Changes in this release:

  • Fixed the bug that caused SharpReader to crash under Win98 & WinME.
  • Bugfix - bundle partial mshtml.dll to fix startup bug from (thanks to Simon Hodd's suggestion).
  • Changed spacebar behavior to page-down the item-description in the embedded browser prior to jumping to the next unread item.
  • Fixed bug in http 301 response handling to now also work with relative URLs.
  • Keyboard shortcuts:
    • F5 refresh current feed (like it was prior to
    • Shift-F5 refresh all feeds
    • F6 focus subscriptions pane
    • F7 focus item-headline pane
    • F8 focus mini-browser
Get it.

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SharpReader is a rss feed reader. It’s the best one out off all the other free ones. It’s missing a few essential features, but it is under active development and getting better with each release. The keyboard shortcuts have also...

Trackback from KO at June 26, 2003 4:07 AM

Oops, he did it again

Trackback from ScottW's ASP.NET WebLog at June 26, 2003 9:16 AM

Excellent! Keep it up!

Now my addition to the wishlist: Make all those subtle tweaks (such as spacebar behavior) configurable. The advantages are:

1. Users aren't FORCED to relearn the UI every other week.
2. Users who actually prefered the version X implementation of a feature better than version X+1 can do something about it.

Posted by Addy Santo at June 26, 2003 10:38 AM

Thank you from one very happy WinME user!

Posted by Greg at June 26, 2003 12:08 PM

A very happy WinME user? Isn't that an oxymoron? ;-)

Posted by Luke Hutteman at June 26, 2003 12:13 PM

Awesome! Now the only thing I need for complete spacebar browsing bliss is wraparound. That is, I want the spacebar to go to the next unread item even if the only new posts are *above* the one I'm looking at. Currently, I have to grab the mouse or use the PgUp/cursor keys if new items arrive above my current position.

Posted by Matt Brubeck at June 26, 2003 12:37 PM

The last few versions seem to have quit working for me. All my feeds have the little lightning bolt through them like when you start things up. I have the proxy set (behind a firewall) and it will access pages correctly - like this one. But it doesn't seem to be updating. Nothing happens when I click the refresh button.

Posted by Paul Ferrill at June 26, 2003 3:51 PM

I vote for wraparound too. I like the spacebar to search up for new posts so that I read multiple posts in one feed in chronological order, but that means I have to specifically start at the bottom. It should just keep wrapping as long as there are unread posts.

Also, I'm having problems with some feeds getting stuck in refresh mode. The lightning bolt icon stays and they won't update again until I restart SharpReader. For some reason, these feeds seem to most often be the LiveJournal RSS feeds. It would be nice if there were at least a way to stop the refresh so it would free up the thread and be able to try again.

Posted by tamaracks at June 26, 2003 4:06 PM

Did you see: ? Seems to have some interesting features.

Posted by sharpreaderuser at June 26, 2003 4:20 PM

Woohoo, Luke has released a new version of SharpReader that runs on older versions of winders. So now I can...

Trackback from Kev's Useless Bollocks at June 26, 2003 4:46 PM

Great, another update! I like to see work on the project continuing. I took at look at that RSS Connect app, and it has one feature I'd like to see, a configurable database! I'd like to be using the same database on my laptop and desktop, so that my view is always synchronized together. Think that would be possible? (I have a full time running SQL server, or heck, you could even use a file off a network share).

Just a thought. Thanks for the great product!

Posted by Ryan Gregg at June 26, 2003 5:52 PM

New SharpReader
Scott Hutteman released a new build of SharpReader, which looks to be mostly a minor release. Fixes a few problems that were casuing compatibility issues. I love all the features of SharpReader, but I have to say I'd like to see new features co...

Trackback from DactylMatrix at June 26, 2003 5:56 PM

Word up. The ideal solution re: spacebar-- when the list is highlighted, space first pages down if the currently loaded page lasts for more than one screen, then subsequent spaces continue to the next item. That way, all you'd ever need would be space and enter!

Posted by jake at June 26, 2003 8:10 PM

Yep, I'm an idiot. It's Luke Hutteman (not Scott) that is the owner and develper of SharpReader. Man, I know I'm bad with names, but I feel like a complete fool now. Sorry about that Luke. Call it just a fried brain after a long day of work....

Trackback from DactylMatrix at June 27, 2003 2:41 AM


First of all, I love the site redesign.

Have you been able to get any plugins working that extend the IBlogExtension interface? Mine doesn't seem to be recognized, and I don't know if the problem is my plugin or Sharp Reader...

Thanks, great program

-Bill Zeller

Posted by Bill Zeller at June 27, 2003 9:54 PM


Trackback from ススムココロ at July 1, 2003 2:22 AM

I tried to use Sharpreader on Win98 yesterday. After installing the .Net framework, I managed to get Sharpreader to import my Amphetdesk opml file. However... It seems that after reading some feeds Sharpreaders stops being able to connect to the net. You can't even open urls from the address bar/file menu.

I assume this is related to problems with closing connections, but it happens at different times, and after reading different subsets of the feeds I am subscribed to.

No error message is given, and I don't see anything in the log.

One other thing: Shift-F5 didn't work the first couple of times I tried to use it. Only after I refereshed feeds using F5 did Shift-F5 kick in.

Posted by Ehud Lamm at July 2, 2003 11:39 AM

First, Thank you for make this wonderful tool.

I have a wish to move some items to categories so that I could keep and read them separetely without being purged. Is it possible?

Posted by Yiyi Sun at July 4, 2003 9:59 PM

Yiyi: while you cannot move individual items to a category, you can lock them to prevent them from being purged.

Posted by Luke Hutteman at July 5, 2003 7:49 PM
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