- by Firefox user 13469213, 4 years agoRated 3 out of 5Trying Feedbro while Brief updates to work on FF57
There's a lot of small issues here and there: lack of support for Live bookmarks (which Firefox has been using for some years now), UI unpredictability and general weirdness (Not only can't I set an exact number of minutes for scan interval, you chose to represent a year as 525600 minutes!), can't drag'n'drop links for fast feed creation, can't select multiple feeds... Mostly minor UI stuff that builds up and makes the add-on annoying to deal with, but It seems likely that they'll get fixed over time.
What really stands out is the rules system. I've got a feed that's always giving me trouble, both here and back on Brief, where marking the "don't mark updated articles as unread" checkbox solved it's hijinks, but since Feedbro lacks that I tried to solve it with rules. The hijinks this time is that every time the scan interval completes, a single, old article reappears as brand new, and my gut feeling was to use the rules to compare if the time at which it was detected was more recent than the earliest article. Sadly, you can't compare articles, nor check any kind of time atribute. So as a emporary measure I've placed a rule to mark all updates from said feed as read, and not notify me of said updates. Bummer.
Then there's another feed that usually posts multiple articles at once, to be read in a particular order. Since notifications are per article, when the update hits I get spammed with notifications, and was about to set a rule to check wetherarticles have been posted within seconds of each other, only to remember I can't check that. Bummer again.
Those are just two specific cases, what Im really trying to get at is that the rules system has the potential to become an incredibly powerful tool.
TL;DR: Feedbro really shows potential to become great, but right now it's just fine and usable. Won't be using it yet, but will definitely come back to check again in a few months to see what's changed.
Developer responseposted 4 years agoThank you for your review and observations.
We'll fix the display of the hard to read intervals. It's true that it's difficult to understand what 525600 minutes stands for. :)
We have noticed that a lot of people who used a different reader before have their subscriptions as Live Bookmarks. Unfortunately the Firefox WebExtension implementation does not let you read Live Bookmarks via the API which makes it impossible for the add-on to use or to import them. We are hopeful to see a change in the API but this will most likely take some time. See Bugzilla bug: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1418257
Unfortunately there are some feeds that don't follow the rules or behave in somehow peculiar manner. Usually the best option is to notify the feed provider that they should fix the feed rather than trying to fix N different readers to deal with their problems. If e.g. feed posts several articles with the same date stamp and you still want to see notifications, how should the reader behave? Show just the first? Show none? Show all but with larger intervals in between?
- by dyeray, 4 years agoRated 3 out of 5I think it is actually pretty good for being a new reader and being built on the toy APIs of chrome/nufirefox. It is probably the only feed reader compatible with FF57+, and has some smart ideas, like the rule system.
My 2 cents on what to improve next:
* Improve feed compatibility (4 of my feeds that work on newsfox give an error on this one).
* Make pane resize area bigger than 1px, since right now is a PITA to resize any of the areas.
* Feed refresh cannot be disabled and be set to manual. Some users only need to refresh when they are going to read the news, and don't appreciate having stuff running on the background all the time.
* It would be nice to have a traditional 3-pane mode like the one on rssowl or newsfox, specially with the function to autoscroll every time the last item is selected, so the user does not need to move the mouse all the time to select the next item.
* Allow to rebind the hotkeys, or at least allowing to use the keyboard cursors to select the next article.
Hope you find these suggestions useful.
Developer responseposted 4 years agoThanks for the feedback.
1. Can you please post the feed URLs that don't work? (or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org please). In 99,99% of the cases the reason is that the feed is not valid XML or not valid RSS/Atom/RDF or has timezone set so that feed items are in the future.
2. Resizing should be a rare need but we'll see if a wider border looks ok.
3. In Options you can increase the feed scan interval to 1440 minutes (once every 24h). In the next version there's even longer period and option to disable it. Note however, that many feeds hold only the last 10-20 items. So if feeds aren't scanned in the background, you will lose many items completely.
3. "Autoscroll every time the last item is selected"? Can you elaborate? In the feed panel when you press next (either button or keyboard) the view scrolls automatically if next item is not on the screen.
4. You can use keyboard arrow keys to move to the next article if you hold Shift while doing it (Shift + right arrow = next, Shift + left arrow = previous, Shift + down arrow = next feed, Shift + up arrow = previous feed). The reason you cannot do it without Shift is that then you could not scroll the article with arrow keys which is an important feature when reading articles.
Note that you can also use 'p' (previous) and 'n' (next) shortcuts to move between articles. See the Help for all shortcuts available.