Iteration 5 – Summary

About 8 weeks ago (Oct 17th), we circled back with the early adopters of feeddo to understand from their perspective where the rough edges were. Here is a quick recap of how we integrated that feedback back into the product.

Jason S.

  • What are friends? What is the number on top of friends? [edwin: this still needs work. It is still too hard to find an add friends.]
  • When you click on preview/title of an article, you do no get a consistent behavior. [done]
  • Add icons to the actions to have a visual language. [done]
  • Allow me to mark an article as unread.
  • Space/Shift+space does not work consistently on all pages. [done]

Ludo D.

  • Ability to only show favorites in the dashboard. [done]
  • I hate it when in the a subscription has 5 unread articles and you only show me 3. The drill down into the subscription view is too much of a context switch. Note: Ludo switched to the “sort by time view” to try to address the issue but he prefers when the articles of the same source are grouped together. He just wants a more intelligent layout and less of a context switch. [EK: open]

Sandor N.

  • There is [too much] learning curve. The default customization seems complex and the scrollbar/scrolling is different. I would like to get a list of 50-100 articles and scroll/scan/read them at the same time. [done]
  • I would like to have the option to move the sidebar to the left of the page. [done]
  • I like the “discover new feeds” area… should have some form of refresh button to get another new feed, without having to flip through pages.

Mike B.

  • Feeddo is cutting off some articles on the right. Major pain in the a$$! I’ll attach a screen shot. Notice in the screen shot how some of the words to the right are cutoff by the container on the right. It doesn’t happen all the time, just on certain articles…haven’t really trouble shot to figure out exactly when. But sometimes the cutoff is worse than others (I think…)
    [done – was caused by the inclusion of large images. feeddo now automatically resizes the images in the article view.]

Eric M.

  • I am subscribed to multiple “planet” feeds that sometimes syndicate the same blogs… Making me read the same entries multiple times.
  • Can we improve the experience around reading partial feeds?
  • IE support. I do not install FF on my windows machines.
  • Ability to filter articles based on the language.

Vincent M.

  • I can not switch until you support authenticated feeds.
  • I would like to see an option in the dashboard to mark all the feeds are read.

Jon M.

  • It would be nice to have an explicit way to add a feed. Sometimes I have a URL and want to add it. It took me a few seconds to remember the +f way of doing it.
  • I would recommend some sort of status/title so that in a multiple tab scenario in firefox I can simply look at the tab to see that there is new articles in my favorite list (maybe simply an ‘*’)

Jason K.

  • On Mac, the font weight seems to change on mouse over. [done]
  • Feeddo gets stuck thinking I’m offline when I’m not, normally on a network change. Reloading my proxy configuration doesn’t seem to help; a full restart of FF is required. [done]
  • In certain scenarios, like selecting a particular feed, the focus doesn’t go to the feed window (the list of articles). I have to click in that window in order to use the cursor keys. [done]

Orjan L.

  • Ability to print all the articles in the “save for later” queue.
  • I would like to have more options for rating subscriptions. favorite/no favorite is good but not enough.
  • I would like to be able to manually define the orders of the subscriptions using drag and drop.
  • enhance the email article option to a) support gmail and b) improve the formatting for outlook

Rakesh S.

  • I would like to be able to see articles which are related to the article I am currently reading. [done – annotating a keyword will trigger the search of related articles.]

Rajesh R.

  • It would be nice to be able to manually define the order the categories appear in the navigation bar.
  • The preview/open article behavior is not consistent.
  • Make is easier to delete the set of subscriptions which are not producing content or which I am no longer reading [done – see spring cleaning feature.]

Erwan A.

  • I would like to be able to define my own skin/RSS.
  • Ability to sort and filter feeds on the dashboard: number of unreads, categories, etc..
  • Make feeddo compatible with Ad Blocker
  • feeddo browsing is not accounted for in history. Read a few entries then hit Ctrl-h, and none of your browsing is displayed (that may be a feature ? i may want it to appear in my history, so a preferences switch might be handy)
  • One thing i’d like to be able to is to recommend entries from blogs i’m not subscribed to. Simple UI ala del.icio.us
  • I would like to add a custom “blog this” action to articles. I use a dotclear blog.

David K.

  • When you click + add then you get a blue window appearing to the left and it somehow feels wrong, the usage pattern that I fell into was to click a few recommendations and the mouse move to the left to click on the button around the collections dialogue just felt a little clumsy.
  • Second piece of feedback is when you look at the list of most recommended feeds and some feeds you are subscribed to are shown there but without a +add button again felt wrong, felt like it should have a – remove button next to it rather than a blank space
  • better integration with firefox bookmarks:during the boostrap experience, allow me to add populate feeddo based on my bookmarks. Also add a feeddo entry to the bookmark so that I can browse and scan my feeds through the bookmarks and then drop in feeddo in the right place.
  • Take a blog with lots and lots and lots of entries like Johnathon Schwartz for example, when you hit top with a croll you get the nice top message and the same when you hit the bottom, however if you scroll down fast then you often get a stop in the scroll and a loading message which is not as elegant. [done – we added some additional smarts to cache the next entries on the next page.]
  • Reordering collections. It feels like the collections should be mobile and that you should be able to reorder their position in the blue bar by dragging them around. And how do you do maintenance on your collections (and sub collections) maybe they should be called something like topics rather than collections. I have been looking for how to delete collections, edit the spelling of collections and how to move them about. [done]
  • I would like to be able to search for someone’s recommendation feed by name and subscribe to it.
  • The friends concept should be clearer. [started new iteration in 0.7.41]

Maha N.

  • I am using feeddo to tract financial. Recommendations should be more targeted.
  • I woud like to be able to turn on notifications on when new articles are available.
  • feeddo should try to better support audio and video. I would like to listen to all my podcasts in feeddo.
  • Can you inline the comments associated with the article in the article page?

Merlin

  • I have a iTunes feed for the stuff I bought as a test item. I view that feed all inline. The downside here is that every entry as a multimedia entry (music) or video. When I load the page ALL of them get loaded at once. That ends up being “slow” – we need to have something better in place for a such case – a placeholder in place for that …..
  • In the daily from 0.7.41 ( 323), I am not sure I like the removal of the “Suggested feeds” from the page yet. I know you would take your friends recommendations any time but somehow that has grown one me ….
  • I like to be able to customize fonts at the browser level. Feeddo does not seen to adapt to the font size change.

Greg P.

  • I have been having issues with the auto-upgrade. I need to manually re-install.
  • Try to make sure that the UI does not get too busy as you add more features.
  • Do not show an empty white box in the about area if there are not pictures metadata information for the blog.
  • Is there a way to get the Best Of articles associated with a feed? [partially – the digg-like voting and recommendation has a flavor of that.]

Iain S.

  • I like to be able to customize fonts at the browser level. Feeddo does not seen to adapt to the font size change.
  • My list is customized and sorted by subscription. I get 3 items listed on the left panel per rss feed by default.
    It would be nice if in this view there was an option to add a slight background colour per rss feed on the main panel.
    eg: feed 1 shows three items and it has a very slight background, feed two then kicks in with no background / white, feed 3 kicks in with the slight background, feed 4 white / no background etc… I find it a touch hard to notice the red font feed name, then the number of updates and the poplist to mark them as read etc.. when in this view.
  • to the immediate left of the ‘customize list’ link, there is a slider for minimal feed reading and maxed out feed reading. It would be nice as an option to also be able to click on the small icons to the left and right of the slider, instead of using the slider itself. The one line, or many lines representing the views. [replaced slider with a simple set of icons]
  • allow me to pick my custom color scheme for the top menu, side menu, etc.
  • A “whats new” splash screen when feeddo loads, if there is new functionality.

Ashwin P.

  • feeddo should help me discover high quality feeds based on my subscription and reading patterns.

Oliv

  • would it be possible to “detach” a video or audio so we can keep watching/listening to it while reading more posts?
  • would it be possible to get a visual alert when someone added a comment to an article i recommended ?
  • would it be possible to add my comment to an existing comment?
  • when you read an article it would be great to see if it was already recommended by a friend.

Jason G.

  • I do not like the “what’s new?” page. Instead of being a compilation of everything, it should be the summary of what is important, different. I should might have a video and picture section.
  • I do not like how the feeddo pages scroll. I like to see what I read on top of the page.
  • I was not able to find how to unsubscribe from a feed.
  • I was not able to delete a category.
  • I was hard to find and organize the content.
  • May be feeddo should have an edit mode like the iphone so that editing does not clutter the view mode.

Thanks for the feedback! We are going to continue to integrate the remaining pieces in the iterations we will push out in the next 8 weeks.

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