Updated Build 364

March 6th, 2006

Shortly after Build 364 was published to public beta area, several users reported this build handles certain web links incorrectly when middle clicked on. I have put a new build 364 onto the server. The size of GreatNews.exe in this build is 1,400,832 bytes and was built at 3/3/2006 12:16AM.

If you find GreatNews can’t display some web pages on new tabs, please download and install Build 364 again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

GreatNews keyboard shortcuts

February 27th, 2006

Michael Kizer posted a list of GreatNews keybord shortcuts. I thought this might be useful for other users too. Here’s an updated list:

In channel tree:

  • F2 to rename a channel/group/watch/label directly on the tree
  • Ctrl+click to switch channel w/o marking previous one as read

In news list:

  • Ctrl + ENTER to open web page in new tab
  • Shift + ENTER to open web page in external browser
  • Mouse wheel click to open web page in current tab
  • ENTER to open web page in current tab
  • Double click to open article according to settings.

In reading pane:

  • Ctrl+S to save current web page
  • Ctrl+N to open current internet page in default browser
  • Ctrl+F to find text on current page
  • Ctrl+click to open link in new tab
  • Shift+click to open link in external browser
  • Ctrl+PageUp/Down to turn to previous/next page
  • Ctrl+Tab to switch among tabs
  • Ctrl+W / Ctrl+F4 to close a tab
  • SPACE Bar will scroll, goto next page, go to next item etc depending on what you are reading. Scrolling mouse wheel at page bottom or scrolling mouse wheel holding right button works similiarly.

In menus:

  • Ctrl+F – find text on this page
  • Ctrl+H – search news item
  • F3 – search next
  • Ctrl+T – new tab
  • F12 – maximize reading pane
  • F7 – Next unread channel
  • F8 – next unread group


  • Tab/Shift+Tab to navigate among panels

GreatNews plugin interface

February 19th, 2006

GreatNews build 362 can use plugins to extend BlogThis funciton. A sample plugin to support w.bloggar is included with default installation. The source code of this sample is available here.

GreatNews plugins are regular windows dlls that export the following two functions:

LPCTSTR GetGreatNewsPluginName();
void BlogThis(LPCTSTR itemXml, LPCTSTR options);

where LPCTSTR itemXml is the news item and its channel in rss 2.0 format, and LPCTSTR options is the URL parameter set in BlogThis configuration dialog.

Very simple, right?

Tracking comments in GreatNews

January 17th, 2006

In case you don’t read release notes(I myself usually don’t…), GreatNews build 354 added ability to track comments automatically. If an article has comment feed, GreatNews will show “Track Comments” link like this:

If you click the link, GreatNews will start monitoring the article, and mark it as unread when new comments posted.

This function is enabled for new users by default. If you upgraded from previous version, you can enable it in Tools->Options->Features.


Upgraded my blog to WordPress 2.0

January 2nd, 2006

Simply one of the smoothest upgrading experience I had. No tricky steps, no surprises, it just worked… Folks at WordPress did an excellent job on this.<

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2006

2005 was an eventful year for me. But everything turned out to be pretty good. Looking forward to a great 2006!

I wish you all a happy new year!

(GreatNews users, how about leaving a comment in your native language? I know you are from more than 60 countries! :D)

Greg Duncan comments on GreatNews

December 12th, 2005

Greg discovered GreatNews a week ago. And he still likes it after a week’s use

RSS Poll

December 10th, 2005

Randy Charles Morin over KBCafe is doing a rss usage poll. The numbers more or less confirmed what I always guessed, that a lot of rss users are reading 100+ channels regularly (try that with a plain browser!).

How to upgrade GreatNews

December 1st, 2005
  1. If you use GreatNewsSetup.exe before, please download the newer GreatNewsSetup.exe and run the setup.
  2. If you use GreatNews.zip before, please download the newer GreatNews.zip and unzip to your existing greatnews directory, overwrite existing files when prompted to.

Both GreatNewsSetup.exe and GreatNews.zip will keep your subscriptions, and will upgrade them to new data formats automatically if necessary.

Einstein’s todo list

October 29th, 2005

Highly recommended! 😀