I recently wrote that I want to make RSS Bandit compete more with commercial aggregators which elicited a comment about what exactly this means. Primarily it means that it is my intention that we should support what I consider are the three primary differentiating features of the commercial desktop aggregators I've seen (NetNewsWire, FeedDemon and NewzCrawler). The features are

  1. Newspaper Views: FeedDemon has the ability to display news items in a newspaper view which is a feature that Torsten batted around a few months ago but decided not to do because we didn't think it was that useful. However now that I read a number of feeds that tend to publish 30 - 50 items a day, being able to view the entries in a single page actually would be useful. My goal is for this feature to be 100% compatible with FeedDemon newsjpaper views meaning that you can use existing FeedDemon newspapers such as Radek's newspaper views for FeedDemon with RSS Bandit.

  2. WYSIWYG Weblog Editor: This feature was on my old RSS Bandit wishlist but I never got around to implementing it because of my displeasure with the MetaWeblog API. I've been waiting for the Atom project to produce a SOAP based API with built in authentication that would be widely supported by blogging tools before implementing this feature but it is now clear that such a specification won't be finalized anytime soon.  Since I don't do much GUI work I'll definitely need help from either Torsten or Phil with getting this done.

  3. NNTP Support: The promise of providing a uniform interface to various discussion forums whether they are Web based discussions exposed via RSS or in USENET is too attractive to pass up.

Of course, we will also fix the various bugs and respond to the various feature requests we've gotten from a number of our users. Torsten is currently on vacation and I'll most likely be gone for a week later on this month so development probably won't start in earnest until next month. Until then keep your feedback coming and thanks a lot for using RSS Bandit.