This week we've instilled some pretty hefty updates for some of our power-users. We know many of you have been extremely concerned with space for reading and we have made some drastic changes to the interface in order to cater to these users.
The first thing you might notice as soon as you open your reader is that the subscription list is a lot wider. This is because many of the subscriptions in the list have names that were simply too long to fit. We realize that people love their reading space, and would like to read as much as they possibly can. We've even given you the choice to get rid of favicons, just so you can save more space for your feeds.
We've also changed the cursor type when its hovering on a clickable object. You also might notice that you can now collapse an article the same way you open it. You can close an article by simply pressing the header of each article.
As stated previously, we've realized people care deeply about their reading space. Obviously widening the subscription space causes some discrepancies with this ideology. In order to appease both users who want a wider subscription list and those who want a wider reader space, we've enabled a new option. We've enabled people to toggle back and forth between a "full-browser view" and a regular view by pressing the f button. In this view, both the search bar and the subscription list have been hidden. Well now you can't get to your subscriptions right? Wrong. We've added a shortcut to the full-screen mode to hide and make the feed pane reappear. To do this, simply press the "u" button.
Full screen mode enabled
Subscription list enabled, by pressing the u button, in full screen mode
While on the topic of shortcuts, we've added many other new shortcut options. For example, when you're finished reading all of the articles in a feed, and you're focused on the last feed, you can click the j button to go to the next feed. You can also click the k button to go to the previous feed, when focused on the first article. Otherwise, if you're in the middle of the feed and want to go to a different one, you can use a combination of "shift+j" or "shift+k" to switch feeds.
A final shortcut we've added involves closing a folder. Previously, when navigating the feed list using shortcuts, you would need to navigate all the way up to the folder name in order to collapse the folder itself. Now, all you have to do is click "shift+x" while focused on any feed in that folder, and it will collapse.
Previously, when you used to click "add subscription" or "add tag" you would have to click on the input box to do so. Now, the cursor will automatically be focused inside of it, so you wont need to click on it and you can just start typing.
There may be users who want to back up their feeds for their own records. For these users we've added an export option! On the other hand, for those of you trying to import OPML files, we have made our system more robust in accepting invalid OPML files that contain HTML entities that aren't encoded. For example, Feedly's OPML files.
If you're one of our users who like to keep their tabs open in the background, we've added a new feature to help you out. Now when we push an update, you will get a notification insisting you refresh your browser in order to receive the new update.
The message you will get to update your browser
For our mobile users, we're constantly trying to upgrade our mobile site as much as we do our desktop's site. This week, we've managed to fix some bugs with our mobile site. Videos used to be a hassle to watch considering they were not always the correct size. We've managed to fix this and while viewing feeds with videos, there should be a properly sized and viewable video.
Also on the mobile side, we've added some animations to help decipher when something is loading. This way you're not under the assumption nothing is happening.
We've decided to move some of our changes from the desktop over to the mobile site. For example, we've upgraded the settings tab so you can change the language, and choose which services you want to share with. Theres also an "Add Subscription" button on the bottom of the sidebar! Its now easily accessible when you open the sidebar.
New mobile settings
New mobile Add Subscription button
Finally, our engineers have also added new options to both article views and article list views in the top right hand corner of the screen. When navigating the list of articles in the feed, you can click the right hand corner options to "Mark all as Read" or to change your viewing options. While focused on an article, you can click the top right hand corner to star, share, or mark an item as read. We've also enabled you to all the articles in a older itself. You don't have to go to each individual feed in a folder to read all of the articles.
New Options for an article
New options for mobile list view
If some options do not work as expected, or you need further assistance with using some features, please notify us at http://help.reader.aol.com/.