Plenty of new tricks for Feederator

This weekend Feederator learned a lot of new tricks. In my opinion the coolest new thing is that Feederator adds a lot of additional data to each post. You get a website preview in the list with the feed items. In case of movie feeds this might even be a cover picture. You only get to see this if you are in “expanded” view mode. If the pictures annoy you – just sw.....

Capture web page screenshots headless

For a while now I have been using the Amazon cloud to render web page previews for posts in Feederator. This solution is running in Amazons new free “beginner” quota. For a low load this works quite well, but it never worked to create a thumbnail for all incoming items. I guess it wasn’t working reliably because for every call a virtual framebuffer has to be started, then firefox, then the screenshot and so on… From tim.....

How to delete index on App Engine for Java

At the time of this writing there is no function to delete (unused) your datastore indexes directly with the Java tool set. But there is a way around: the python SDK has a function called vacuum_indexes. This is how your can do it, step by step:Install the Google App Engine for Python SDK and follow the steps described for your operating system here: http://code.goo.....

New Features: Searching the archive

I’m trying to improve Feederator.org. Sometimes changes are rather invisible to the end user. Sometimes new features extend the use of feederator rather dramatically. I enabled such a feature today: searching the archives with full text key words. To keep your inbox clean Feederator moves items older than 3 days to the archive. Once they are in the archive you can search for them. Make sure that your most significant word comes first, otherwise it might be omitted. The search is n.....

Combine Feederator and Sabnzbd+ to a One-Click-Download tool

Sabnzbd+ is a great tool if you are riding the usenet wave. Feederator on the other hand is a great tool to manage and moderate (RSS) feeds. This post will show you how to use the two tools to have a one click (movie/series/ebook) download tool. First of all you need a usenet account. I’m using supernews (http://www.supernews.com/) which will cost you between $10-$12 per month. Use Google search to find special offers for $9.99. Then downlo.....

New Feature: Copy items to another feed

Since feederator is only a free time project, it takes time to implement all the features that I want feederator to have. I’m stealing here a bit of time, there using a gap between coming home from work and dinner. The guys over at lifehacker recently wrote a nice article about this productivity technique and it works just like that for me. But now, let’s get to the poin.....

New Layout

More and more, the current layout seemed not to be as convenient as we first thought. The layout looked like it was designed with a mobile device in mind, than running nicely on a desktop. But since it is our long term plan to bring Feederator also to mobile devices, that experience wasn’t in vain and we keep the layout at hand for that time. But now, let’s talk about the new layout: it is inspired by the GMail layout: on the left you have your folders, in our case the feed.....

A word about Feederator…

Did you ever want to control which items of a (RSS) feed should be used by your consumer and which should be ignored? Feederator helps you to organize your feeds, filter specific items or even mix two feeds together to a new one. If not never felt the need for Feederator here’s an example: On your 24/7 running server at home you have a podcast downloader running. You subscribed to this cool video podcast but you don’t want to download all the shows on this feed. What you re.....

Feederator Beta out!

We’ve been working on Feederator a while now. It is a great feeling, now that it is finally out for users to try it. But be warned: Feederator is improving constantly. We’re adding features and fixing bugs on a daily basis. If you want to keep up-to-date with the features subscribe to this blog… Your Feederator Team .....