To thank everyone who spent the time to send me feedback on my NetNewsWire style, Ollicle Reflex, I’m publishing a new version. It fixes a couple of popular problems and introduces some del.icio.us love.
If you are not already familiar with what Ollicle Reflex has to offer NetNewsWire check out the features detailed on my previous post. Otherwise download it and find out for yourself.
Download and install (Updated see: Ollicle Reflex refined.)
Download latest version: Ollicle Reflex
I have removed the link to Ollicle Reflex Black. There is a new method for setting Black as the default background.
Double-click the unzipped .nnwstyle file and NetNewsWire will copy it to where it needs to be.
- News Items
Cookied skin selections we’re failing to ‘stick’ when using the style file name (e.g. ‘Ollicle Reflex black.nnwstyle’) to set the black skin by default.
Removed a poorly implemented ‘feature’ which toggled the display of highlighted differences in feed content with cursor position. More on this below.
Displays a del.icio.us Tagometer Badge for each viewed news item. This shows you how many del.icio.us users have tagged the news item you are viewing and the top ten tags they used.
When NewNewsWires Highlight differences option is checked, items of deleted content are indicated with an inline ▲. Clicking each triangle toggles the display of that particular item of deleted content individually.
Some back story
Perseverance rewarded with tags
My perseverance was rewarded. The del.icio.us tags are particularly informative when viewing some del.icio.us generated feeds that are often lacking a useful descriptions. The top tags often tell me whether the bookmarked web page is one I wish investigate further or ignore.
It’s worth noting that feeds served up with feedburner-redirected urls do not work. Because no one bookmarks feedburner urls on del.icio.us they will appear as ‘untagged’ in Ollicle Reflex.
When a feature becomes a bug
NetNewsWire has a nifty feature named Highlight differences by its preference
checkbox. Additions and deletions in the content of updated a posts are marked
del tags respectively. Although
it’s often useful and interesting to see how an author has edited their
posts – the red and green can be quite distracting to normal reading.
Reflex (and my previous styles) included a feature to hide and show these differences by moving your cursor over the body of the post. This confused many people who had not ‘read the manual’ and understandably interpreted the occasionally frantic flickering as a bug.
Ultimately my implentation of this feature was too subtle; And the difference between a subtle feature and a bug is a fine one indeed. I have read advice to this affect from a number of software developers who have learnt this lesson the hard way. It’s enlightening to experience the problems caused by poorly advertised features first hand.
This version of Ollicle Reflex does away with the cursor over the body technique to instead require a directed mouse click from the user to display each deletion. Hopefully people will find this behaviour less mysterious.