "Metro-Blog-ual", or just plain "Bandit!" :-) Regardless, RSS Bandit is a great product - thanks for your work...
Thursday, March 25, 2004 8:43:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Bandit should appear in the name, for sure. I like Info Bandit, or News Bandit.
Thursday, March 25, 2004 9:57:45 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I like "Info Bandit"...

Other ideas "The Lone Bandit"
"Lowdown dirty Bandit"
Thursday, March 25, 2004 10:13:51 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Info Bandit sounds cool.
Thursday, March 25, 2004 10:30:36 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
A few suggestions:

* El Bandito
(sticking with the original Bandit theme)

* .R
("dot R", a play on DOTR = the first letters of your names)

* Dato
(the first two letters of your first names)

Anagrams of your first names:
* Not Arrested
* Notes Trader
* Rotten Reads
* Retard Notes
* Nerts To Read
* Tensor Rated
* Nerd Rosetta
Thursday, March 25, 2004 11:27:34 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
"Datos Bandido" or "Feed Bandit" both sound like cool names to me...

While you're changing the name, add SOCKS support too.
Thursday, March 25, 2004 11:43:51 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
"The Bandit"
Friday, March 26, 2004 1:27:04 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I think the new name should be a double entendre, like the current one.

I just can't think of anything witty enough just now.
Friday, March 26, 2004 8:09:48 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
"Feed Sharp"

Friday, March 26, 2004 11:24:30 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Interesting suggestions! Please vote for your favorite here:
Saturday, March 27, 2004 1:19:15 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I like "Informa" so far, it is removed from the usual stuff.
How about "AggXML",
or "Feed Stream",
or "StreamBandit"
or "Aggregate Reader"
or "feedFilter"
Tuesday, March 30, 2004 3:58:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
How about:

Whisker - The word 'whisk' describe what RSS Bandit does and cat's whiskers could be the logo.

Desperado - Its a tool for people trying desperately to get a better handle on information consumption.

.News - Google-unfriendly but simple and to the point.
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