1. NewsGator First Look

    brian on 2006.03.18
    at 12:40 pm

    I signed up for NewsGator yesterday so that I could try out the new syncing features of my fav app NetNewsWire.

    The initial sync brought all my stuff over successfully, and this morning I took a look at the web version for the first time.

    Unfortunately, only the negative stands out at this initial point. First thing I noticed is that my finely-crafted hierarchy of folders is instantly undone – everything is now in alphabetical order. Not good.

    Second, the subscription list is not separate. So, when you scroll down, your list goes away, too, killing any chance of switching quickly to another sub quickly. A little, simple CSS could solve this.

    Also on the subs list, when you click on the name of a folder, it shows you all the contents of the folder’s feeds – as it should. However, there is not much visual feedback in the subs section to tell us we’re indeed looking at everything.

    Third, every time you click on something, the whole page refreshes. It’s time for some AJAX.

    Lastly (for now) it does not observe my refreshing preferences, thus folders of feeds I’ve not read for 6 months, but want to keep around for various reasons, there full of active stuff. I wish it was just left alone. (maybe it’s just me — I just don’t like it)

    These are just my initial thoughts, more may follow.

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