It’s only been a week since I introduced Read Feeder, but there’s been a lot of development on it since then, so I figured it was time for an update.
In the course of a week, working on it nights and over the weekend, I’ve been able to implement 80% of the functionality I wanted. I’ve also been using it as my primary news reader for the past few days, and as you can see from the screenshot above, I even used it to queue up articles for my last blog entry on the Higgs boson.
So here’s what is has and what it doesn’t:
You can add tags, queues and subscriptions through the interface. I plan on making it easier to add tags and queues as you need them, with some AJAX magic, but for now it’s been easy enough to just add them ahead of time. Editing these can be done by selecting the item from the left on the left-side panel from the add screen, which isn’t intuitive, and I will be providing a better option soon.
Filtering based on feed source, queue or tag, or any compination of them, is working and is surprisingly fast and (in my biased opinion) extremely useful. If you look at the screenshot at the top of the post, you’ll see that I have only articles in the “Blog”, “Facebook” and “Read Later” queues showing.
Managing multiple articles at a time by selecting them from the article list and using the action drop-down lists at the top. This, unfortunately, doesn’t keep your selections after performing an action, but I plan on fixing that shortly.
Viewing individual articles in a new tab with a Read Feeder bar at the top to set queue and tag information on it while you read it.
That’s it! I know it doesn’t sound like much, but Read Feeder was never supposed to do that much. It sticks to the “Do one thing and do it well” Unix philosophy. And after using it for a few days, I’m convinced that it’s the right way to go.
I currently have it hosted for personal use and limited outside testing on apps.mhall119.com, which is running Ubuntu 10.10 on Amazon’s “micro” cloud instance. I’m currently looking for a few more heavy feed consumers/bloggers to help me test the workflow and usability of it, if you’re interested let me know.