SharpReader 0.9.2 - Integration Edition

SharpReader 0.9.2 has been released. Changes since are:

  • Feedster integration (Search text-box in toolbar)
  • Technorati integration (Popup-menu or Ctrl-T on Feed or Item)
  • Generate OPML according to spec (added a <head> section)
  • Added support for <source>
  • Added support for <slash:comments>
  • Bugfixes:
    • Closing a maximized window to the systray used to lose the form's size when restored
    • Deleting a feed did not previously update the read/unread counts of the containing category
    • Ctrl-B (BlogThis) without first selecting an item used to throw a NullReferenceException
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SharpReadr 0.9.2出ました
変更点は不明(わりぃ)。 検索機能はついたみたいだけど、取得済みのエントリーからの検索ではなく、にリンクしているものみたい。 ダウンロードはこちらから。...

Trackback from ススムココロ at July 8, 2003 1:20 AM

User feedback :)

General comments after using Sharpreader for about a week. (My previous agregator was syndirella.)

* I think that the ui just "flickers" too much.
* The address in the toolbar should change as the user navigates to other sites.
* I would love to subscribe non-rss elements, like simple webpages or define some parsing rules (just like syndirella).

Just my 0,02 :)
Excelent work!

Posted by ssn at July 8, 2003 4:28 AM

I forgot to add that, in some cases, the SPACE key doesn't work when filling forms through SharpReader...

In this one it works :)

Posted by ssn at July 8, 2003 4:37 AM

I really enjoy sharpreader but there is one thing I miss. I usually use button the side buttons of my microsoft explorer mouse to go forward and backward which is default in ie but it's not working in sharpreader :)

Posted by Bastian Hoyer at July 8, 2003 6:33 AM

Nice new version. Feedreader integration is particularly smooth. Thanks!

Posted by Iain at July 8, 2003 6:40 AM

SharpReader 0.9.2 - Integration Edition

Trackback from ScottW's ASP.NET WebLog at July 8, 2003 7:55 AM

I've been using Sharpreader for a couple of months now and from version to version it gets better.
With the blogging plugin it is perfect for me.


Posted by Tulie at July 8, 2003 8:04 AM

SharpReader update
SharpReader 0.9.2 is out. Most notable features include Feedster and Technorati integration. Sweet. Too bad I'm using FeedDemon. Though I

Trackback from techno weenie at July 8, 2003 9:11 AM


Where is the Toolbar in SharpReader so I can test the Feedster support?


Posted by Scott Johnson at July 8, 2003 10:14 AM

SharpReader 0.9.2 ist raus
SharpReader 0.9.2 ist raus und das geilste daran: Technorati integration. Yeah....

Trackback from E-Business Weblog/Newsfeed at July 8, 2003 10:15 AM

Nouvelle version de Sharp Reader
Une nouvelle version du lecteur le fil RSS, SharpReader vient d'tre lance par Luke. Cette version offre plusieurs avantages dont...

Trackback from The Maelstrm at July 8, 2003 10:19 AM

Feature Request:

I like SharpReader, but I find my self trying to backup a page in the HTML canvas using Opera gestures.

So, I am requesting some gesture support.

previous-page: right-mouse::drag-to-right-motion
forward-page: right-mouse::drag-to-left-motion
back-to-focused-news-item: right-mouse::drag-in-L-motion
refresh-page: right-mouse::drag-up-and-down-motion
launch-current-in-external-browser: right-mouse::drag-down-and-up-motion

-- Tom.

Posted by Tom Jordan at July 8, 2003 12:26 PM

I would like to be able to subscribe to a RSS feed represented as a link (or graphic) without having to view the source of the webpage (and copying the href of the rss feed) that contains the link. It would be nice if a right-click context menu in the web page pane could contain a "Subscribe to RSS" menu pick. Then I could hover over the RSS link, right-click and the href to the RSS link would get copied to the address bar.

Posted by Phil at July 8, 2003 2:24 PM

Phil: While SharpReader does not currently add a right-click context menu to IE or Mozilla, it does have an easier way of subscribing to a feed than the one you describe.

If the site in question has a Radio Userland Subscribe Icon (you know the one: xml with a cactus coffee cup) you can simply click that to open the feed in SharpReader.

Alternatively, you can drag a regular RSS Link into SharpReader's subscriptions-pane to subscribe, or into its Address-bar to just open the feed.

You can also do this with the web-page itself and let SharpReader try to auto-discover the feed-url. If you currently have the site open in IE or Mozilla, just start dragging the icon from the Address-bar and drop it into SharpReader's subscriptions-pane or Address-bar.

Posted by Luke Hutteman at July 8, 2003 3:20 PM

Please,add fucntion 'Custom key bind'.

Posted by sf at July 8, 2003 3:44 PM

News aggregators
... are so cool. I prefer SharpReader, which just hit version 0.9.2 But why must it use 40MB of RAM?...

Trackback from Adventures in Egotism at July 8, 2003 6:02 PM

How 'bout an LIS blog?
First off, SharpReader is simply the best RSS aggregator going. Luke has integrated both Technorati and Feedster support in the latest version. Let me elaborate. I click on a feed or a specific item... Ctrl-T...Bam! Instant Technorati Link Cosmos. Type...

Trackback from Open Stacks at July 9, 2003 10:04 AM

Great release. Is this the appropriate place to nitpick? I love that most of the SPACE issues are worked out... my only comment is that when you space to the bottom of an article and the embedded IE control pane is selected, it doesn't shoot to the next article. It most certainly should! That means that I can read a RSS descrip, click a link, page to the bottom, and expect to be brought to the next feed...

I do have to say that feedster's "bins" or whatever are pretty cool. Looks like sharpreader could do the same just by allowing drag&drop of news items into folders, or some similar system...

Ohh... one last thing. When there's an XML parsing error, that error (and the color red) should probably "trickle up" to the containing folder... i have five folders that I use (always closed) representing about a hundred feeds... when there's an XML parsing error, I never know.

Again, thanks!

Posted by j at July 9, 2003 9:34 PM

All we need now is a integrated popup killer for all those new feeds.

Posted by Greg at July 10, 2003 1:51 PM

Great work once again, Luke. The new features are nifty, as always. Thanks for writing a great client.

I'm having an interesting problem with Ben Hammersley's feed, located here:
He recently added some kind of blog ads thing which shows up in every item in the RSS feeds. They're annoying, but that's not my problem. I think they're using javascript, because when I accidentally mouse over them on my way to click somewhere else, they make the Just-In-Time debugger pop up. I'mnot sure what the protocol should be here. Is it really desirable to allow javascript to be run from your RSS feeds? Can there be a setting to disable that?

Posted by tamaracks at July 11, 2003 1:08 AM

tamaracks: actually, the reason the just-in-time debugger pops up is because SharpReader already does disable javascript, and his image has attributes that call (now disabled) javascript functions.

I may need to look into not just disabling <script> sections, but also attributes like onMouseOver, onMouseOut, onClick, etc.

Posted by Luke Hutteman at July 11, 2003 10:08 AM

Absolutely: you can do just as much harm in on* as anywhere else, it's just that you have to lure your prey in a little closer.

Posted by Phil Ringnalda at July 11, 2003 11:12 AM

SharpReader is a rss feed reader. It’s the best one out off all the other free ones. The new release just added one of the best things a blogger can have: A “BlogThis” plugin. It makes blogging a lot easier...

Trackback from KO at July 11, 2003 5:44 PM

Luke Hutteman graciously accepts the praise for SharpReader, and here's some more: I read some of the blogs I subscribe to offline (since, sadly, I've yet to enter the world of broadband), and I found a post with some links...

Trackback from dwlt.thinksOutLoud at July 12, 2003 10:13 AM

There is a bug that I observed on two computers at least (home and office) and that is getting very annoying:
It seems that after a while the feeds stop refreshing. Restarting SR doesn't help.
It seems that it get stucked at some point. The first feeds I'm subscribed to refresh correctly, then the second half of the feeds stops refreshing (the yellow icons stay on).

I guess that you understand that it is annoying to have feeds that do not refresh... Please help!
Maybe someone else already had the same problem?
Maybe that removing the data files would help, but I don't want to loose the downloaded items :-(
Note: it happened with previous versions too.

Posted by Fabrice at July 12, 2003 7:35 PM

It seems I found the "culprit".
Here is how I can reproduce the problem:
- I disable the auto-refresh for all feeds
- If I manually refresh a feed, it works
- If I refresh Ingo Rammer's feed, it doesn't
- After that I cannot refresh a single feed, they all get stuck.

Here is the error message SR gives:
"Error reading URL: There were not enough free threads in the ThreadPool object to complete the operation."
Here is the error Ingo's RSS feed gives:
"Server Application Unavailable"
Here is the error Ingo's website gives:
Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service.

Hope it helps.

Posted by Fabrice at July 12, 2003 9:32 PM


My SharpReader doen't start anymore. I double click on the program and the process gets started, but no window ever appears.. I have to use the "Task Manager" to kill the process. :(

Any idea of what it might be? I've installed SP4 (W2k), updated the .NET framework and installed a firewall program (zonealarm)...

I think this might help: I'm having the same problem with RSSBandit... and Syndirella works fine.

any advice?


Posted by pedro at July 13, 2003 10:03 AM

Lovely work, first agregator that has provided enough for me to use it on a sustained basis, but I wonder if you could add an option that if enabled would select the first unread item (or latest read item, if none) in a feed when the user clicks on a feed. Thanks!

Posted by BillSaysThis at July 13, 2003 11:14 AM

Fabrice: I've got the same (or similar) problem. I find a feed "hangs" or gets stuck. After a short time, all 15 free connections are hung waiting for responses. I only find it happening behind the company proxy. Are you using a proxy too?

Posted by Paul Freeman at July 14, 2003 8:33 AM

I must say that the app is kick-ass. I used to run Syndirella but I changed a month or so ago. I found a bug though.
1. "sort by name" function doesn't work at all.

Also you should really add support for having an ftp as well as the local savingsdirectory. Mainly since us geeks have the app both at work and at home.

Posted by Mattias at July 15, 2003 4:29 AM

One problem - I've been trying to sort my feeds into categories. Creating a category works great. But when I try to drag-n-drop more than one feed into the category 'folder', it won't allow it. SharpReader just dumps the feed back under the main Subscribed Feeds folder. Bug?

Posted by TB at July 15, 2003 7:52 PM

Why does the RSS feed at "MSDN Just Published" cause Sharpreader to constantly revert into sorting messages (I think ( by title? every time I review the new blogs, I click and sort it by date so I see the new ones. Everyone other site holds this sort mechanism. Next time I come in, if MSDN has updated new areticles, it's not sorted by date any more. How come?

feed I use:

Posted by Don Awalt at July 18, 2003 10:18 AM

Don: For some reason Microsoft is not sorting that feed by date. If you set SharpReader to sort by date, it will show it correctly. SharpReader does not currently remember the sort-order in between sessions though, so if you exit and restart SharpReader, it will show all feeds in their original sort-order, which in the case of this feed means: messed up ;-)

Posted by Luke Hutteman at July 18, 2003 10:35 AM

Awesome program. I wish you'd port it to PocketPC except that it would take you away from improving the desktop version. It's good to know that I don't even need to try the other aggregators - everyone seems to think SharpReader is the best. Thanks for donating your hard work for the rest of us to enjoy.

I'm having a problem similar to Fabrice and Paul. After a couple days my feeds will stop refreshing. Easily solved by fully exiting from #R and reopening it. Not overly annoying but I thought you should know that it's happening to more than 2 people.

Posted by Steve Hiner at July 18, 2003 5:04 PM

Paul: Same problem in both situations. It happened on a computer using a proxy, and on another without.

Posted by Fabrice at July 22, 2003 5:10 PM

Thanks Luke, that's exactly what I see - I can sort by date but next time in I have to do it *again*


PS - just checked, my version of SR is using 68MB of memory. Yikes.

Posted by Don Awalt at July 23, 2003 1:22 PM

Maybe I just don't use it enough on the home PC for it to exhibit the problem (only weekends when I rarely have the computer on). Luke, any chance you can look at this? I'm missing all the nice new features. :(

Posted by Paul Freeman at July 24, 2003 12:15 PM

I installed MS .NET framework 1.1 on my W2K Server SP2 OS box. Sharpreader still won't start.

Get this message: .NET Framework initialization error. To run this application, you must first install one of the following versions of the .NET Framwework:


Please help.

Posted by Mike Sivertsen at July 26, 2003 12:57 PM

same problem here, I usually use button the side buttons of my microsoft explorer mouse to go forward and backward which is default in ie but it's not working in sharpreader

Posted by Wolfgang at August 30, 2003 1:35 AM

SharpReader Memory Usage
I have been using SharpReader for about 6 Months now and with my modest list of feeds SharpReader now takes up well over 100meg of RAM when loaded. I wonder if Luke has any plans to fix this by using a database store instead of XML, or some smarter XML...

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