06 December 2005

Newsgator: Nice job

Newsgator's made some really nice updates to their menus: Easier to read, select, and search. You can make things go away.

I like the search-capability, that is really neat. Thanks.

I had a couple of thoughts:

A. Feed-menu priorities

What if there were a way to "change the priority" of the displayed items simply by clicking on the content, and floating it around in the menu [like the method of moving a favorite to the browser menu with a single click and drag] . . . as opposed to going to a new screen, then doing the click-move-change option.

B. Browser interface with Newsgator

Also, you know how "sometimes people like to make their browser window smaller to fit in a corner of their screen, but still keep it open" . . .

I was thinking: What if there were a "compression capability" ... so that even though Newsgator was compressed to a small browser, the various menus, and displays neatly overlapped so they were still readable. Right now, they words in the top menus on the right [search] will overlap with the other menus to the left.

Think of it as "Newsgator Compressed".

C. Aggregator Icon Standby Mode

Sometimes its nice to know, without opneing Newsgator, that there's an update, what kind it is, and whehter its an urgent, or a low priority feed.

What if there were a way to "signal to the user" that they have new feeds, but do so without having to send a special message? Here's how: If they have their browser in the "compressed mode" or as an icon, what if newsgator flashed "Updates: #" with the number of new feeds. Maybe the user could select a personalized message depending on content, type of feed, or targeted-search words when things appear in the aggregator. Ideally, this would be a simple, short message we could have automatically posted to the browser-icon.

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Newsgator's made some really nice updates to their menus: Easier to read, select, and search. You can make things go away.

I like the search-capability, that is really neat. Thanks.

I had a couple of thoughts:

A. Feed-menu priorities

What if there were a way to "change the priority" of the displayed items simply by clicking on the content, and floating it around in the menu [like the method of moving a favorite to the browser menu with a single click and drag] . . . as opposed to going to a new screen, then doing the click-move-change option.

B. Browser interface with Newsgator

Also, you know how "sometimes people like to make their browser window smaller to fit in a corner of their screen, but still keep it open" . . .

I was thinking: What if there were a "compression capability" ... so that even though Newsgator was compressed to a small browser, the various menus, and displays neatly overlapped so they were still readable. Right now, they words in the top menus on the right [search] will overlap with the other menus to the left.

Think of it as "Newsgator Compressed".

C. Aggregator Icon Standby Mode

Sometimes its nice to know, without opneing Newsgator, that there's an update, what kind it is, and whehter its an urgent, or a low priority feed.

What if there were a way to "signal to the user" that they have new feeds, but do so without having to send a special message? Here's how: If they have their browser in the "compressed mode" or as an icon, what if newsgator flashed "Updates: #" with the number of new feeds. Maybe the user could select a personalized message depending on content, type of feed, or targeted-search words when things appear in the aggregator. Ideally, this would be a simple, short message we could have automatically posted to the browser-icon.

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