RSSPush - first RSS reader with PUSH??

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  1. stephendoc1984 macrumors member

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    I have used a lot of RSS readers including manifesto, byline and feeds. What I have been waiting for is for an rss reader to have PUSH. [app]RSSPush[/app] is the first one I can see, that has just been released. Anyone got this yet?
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    does it work well?

    I would rather wait till a free version, but £1.79 aint alot!
     
  3. stephendoc1984 thread starter macrumors member

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    I haven't tried it yet. As i say I have bought quite a lot of RSS reader apps that work well and finally settled with using feeds. So a bit reluctant to purchase another that has push just for that fact alone. Would like to hear other peoples experience with the app as an rss reader before I do. Anyone??
     
  4. n1ck macrumors member

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    Am I correct in thinking it only pushes RSS from a limited selection of sites? :confused:
     
  5. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    I don't think it can do that yet.

    But what it does do, is allow you to enter key words.

    And it only feeds you and pushes you articles with those key words in it.

    This might just work VERY well for those that don't want every article from their feeds pushed to their phones.
     
  6. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    It works pretty well and the developers site says this is a 1.0 release to just get it out in people hands and that the next version will allow adding your own feeds and such.
     
  7. Marcus263 macrumors regular

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    I bought the App and it's excellent. It does two things:

    1. Push feeds that contain a certain keyword. This is great if you just want to be kept up-to-date on certain topics only. For instance I set-up keywords such as "iPhone 3.1" and "Snow Leopard" and it informs me regularly what the position is on these two topics. It's better than subscribing to an entire RSS feed from a website because I'm not interested in other articles being released by that particular website.

    2. You can subscribe to ALL feeds from a particular website by using the "." (period). This pushes all articles released by that site.

    The only limitation is that you can subscribe to a selection of feeds only and not add your own, but the selection they have is quite comprehensive with some of the largest news sites.

    Plus, quote from website:

    "Updated to add: In the interim if you need a feed added to the service, please hit the contact us link at the top of the screen and send us the feed url. We will review the content and add it to our servers."
     
  8. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    Can you designate which feeds to push or not push?

    Or if you use the app, it pushes the ones you pick or not?

    I would love to use this as my RSS reader, but only want certain sites' articles pushed and just be able to read the rest.
     
  9. Marcus263 macrumors regular

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    You first enter a keyword and then you're presented with a large list of subscriptions, you select the subscriptions you want the app to pull feeds based on your keywords. The subscriptions can be from any website. For instance, I selected "iPhone" as my keyword and chose several sites including "TUAW" and "BBC News". When news items contain the keyword "iPhone", it's pushed to your phone. All other news from that particular website is bypassed unless you use the "." keyword then it'll push any and all articles from that website.

    Rat Boy, if I've understood you correctly then it does what you want it to do.
     
  10. shigzeo macrumors 6502a

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    Indeed - it is a great app for people who want to draw from many RSS feeds but have a hard time starting out. it is hard sometimes to start out and nice that the devs got into this. got a review of it here.
     
  11. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a

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    One thing that is lacking is being able to edit or see the details of each subscription once it is in place. For example, if you set up two "." subscriptions to two different websites, there's no way to tell which is which, in the list.
     
  12. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    Yea, that answers it.

    I was hoping you could still opt to read the articles that are NOT pushed if you so choose to.

    Sounds like you can't.

    Bummer.
     
  13. Marcus263 macrumors regular

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    You can. Set-up two keywords, in my case:

    1. "iPhone" from TUAW will result in iPhone only content.

    2. "." from TUAW will result in showing all articles from TUAW regardless of keywords.

    The only two limitations that I can think of are:

    1. You can add your own feeds.

    2. You have to wait until the RSSPUSH servers push data to your phone.

    Rat Boy, what it doesn't do is send you a notification of keyword items and then allow you to read the rest of the items in a Byline type interface. I would stick to a dedicated RSS reader like Byline for that.
     
  14. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    Thanks!

    Perfect answer!
     
  15. JustLeft macrumors 6502

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    3 reviews in App Store, all 1 star

    Just took a look and all 3 reviews for this app are 1 star. The common thread is that no one seems to be getting any pushed messages. The program doesn't seem to be working. Anyone who has bought this program got it working?
     
  16. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I haven't received any PUSH updates in about 4 hours.

    I've got it set to push all RSS from TUAW. Haven't received anything from that. I also had it setup for keyword 'Jeff Gordon' (testing the NASCAR and Yahoo! servers) and the program was sending every RSS post (like from their Home Page RSS) and nothing from NASCAR. Deleted that keyword feed. Also have it set to send one from a website that does a daily post. We'll see if it works when it usually happens in the morning.

    Pretty disappointing so far. The app has lots of potential.
     
  17. Marcus263 macrumors regular

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    That's one of the limitations I noticed. There is a delay between the time the content provider publishes the articles and the time you receive the article. So far I understand that RSSPUSH servers act like a conduit, they pull data and after a set time, they push that data out. It's not true PUSH but it works.
     
  18. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    I have mine set up to pull feeds from MacRumors, MLB News and a few others and I get updated with in a minute or so of the articles being posted. I have had zero issues
     
  19. RSSPush macrumors newbie

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    It is nice to see you guys like the app. Version 1.1 is almost complete and includes, amongst other new features, the ability for users to define their own feed adresses. The 1.1 build should be sent to :apple:Apple before the end of the week for approval.

    In the meantime, if you guys are having trouble receiving push notifications, please contact us via email using the email link at the top of our website http://www.dnettelecom.ca/
     
  20. JustLeft macrumors 6502

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    m3coolpix, has anything changed? Have you received any PUSH updates yet?

     
  21. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a

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    No. Haven't had a chance to check into or send them an email. Busy day today. Will play with it some later tonight.
     
  22. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a

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    After changing some of my checked RSS feeds late last night, I've started receiving PUSH updates again early this morning. Maybe I had something mis-configured.

    There really needs to be a way to completely see what you are subscribing to, or how the feeds that you've defined already are set up. If you've got a lot of '.' (or send all) feeds setup, then there's no way to determine which feed is what. That is confusing to me, as it seems I'm doing it somewhat blind. Maybe that's part of 1.1 that's coming out?

    Also, this app seems to use the voicemail routine to setup the alert on the lockscreen push. Because everytime that a PUSH notice is received, my custom WinterBoard sound setting plays the sound for voicemail, and then Reminder keeps the chosen repeat for voicemail going, until I confirm the push receipt.
     
  23. JustLeft macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for taking the updates. Based on what you now have seen, would you recommend the app?

     
  24. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a

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    Wow. Being put in the spotlight....Can I wait to see v1.1 (supposedly submitted to Apple soon) to answer that? :)

    Honestly, I'm a RSS 'newbie' if you will. Learning. I've always gotten my information that I'm interested in via a LOT of bookmarked sites. I visit them daily/hourly, both via my desktop and my iPhone. I was trying to get 'in the know' faster for some of the things I'm interested in with learning RSS a bit better and using the app to help....

    So, to answer the question. I don't at all regret the purchase, and I'm still using it. It's working for me now, for all that I've subscribed to. It could use some 'polish', from this RSS newbie's perspective. I mentioned above my configuration confusion :D

    I've posted this in another thread....$3-4 apps I don't mind trying and evaluating all day long. I do 2-4 a week. I'd rather do this than give the $ to Starbucks (I make better coffee anyway)...... If I like the app, it's stays on the iPhone and I review it. If I don't like an app, I just delete it. Some of those get rated, some don't. Honest ratings, no bent or spiteful bashing (so I don't necessarily agree with the ratings of this App on the App Store). And, if an app that I like gets used at least weekly, then it gets a a spot on Springboard. I have about 65 apps in iTunes, and about 50 taking up screen space on my iPhone. I've deleted maybe 15 apps completely.

    I'm hopeful with v1.1, and being able to enter my own feeds. Definitely will help. A little polish on the user interface, being able to enter my own feeds, and it'll get pretty satisfactory ratings.

    Hopefully the rambling makes a bit of sense.
     
  25. JustLeft macrumors 6502

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    Good point on v1.1. I have purchased a number of applications, so I am with you on that point. Right now I have over 260 apps (includes bought and free). This includes a number of RSS Readers. I am always looking for something better, but am getting tired of all the clutter that I now have. Been trying to rein in the growth rate of my app purchases. Part of the issue is that, without support for folders, the iphone doesn't handle a large number of apps well. While you can search for an app name, sometimes I forget their names and have to go through page by page. Too slow. My phone is not jailbroken.

     

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