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Announcing plans for Windows 10 and Nextgen Reader v6.4.0.24 update details

Windows 10 is a significant OS update for developers. Here at Next Matters, we’re super excited about Windows 10 and couldn’t wait till #Build2015 to announce our plans.

So what’s next for Nextgen Reader?
One of our biggest updates ever. Yes, that’s true. We are lucky to have great support from Windows Phone community since the beginning and the love has only grown.

Now we’re building a product not only for us but for the community; as we continue to receive the new ideas and suggestions from users every day via emails, Twitter and Facebook. And since many of you have been using Windows 10 Technical preview, we look forward to your participation and feedback in the #nextgen beta program (more details coming soon).

The two major focus areas for Nextgen Reader on Windows 10 will be design and features. Bringing the two versions closer together, with a common experience and settings, and to further align with the new design approach. We know many of you (especially WP fans) are very critical about the new design in Win10 Technical Previews but do not worry, we’ll take a thoughtful approach on implementing the hamburger button in Nextgen Reader. However, we definitely believe that adding hamburger control to the sdk will eventually turn out to be a massive gain for Windows app store, as tons of developers want to aesthetically match their apps on all platforms (consider shopping and banking apps across platforms and so on).

So without further ado, please jump to comments and let us know what features do you want to see in Nextgen Reader for Windows 10.

What’s new in Nextgen Reader v6.4.0.24

We recently published a new update on phone and switched from Bitly to Google Url Shortener, due to API limits. But as some of you’d requested in the past, we’ve implemented the option to use your own custom key for Bitly.cmd

Please find the steps below:

  • Create a new bitly account.
  • Go to https://bitly.com/a/oauth_apps
  • Click “Generate Token” button to create a generic access_token
  • Go to app settings -> about and type following in cmd (without quotes): “enable bitly {access_token}”
  • Replace “{access_token}” with your own generated key.
  • To disable, type following in cmd (without quotes): “disable bitly”

Download: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=643381de-4724-e011-854c-00237de2db9e

Looking forward to #Build2015 and exciting months ahead. Happy Reading!

-G and Next Matters team

  • Revxx14

    Excited for the new design, but I really don’t want to see a hamburger menu implemented.. your UI works great as-is, I don’t see the point in adding a new menu icon just to fit in with the currently terrible default apps on Windows 10 Mobile.

    I’ll hold off judgment until I see the final product, but I do hope you reconsider that addition.

    In particular, I’m super excited for a new desktop/tablet Ui; while I’ve always loved Nextgen Reader on phones, I’ve always felt the tablet UI was lacking.

    • Emphasis on great designs* for both Windows and Windows Phone, but there’s obviously very different, very separate designs for each platform. Nextgen Reader is obviously anxious to unify their app and design something that’s both functional and attractive to use, and I trust what they say– they’ll use a thoughtful approach to their design.
      I also would urge people upset over hamburger menus to remember– hamburgers have NOT been indicated to be a required UI element. It is up to every app and every app developer to decide what UI elements are appropriate for them. Just as not every desktop app got a ribbon or toolbar over the years.
      The new apps we’re seeing with Windows 10 Preview are exactly that– previews of what is capable with the new platform, not an indicator of what must be done. Keep in mind that 8.1 apps and controls still work just fine, and so obviously devs may continue those things when/where appropriate.

      • Raynor Shiene

        Whenever in the timeline you prefer to add hamburger, please have an option for left handed people i.e. the ability of the app to switch the hamburger from left to right or vice versa.

      • lpaso

        What could be really REALLY great is a quick way on Windows (not Phone) to triage the RSS feed like you made on WP, selecting multiple items and then taping the “read” button. I miss that SO MUCH in W8 right now, it’s a pain to triage the feeds on PC…

        • Thanks. Will come, on our to-do list.

      • Agree, not all apps need to implement the hamburger. Will take deep care when designing the phone experience.

    • Thank you. Yes, the phone preview is still very early and not sure of hamburger approach in every app. And of course improved design on tablet/pc’s.

  • Looking forward to what you guys do with it! You’ve always been a shining example of form AND function for Windows platforms… something I always point to when people want good apps. Keep up the GREAT work!

    • Thanks for your amazing support!

  • James Hancock

    Can’t wait! Love this app, and one of the major reasons I stay on Windows/Windows Phone. Nothing compares on Android or iOS. Still looking for the bug on os sharing where it sends you back to the top of your unread articles list after sharing. That one anoyance fixed would be great.

    Also Autoblog and WinBeta are both messed up with using the full article reader tool that’s built in. I’ve worked around it on the desktop by telling it to load the entire page but can’t on WP. Would love to be able to choose the reader tool on a per feed basis (and have it use the native Spartan reader view too.)

    • Thank you. Yes, already on our bug list and option to load full page will come too.

  • Bruno Ochotorena

    Waiting new design and notifications. :-)

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  • jandy1

    I really enjoy this app–one of the best for Windows, IMO. Please keep the spirit of the present UI in the new Windows 10 app. This app is easy to use, and it’s easy for me to share articles of interest with my colleagues. Thank you and keep up the good work!

    • Yes, of course. Thank you for writing!

  • Guest

    Hello I am a long time Windows Phone and nextgen reader user and I really love the UI. However I’m not pleased with the ui being introduced with windows 10. Windows phone had the navigation in the 3 buttons at the bottom of the screen. However the new design language is completely different. It forgoes one handed usage for cross platform compatibility. This I feel is not the right direction to go because Windows Phone was the only sensible OS left in the mobile market. I think there’s a small possible work around for this. The navigation and hamburger button present in the PC application can just be removed for the Windows Phone applications. So what can be done is t make a template for universal applications. When the same code is run on a PC, it should show a navigation and hamburger menu on the top right. Whereas when it’s used on a phone, the hamburger and navigation buttons can simply be eliminated. The function of the hamburger menu can be under a left to right edge swipe like in Android (without showing the hamburger menu). This will maintain one handed usability while helping devs port apps to other platforms with minimum tweaks.
    Another thing I would like to be maintained is the neat UI. Having big bold text and minimum graphics is the way UI can be kept clean and simple, like the way it is now.

  • Tik tok

    Hello I am a long time Windows Phone and nextgen reader user and I really love the UI. However I’m not pleased with the ui being introduced with windows 10. Windows phone had the navigation in the 3 buttons at the bottom of the screen. However the new design language is completely different. It forgoes one handed usage for cross platform compatibility. This I feel is not the right direction to go because Windows Phone was the only sensible OS left in the mobile market. I think there’s a small possible work around for this. The navigation and hamburger button present in the PC application can just be removed for the Windows Phone applications. So what can be done is t make a template for universal applications. When the same code is run on a PC, it should show a navigation and hamburger menu on the top left. Whereas when it’s used on a phone, the hamburger and navigation buttons can simply be eliminated. The function of the hamburger menu can be under a left to right edge swipe like in Android (without showing the hamburger menu). This will maintain one handed usability while helping devs port apps to other platforms with minimum tweaks.
    Another thing I would like to be maintained is the neat UI. Having big bold text and minimum graphics is the way UI can be kept clean and simple, like the way it is now.

    • Agree. We’ll take deep care while designing the phone experience and the comfort of one handed usage. Thank you.

    • I think there’s a little misunderstanding going around. As far as I can see Microsoft is not removing or replacing the bottom ellipsis menu. Navigation has never been in the App Bar either. You navigate via Pivot Views and navigation menus (lists or whatever) inside the app. The bottom menu is (has been and will be) for actions, and that doesn’t change.
      That means Windows 10 works like this:
      Hamburger + Pivot = “take me here and there”
      Bottom App Bar + ellipsis = “do this and that”
      Windows Phone 8 isn’t that much different. So I fear people make more fuss about it than there should be. I do get the “two-handed navigation is not nice for me” argument, but “ellipsis is better than hamburger” doesn’t make sense to me because it’s completely different (they have a completely different purpose).

      • Very true. I suppose, everyone got little worried due to few inconsistencies in technical preview (which is of course very early stage) but MS has given more clarity at BUILD: http://wmpoweruser.com/joe-belfiore-responds-feedback-windows-10-mobile-ui/

        ————————————-
        On the Hamburger– “As with all UX design, it’s not the control that’s bad; it’s how it’s implemented. The right tool for the right job. The hamburger is often used as a consistent navigation element that’s the “home” for an app, always there, helping you go where you want to go. It’s less effective when the items listed in it don’t have a clear hierarchy, or when you need to access it frequently to accomplish your task. Sometimes the app bar, tabs, pivot, or a combination could be better controls for the job.

        With our universal apps and adaptive UX we have an approach to design that lets developers build one app, but still tailor the UX to each device when it makes sense. We can use a hamburger icon without pivots on a PC version of the app for better keyboard and mouse navigation and then customize the same app to have pivots with swipe control for better one-hand-use on mobile. We’re making it possible for an app to have both hamburger and pivot controls—but to display the right control at the right time on the right device.”

  • markiz

    As a heavy Nextgen user, I can not think of any features I need. Maybe there are some that I can not think of though.
    IMHO:
    – match the W10 design principles: buttons and circular profile picture.
    – Add an ability to open app in the “second article browsing” view, with the horizontal scrolling. Having to constantly tap on the upper right Nextgen icon is a little annoying
    – overall, I find WP version better UI wise, windows version has inherently better functionality
    Just keep up the awesome work!

    • Thank you. Btw you can pin live tile and launch grid view directly from start screen.

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  • egg

    app design for phone is very good, u could replace top left square with hamburger or leave all under ellipsis as it is now. on the other hand i dislike current cluttered look of desktop/tablet app with bars from 3 sides – top, left and right, while i use only articles list and sync buttons. please streamline design and add option to show text in columns. i have nothing against hamburger button as long as swipe gestures are available.

    • Thanks for the feedback on desktop/tablet. Yep, hamburger for less frequent actions only.

      • egg

        great! can we expect first changes/mockups anytime soon?

  • Anthony Ng

    Hmm… rotate everywhere about it… let me know when w10 beta is ready, my lumia 920 with windows 10 would love to try it out!

    • Sure, definitely. Thank you! Hope you’re already following on Twitter/FB.

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  • Dan Dautrich

    I love the mobile app and like the desktop app, so I’d prefer something more akin to the way the current mobile app works. Definitely update styles to match the new W10 design language. And get rid of the hidden W8 menus (I only figured out how to refresh a single folder on the desktop app last night when I stumbled upon the menu option). I’m willing to help test betas of the W10 app too when it is ready. Keep up the great work!

    • Hi. Spot on, with the feedback. will keep the flow… same.

  • I would love if nextgen reader could analyze similar articles from different news sources and either sort them to one topic or let me choose a favourite source which it shows to me. This could be realized through keyword analysis.

    • Interesting idea. Something will consider later after Win10 plans. Thanks.

  • Notmyrealname

    I’d love to see a version for the Xbox One somehow

  • Also undo for mark all read would be useful. Keep up the great work!

    • Hi. Yes, good suggestion. Adding to the list.

  • Juan Manuel Castro Bosano

    Full screen YouTube playback incide ngr? Would be graet note having to open the article on the browser for that :-)

    • Very good, adding this to our to-do list. Thanks!

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  • The ability to download full articles for offline viewing. I would be fine with keeping the app open if there are background process limitations. Additionally,

  • Marcondes

    Please put the feeds/articles list on the right, article on the left side on windows app

    • Hi. Any specific reasons?

      • Marcondes

        Well, I think that many times we will select the articles from the list rather than just tapping next/previous, and as a right-handed person, my hand hides the view of the content. Having the option to move these items to the right side would be great. Reddhub for example offers this possibility.

        Thanks.

        • Very interesting will consider further but probably after Windows 10 release. Thank you!

          • Marcondes

            Thank you very much

  • Marcin Pudełko

    nextgen reader is greate please add polish language i can test beta on lumia 520 windows mobile 10 and hp pavilon 17-e135sw windows 10
    Microsoft account brylok1981@interia.pl
    add nextgen reader to windows beta store

    • Hi. Please follow on Twitter/Facebook, so will let you know about beta’s. Thanks a lot!

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  • Definitely, on to-do list. Thanks.

  • Jason

    I’d like to see some kind of ad-blocker. Some feeds have really annoying (and sometime offensive) ads at the bottom of each article.

    • admin

      Agree, looking into it. Thanks.

    • Yes, looking into it.

  • Maybe more reliable Live Tile support?

    • Yes, definitely. Top priority!

  • How about an option to select whether to start with Modern view or the Reader view?
    Also make the Modern view vertical scrolling like the stack News app in Windows 10.

    • Sure, will consider in our future updates.

  • NextGen is the best!

  • Matt DeKok

    To see new unread articles in my action center.

  • Will B.

    I had to roll back my Windows 10 update because Nextgen Reader looks like crap on a high DPI monitor in Windows 10 at my normal scaling (125%). I know this is a compatibility issue with Windows 8 apps because it affected all of them. Can’t wait until your Windows 10 update drops!

  • I’m on a Surface Pro, W10, and the unread-pane text is so small I can barely read it. (Not the reading pane text, I already know how to change that.) Universally increasing the size of text using Windows doesn’t help, only makes it worse. Would love an option to increase the size of that unread-pane text.

  • mog0

    Biggest thing for me would be to have multi select on windows. I often find myself having to get my phone out to get rid of the articles that I don’t want to read and then switch back to my tablet to actually read them on a bigger screen. Real annoyance.

  • tangkije

    when we can see nextgen reader update to windows 10 universal app ?

  • Why are taking so long?

  • Piyush

    Where is the update.. Any timeline?

  • petervk

    Is this app still being developed? Love to see swipe left to mark as read and remove articles from the list to get through the overload of articles on some days…

  • Alexey Miller

    Please add mobilizer from edge if it possible.

  • Jesse Venables

    I’d love to have a way to have key words to exclude (or pre marked as read). A few sites I read have things call “advertorials” and they are just a waste. I’d love if any articles featuring the term “advertorial” could be pre marked as read and wouldn’t see the light of day.
    Thumbs up to the Xbox One App Idea
    And lastly, I’d love a way to manage feeds from the Live Tile. I subscribe to a few NFL feeds but being in Australia and with the Time Zones, I would love for a way to exclude me NFL feed from the life tile. A few times I seen a team celebrating on the live tile from the feed which kind of spoils the game for me when i’m watching on a 8 hour delay
    Love the work and this is the best Wp8.1 app that I own.

  • skt.diaz

    Please add forum support(e.g. Windows central forums) and comments if possible

  • Andrew

    What is happening? 8 months on and no more news on this. Are you still working on an update for a Windows 10 Universal App?

  • Marc

    It’s been very quiet here. Is NextGen reader for Windows 10 still in development? I hope it is! I’m recommending it to everyone I know!

    • Darmok N. Jalad

      Yeah, I can’t use it on my laptop with Windows 10. It has a high-DPI display, and NextGen fails to scale the fonts properly on the article list. Everything can be read, but fonts are tiny (they look like 6pt) with no way to adjust them.

  • Ari Suominen

    Are you still updating Nextgen Reader to Windows 10 or will it be a lost cause? I really hope not, this has been the best app ever.

  • jalyst

    She’s dead folks, dead… :-/
    That or horrible communication by the dev.

  • XaveScor

    Sync settings between desktop and mobile versions

  • Stahlreck

    Seems like the dev has not many motivation left for the Windows platform. Even on twitter the next update is only for PC…no more mobile it seems. Hopefulle newsflow will get feedly support, so I can delete NextGen…glad I didn’t pay money for this.

  • Didier Danloy

    Would love to see UWP version with Continuum support

  • NextGen Reader UWP 3.0.30.0 was released but it’s impossible to connect (and sharing) with FACEBOOK or READABILITY accounts.
    When this problem will be fixed?