Feed Notifier Changelog

New in version 2.6

May 7th, 2013
  • Fixed caching bug that caused old items to reappear for some feeds

New in version 2.5 (May 7th, 2013)

  • Wait if hovering: Don't advance to the next pop-up if you're hovering over it with your mouse
  • Stay on top: Now you can choose to not have pop-ups stay on top, if you wish
  • Border size: You can configure the size of the pop-up border
  • Border color: You can configure the color of the pop-up border – and this can be done on a per-feed basis to help distinguish between items from different feeds
  • Right-click links to copy the link URL
  • Allow fallback on Windows-configured proxy
  • Improved cache mechanism
  • Proxy info is encoded on disk and displayed like a password in the user interface
  • Checks for software updates every 24 hours, not just on app startup
  • 15 second socket timeout (was infinite, which caused problems with bad feeds)
  • Use black text color in pop-ups, regardless of system theme
  • Use proxy when downloading feed favicons
  • Removed webkit and html theme code remnants that weren’t being used

New in version 2.4 (May 7th, 2013)

  • Fixed Windows 7 bug that caused feeds to be lost under certain circumstances
  • Improved disk saving and loading procedures to be more robust
  • Fixed Windows 7 32-bit bug that caused Feed Notifier to crash when the OS was being shutdown
  • Added larger application icons for Windows 7

New in version 2.3 (May 7th, 2013)

  • Sound notifications when pop-ups appear (optional).
  • Support for multiple displays (choose on which monitor pop-ups appear).
  • Support for using the mouse wheel and keyboard to navigate through pop-up items.
  • Complete removal of IE ActiveX plugin (and thus HTML themes) for performance/bug-fix reasons.
  • Fix for "No handler found for image type." bug that occurred with malformed fav icons.
  • Fix for "The URL entered does not appear to be a valid RSS / Atom feed." when the feed being added was actually valid but empty (no entries).
  • Fix for never polling when multiple network adapters exist and not all where connected to the internet.

New in version 2.2 (March 6th, 2010)

  • Keyword Filtering:
  • Being a real-time RSS notification app, Feed Notifier is prone to flooding the user with excessive popups, even with just a handful of RSS feeds. So, we decided to add a very powerful keyword filtering feature. You can create any number of filters and each filter can be applied to all feeds or just the feeds that you select. Filters can be inclusive or exclusive and can be combined using AND, OR and NOT logic.
  • Authentication Improvements:
  • Prior to version 2.2, authenticated feeds were supported but required putting your username and password in the feed URL itself, leaving it shown in plaintext in the user interface. This was confusing and not very secure.
  • Now, when adding a feed, Feed Notifier will automatically detect if the feed requires authentication. If it does, it will display a username and password prompt.
  • The username and password cannot be changed once the feed is added. If you need to update your password, just remove and re-create the feed.
  • Note: The username and password may still be sent to the server in plain text format. The username and password are saved locally in an encoded format (easy to decrypt but not plain text).
  • Multi-Threaded Feed Polling:
  • Prior to version 2.2, Feed Notifier would check feeds serially, one at a time. This was very inefficient, especially since most of the time is waiting for the server and the network. Now, Feed Notifier will create up to 10 worker threads to check feeds in parallel. This results in a significant performance increase. (About 4x faster when testing with 10 feeds.)
  • Bug Fixes:
  • Like most software updates, this release contains a few bug fixes

New in version 2.1 (February 18th, 2010)

  • Performance improvements and bug fixes.
  • Software automatically checks for new versions to download and install.

New in version 2.0 (February 4th, 2010)

  • Improved look and feel with support for themes.
  • "Update Feeds" option to check all feeds on demand.
  • Configurable pop-up size.
  • Enable/Disable individual feeds without deleting them entirely.
  • "Run at Startup" option in the installer.
  • Item age displayed in pop-up, e.g. "5 minutes ago"
  • Item author displayed in pop-up.
  • Navigation controls displayed in pop-up, replacing the awkward pop-up stacking in v1.0. "Auto-play" option can be turned off to prevent popups from disappearing automatically.
  • Pop-ups can be displayed in the center of the screen.
  • System tray icon changes when the app is checking feeds.
  • Automatically computes a good polling interval when adding a new feed.
  • Shows the favicon for the feed when available.
  • Number of items shown in pop-up, e.g. "4 of 12"
  • Ability to edit feeds and configure feed titles and links.
  • Proxy server support.
  • Many more user preferences.