is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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I’m not trying to win you back to NetNewsWire, just trying to find out how I can make my software better…
Question: What do you mean by organizing your XML feeds in a more orderly fashion? What features is NetNewsWire missing in this area? What about NewsMac allows for better organization?
It’s a personal thing, but I like NewsMac’s high-level categories. They’re a bit didactic in that they are pre-ordained, but I like the custom icons, which serve as added visual cues for me when I’m browsing. I also like the Mac OS X Finder-like three column browser, and the way that the ‘collections’ — similar to iTunes’ Smart Playlists — integrate with that tripartite structure.
To be honest, I had only discovered NetNewsWire’s ability to create groups (and nested groups) when my trial period had nearly run out. That’s partly my fault, of course, for not digging. But perhaps I could suggest that the feature could be more prominently displayed in future versions?
Anyway, I tried not to disparage NNW in this post, as I honestly do think it’s an excellent piece of work.
I’m brand new to news readers (after Khoi built my site with an XML feed I figured I should try them out) and have been using NetNewsWire lite for the past week.
Well I’m addicted to news feeds now, but I also had no idea that I could organize items in a hierarchy in NetNewsWire. Like Khoi this is a bit my fault for not looking in the menu, but it’s actually a feature that I’ve really wanted in the back of my mind, and I was wondering why there was no button to add a new folder.
Maybe a new folder button on the toolbar by default or a small plus button like in Safari bookmarks would help.
… now back to work on my own app that has similar problems though few more of them. 🙂
Thanks, folks, I appreciate the feedback.
There is a new-folder button for the toolbar, but it’s not there by default. I think you’re right that it should be there by default, so people notice this feature sooner.
About the two different styles of organization — columns-view vs. outline-view — I could consider making it an option in NetNewsWire, but I don’t plan to do the NewsMac thing where there are pre-defined folders. My preference is to let you create your own folders (using the Sites Drawer as a collection of hints if you want).
But that’s not to run down NewsMac — in fact, I think it’s pretty cool. If I had never created NetNewsWire, there’s a good chance I’d be using NewsMac.
Thanks for the tip on NewsMac. I’ve only just started using a news reader, and will probably try a few before I settle on one as my primary app.
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