Thursday, October 28, 2010

NewsRob October Release / 4.4

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NewsRob October Release / 4.4

Rich Article List

The new version now sports a richer article list. 
If possible it contains a snippet of the article and a thumbnail of a significant image from the article. 

Snippets will be prepared during the import of new articles. So if you want to see this new feature in full action right away you should do a Clear Cache / Sync.

Obeying Global Auto-Sync Setting

When NewsRob is configured to automatically sync in the background it already obeys the global, system wide, background data setting. With this version NewsRob will also obey the global auto-sync setting.
You can now conveniently turn off all automatic syncing (Gmail, Facebook, NewsRob ...) in one place.

It might be confusing that now syncing can be turned off in more than one place. To prevent this confusion NewsRob will now warn you when auto-sync has been disabled globally, but is enabled in NewsRob.

For the programmers amongst you: When turning the global auto-sync setting back on I would like NewsRob to check if the last sync is longer ago then the configured interval. If that is the case it should run a sync right away.

However I don't know how to get notified when the auto-sync status changes and so I can't implement it at the moment. If you do know, please leave a comment or come to the list:

As always, many more small improvements and fixes are in this release. Here are two of those, that may affect you directly or where many people wrote me about:

Accidental Swipes

To prevent accidental swipes, e.g. left-to-right to mark an article read on the article list, swipes must be now more explicit. This means that the direction of the swipe must be more pronounced. To mark an article read you still must swipe from left-to-right (at least 45° to less than 135°), but also the horizontal movement of your finger must be significantly longer than the vertical movement.

Twitter URLs

Twitter changed their URL scheme and it broke some of the links in feeds when shown in NewsRob. This should work correctly again now.


  1. Love love love the new article list!

  2. Thanks....
    GREAT job, this new look is really nice, it could be a option to select Rich Article List without image thumbnails? this is, only with the text below tittle... (the sync with so many images was really slow)

    Keep the good job,

    Best regards,

  3. Robert, disgustipated, thanks! Very much appreciated.

    Pep, the thing with options is they tend to mutliply very quickly and many options make the software harder to use and understand.
    Even though NewsRob has many options each and every option was a fight ;) And I don't add options to make things a little better, because this is often something very subjective to a small group of people whereby the option would have to be processed by all users.

    Anyway, back to your specific issue.
    To create the previews of a 1000(!) articles on an N1 NewsRob would take less than a minute. It processes the images that are already downloaded during the normal download phase. So there is no significant overhead involved to prepare the images.
    If you configured NewsRob to not download images, then you won't see images btw.

  4. Love the app! But content from doesnt show pictures, only text. I tried it on the droid, droid x, and now fascinate.

  5. chapablo,

    I subscribed to the feed and it works here. What are your download settings? "Articles Only"? Can you post a screenshot?

    You best come with this issue to the list:

  6. I can open it but it is always operate it? I've played arou.d w settings and don't know how to get

  7. Robert,

    NewsRob syncs with Google Reader. You need to go to Google Reader ( and add feeds there. NewsRob will then fetch articles from those feeds.
    And when you mark something as read on NewsRob it will get marked online too and when you mark something online (on the web app) it will get marked on NewsRob after a sync.

    Hope that helps. You can also come to the list to get help:

  8. Mariano, keep up the good work! I use your app on a daily basis and I'm loving it! Kudos!

  9. A great app, but I have found it routinely hangs when getting the gwt version of some pages.

    It will do quite a few, then stop, and repeated attempts hang at 1 / 201

    I suspect the page in question is odd in some respect, so gwt is hanging. A complete clean of cache and SD dir doesn't help.

    Can I get a debug option to find out what it is trying to download?

    Desire 2.2.


  10. Hi hlascelles.

    Yes, you can enable logging and then see what's what in the log. Please check the end of the FAQ on how to do that:

    Also you may want to checkout the current beta as there is an issue with NewsRob 4.4.2 where it hangs when it tries to render very large images.

    You can also switch to Instapaper in the experimental settings.