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Vienna 3 Beta 16 is out

Vienna 3 Beta 16 requires MacOS X Leopard (10.6) or later.

We highly recommend all users of previous versions to upgrade to this version. Don’t let the “beta” label impress you : it is much better than 2.6. Download link

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Vienna, in support of openness

We are very happy to present Vienna 3 Beta 12.

The announcement of the end of Google Reader was indeed a shock ; but it also opened to talented developers and entrepreneurs a new range of opportunities for presenting some alternatives. For Vienna users, the end result should be more choice.

Vienna started as a standalone RSS reader. It is still perfectly able to be used this way.

But in a world where the use of portable devices is frequent, total or partial synchronisation of reading lists was a much needed feature. Now, we are able to indicate to Vienna’s users at least three working solutions :

Other services might work too, now or in the near future. We chose to support what is called the Open Reader API, which is best summarized by this post by Marco Arment. Bazqux and FeedHQ were considered a priority, because the commitment of their teams to this openness approach was clear. And they were very supportive of our efforts, providing ideas for current and future developments.

We will probably be able to add support of The Old Reader a little later. Feedly support might follow one day, but this is not yet a commitment, as a documentation review has yet to be done…

For mobile devices, we currently know of two applications which both support Bazqux and FeedHQ :

Please, note that we haven’t tested these iOS apps ourselves. Other solutions will probably emerge.

There are other changes in Vienna Beta 12. Here are the most important :

  • Renamed our layouts : Horizontal, Vertical and Unified
  • The Unified layout has been completely rewritten. It now allows selection of an article (by use of a right click or a click in the left margin) for sharing it or marking it.
  • Vienna’s integrated browser is now able to present the user a file selection dialog (for instance for uploading a file)
  • Added a “Reindex Database” menu item
  • Fix problems with icons in Leopard and Snow Leopard
  • Visual tweaks and improvements
  • Translation improvements (Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, German, French, Korean)
  • Many bugfixes

And please, if you have been an user of Vienna for a while, take a minute to answer this poll on keyboard shortcuts.

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If you are a Google Reader user…

It is important that you save your Google Reader subscription list before the service shuts down on July 1st ! This can be done with Google Takeout. Do it as soon as possible !!
The interesting part is the subscriptions.xml file, which is an OPML file.

The next version of Vienna will support the “Open Reader API“, allowing synchronization through services supporting it.

Bazqux and FeedHQ are the services I am currently testing with, and we made significant progresses in the last 48 hours. I’d like to thank Vladimir and Bruno for being so open-minded regarding interoperability and for their help.
Bazqux and FeedHQ are also supported by Mr. Reader (iPad) and Feeddler Pro (iPhone).

If you prefer to wait before subscribing to a sync services, you can have your feeds set locally :
- save your Google Reader subscription list as described before,
- in Vienna Preferences, uncheck “Sync with Google Reader”
- To avoid duplicates, delete all feeds/folders marked with “[G]”
- use the “File->Import Subscriptions…” menu item and select the subscriptions.xml file

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Vienna 3 Beta 10

Google Reader is Dead. Too bad we spent so much time to implement it… But Google Reader was just an option when using Vienna 3, and it was not the default option.

Vienna is also (and mainly) a very capable standalone RSS feed reader.

OS X Daily writes :

Vienna is an excellent RSS reader for Mac users, and for most people either Vienna or NetNewsWire will be their best bets on the Mac side of things. Free, super easy to subscribe to new feeds, a very familiar interface, Vienna is all around a winning choice for following and managing RSS subscriptions. This is now our top choice for the Mac.

:-)

So, to mark our willingness to go forward, Vienna 3 Beta 10 was released today. And we think it is reasonable to promote it as the default download.

Because even if it not yet completely finished, it is much more stable than the 2.6 version. And with its new revamped look, it looks so much better ! So, give it a try and spread the word.

Download the latest Vienna

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Vienna 3 BETA with Google Reader Synch

UPDATED Jan 2nd 2012 : download link has been updated and refers to 3.0.0 Beta 8

Since I transferred Vienna’s development to GitHub, we have been getting lots and lots of great contributions to the project. Chief among new contributors are Salvatore Ansani and Barijaona Ramaholimihaso. Their work has led to a new release of Vienna, which you can now download here:

Download Vienna 3 BETA

They have been working on a slew of bug-fixes and improvements (Google Reader support!) that you can now find in Vienna 3 BETA:

3.0b.2819

  • Fix other nasty crashes on Mountain Lion

3.0b.2818

  • Fix some nasty crashes on Mountain Lion which occurred when closing tabs
  • Fix the “Check for newer versions of Vienna at startup” preference
  • Make the knob of the vertical scrollbar more visible when reading long lists on Lion/Mountain Lion
  • Other minor bugfixes and code cleaning

3.0b.2817

  • Fix fetching of icons associated to feeds.
    Note : users of previous versions are invited to use the “Refresh Folder Images” menu item
  • Better accessibility for people with visual impairment through VoiceOver
  • Completely logout from Google Reader when the “Sync with Google Reader” preference is unchecked
  • Builds are now signed with Developer IDs delivered by Apple, to meet Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper default requirements.

3.0b.2816

  • Google Reader support ! Each feed can either be local (especially authenticated feeds, which are not handled by Google Reader), or hosted on Google Reader
  • 64 bit support
  • Full Screen support on Mac OSX Lion and Mountain Lion
  • Fixes running on Leopard and on PowerPC
  • Fixes feeds whose titles are XHTML or contain linefeeds/carriage returns
  • Fixes Atom feeds with relative links
  • Stay on Discrete Graphics mode on Macs having dual graphics cards
  • Improved web browser experience (persistent cookies)
  • Some functions which were only available on Report or Condensed layout are now available on Unified layout
  • Increased timeout for feeds refresh
  • Larger use of multi-threading
  • Compiled with LLVM
  • Binaries are now signed to avoid blockade by Mountain Lion’s gatekeeper default settings (for first run, you’ll have to right click and select ‘Open’)
  • Many other bugfixes
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2.6 out of beta

2.6 has been stable for a very, very long time – so I’ll just make it official :-) One small but handy thing that I added is a plugin for effortless sharing with Buffer. It’s a very useful service that has popped up between the beta release and now – check it out and have fun!

Vienna 2.6 supports user-creatable plugins

Click to download: Vienna 2.6

Devs: Teach your app about Vienna, NNW and others

Just as a quick reminder: Vienna, NetNewsWire and probably a few other apps implement Brent Simmon’s excellent and useful External Weblog Editor Interface. If you implement the receiving portion of this protocol, we can send you information about posts, websites, etc. which you can then re-use in your application.

Vienna even has a facility for creating plugins (with toolbar buttons and menu entries) that make this process a one-click affair for your users. If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to ask on the Developer Forum. Applications that already implement this include Cocoalicious, Pukka, Ecto, MarsEdit, etc…

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