I’m demonstrating this idea with a refinement of my previously published easy reading NetNewsWire style. It seemed appropriate to call my new style ‘Ollicle Flex’. Go ahead and install it if you are impatient, but to get the most out of it I suggest reading a little further first.
Installation and set-up
I have only tested this style in NetNewsWire 2.0.1 (Full version). If it is radically broken in the lite version let me know and I’ll see what I can do to fix it.
Posted on 4 February 2006. This is the one to download and install.
Here are the beta versions I posted along the way as I attempted to get this thing to work. I’m leaving them linked here – just in case:
Ollicle Flex β¹ ollicle-flexb1.zip
Posted on 9 October 2005. Works fine on my G5 here at home. But not on my G4 at work.
Ollicle Flex β² ollicle-flexb2.zip
Posted on 12 October 2005. The fix that worked for my work machine. But strangely breaks here at home.
Ollicle Flex β⁴ ollicle-flexb4.zip
Posted on 27 January 2006. Major update with a couple of additional surprise features!
Ollicle Flex β⁵ ollicle-flexb5.zip
Double click the contained ‘Ollicle Flex.nnwstyle’. Selecting ‘Install style’ should copy this file to /Library/Application Support/NetNewsWire/Stylesheets/ where you can place or remove it manually should you choose to. If the style isn’t applied right away try switching to another style and back again.
While you have the preferences open you may wish to select your favoured font for feed reading. Crisp had Lucida Grande set. I have removed the CSS responsible for this font selection in Flex to allow you to make your own choice. Font sizing set here is also respected by the CSS of this stylesheet. Some people felt that the blue rollover on the feed title of Crisp was overkill and I’ve grown to agree. This new style applies a subtle treatment to the feed title which ties in better with NetNewsWire’s own sleek grey look .
If you choose to add a file called adBlock.css to your NetNewsWire Style Sheets directory it will also be applied to feeds viewed with Ollicle Flex. I have not attempted to create an example ad block file. Read more about it in NetNewsWire feed ad blocking with CSS.
Have a play with it and let me know what you think. I’m proud of it and itching for some feedback.
Update October 11, 2005
Update October 12, 2005
Update October 12, 2005 (evening!)
Here we go again (3) – previous version busted on my home machine. Download above.
Update October 15, 2005
I posted the rest of the code in a subsequent post.
Update December 3, 2005
Version 3 has proved to not offer anything – don’t bother with it.
Update 27 January 2006
Update 4 February 2006
Version 5 posted. Regular use of this style has revealed a few kinks in version 4 which I have since ironed out in 5. Changing the size of the window rapidly no longer confuses the image sizing. Also line-height adjustment is maintained when switching layouts. More on what I’m talking about soon.
Update 4 February 2006 (evening)
I’ve uploaded the first non-beta version of Ollicle Flex and a post NetNewsWire style with free cookies which explains the new image sizing and layout options with a couple of screenshots if you want a preview.