Recently an RSS Bandit user made a feature request on our forums about a Good Google Reader Feature and wrote

On RSS Bandit, while reading all the news from a feed at the same time on the reading pane (feed selected) and scrolling down to read all news, you scroll all the page and nothing is marked as readed. This only happen when you select the message on Feed Details. On Google Reader every new you scroll down became marked as readed automatically. It's a very simple and natural scheme. Works really well, just check out

I checked out Google Reader and I had to agree that the feature is pretty hot, so yesterday I brushed up on my knowledge of the HTML DOM and added the feature to RSS Bandit. Below is a video showing the new feature in action

What's funny is that Andy Edmonds asked me for this feature a couple of years ago and I never attempted to add it because at the time I was intimidated by Javascript and DHTML. It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought.

RSS Bandit users can expect to see this feature in the next beta of the Jubilee release which should be available in the next week and a half. It would be sooner but unfortunately I'm on my way to Las Vegas to attend CES for most of next week and Torsten is on vacation. By the way, users of Windows Vista should be glad to know that the next beta will finally run fine on that operating system.

NOTE: The slowness in the video is due to the fact that my CPU is pegged at 100% while capturing the screencast with Windows Media Encoder. This feature doesn't noticeably affect the performance of the application while running regularly.