firstobject News Reader Comments
Comments about features and bugs are posted here with most recent on top and the responses are updated as the questions are addressed in new releases of the editor. Beta releases are posted here for download. Screenshots and instructions are on the firstobject News Reader page.
The following MSN Search URL http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=firstobject%20News%20Reader&format=rss&FORM=RSRE works properly in the News Reader. If you are referring to this kind of feed, then it might be something specific about the search results you are getting. If you like you can send me the RSS URL you are using offline to firstname.lastname@example.org, to help me determine what the issue is. You can also see if there is an error showing up by selecting Menu Status Messages (update the feed if it has not been attempted since you started the reader).
When you click on an individual item, it is now marked as read. Before, the only way to mark an item as read was to mark all unread items in the feed as read.
Yahoo News feed recently started putting the news source (media credit such as AP) on a separate line. Now the news reader normalizes all newlines, extra spaces and tabs, to keep the title from affecting the summary layouts.
The Find results are cleaned up, and support case-insensitive search (for ASCII). Whitespace and markup tags were causing display problems in the Find results.
Thanks for writing. The feed you supplied seems pretty erratic although sometimes it does seem to load properly in Internet Explorer. When it does load properly I can see nothing wrong with it, certainly the encoding ISO-8859-1 is one that should be supported. Most feed validators online seem to use different technologies to look at feeds so the results can be inconsistent. You would have to check it in another MSXML based feed reader to compare.
The firstobject News Reader uses MSXML to download feeds taking advantage of any Internet Explorer proxy settings and scripts you have already configured on your computer. If MSXML rejects the feed then the firstobject News Reader can't see it. With the latest release 1.2 I turned off validation which allowed it to accept a lot of feeds it was rejecting in 1.1. There might be another way to make it accept more feeds but I am not sure.
Additional support is not yet in the works, but for gmail in the current version of the reader you should already be able to use a URL like this: https://username:email@example.com/gmail/feed/atom