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We recently released a big update for Nextgen reader v4 on Windows Phone.
This update is applicable only for WP8 users and now available in the marketplace.

*** What’s new in v4 ***
• Support for HD and higher resolutions.
• Brand new icon (similar to Windows 8 app).
• Brand new “paper” theme for great reading experience.
• Fast app resume from start screen.
• Support for small, medium and wide live tiles.
• Support for Lock-screen notifications.
• Always read complete stories using “full article mode” (powered by Readability).
• Customize article list views.
• New gestures for changing articles.
• New metro style share menu.
• New: ‘Show image captions’ in articles view.
• New: Pin ‘subscriptions list’ to start from app bar.
• Do not hide read items immediately (added option to hide instantly for v3.x behavior).
• Faster image caching by 2-3x times.
• Improved YouTube support with IE10.
• Fixed: Image resizing in article view.
• Several other UX/design improvements, bug fixes and enhancements.

Images of Nexgten Reader v4
>> Multiple Theme Options <<
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>> Different layout options <<

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 Also, thanks to Ashish for posting a video for Nextgen Reader v4 on WPXBox
 
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Hello, today we would like to share two important things with you.

First, how you can connect with us and help us in making Nextgen Reader, the best across Windows 8 and Windows Phone platform. Yes, we’re working even harder to surprise you more. :)

There are lots of channels to reach us and you might be connected with us already on all or most of them. Still we wanted to get this rolling for all our users to share and broaden the next gen community. Getting queries via right channel can helps us in responding quickly, as well as putting extra energy into development.

  • For feature requests, please visit our Uservoice forum for Windows app and Windows Phone app.
  • For troubleshooting or general help, please check our FAQ page. If you don’t find the answer, please contact us or send a support mail from the app itself.
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel, and look out for great videos, tips and demos (new videos coming soon).
  • And most importantly, follow us on twitter and like our facebook page for regular updates. Let us know that you really love the nextgen reader. :)

Second, the big wait is finally over. We’ve submitted an amazing update, indeed a new major release (v4) for Windows Phone 8 to store and expecting it to be available soon (hopefully by end of week).

We’ll cover all the details on update here but for now, you can go ahead and purchase the Nextgen Reader at a discount price i.e. for $1.29 than usual $1.99 (US) and get free WP8 update later this week. Not sure, you can even listen to Observed Tech podcast by Richard Hay on how much he likes WP8 update and about his full time switch to Nextgen Reader for RSS on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

More coverage on Nextgen Reader for Windows Phone 8:

Nextgen Reader Readies Itself for Windows Phone 8 by WindowsObserver.com

What’s coming in Nextgen Reader for Windows Phone 8 by WPXBOX.com

Next Gen Reader for Windows Phone 8! by AusWinPhone.com

NextGen Reader goes on sale ahead of WP8 update by AllAboutWindowsPhone.com

Thanks again for all the support and we’ll soon share more news about the upcoming updates for Windows 8 and Windows Phone platform.

Happy Reading!

-NG Team

Windows 8: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/30648d7a-f0b5-4719-8ca9-7ed6ce3b4b9b

Windows Phone: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/643381de-4724-e011-854c-00237de2db9e

 

Hi there , hope all of you are filled with joy and happiness in 2013!!

Hence-forth, we wish to use this channel (blog) for connecting with our users more often than before. Since this post is to liven up our blog feed, here are few updates to start with:

  • We moved from ngreader.wordpress.com to nextmatters.com
  • Windows 8 App [Nextgen Reader ver 1.2] is available in Windows Store, you can get it here (many more features/updates coming soon).
  • You can try our Windows 8 app for free, there are no limitations or ads in our trial version at the moment.
  • Nextgen Reader v4 exclusively for Windows Phone 8 is coming soon (hopefully by mid-January).
  • Nextgen Reader for WP 7.x is available in marketplace here (also works with WP8).

For regular updates, follow us @ngreader or like our facebook page.

Thanks…..look forward for more updates soon!!!!

Today, Nextgen Reader gets a bunch of great improvements in its latest update to version 3.1. Let’s take a look.

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Above is a screenshot of new subscriptions hub with featured section, and gone is “my feeds” section. Yes, we’ve moved all the feed management functionality to main screen itself i.e. you can pin/edit/delete a feed by simply using tap and hold gesture on desired feed.

Another most requested and important feature is smarter article view. Many a times, you’ll find something interesting to read by following links in an article. Now if that happens, you can simply tap on view button to mobilize it for reading. In fact, all of the actions – share/save/email now act upon the current opened link in your reading view. So, without further ado, below is the complete change-log for latest update. We hope you enjoy it.

What’s new in version 3.1:

  • New: Smarter article view i.e. share/save/email/mobilize current opened link instead of original article.
  • New: Dynamic subscriptions hub with featured section to find latest and popular feeds.
  • New: Tap and hold to edit/pin/delete a subscription from main page.
  • New: Pin to start (live tile) experience.
  • Improved sharing on Facebook with embedded links.
  • Default: Always use HTTPS for sync.
  • Fixed: Always sort starred items by newest first.
  • Fixed: Twitter authentication bug.
  • Several bug fixes and enhancements.

In addition to above changes, Instapaper and Pocket (Read It Later) accounts are now available only in paid version.

Thanks everyone for the great feedback. Please keep the ideas and suggestions coming. Now that we’ve got the 3.1 release out, we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting closer to the biggest task: letting you have nextgen reader right on your Windows 8 PC/Tablet. Stay tuned.

Please check your marketplace for latest update or download from here.

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One of the most requested features for Nextgen Reader has been filtering. While we continue to look forward to a perfect solution (Google! Can you implement one?), there already exists a very nice solution.

 

Feed Rinse

If you’ve got unruly RSS feeds, we’ve got your back.

Feed Rinse is an easy to use tool that lets you automatically filter out syndicated content that you aren’t interested in. It’s like a spam filter for your RSS subscriptions.

http://feedrinse.com

Few observations:

  • When you import filtered feeds into Google Reader for the first time, it may not work immediately. Press “mark all as read” and wait for couple of hours to see the magic happen.
  • The feeds are updated every 2-4 hours which is not really bad for most of us!
  • The problem is that Google Reader polls popular feeds more frequently than less popular ones. Popular feeds are determined by the number of users subscribed to the feed URL.
  • Though RSS feeds are not time critical like Twitter. Even if you’re offline for a few days, Reader will continue to gather posts from the time you left off. Once you are back – you have all the new posts waiting to be read from the time when you left off. Great! Isn’t it?

So sign up for the free Feed Rinse account to get more out of your subscriptions.

Below are the four steps taken from Feed Rinse tour page:

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Nextgen Reader v2.5 is here! We just released the most exciting update ever with a cool new feature tagged as “The Amazing Everyday” (yes! same as Nokia’s tagline for Lumia devices).

The brand new manage sources hub lets you discover popular content with daily featured sources around the world as well as browse through popular feeds in 14 different categories including Microsoft, Windows Phone and others.


Change Log:

  • New: Manage Sources hub with daily featured sources and frequently updated categories.
  • New: Search articles inside all items, read items or starred items.
  • Around 20-30% faster sync.
  • Beautiful reading experience powered by Readability based on app theme.
  • Send multiple articles to read it later service.
  • Share multiple articles via mail.
  • Separate option to sync subscriptions.
  • Disabled https by default for downloading articles.
  • Several bug fixes and improvements.

Thank you for the support!

Let us know what you think of these additions by tweeting to @ngreader.

Early next week, Nextgen Reader will get a new update (v2.4) with some nice new features and a heap of bug fixes and improvements. Here’s a look at what’s new.

Improved live tiles

The live tiles now support three different update modes – “unread count”, “unread count + article” and “unread count + articles + images”. Yes, now you can see the beautiful images on back side of pinned tiles (if available). Also, the images are downloaded only if device is unlocked and start screen is active.

So if the device remains locked for six hours, no cpu or data is consumed for processing images.

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Also, the live tiles now display recent article for at least 30 minutes unlike before it used to disappear after opening the app. The new behavior is similar to ME tile, where status updates are displayed for sometime even if you open and read them.

Important Note: After the v2.4 update, you’ve to re-enable the live tiles through app settings. Also check that “Nextgen Reader” is turned on in phone settings –> applications –> background tasks.

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Manage sources hub

The v2.4 update introduces the new manage sources hub with complete management of feeds. Now you can edit/rename/delete feeds and folder including moving feeds to a new folder. It also improves the search and subscribe feature. Last but not least, it is super easy to pin multiple tiles to start screen.

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Lots more…

In addition to above changes, the update also includes the option to change Google Reader password/account. Further, we’ve improved scrolling in article view & mobilized page and made several UI changes (including the updated sharing page). Finally, there is no loop back to first article when swiping in article view (and new animations when you reach the last article).

Besides the above improvements, there’re several bug fixes like saving the post title in read it later, handling multiple YouTube videos and using the correct font for Japanese language.

A special surprise

Nextgen Reader just completed it’s first year on 22nd January, so watch out for a big surprise when v2.4 update lands in marketplace over the next 2-3 days. And make sure, you’re already following us on Twitter or Facebook.

As always, we’re working hard to bring even more goodness to Nextgen Reader, so please continue to send us more feedback and feature requests. Thank you!

Get Nextgen Reader from marketplace

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Wow… 2011 is coming to an end and as you may already know NextGen Reader got a version bump last week. I hope you liked the new features and improvements in v2.3, most importantly swiping to navigate between articles and image caching. It may possibly be the last update of the year, but there is still more than a month for first anniversary of @ngreader (22nd January). Do not forget to check out v2.3 video at the end.

Moving along… there will not be any slow down in development of NextGen Reader next year and we will hopefully see updates every month. But let’s talk about the main reason behind this post which is to postpone localization. It is a very hard decision to make after receiving so many requests from different parts of world… specially China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Spain. But I believe it is the best decision at this moment for following reasons:

  • First, I do not prefer automatic translation using the online tools.
  • Secondly a lot of content is planned for next few months and localizing now would mean that we have to localize again and every time for next few updates. This will increase the release cycle period and also double the effort involved in human translation.

The good news is that it is just delayed for next 3-4 months and on a side note most of the localization work is already put into work from next update. So that it is easy and quick to localize when the right time comes. Also, I would like to apologize to many who were promised localization for next update.

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And in the end, I’m very very excited about the next release. Happy New Year.

It’s been a while since NextGen Reader received last update (more than a month), which is why I’m so excited about today’s 2.2 release. It’s an update with lots of improvements, features and bug fixes.

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  • Faster sync: Yes, a great optimization in sync times as compared to version 2.1 with gains varying from 20% to even 60%. Another thing to note here is that changes are immediately synced to Google Reader in v2.2.
  • Huge bandwidth savings: Uses data compression to download articles, therefore reducing size up to 6-10x times.
  • Google Reader service does not supports like and share in reader feature anymore.
  • Option to sort articles by oldest first.
  • Mark above as read: Tap and hold on 51st item to mark above 50 items as read.
  • Haptic feedback: Vibrate when download completes and star icon is tapped.
  • Display folder name when inside a category instead of "All Items".
  • Support for readability mobilizer.
  • Fixed live tile issues.
  • Lock orientation option now works in mobilizer page as well.
  • Fixed bug: live tile doesn’t display ‘999’ if you’ve more than 1000 unread items.
  • Several bug fixes and enhancements.

 

Stay tuned

There are many more updates and enhancements coming to NextGen Reader. Plus don’t forget to check out our new home page http://www.ngreader.com & get the update here bit.ly/ngreader.

Cheers!

Today, NextGen Reader for Windows Phone Mango (v2.1) gets a much needed quick update with enhancements and bug fixes reported by many users. I’ve improved the date/time format to match completely with the inbuilt email client in both list view and detailed view. 6

Let’s dive directly into the change log:

  • New date and time format in list view and detailed view, similar to official email app.
  • Improved touch response when selecting an item using left hand (similar to official email client).
  • Bug: Fixed crash when opening article in IE from mobilizer page.
  • Bug: Fixed date and time if display language is other than English.
  • Bug: Fixed crash when sending non-English articles to InstaPaper.
  • Bug: Fixed article date and time didn’t match with Google Reader.
  • Bug: Fixed occasional reset of app settings and data.
  • Bug: Fixed issue where some items appeared out of sort order.
  • And more bug fixes.

More on the way

This update is full of bug fixes and enhancements, but there’s still more to come. Tell us what you think and stay tuned for new features in next release. Between don’t forget to follow us on Twitter(@ngreader) for latest news.