meoReader Changelog 1.0.0
As with all the meoReader updates some behind-the-scene code has been fixed. For example:
- Some annoying typos have been corrected.
- Some of the new features required additional JS
- The newly released WordPress version 3.6 comes with jQuery 1.10.2 which cause some trouble with the version detection that needed to be fixed.
- New methods for the new features have been implemented.
- A few methods have been optimized.
- Some templates for generating the HTML pages have been fixed and the new features have been added.
- Some dimensions layout elements have been adjusted.
- Some visual elements have been improved.
But more interesting, the following features have been added:
Use http://anonym.to service for outgoing links
By using this redirect service you can anonymize your referrer for outgoing links in the Reader. Meaning, the sites you're about to go to can still identify you, respectively your IP address or certain browser settings but will not know where you're coming from.
For even more anonymous surfing you would have to go through a proxy server or a VPN tunnel of some kind.
Show audio player for attached audio files.
Say you've subscribed to the RSS feed of an audio podcast. If take a look at the content of an entry (or episode) you will see the link to the "attached" media file at the bottom of the content area. If you check this setting and run what would be considered a "modern" browser an instance of the HTML5 audio player, audio.js, will be shown so you can listen to this media file right here, in your browser.
Audio.js is a free third-party application by Anthony Kolber and is released under the MIT License.
Though this player is said to be working with all modern browsers I've had some trouble when loading it in IE. So if you're also using IE and experience the same difficulties you might uncheck this option!
Also, when you click the play button of the player you have to be a little bit patient. The way I set it up no audio file is being preloaded and therefore it takes a few seconds until there is enough initial audio until the player will start.
At the bottom of the page you will now see a button to toggle the visibility of the Import/Export area. Since importing and exporting is nothing you would do on too regular basis this makes the appearance of this page more tidy.
The import and export areas themselves have been divided into their own, visually distinct blocks.
You can also import and export single OPML files now, though this is restricted to feeds and categories only at this point.
Outgoing links (like when clicking the title of an entry or post) will now be opened in a new browser window (or tab, depending on your browser settings).
Now, a little favicon is shown left to a feed's name. If no such icon could be detected for the website that's providing the feed a little globe icon will be shown. The icons will automatically be downloaded into the plugin directory, respectively the /favicons/ folder inside of it.
When you uninstall the meoReader plugin those files will also be deleted.
Each little favicon is only a few bytes, up to 1kB in file size and even if you're subscribing to a fairly large number of RSS feeds they won't take up much of your webspace.
Feed name column
Now, the first 30 characters of a feed names will be shown (before it's been only 20). Some names still look longer than others but that's due to the font that's been used which is a sans-serif type. If it were a monospace font you would see that all feed names have the same max length.
Mark as Unread
Next to the [A] icon that will move an entry to the Archive (and back) a new [R] icon has been implemented. This will let you mark a single item as read or unread, maybe in case you want to come back to it later.
In the toolbar at the top of the page there is a new button "Today" (or "All Time") between the "Mark All As Read" button and the search field.
When you click the "Today" button only today's entries will be shown - and the button changes to "All Time".
When you click the "All Time" button you will see all entries of all time again.
Basically you can also recognize today's entries by looking at the date column on the far right. Today's items will only the time while for older entries the date is shown.
But filtering entries with this new button makes a much more tidy appearance.
Updating the Plugin
No matter if you manually upload a new version of the meoReader to your webspace or use the auto-update service you should always do the following three steps:
- Deactive the meoReader in your WordPress backend.
- Only then update the plugin.
- Activate the meoReader again!
Especially the last point is important. I'm not sure if it is on purpose but I think of it as a quirk that WordPress only runs certain update operations only when re-activating a plugin.
In case of version 1.0.0 of the meoReader a new folder /favicons/ has to be created which requires that sort of action hook.