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Vienna beta binaries back… on SourceForge

Update Jan 1st, 2013 : Refers to Beta 8

Hello to the readers of this blog from Barijaona, a relatively recent contributor to Vienna’s code.

Vienna 3.0.0 Beta 8 is out ! Yes, there is a change in versions naming, but we are still speaking about the “product” some adventurous users have tried for a few weeks (and which has occasionnally burned their wings…).

Unfortunately, automatic update will not work for these users, as Github has stopped hosting binary files. I highly recommend them to manually download the new beta by following this link. The hosting is provided by SourceForge. Thanks to them for providing for years important parts of this project infrastructure !

I did not encounter problems with this version for weeks now, but less tech-savvy people should not forget that we are speaking about a beta : I cannot yet certify that it is as stable as 2.6.0. You have been warned : it’s a good idea to backup from time to time the Vienna folder in ~/Application Support.

Thanks to the contributions of Github user @dak180, we have reorganized the different files of the project and its build architecture. We hope it will encourage more people to have a peek on the code, to see what is under the hood !

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Vienna development moves to GitHub

As of yesterday, Vienna development happens over at GitHub. All our Subversion commit history going back to 2005 was migrated into a new Git repository. The trunk will now always contain the version currently being worked on. Source for all previous releases will be available as separate tags (2.0.0 to 2.6.0).

To get the latest source, simply paste the following into a shell prompt:

git clone git@github.com:ViennaRSS/vienna-rss.git

To do this, you will need an up-to-date version of the Git version control system. I recommend installing it via homebrew, an awesome package manager for Mac OS X. Alternatively, you can use GitHub’s freely available GUI client: GitHub for Mac. The latter will also optionally install the command line tools for you.

Have fun :-)

Vienna 2.6 BETA

Steve Palmer just posted some information about Vienna 2.6 BETA to the forums. Read the release notes and then go and download it here. Please note that this is unsupported pre-release software.

New Developer – Curtis Faith (and a sneak peek)

Today, we would like to introduce a new contributor: Curtis Faith (a.k.a. inflector on the Forum). He’s not only a very interesting author but also, it turns out, a great programmer. You can download an alpha version of Vienna 2.6 that includes a handy new feature added by him: Full Web-Page Feeds. This is very handy for sites that only put headlines or very short summaries in their feeds. You can now set those to immediately load the associated web-page in the reading-pane:
Full Web Page Feds

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Thanks

Thanks go to Tobias Ratschiller (PHP Black Belt, 10th Dan) and his company Senza Limiti. He just made a contribution to the project which will help support continued development. He’s also an all-around nice guy, which is a bonus ;-)

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Vienna 2.5 – The Social Sharing Edition

The Vienna Dev Team is proud to announce the release of Vienna 2.5. Among other things, it adds extendability via a new plugin development API and fixes a small number of bugs. To be more precise, the new plugins make it extremely simple to extend Vienna with sharing capabilities that leverage social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Special thanks go to Curtis Faith, who contributed bug fixes for this release.

Vienna 2.5 supports user-creatable plugins

Click to download: Vienna 2.5

Requirements

This release requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) to run.

Changes

  • User Interface refresh: Removed the grey headers, made the vertical divider easier to grab and made filtering more discoverable.
  • Added support for plugins.
  • Added support for search engine plugins and the ability to do web-searches from the toolbar.
  • Added support for blog editor plugins.
  • Added support for sharing plugins that work like bookmarklets for social websites.
  • Added support for script plugins.
  • Added Share With Facebook button.
  • Added Share With Evernote button.
  • Added Share With Twitter button with automatic URL shortening via bit.ly.
  • Added user contributed “Share with Delicious” plugin to the core distribution. Thanks to forum user czanderna.
  • Update to the current version of Sparkle, which prevents auto-updating to a version of Vienna which will not run on the user’s system.
  • Fix bug where deleting a feed in Unified view mode would cause Vienna to stop working correctly.
  • Fix bug where changing the article font size would crash Vienna.
  • Fix bug that caused zombiefied update spinners (thanks to Curtis Faith).
  • Fix bug that caused the reading position to be lost upon refresh (thanks to Curtis Faith).

Vienna 2.5 BETA

The Vienna Development team is happy to announce the beta release of Vienna 2.5. This is a testing release that, among other things, adds extendability via a new plugin development API and fixes a small number of bugs. To be more precise, the new plugins make it extremely simple to extend Vienna with sharing capabilities that leverage social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Vienna 2.5 supports user-creatable plugins

Click to download: Vienna 2.5 BETA

Requirements

Vienna 2.5 BETA requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or higher to run.

Pre-release software

The Vienna 2.5 BETA version is pre-release software, and it may contain bugs. If you discover a bug, please create a new topic here in the Vienna forum and report the bug to us. Some tips for writing good bug reports can be found at http://forums.cocoaforge.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=9210. For safety, we recommend that you back up your files before running the beta version. Vienna’s files are located at “~/Library/Preferences/uk.co.opencommunity.vienna2.plist” and “~/Library/Application Support/Vienna”. When 2.5 goes out of beta, Vienna will automatically update to the release version.

New features

  • Add support for plugins. For details, see the Plugin Documentation.
  • Add a facility for automatic URL shortening via bit.ly that can be used by all plugins.
  • Add “Share with Twitter” plugin and toolbar button.
  • Add “Share with Facebook” plugin and toolbar button.
  • Add “Share with Evernote” plugin and toolbar button.
  • Web plugins (especially audio- and video-players) now continue to operate while in the background.

Fixes

  • Fix bug that caused Vienna to become unresponsive after deleting a feed in Unified view.
  • Update to the current version of Sparkle, which prevents auto-updating to a version of Vienna which will not run on the user’s system.
  • Fix bug where deleting a feed in Unified view mode would cause Vienna to stop working correctly.

A Vienna 2.5 Sneak Peek

Vienna 2.5 will bring support for plugins that are extremely easy to create, but at the same time are powerful enough to tailor Vienna to your needs. At the time of writing, there are two type of plugins: Link Plugins and Script Plugins. 2.5 will ship with at least three built-in ones: Share with Facebook, Share with Evernote, Share with Twitter:

Vienna 2.5 supports user-creatable plugins

URL shortening happens automatically via bit.ly and is available to all plugins, all you need to do is a click a checkbox when you are creating yours. For more information, go read the documentation. If you have questions or feedback, there’s a thread about this topic on our forum.