Dear RSS Owl team,
Firstoff, thanks for the nice project. I'm rather a new owl user, however gave it several shots during the past months.
Also, I apologize upfront for all 'shoulds' in this post - it's all ment as friendly and constructive feedback.
The feedback here is for the (todays) latest snapshot:
- 1.2.1 RC2 2006-05-15 (Windows; U; en)
I'd like to share my experience with the devs from the point of view of a 'new' user.
The inferface is really pretty, for me the first steps weer very easy and simple.
I didn't like the preinstalled Feeds
(first thing I do with all RSS readers I used so far - delete the existing ones)
I'd like to optionally don't install any example feeds at all.
I miss a Toolbar Button for CTRL-Shift-R (Reload all Favorites). It's the hotkey I used most because whnever a got a coding break I'd love to see what happend meanwhile.
Options / Favorites: Update automatically:  on Startup doesn't seem to override existing (but never changed) favorites.
I had to check the Feeds specific option for all. A button 'apply to all existing feeds' would be nice.
Some windows apps I use got this 'gray' checkboxes for 'use default setting) - not sure if it's good Application Design)
Options / Format NewsTip: HTML Format Mail is hard to guess what it does.
Options / View: View Newstext in Browser: Unsure what it does - it seems to change the preview of the <description> bit. I assume it's either plaintext or html preview?
Options / View: Show Newsfeed Info: Unsure what it does
Options / View: Display errors in the tabfolder (what is a 'tabfolder' ?)
Options / Browser: Use external Browser is the last option and under misc. I did somewhat expected this to be on top and if not checked all other fields grayed out.
'Quickview' Toolbar is actually 'Address Toolbar'?
The last three options I a rather big wish - all my owl sessions ended up with like 10-15 tabs. I always felt a bit 'messy' after reading news of 5 feeds. E.g. shift key or similar could still open links in new tabs.
Oh my.. bad spelling up there.
wish there was an edit button
> At least its present in the toolbar
> under the "Favorites" dropdown.
> That contains all actions that affect
> all "Favorites".
Aye, altho - I'm sticking to the hotkey now :)
After playing around all evening with RSSOwl I ended up to turn off the toolbar all together. Guess I'm a hotkey fanatic.
Thanks for explaining the different things I bumped into.
> Btw you can disable the Tabfolder at
> all in preferences if you want to avoid
> the clutter of Tabs.
Yes, I'm using it actually now as default setting.
In case you wanna know: I ended up in 'use remote browser' with 'no new tab creation', 'disable tabs' and use 'one click' interface.
> Please file seperate feature reuqests
> for your suggestions.
Done. Sorry for posting them here.
Thanks for your feedback. Comments in order:
Sample Feeds: Thats right, but I think I made it quite easy to get rid of this preinstalled feeds by grouping them into a folder called "Samples".
At least its present in the toolbar under the "Favorites" dropdown. That contains all actions that affect all "Favorites".
Good idea @ Apply to all. Will make a note on my side.
Display News in browser is, when enabled, showing the News in a Browser, compared to showing plain text in a normal text-widget
"Show Newsfeed Info" is the box on top of the Newsheader Table that expands when you click it to show additional info about the newsfeed.
Tabfolder: A Tabfolder is containing a list of Tabs. Each feed you open results in a new Tab of the Tabfolder. I think its a pretty common word. Firefox has it too btw, as well as all other Browsers I can think of.
Options / Browser: Use external Browser - good point, I will investigate what to do there.
Please file seperate feature reuqests for your suggestions.
Btw you can disable the Tabfolder at all in preferences if you want to avoid the clutter of Tabs.