Brief Version History

17 versions

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Version 2.0a1 139.1 KB Works with Firefox 24.0 and later

Version 1.7.2 246.5 KB Works with Firefox 16.0 and later

Fixed issues
  • Changing the name of a feed does not work.
  • Sidebar isn't refreshed when reordering feeds.
  • Favicon doesn't initially show up when a feed is added.

Version 1.7.1 245.6 KB Works with Firefox 16.0 and later

Improvements
  • Restored the old behaviour of opening link in the background when left-clicking.
  • Added Ukrainian localization.
  • Brought back Italian and Greek localizations.
Fixed issues
  • Impossible to untag items in recent Firefox versions.

Version 1.7 227.8 KB Works with Firefox 16.0 and later

Improvements:
  • Better descriptions of item dates for recent items (5 minutes ago, 1 hour ago etc.).
  • More consistent shortcuts for scrolling and selecting items:
    • Space / Shift + Space scroll by screen in headlines view, by entry in full view.
    • K / J scroll by entry.
    • U / I scroll by screen.
  • Option to exclude feed's items from overall unread count (thanks to Moritz Schallaböck).
  • If a single feed has been updated, its name is shown in the sliding notification (thanks to Moritz Schallaböck).
  • Modified items are sorted by their original date, instead of the modification time.
  • Relative links in feed content work correctly.
  • Correct plural forms are used in languages with complex plural forms.
  • Firefox's preferences for opening links in tabs are respected more accurately.
Fixed issues:
  • Database can get corrupted in some circumstances, rendering Brief unusable.
  • Feed title isn't a link any more in Firefox 17.
  • Changing feed's address in the feed properties window isn't saved.
  • Custom feed CSS style is not saved on Linux.

Version 1.7b1 151.9 KB Works with Firefox 16.0 and later

What's new in Brief 1.7 beta 1?
Improvements and changes:
  • Option to exclude feed's items from overall unread count (thanks to Moritz Schallaböck for the patch).
  • If a single feed has been updated, its name is shown in the sliding notification (thanks to Moritz Schallaböck for the patch).
  • Tooltips for item buttons.
  • Better descriptions of item dates for recent items ("5 minutes ago", "2 hours ago" etc.).
  • Correct plural forms are now used in languages with complex plural forms.
  • More consistent shortcuts for scrolling and selecting items:
    • Space / Shift + Space scroll by screen in headlines view, by entry otherwise.
    • K/J always by entry.
    • U/I always by screen.
  • Respect Firefox setting regarding smooth scrolling.
  • Expire entries as soon as the option is set, not only after updating a feed.
  • Sort modified items by their original date, instead of the modification time.
Fixed bugs:
  • Feed title isn't a link any more in Firefox 17.
  • The number of unread items under a tag isn't hidden when there are none.
  • Brief's icon is too big in the Addons Manager listing.
  • Changing feed locations in the feed properties window isn't saved.

Version 1.6.4 243.2 KB Works with Firefox 4.0 and later

Fixed compatibility with Firefox 22.

Version 1.6.3 243.1 KB Works with Firefox 4.0 and later

Fixed compatibility with Firefox 22.

Version 1.6.2 242.7 KB Works with Firefox 4.0 and later

Improvements:
  • Marking items as read works quicker.
Fixed bugs:
  • In some localizations, garbage characters were displayed in item dates.

Version 1.7a1 148.5 KB Works with Firefox 4.0 and later

Brief development versions are going to be English-only from now on. To have Brief localized in your language, you should install the latest official version.
Improvements:
Brief development versions are going to be English-only from now on. To have Brief localized in your language, you should install the latest official version.
Improvements:
  • Option to exclude feed's items from overall unread count (thanks to Moritz Schallaböck for the patch).
  • If a single feed has been updated, its name is shown in the sliding notification (thanks to Moritz Schallaböck for the patch).
  • Tooltips for item buttons.
  • Better descriptions of item dates for recent items ("5 minutes ago", "2 hours ago" etc.).
  • Correct plural forms are now used in languages with complex plural forms.
  • More consistent shortcuts for scrolling and selecting items:
    • Space / Shift + Space scroll by screen in headlines view, by entry otherwise.
    • K/J always by entry.
    • U/I always by screen.
  • Snappier marking items as read.
Fixed bugs:
  • Feed title isn't a link any more in Firefox 17.

Version 1.6.1 242.7 KB Works with Firefox 4.0 and later

Improvements
  • Redesigned, more compact headlines view.
  • Cleaner list of feeds: number of unread entries displayed in a box on the right, more spacing between folders.
  • Improved responsiveness.
  • When storing limits are set, old items are expired immediately after a feed is updated.
  • Database is periodically compacted in the background. The prompt when emptying Trash has been removed.
  • Improved N shortcut (mark all items on the screen as read) not to affect items that are visible only in small part.
Fixed bugs:
  • Updating progress meter isn't displayed when Brief is opened after feed updating has already started.
  • What's New is shown for fresh installations.
  • Quickly switching or updating feeds may cause Brief to load items infinitely, making Firefox hang.

Version 1.6b1 240.6 KB Works with Firefox 4.0 and later

What's changed?
  • Redesigned headlines view. No point in describing, just try it out and tell me what you think!
  • The option to turn off highlighting of the current item has been removed.
  • The option to open links in new tabs has been removed, this is now the default behaviour.
  • When storing limits are set, old items are expired immediately after a feed is updated.
  • Database is periodically compacted in the background. The prompt when emptying Trash has been removed.
  • All database operations have been converted the asynchronous API. In plain English this means that Brief is more responsive because the interface isn't blocked while waiting for data to be read or written to disk.
  • Improved speed of importing OPML.
  • Improved N shortcut (mark all items on the screen as read) not to affect items that are visible only in small part.
  • Cleaner list of feeds: number of unread entries displayed in a box on the right, more spacing between folders.
What's fixed?
  • Updating progress meter wasn't displayed when Brief is opened after feed updating has already started.
  • The toolbar button tooltip was not refreshed if feeds are updated while it's shown.
  • "What's New?" page was shown for fresh installations.
  • Quickly switching or updating feeds could cause Brief to load items infinitely, making Firefox hang.

Version 1.5.4 199.7 KB Works with Firefox 3.6 and later

Fixed bugs:
  • A bug where items from different feeds get mixed up.
Other:
  • Romanian localization added.
  • Spanish and Greek localization updated.

Version 1.5.3 197.6 KB Works with Firefox 3.6 and later

Improvements:
  • Add the toolbar button to the Navigation Bar for users who upgrade to Firefox 4.
Fixed bugs:
  • Memory leak after closing Brief.

Version 1.5.2 197.6 KB Works with Firefox 3.6 and later

Fixed bugs:
  • Clicking on the sliding notification opens Brief in the current tab instead of a new one.
  • Feed items sometimes get mixed up between feeds.
  • Typo in the options window.

Version 1.5.1 201.7 KB Works with Firefox 3.6 and later

Fixed bugs:

  • Clicking on the status bar icon doesn't open Brief.
  • Feed view doesn't refresh when feeds are updated and Brief is in a background tab.

Other:

  • Spanish translation added.

Version 1.5 198.7 KB Works with Firefox 3.6 and later

New look and improved interface:

  • All items folder at the top of the sidebar.
  • Feeds are not paginated, items are loaded as the user scrolls down ("infinite scrolling").
  • Rearranged and simplified toolbar.
  • New shortcuts to mark all items on the screen as read (N) and to quickly scroll up or down by 10 items (I and U).

Lots of other changes and improvements:

  • Improved performance when updating feeds.
  • In Firefox 4 the number of unread items can be shown on the toolbar button, now that the status bar is gone.
  • Items are opened in new tabs by default.
  • Some keyboard shortcuts have been rearranged.
  • Reorganized options window.
  • Trash folder doesn't show the number of unread items.

Fixed bugs:

  • Sliding notification about new items doesn't work.
  • When a feed is being updated its icon goes blank.
  • Items aren't deleted properly when Trash is emptied and keep taking up space on disk.


See complete list of changes

Version 1.2.5 189.4 KB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 3.6.*

Brief is now compatible with Firefox 3.6

What's changed:
  • If a feed contains errors, Brief will try to retrieve as many items as possible instead of ignoring it.

  • Fixed: Items with the same date aren't displayed in the order in which they appear in the feed.

  • Fixed: Unread items count no longer shown when a folder is closed.

  • Fixed: Some feeds with invalid dates get stuck loading indefinitely.