New install or upgrade?

Yesterday I got a chance to check last week’s server log: 10K+ downloads in a week because of the new public beta. Not bad for a tiny rss reader in a crowded market, especially considering I hasn’t published it on any download sites like CNET or Tucows. Thank you everyone who helped spreading GreatNews! :)

One thing in the log surprised me is that 52.7% of downloads are for GreatNews.zip. I thought most downloads are to upgrade from previous versions, and user would have downloaded much more setup_unicode.exe or GreatNews_upgrade.zip. No wonder I keep getting emails complaining channels disappeared after upgrade….

I guess having two zip files is too confusing for average users. I’m going to change GreatNews in upcoming build 336 so that a single zip file can be used for both new install and upgrade . Hopefully when next beta is released, nobody suffers losing channel subscription again.


20 Responses to “New install or upgrade?”

  1. Pies Says:

    I don’t know what the problem was exactly, I’m guessing you’re overwriting the subscriptions file with a default one. I I f that’s the case, how about simply renaming the default to something like ‘subscriptions-default.xml’ and doing something like:

    if (!file_exists(‘subscriptions.xml’)) copy(‘subscriptions-default.xml’, ‘subscriptions.xml’);

    ? :)

  2. pablotossi Says:

    …in build 336…. PROXY CONFIG?

  3. GreatNews Says:

    Pies, yes that’s basically what I did in build 336.

    pablotossi, yes it will be in buld 336. But I might need your help to test it out. :)

  4. pablotossi Says:

    im a gooood tester!!! 😉

  5. webvand Says:

    Just a quick note to say: Great News is really great! It rocks… Thanks

  6. GreatNews Says:

    Thanks webvand. :)

  7. Joyo Says:

    I just think since the installer is not named like GreatnewsSetup.exe, the average user doesn’t think to download it.

  8. lbj Says:

    The is great,even there is something not perfect.I love ..

  9. lbj Says:

    I want to say greatnews must keeks as a green software. It’s important.

  10. TJ Says:

    Thanks for a great program. It’s on par with some of the best readers out there. Although, I’d like to comment on the upgrade process. Originally, I downloaded the zipped version so I can use it on my thumb drive. I consider myself an above average user and I’m baffled at how I’m supposed to upgrade, or I’m just too lazy to keep researching it every time. When I click on the GreatNewsUpdater.exe I’m presented with two options – installer version and zipped version. If I download the installer version it proceeds in making a windows program group. I don’t want that. I want it to run freely from my thumb drive. So, I download the zipped version. From there, I contemplate my options. Do I drag files to my thumb drive and overwrite everything? Or do I take an export/import opml route? It’s confusing. I noticed in your chart there’s a Greatnews_upgrade.zip, is this available to the average user? It’s not in the download section or the upgrade options. I’m sorry for such a long comment, but I do love your program :)

  11. GreatNews Says:

    TJ, sorry for the confusion. GreatNews_upgrade.zip is not longer needed. Please refer to my latest post for upgrade procedure. -Jack


  12. Mike Says:

    I think the problem was that the auto upgrade built into the previous version showed 2 versions (exe and zip).
    I picked the first one, thinking I just want to run this, not unzip and run it. I also thought both were upgrade versions. I was suprised when the exe was the full install. Then I think I ran into a problem that others were having. I had a X:\GreatNews directory. When it asked where to install, I picked that. What really happens is that it installed to X:\GreatNews\GreatNews which gave a completely fresh install, losing all channels.

    I realized what had happened, uninstalled, reinstalled to X:\ and all is good. I still never realized that I could have gotten to an upgrade file instead of the full version.

  13. GreatNews Says:

    Mike, Thanks for the information. I will change the option to something like: “I have installer version”, “I have zipped version”. Hope this will be less confusing.

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