News Explorer 1.8.2 for macOS released

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  1. Betamagic, May 6, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017 at 6:48 AM

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    #1
    News Explorer is a modern, easy-to-use newsreader that runs native on all your Apple devices, with automatic iCloud based sync of all your RSS, RDF, Atom and Twitter feed subscriptions, news articles, read statuses and favorites.

    Some unique features:
    • Supports RSS 2.0, RDF, JSON, Atom and Twitter news feeds.
    • iCloud based sync across all your Apple devices.
    • Clean, stylish and distraction-free user interface.
    • Themes and font adjustment support.
    • Built-in support for saving to Instapaper and Pocket.
    • Use Reader view to download and read the full version of articles.
    • Timeline view shows your news items in an attractive newspaper-like way.
    • Reply, retweet and like Tweets in Twitter feeds without leaving the app.
    • Full text search.
    • Built-in image viewer to browse through all images of news items.
    • Enhanced support for YouTube channel subscriptions.
    • Easily add news feeds based on website URL’s with RSS and Twitter Auto-discovery .
    • Built-in search feature to search RSS or Twitter feeds by keywords.
    • Supports feeds with Basic and Digest HTTP Authentication.
    • Touch Bar support.
    • Handoff support, pick up where you left off.
    • Notifications with images.
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    News Explorer product info page

    The macOS version of News Explorer is available on the Mac App Store, directly on our website, including a trial version, and is part of Setapp.

    Download on the Mac App Store
    Download the 7-day free trial
    Try Setapp for free, including News Explorer
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    Update November 14, 2017:

    News Explorer has been updated to version 1.8.2 See post #8.
     
  2. Betamagic, May 13, 2017
    Last edited: May 13, 2017

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    News Explorer for macOS has been updated to version 1.5.1

    This update contains the following improvements and fixes:
    • Added support for YouTube channel URL’s ending with an identifier.
    • Fixed a duplication issue with legacy YouTube feed data.
    • Twitter feeds within OPML files are now properly imported.
    • Enhanced refresh of the sidebar after Mark All as Read.
    • Enhanced handling of feed icons with problematic sources.
    • Last used source and target folder are now saved in the Search new feed and Add new feed dialog.
    • Improved validation when adding Twitter hashtag feeds.
    • The Clear command works now as intended after manually marking items as read.
    • Action "Open next subscription" is now the default for setting "After marking all as read".
    • Improved the performance of the Mark All as Read action in folders and smart filters.
    • Improved generation of title and summary for Tweets in Twitter feeds.
    • Several other bug fixes.
    More info in our blog: https://betamagic.nl/blog.html
     
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  4. Betamagic, Jun 26, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2017

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    News Explorer for macOS has been updated to version 1.6.1, with the following fixes and improvements:

    • JSON feeds in an OPML file are now correctly imported
    • Fixed a bug with feeds containing duplicate items
    • Fixed a bug with opening external links
    • Improved support for increased contrast accessibility setting.
    • Handling speed of 'Mark All as Read' has been improved
    • Improved handling of items with equal identifiers belonging to different feeds
    • Improved sync of Twitter metadata
    • Extended date format support

    https://betamagic.nl/products/newsexplorer.html
     
  5. Betamagic, Jul 25, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2017

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    News Explorer for macOS has been updated to version 1.7, with the following new features:

    New integration features
    • The authentication needed to use the Twitter feed integration is now built-in. The Twitter feed engine no longer uses the shared Twitter account settings of macOS. The main reason for this change is the elimination of Twitter integration in iOS 11. We expect it will also be removed in a future version of macOS. More info on Twitter authentication in the Help page.
    • The Preferences panel in the macOS edition has a new ’Sharing’ tab. This tab shows all available sharing services and gives you the possibility to configure the content of the sharing menu in News Explorer and to assign keyboard shortcuts to each individual sharing service.
    • You can now share news articles with Instapaper and Pocket, the two most popular read-later services, without installing any other third-party app.
    • To enable sharing with with Instapaper and Pocket in macOS edition:
      • Open the Preference panel
      • Select the Sharing tab
      • Click on the ‘Login to Instapaper’ or ‘Login to Pocket’ button.
      • Optionally assign a keyboard shortcut.
      • You can now share with Instapaper and Pocket via the share menu or by using the assigned keyboard shortcuts.
    • A new ‘Add to News Explorer’ sharing extension allows you to add feeds to News Explorer directly from the sharing menu of Safari and other browsers. This works also for YouTube channels and Twitter account web pages.
    • YouTube full screen playback has been improved. When you open a YouTube news item in the macOS edition, a special YouTube button is displayed in the toolbar. Clicking this button will open the YouTube video in a full screen window.
    • The Add feed dialog will now also detect and handle Twitter account names and URLs.

    New usability features
    • You can now 'Mark Above as Read' and 'Mark Below as Read' in the articles list view and in the timeline view. These new mark commands are part of the news article context menu. You can also use the new ⌘↑ and ⌘↓ shortcut keys.
    • You can now toggle between ‘Read’ and ‘Unread’ by simply pressing R on the keyboard.
    • And you can now toggle between ‘Favorite’ and ‘Unfavorite’ by pressing F on the keyboard.
    • In macOS, you can now move a feed to another folder by using the new ‘Move to’ context menu item. This was already possible in the iOS and tvOS editions.
    • You can now toggle between all themes by pressing ⌘T.

    Other new features
    • The Timeline shows now also news items without an image. You can configure this in the settings via a new setting ‘Show imageless items in the Timeline view’
    • The periodical iCloud cleaning is now done on a separate operation queue. This prevents endless long sync sessions when an iCloud cleaning is busy.
    • Removed support for ‘Fast batch sync’. The more reliable ‘Instant item change upload’ is now the default. Other legacy sync settings are also removed. Make sure the sync priority is set to ‘Instant item change upload’ in older versions of News Explorer. This setting is automatically enforced by version 1.7, so normally you don’t have to bother about this.

    System requirements
    As a consequence of the mentioned technical changes, the minimum required versions for macOS has been changed to macOS 10.12.2. Synchronisation via iCloud still works with older devices running version 1.6.1 of News Explorer.

    Feedback
    If you encounter any difficulties with this new release, just send a message to support@betamagic.nl.
     
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    #6
    News Explorer for macOS has been updated to version 1.7.1, with the following enhancements:

    • Improved iCloud sync algorithm to handle data conflicts.
    • The refresh button in the Timeline view acts now as a sync button.
    • Improved support for context menu actions based on a clicked row.
    • Added support for Modified date field in JSON feeds.
    • Twitter profile images are now rendered with a higher resolution.
    • Updated Readability engine.
    • Redownloading a feed will now also refresh the feed icon.
    • Compatibility fixes for macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
    • Several other minor fixes and improvements.
     
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    News Explorer for macOS has been updated to version 1.8, with the following enhancements:
    • Greatly improved iCloud synchronisation algorithm with semi realtime data exchange between active devices by using so called 'silent push notifications'. This should result in a more 'automatic' sync experience with less need to manual interventions.
    • Read items are now displayed with 50% transparency, which makes it a lot easier to distinguish them from unread news items. The default transparency level can be changed in the Preferences.
    • The article viewer will now show the external link of a news article, when available. Feeds like Daring Fireball (the JSON edition) and Drudge Report contain links to the original source article which are different from the link to the articles themselves.
    • When an article contains an external link, it will be used to generate the Reader view. Unless this is disabled in the settings.
    • The news item list is now more dynamic and animated.
    • New downloaded items are now immediately visible in the news item list.
    • Most user settings are now saved in a different way, to prevent issues in especially macOS 10.13.
    More info can be found on the special blog page or product page.
     
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    News Explorer for macOS has been updated to version 1.8.2, with the following fixes and enhancements:
    • The instant iCloud sync algorithm as introduced in version 1.8, has been tweaked to cover more complex synchronisation scenarios.
    • The Twitter options has been extended with a new Download likes option. When enabled, all tweets that were liked by the account of the Twitter feed, will be downloaded in addition to the other tweets.
    • Some feeds use links that are relative to the website internet address, like /pages/1234 instead of http://example.com/pages/1234. These links didn't work in News Explorer in the previous versions. This has been fixed and should work with RSS and Atom feeds.
    • A bug with the Use iCloud synchronization setting has been fixed. Changed settings were not saved when iCloud synchronization was disabled, including the said setting.
    • Version 1.8.2 adds a fix for using News Explorer for macOS and iOS without iCloud synchronization. This fix does not apply to the tvOS version, which for now remains on version 1.8.1.
    More info can be found on the special blog page or product page.

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