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NewsGator Go! – What’s Next

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Two weeks ago, NewsGator released NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile.  This is the product that resulted from NewsGator’s acquisition of Kevin Cawley’s company that created SmartRead and SmartFeed.  NewsGator Go! is now a full featured Windows Mobile reader that tightly integrates with NewsGator Online Service, including full synchronization.  If you are a Windows Mobile user, it’s by far the best thing I’ve ever seen for reading feeds on a Windows Mobile device – hats off to Kevin (and – oh – check it out.)  If you want Greg Reinacker’s (CTO of NewsGator) view of how this evolved, he’s got a great post up about The story of NewsGator Go!

Greg and Kevin have been spending a lot of time working on mobile related stuff the last couple of years, starting with Greg’s original html mobile reader for NewsGator that came out in 2004.  Three of the key attributes of mobile readers that we’ve learned about are (a) only reading a subset of your feeds (e.g. I only have 20 feeds that I want on my phone – I have 700 feeds that I subscribe to in FeedDemon / NGOS), (b) intelligent formatting for the device while preserving all of the publishers content, and (c) full online / offline synchronization of read / unread states.  (a) and (c) are built into NewsGator’s platform and Kevin has done a great job of taking advantage of them, while working through many of the thorny issues surrounding (b).

Kevin has a post up on his blog with some of the features he’s already working on for the next release.  They include enclosure support, scheduled sync, viewing clipped articles, subscribe / remove feeds, compression, emailing articles, some navigation / readability improvements, and integration with NewsGator Enterprise Server (which was recently released for FeedDemon, NetNewsWire, and Inbox.)

  • http://www.newsgator.com kevin

    Thanks Brad,

    Hey, if you are anywhere near Denver at 3 today, you should swing by the NewsGator office for the demo day… I will be showing off an unbelievably cool RSS mobile application that will enable RSS on almost every cell phone.

    If you can’t make it… stay tuned for more info on that!

  • http://www.intuitive.com/blog/ Dave Taylor

    Speaking of enhancement requests over at NewsGator, I still have two on my wish list for NewsGator Online:

    1. I would like to be able to connect to the server via SSL so that when I’m reading my feeds on a public, open wifi network I am secure. Google’s Gmail offers this capability, for example.

    2. I really like Blogline’s blog clipping service and would really like to either see the “clipping” service in NGO morph into something similar or have a new feature that lets me mark, annotate, and then publish a “clipping blog” with its own RSS feed and home page that’s just the articles out of my own feed that I think are interesting and worthwhile.

    Otherwise, adding even more sophistication to Smart Searches is really the only other thing I think I need for an otherwise terrific RSS reader. Greg, team, y’all listening? :-)

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