New tricks; revamped user interface

August 1st is the national holiday in Switzerland. Having a longer weekend also lets me work more on Feederator. In the last few days Feederator learned some cool new tricks, which I’d like to share with you

Public Change Log
For the users and my own sake I finally added a change log page. You can find it here. This allows you to track what I have recently might have changed and makes it easier for you to find out about new features. From Feederators web interface you can jump the the change log page by clicking on the version number on the top right.

Links on the item list
The item list displays the set of the posts belonging to the currently selected feed. From the Special Feed list it sometimes was hard to figure out to which feed a post belongs to. By clicking on the feed icon or name you can now jump directly to the feed.

Full text feeds
For me this is by far the most exciting change for a long time: instead of only displaying the truncated text of a post you can now read the full article for many feeds. Please note: to extract an article from a website is some kind of guessing what the most significant part might be. This goes well for many cases but not for all. Please let me know if your feed doesn’t work.

For a long time I thought that I would have to write that extraction code myself. I asked Mr. Google many times but I just couldn’t find an appropriate library. But sometimes you need some time to pass by and to get  a different spin of an idea: I started looking for web services instead of libraries and soon these searches turned out to be more successful. For instance the guys over at offer such a service. They have a free API with limitations, a premium service and you can buy the source code for your own hosting. Old releases can be found here for free.

New detail view
Having much more text per article due to the full text feature made it necessary to revamp the cluttered detail view. I think now the interface is much slicker than before. What do you think?

Posted by Daniel Eichhorn

Daniel Eichhorn is a software engineer and an enthusiastic maker. He loves working on projects related to the Internet of Things, electronics, and embedded software. He owns two 3D printers: a Creality Ender 3 V2 and an Elegoo Mars 3. In 2018, he co-founded ThingPulse along with Marcel Stör. Together, they develop IoT hardware and distribute it to various locations around the world.

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