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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Greed: Big News

In my last post, I mentioned the big marketing push going on here at Fognl, and the goal of using pictures to increase the impact of a given post. The idea is to use pictures to reinforce the message. In the last Greed update, there were several noteworthy, but somewhat small, updates. A picture of several kittens lined up in a row seemed like an appropriate way to really drive the message home. (Also, a picture of kittens was pretty easy to find.)

This time, there's only one noteworthy item, and it's bigger. Thus, the following:



The big news is a widget. Greed now has its own widget, in case you want one.

To create a new Greed widget, just do what you normally do to create one, and you'll see a Greed item on the Widgets menu.



Select that item then select either the feed, label, or state you want to see in the widget from the feed selector screen.



Then, um... There's the widget.



The widget updates once per hour, and shows the most recent headline in the chosen feed. You can create as many Greed widgets as you want, with a separate feed in each one. When you touch a widget, it loads the article list for the feed it's watching so you can read all the items.

For now, there's only one widget size. I'm thinking of creating a "tiny" widget as well, which may just show unread counts or something. This wide one seems to take up a fair amount of space.

Well, that's all for now, enjoy the widget...

17 Comments:

  • At 12:02 AM , Blogger Klondike said...

    Yeeesss! Awesome!

     
  • At 4:06 AM , Blogger Florian Müller said...

    Hello!
    Thanks for the update.
    The widget feature is nice.

    But there still some issues.
    1. Notification still doesn't work properly (the feature that convinced me to buy this app).
    Notifications are very unsteady. Matter of luck, I think. ;-)
    Am I really the only one, where notification doesn't work?

    2. I get very often a blank page, when entering a feed. When re-entering it works fine.

    TIA, Florian

     
  • At 8:15 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

    Florian,

    You're not the only person having issues with notifications. If you don't mind, try turning on the "Notify on any feed" option and see if you start getting notifications then. If so, then that helps me isolate the problem.

    Thanks.

     
  • At 10:12 AM , Blogger Florian Müller said...

    Thanks for your quick reply, Kelly.
    I tried the setting "Notify on any feed" already. But it fails also.
    I also played around with the 'Polling Interval'. No setting makes it work.
    Is there more I can do?

    Greetings from Germany
    Florian

     
  • At 10:30 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

    Florian,

    That is very strange. I wonder if there might be an issue with the unread-counts cache file on your SD card. If you care to try it, you could make sure Greed is shut down and you don't have any Greed widgets active. Then, mount your SD card on a computer and delete the greed folder on it. Then start Greed back up and let it rebuild its directory structure. That will at least ensure that some kind of file corruption isn't causing notifications to not work. Sorry about the inconvenience!

     
  • At 12:05 PM , Blogger Florian Müller said...

    No problem, Kelly.

    I did was you described, but there is still no notification.
    A fresh installation with an other SD-card had no effect, too.
    Sorry, that I can't help to locate the problem. :-(

    Greetings, Florian

     
  • At 3:03 PM , Blogger Herman M. said...

    This is very big News with Android fans love for Widgets. Once again I got to continue complimenting you on the excellent work. Greed should be the number one App in the Market.

    Suggestion:
    I would love to see the widget maybe display more feeds at once and even scroll through to select the articles you wish to read on the spot.

     
  • At 6:05 AM , Blogger Nik Radford said...

    Okay, I've just bought Greed, looks good so far, was exactly the app I was going to write for myself. :P

    You've saved me that trouble.

    Only request I can give is to do with podcasts.

    It would be nice to be able to set a feed as a "podcast feed" so I can have different auto-update settings for normal feeds and podcast feeds. The main reason being. Normal feeds I want to receive through out the day, but with podcast feeds I only want them to download when I have Wi-Fi.

    Hope that's an idea you'll like and implement.

    Ta,

    Nik

     
  • At 6:24 AM , Blogger Webreaper said...

    Few problems with this release for me. Particularly:

    1. The mark-as-read and share items have gone from the article context menu, which is a pain as the fading buttons at the bottom don't work so well. Can they be restored?

    2. Widget is useless for me - I have 15 feeds with 100+ articles per day, so seeing just one is pointless. If it could show the feeds with articles that'd be better.

    3. The sync to mark items as read is still flaky. If I read articles and then switch to another app the Reader status often doesn't get updated, meaning I frequently see articles 3-5 times before they actually disappear. I now use Newsrob which is free and works much more reliably; I would ditch Greed altogether if Newsrob supported multiple Google Reader accounts. As it is greed does okay for my non-work feeds; it would be really nice if you could fix this properly so once an article is read/shared it stays that way, permanently.

     
  • At 5:48 AM , Blogger Maff Mace said...

    I'm after an RSS reader that has a widget (like yours) but the widget needs to display from multiple RSS feeds, not just the one. Any chance of yours doing this?

     
  • At 10:36 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

    Maff,

    The Greed widget doesn't currently display more than one feed, label, or state (e.g. starred, shared, etc). If you want to display articles from multiple feeds in a widget, you can create a folder, assign the feeds to the folder, and create a widget that displays the folder. That will show them all.

    Thanks,
    Kelly

     
  • At 4:22 PM , Blogger Kelly said...

    Webreaper,

    1. The mark-as-read and share items have gone...

    I'm not sure about this one. If you long-press an article in the article list, you should see mark as read/unread, shared/unshared, etc., items. Are you not seeing those context items, or am I looking for (and finding) them in the wrong place?

    2. Widget is useless for me - I have 15 feeds with 100+ articles...

    I've been thinking about offering multiple widget types -- single item, a tiny "unread count-only" widget, and something larger displaying multiple articles. Are you saying you'd like to see a list of articles from the widget itself? I agree, that would be kind of nice, but I think I would see some complaints about such a widget taking up too much room on the home screen.

    3. The sync to mark items as read is still flaky.

    This should be an easy thing to fix.

    Thanks!
    Kelly

     
  • At 10:07 PM , Blogger Collin said...

    This app would be perfect if the widget would scroll through all of the unread items in a feed. I came from winmo and most today rss feeds do this.

    Without this functionality, I don't know if I have use for this app. Any chance on adding this functionality?

     
  • At 10:57 AM , Blogger TuxDBird said...

    Kelly - very nice app. I tried most of the RSS/PodCast readers before settling on yours. The integration with Google Reader is great and makes it easy to follow just about any Podcast.
    One thing I have noticed - if you download a podcast audio file (i.e., the document attachment), the download status indicator typically reaches 100% well before the entire file is downloaded. But the ability to download/cache the podcasts offline is great.

    Thanks,
    Tux

     
  • At 3:26 PM , Blogger Kelly said...

    TuxDBird,

    I've noticed the same thing as well, with the download status reaching 100% well before the file is downloaded. The problem is that the length of the file I'm downloading is published in the download link, and it's often inaccurate. So while I'm downloading, I'm calculating percentage and everything is going along fine. Then I reach 100%, and I'm still downloading. At that point, I switch to a display of (k)bytes downloaded. It looks weird in those cases. I have left it as-is for now, because even though the length is sometimes inaccurate, it's accurate just about as often. In those cases, it looks normal. :-)

     
  • At 6:28 AM , Blogger Krissi said...

    I've just bought and installed Greed for my HTC Hero, and can not find any widget??

     
  • At 11:25 AM , Blogger Axios Designs, LLC said...

    I recently purchased Greed and really enjoy the idea that it syncs
    with google reader... unfortunately, it's not been very consistent.
    1) when I read an entry and return to the folders view... the "unread"
    status does not update (even when I go into a feed and press the menu
    - "mark all as read" button). As I said above... it's not
    consistent.
    2) When I'm on the folders page, and press the menu - update... the
    "unread" numbers usually update. But when I go into a feed with new
    entries, they won't show up unless I, again, press the menu - update
    button inside the feed.
    sometimes, the only way to clear the unread variables is to login to
    my google reader from my computer - but that defeats the purpose of
    this great app!
    I hope you can reproduce these issues on your device in hopes of
    fixing the problem... driving me a little nutzy when my unread items
    grow to giant numbers!

     

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