Feeder 4.1

March 17th, 2021 by Steve Harris
Feeder Icon

Feeder 4.1 is now available. This version introduces rich text editing, a format bar for working with rich text, HTML and Markdown, updates Sparkle appcasting, and includes various other improvements.

Rich Text Editor

Feeder 4.1 now includes a rich text editor, which supports headings, images, bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, links, bulleted and numbered lists, and horizontal rules. This is probably as much as most RSS readers support, and far more than the paragraphs, links, and lists supported by Apple Podcasts. 

While you can never be sure how your feed will appear in all the apps out there, Feeder’s preview will show you how it will most likely appear in an RSS reader, and exactly how a podcast episode will appear in the Podcasts app.

The new format bar can apply formatting or tags when editing in rich text, but also HTML and Markdown. It also allows you to switch between different formats.

Rich text editing will be used by default for new feeds; existing feeds, whether those already in Feeder, or ones you import will use “Automatic Line Breaks”.

Sparkle Appcasting

Version 2.0 of the Sparkle framework has been in beta for a few years, but it is now the main focus of development, and required for sandboxed apps. Newer version 2.0 betas support EdDSA signatures, and indeed require them in some circumstances. 

Feeder allows you to choose a Sparkle framework version to ensure your feed works correctly: previously using the 2.0 beta required you select “v1.6+ or 2.0 beta”, but now that can be set to “1.21+”.

Changing the framework version so that EdDSA keys are required will cause Feeder to show validation errors for any items that do not have them. For items that are still required in the feed (because they provide an update to an earlier OS), edit the items to generate EdDSA signatures, and remove any other items that have been superseded by later releases.

And More…

When finding and replacing links it’s now possible to target either all items in a feed or only the selected items. Fetch dimensions when inserting images. Recent links to images are now shown better in the menu you see when clicking and holding on the Insert Link button. There are also some layout fixes for standard preview and the order of shared feeds in the sidebar is now always preserved. See the release notes for a full list of changes.

Pricing & Upgrades

Feeder 4 is $39.99 and is available from Reinvented Software and the Mac App Store. Feeder 3 users can upgrade for $19.99 unless you purchased Feeder 3 in the last year, in which case it is a free upgrade. Upgrades are only available from Reinvented Software, not the Mac App Store. See the Feeder support page for more information about upgrading from Feeder 3. 

Keep It 1.10

February 24th, 2021 by Steve Harris

Keep It IconKeep It 1.10 is now available. This version improves searches, adding the ability to search for items by their attachments and file size, improves the Share extension and Import view, links in notes, and more.

Search

It’s now possible to search for items by their attachments, including their presence, by name, or by kind. Saved searches can now match shared items, and items based on their file size, and when searching for items, it’s now also possible to find items that are not of a particular kind. When searching on macOS Big Sur, the number of results will always be shown below the window title.

Imports

On Mac, the Where pop-up in the Share extension and Import view now shows folders and bundles hierarchically, and on both Mac and iOS it’s now possible to set the Default Import Destination to the last-used list when the Share extension or Import view is shown.

And More

It’s now possible to choose a different format to the default when saving an existing web link for offline. List colors are now shown in more places on iOS, such as the Favorites view and Where view. There is now an option to show links in notes as underlined, and PDFs attached to rich text files in place by default on Mac. iCloud reliability has been improved for shared items and folders. See the release notes for a full list of changes:

Pricing & Availability

Keep It 1.10 is a free update for all existing customers. 

Keep It for Mac is available for $49.99 directly from Reinvented Software, and Together 3 users can upgrade for $24.99, unless they purchased Together 3 in its final 6 months on sale, in which case the upgrade is free. A 15-day free trial can be downloaded from this site.

Keep It for Mac is also available from the Mac App Store, offers a free trial and a choice of one-time purchase for all Keep It 1.x releases for $49.99, or an upgrade from Together 3 for $24.99 (or free if Together 3 was purchased in its final 6 months on sale). Alternatively, choose from yearly or monthly subscriptions at $19.99/year or $2.49/month.

Keep It for iPad and iPhone is available separately from the App Store with a choice of yearly or monthly subscriptions at $9.99/year or $1.49/month.

Family Sharing for Keep It

December 4th, 2020 by Steve Harris

Until iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur, Family Sharing was not possible for in-app purchases or subscriptions sold through the App Store or Mac App Store.

It is now possible for developers to turn this on for both subscriptions and in-app purchases, so I have done that for Keep It on Mac and iOS. And I may have been the first, as the notification about Keep It made news.

This will be a boon especially for those who want to use Keep It’s iCloud sharing feature, which allows you to share folders or individual items with other iCloud users, which in a lot of cases may well include family members.

Feeder 4.0

December 2nd, 2020 by Steve Harris

Feeder 4.0 is now available with a brand new look for macOS Big Sur, iCloud syncing and sharing, new episode previews for podcasts and improvements for podcast seasons, improved feed and item editors, and with this release Feeder is built for Apple silicon.

macOS Big Sur

Feeder 4 works on macOS 10.14 or later, but takes full advantage of the new features of macOS Big Sur, with a full-height sidebar, colour-coded icons in the sidebar, an inset item list, sectioned toolbar, collapsible search field, and new icons throughout the app.

Feeder 4

iCloud and Sharing

Feeder can now store your feeds and settings in iCloud so that they are available on all your Macs. In addition, Feeder allows you to invite other Feeder users to collaborate on feeds via iCloud.

With iCloud, changes and saved and retrieved automatically. Feeder can optionally store unpublished enclosure files in iCloud temporarily to ensure they can always be accessed on all your Macs, and by anyone else who’s allowed to work on the feed. 

Apple Podcasts

Feeder’s podcasting support was previously based on the iTunes Store. Now that iTunes has been replaced by the Podcasts app on all of Apple’s platforms, Feeder 4 shows podcasts as they will appear in that app: seasons, trailers and bonuses are grouped and listed in the correct order, and a new per-episode preview shows how each episode will look.

Feeder 4 podcast preview

Artwork for podcast previews is now based entirely on what’s in the feed, rather than artwork in the media file, which is not used by Apple Podcasts, and Feeder now validates the format, dimensions, resolution and colorspace of artwork that you choose.

Main Window

Many Feeder users publish multiple feeds, and Feeder’s new sidebar can show site icons (aka favicons), and icons based on a podcast’s artwork, so that you can more easily identify feeds.

The Feed view now shows feed-level information as one continuous page, and no longer shows things that are not currently included in the feed or probably ever used by most people, but these can be added if required.

To help avoid confusion, Feeder now points out when standard RSS tags are overridden by Apple Podcasts tags (e.g. the image). These informational notes can be dismissed once read.

Editor & Preview

Feeder’s editor window now shows the fields and the description in one continuous scrolling view, which over-scrolls to allow blank space at the bottom of the window.

When full screen, Feeder’s editor will show adjustable margins on either side to help keep the view to a manageable width.

And when previewing items either in the editor or the main window, you can now switch between preview types where feeds can potentially be viewed in different ways. For example, a podcast can be previewed as it will appear in Apple’s Podcasts app, or as in a standard RSS reader.

And More

Search for items by date, just by typing a date, partial date, or day name into the search field. Use a calendar to choose dates in the editor. Click and hold on the Insert Image and Insert Link buttons to choose from a list of recent images or links. Syntax colouring for HTML and Markdown has been improved, and Feeder now provides more help to resolve validation errors.

This is the biggest update in the app’s 15-year history. Feeder 4 has been extensively reworked to work with iCloud and bring collaboration to the app for the first time, to update its support for Apple Podcasts now that it has fully replaced iTunes, and to bring the app bang up to date, ready for everything the future can throw at it.

See the release notes for a full list of changes.

Pricing & Upgrades

Feeder 4.0 is $39.99 and is available from Reinvented Software and the Mac App Store. Feeder 3 users can upgrade for $19.99 unless you purchased Feeder 3 in the last year, in which case it is a free upgrade. Upgrades are only available from Reinvented Software, not the Mac App Store. See the support page for more information about upgrading from Feeder 3.

Keep It 1.9

November 12th, 2020 by Steve Harris

Keep It 1.9 is now available for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. On Mac, this version updates the app for macOS 11 Big Sur with a refreshed user interface design, and is ready for Apple silicon. Keep It for iPad and iPhone 1.9 has been updated for iOS 14 and iPad 14, adding the ability to create single-page web PDFs, custom label colors, a new sidebar, and a three-column layout on iPad. All versions benefit from color-coded lists in the sidebar, new label colors, and improvements for editing notes.

macOS Big Sur

Screenshot of Keep It 1.9 for macOS Big Sur

Keep It has been extensively revamped for macOS Big Sur. The library toolbar is now sectioned, and shows the current list name and a collapsable search field. The sidebar is now full-height and its icons match the app’s accent color or your preferred accent color. 

The item list uses the new inset style, and the View Options and Tag Filter buttons are located above the list in the toolbar. The item count can now be shown below the name of the current list, rather than in the status bar.

Editor windows also show the name of the current item, and will show a path menu when Ctrl-clicked or right-clicked. The Preferences window uses the new Preferences style.

Throughout the app, just about every icon has been updated, and there is a new app icon in the Big Sur style. Keep It for Mac now requires macOS Catalina or later, and will run natively on Apple silicon.

iPhone and iPad

Keep It 1.9 for iPad

Keep It 1.9 has been updated to take advantage of the new technologies in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

On iPad Keep It uses the new three-column layout that makes navigating and dragging items between lists quicker and easier, and the Lists view uses the new sidebar style with colors to match the Mac app. Keep It for iPad and iPhone can now also create labels with custom colors, as on Mac.

On iPhone and iPad, Keep It can now create single-page web PDFs as on Mac. Single-page PDFs capture the entire content of the web page similar to a screenshot, but with links and selectable text.

Menus are used throughout the app to provide a more fluid experience. For example, tapping the + button below the list now shows a menu that streamlines the creation of new items, with commands to add files, photos, web links, stationery items, and scan documents in a single action, rather than navigating through a hierarchy.

List Colors and New Label Colors

To take advantage of colors in the sidebar on Big Sur, it’s now possible to assign a color to any folder, bundle, or saved search in the sidebar. This feature also works on iPhone and iPad. On macOS Catalina, a color icon will be shown alongside the name.

Standard label colors have been updated to provide consistency with list colors and system accent colors, and now automatically adjust for light and dark modes. 

Other Changes

There are improvements when adding highlights to notes, and on Big Sur the text on web pages can be zoomed with the keyboard. On Mac, the Move to Folder menu is now hierarchical, and favorites are shown at the top for both that and the Add to Bundle menu. Use calendar-based date pickers when editing saved searches and file information. There are also improvements for printing notes and other text documents on Mac, and improved Shortcuts on iPad and iPhone.

See the Release Notes for Mac, and the Release Notes for iPad and iPhone for all the changes.

Pricing & Availability

Keep It 1.9 is a free update for all existing customers. 

Keep It for Mac is available for $49.99 directly from Reinvented Software, and Together 3 users can upgrade for $24.99, unless they purchased Together 3 in its final 6 months on sale, in which case the upgrade is free. A 15-day free trial can be downloaded from this site.

Keep It for Mac is also available from the Mac App Store, offers a free trial and a choice of one-time purchase for all Keep It 1.x releases for $49.99, or an upgrade from Together 3 for $24.99 (or free if Together 3 was purchased in its final 6 months on sale). Alternatively, choose from yearly or monthly subscriptions at $19.99/year or $2.49/month.

Keep It for iPad and iPhone is available separately from the App Store with a choice of yearly or monthly subscriptions at $9.99/year or $1.49/month.