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Buy NewsFire, get Inquisitor Free

This weekend only, if you buy NewsFire, the most beautiful RSS newsreader on the Mac, you will get a free license for Inquisitor, the instant search extension for Safari that makes searching the web just like using Spotlight.

Together, these two programs will transform your internet experience. This is a rare opportunity to get two top-notch applications for the price of one (saving 25%). Don’t procrastinate – you only have two days!

UPDATE: It’s over. Thanks!

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  • August 19th, 2006 1:07 am

Leopard Compatibility Updates

The recent developer preview of Leopard created some issues for both Inquisitor and NewsFire. Now that I’m back from WWDC, I can release this pair of updates to address the issues.

Inquisitor has been updated to version 2.6.2. The changes are limited to Leopard compatibility and need not be installed unless you are running Mac OS X 10.5.

NewsFire 1.4 has been updated to build 68. In addition to Leopard compatibility, 1.4 (v68) tweaks smart rules somewhat, by adding “Starts With” (prefix) and “Ends With” (suffix) string rules. Unless you are using Mac OS X 10.5 or want these string rules there is no particular need to upgrade.

wwdc thoughts

Some very quick, improperly thought through thoughts on WWDC:

– RSS in Mail?  It wasn’t in the keynote, but the webpage talks about it.  Strange how Apple’s waffling on RSS – should it be in Safari? Mail? Dashboard?  When Safari got RSS it was part of the trifecta of top features in Tiger (Spotlight, Dashboard, Safari RSS), yet Mail doesn’t even get a mention.
– Time Machine.  It’s an awfully elaborate UI for something that probably shouldn’t be used that often.  I use Backup for file security, and have yet to find a reason to restore anything.  “Undo” works well enough for me as a safety net for stupidity, but maybe that’s because I have a 5-minute attention span.
– Spaces is pretty cool.
– Top Secret features?  As mentioned in the keynote, there’s stuff yet to come.  I really hope there are some killer A-list features because I’m not overwhelmed just yet.


NewsFire 1.4

NewsFire 1.4 Screenshot

I’m very happy to announce the immediate release of the latest version of NewsFire.

Version 1.4 further refines the already elegant RSS newsreading experience of NewsFire. Important new features include an integrated video player for video podcasts, a new ‘status’ sort option that prioritizes items needing attention, and type-ahead selection.

Equally important, NewsFire 1.4 has substantial performance improvements over previous versions and now runs smoothly even with several hundred feeds.

NewsFire 1.4 is a complimentary upgrade for registered users. New users can try NewsFire for free, albeit with restrictions. Registration of NewsFire costs only $18.99.

NewsFire 1.4 (v64) Beta

The third beta of NewsFire 1.4 (v64) is now available for testing.

This release incorporates a number of small changes, as we are nearing the end of the beta period:
– type-ahead selection has been implemented in the feed list.
– the read/unread status of an item can be modified via context menu when viewing the item itself.
– feed discovery commands are now routed through the add feed pane’s autodiscovery mechanism, instead of via a separate UI.
– the unregistered mode of the application has been modified, exchanging frequent nags for a prominent space-wasting banner and a more rigourously enforced feed limit.

NewsFire 1.4 (v63) Beta

The second beta of NewsFire 1.4 (v63) is now available for testing.

You may download this software by visiting Download Oem Software store.

This beta fixes a number of issues with the new video player. Also, it sees the addition of a new “Status” sort option in all feed lists. This option will sort new and flagged items to the top of the list regardless of their date. There are also some minor performance improvements.

I should also note that flagged items are never ‘expired’. If an item is flagged it will never be removed from the program. This has always been the behavior, but people often ask for this feature, unaware that it is already in place.

NewsFire 1.4 (v62) Beta

The first beta of NewsFire 1.4 (v62) is now available for testing.

As hinted at in the previously posted screenshot, this beta of NewsFire brings some refinements to the downloads view. This includes the ability to view video content directly within NewsFire. In addition to this, a handful of performance issues have been tackled, and users with very large feed lists may notice a substantive improvement in usability.

NewsFire 1.4 Screenshot

NewsFire 1.4 Screenshot

NewsFire 1.3 (v60)

NewsFire 1.3 (v60) is now available for testing. This release improves embedding of media content and support for external del.icio.us bookmark applications. Full release notes on the website.