major features of NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile
I forgot to mention is the
ability to "skweeze" the full article output if you read feeds like the::unwired
feed, which teasers a story only but doesn't shows images, etc. I've decided not
to include images into the::unwired RSS feeds (yet) to keep the amount of data
as small as possible to make it a nicer mobile device reading (and to lower the
phone bills for all of us without flat Internet GPRS, EDGE or UMTS plans).
However, as with the
Bloglines/Skweezer cooperation, the Skweezer-feature of NewsGator Go! rises
another problem: Mobile optimized websites (like the::unwired) are skweezed.
That's to bad since it ignores the mobile optimized page but skweezes the
desktop version instead.
Kevin over NewsGator (the brain behind NewsGator Go!) has realized this issue
too and he is already working on NewsGator Go! 1.x which will fixes
I previously posted about the news from Jason Calacanis about
Weblogs Inc. making their sites render nicely on mobile devices and how this is
very cool but presents a challenge for mobile clientsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ you can
read more here and at
Here is what I plan to do about this in the next
version of NewsGator Go! Currently, you can turn on mobile formatting for all
your feeds. In this case, I am using Skweezer to transcode all web content
external to my app (links to the original article, links to other articles,
So, if I subscribe to blogs that behave nicely and render properly for
mobile, the transcoding is going to jack things up. Sites like the::unwired and
Engadget get penalized for doing the right thing. So, what I will be able to do
is turn on/off transcoding at a more granular level on a feed by feed basis.
That is pretty cool.
So, with these check boxes now in the UI it creates some extra clutter and
uses valuable real estate. No worries thoughÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ just click on the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mobile
FormattingÃ¢â‚¬Â menu option and the check boxes go bye bye. I know this isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the
perfect solution. The user still has to go in and enable/disable formatting at a
feed level but it at least provides a valuable option. Hope this helps!
Well, that's definitely good news and shows how flexible NewsGator is in
recognizing issues. Thanks for picking-up this issue and finding a workaround
for. Wish other developers would be as flexible and responsive as well and not
blogging about my experience in response only.
Nevertheless, the new NewsGator Go! version isn't available yet but I will keep
you updated about the development.
Cheers ~ Arne