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Fast, clean and beautiful reading is an amazing experience. That’s what Nextgen Reader is for, and today we’re bringing a number of nice enhancements, including a new theme and re-designed article view to make it even better. Let’s take a look.

New article view

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Now you can customize font-style, size and text-alignment for a more personalized reading experience. Also, you can jump to “view settings” directly from the app bar menu. Nextgen Reader now preloads your next/previous story (even the full article) for faster reading, so you never have to wait again. In-addition to above improvements, we also added a new “slate theme”. It is beautiful and comfortable for long reading. Just give it a try.

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Other improvements

We hear you feedback. Now you can set open method per feed (i.e. summary or full article) on WP8 just like Windows 8 version. We also fixed issues around it like automatically loading summary when application is unable to download full article or if there is no internet connection. These improvements will also be pushed to Windows 8 app in next update (and much more).

Nextgen Reader now remembers your list style for individual feeds or category (e.g. headline or headline + images). This is great, just like the Feedly app on iOS. Last, but not least we’ve also fixed several other issues (e.g. displaying image captions correctly) and worked hard to make sure that the performance is absolutely great.

Welcome to the amazing experience of Reading!

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As always, we love your feedback. Please vote for your favorite ideas or suggestions here (for WP8): http://ngreaderwp.uservoice.com/

-Next Matters

P.S. We’re very excited about the platform/API improvements in Windows 8.1. More on that soon!

[Update] Nextgen Reader (v1.7) update is now available in Windows 8 store.

We are very excited. Nextgen Reader (v5.0) update with Feedly cloud is now available in Windows Phone 8 store.

We hope you enjoy the release.  Also, there are other improvements and bug fixes (including the sharing to Twitter).

Few important notes about the migration:

  • Please backup your data using Google Takeout: https://www.google.com/takeout/
  • To connect with feedly cloud, please go to app settings -> accounts and select “feedly”.
  • If you’re logging in for the first time, then Feedly will automatically migrate your list of subscriptions and categories. It will also migrate the tagged articles (Note: there is 1,000 entry limit for each tag).
  • Your unread counts are reset.

Thanks to Feedly for being a great partner and building an awesome product.

Cheers!

Next Matters

We’re excited to announce that Nextgen Reader will add support for Feedly before Google Reader retires.

As you may know, Feedly is working on the Normandy project, to help keep the vibrant ecosystem of Google Reader apps that people love. We’re delighted to be part of this project, along with some of the best Google Reader apps on other platforms. You can read the announcement here.

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We’ll update apps on both WP8 and Windows 8 this month. And specially for our long-term customers, we’ll also update the WP7 version to support Feedly, hopefully next month or as early as possible.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to all of our users for supporting us.

Happy Reading!
– Next Matters

P.S. More news on the beta next week.

Related posts

Feedly: Feedly is listening: the roadmap you helped us shape

WinSource: Nextgen Reader announces support for Feedly

WPCentral: Nextgen Reader will live on; announces support for Feedly RSS service

themobilefanatics network: Feedly sync coming to Windows Phone via Nextgen Reader app

coolsmartphone: Nextgen Reader will soon support Feedly

Neowin: As Google Reader fades Feedly makes its move

Windows Phone Daily: NextGen Reader will integrate with Feedly in transition away from Google Reader

Google announced today that it’s shutting down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. It’s not a big surprise to us as we knew that it was going to happen someday but may be not so soon. Anyways, R.I.P. Google Reader – we loved you and we’ll miss you as developers although you never gave us an official API. 😉

But, the even bigger surprise to us is your support for Nextgen Reader. Since the announcement, we’ve received hundreds of emails and messages on Twitter/Facebook/etc. Please be assured that Nextgen Reader will continue to work perfectly across Windows & Windows Phone and we’re already looking into various alternatives:

  • Hosting our own service on Windows Azure.
  • Newsblur support.
  • Normandy – Feedly support.

More importantly, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, please share them below in comments or feel free to send a mail, or reach us via Twitter and Facebook anytime.

We’ll share further details very soon… hopefully next week or before end of this month. Till then we request you to keep using Google Reader for next few weeks.

Thank you again for your patience and support!

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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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.

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.

Awesome!!! Yes, that’s the one word to describe the experience on Windows Phone Mango OS and it gets more awesome today with launch of NextGen Reader v2. Yeah… it’s only for Mango, but hey don’t feel bad if you’re a NoDo user, as it seems the Mango update is imminent for all users worldwide. Hopefully it should be end of this month or early October.

In between we did pushed a final update for NoDo users (v1.17) last week, sorry no post on that but hope you all have updated, as it contains many improvements and bug fixes. Now, lets talk about the v2 update and do not miss the video at end.

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There are a lot of improvements, as you’ll see in the update notes (or check out “what’s new” content in about page) but lets just highlight few of them here:

  • Support for multiple live tiles. Yes, the most requested feature on WP7, live tiles display unread count on the front and recent articles on back side with back and forth flip animation.
  • Pin your favorite feeds/folders to home screen and directly jump to them for quick access along with live tile updates.
  • Smooth scrolling and support for multitasking aka fast application switching.
  • Improved content layout, image resizing and YouTube support, plus better rendering thanks to IE9.
  • Share your articles using inbuilt phone accounts and can also add secondary accounts within the application.
  • New settings page and icons for mark read or keep unread button in article view.
  • New system default theme option, and system tray is now visible at top.
  • Tap and hold on an article to see context menus for quick action.
  • Many more enhancements and over 15 bug fixes.

I hope you enjoy the update and don’t forget about ad-free trial option. For more information, subscribe to our blog for future updates, like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter (@ngreader) if you like.

Last but not least, We’d like to thank all the beta testers for sending tons of feedback and helping us in fixing issues, it wouldn’t have been possible without all your support.

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Hi, there’s a lot happening in the mobile world with patent war going nuclear, recent heavy announcement of Google buying Motorola Mobility and a shocking news about HP to shut down WebOS development. All this points to one good thing that Windows Phone is deemed for commercial success and we wanted to let you know that NextGen Reader v1.15 update is now available in marketplace with many new features and enhancements. Please find more about Mango update at the end of this post but first, let’s jump into v1.15 features, shall we? :-)

  • Share to Facebook – yes by popular demand the Facebook sharing is now available, including the one tap update feature to share same on twitter and windows live.
  • Subscriptions in alphabetical order – many of you’ve asked about where are all of my feeds, earlier ngreader displayed only feeds which had unread articles but now you can see all of your feeds/folder on main page with a unique experience to switch between unread or all items.
  • "all items" or "unread only" toggle mode now using application bar button you can switch between different modes whether inside a folder or feed or at main list. It will toggle between:

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    • display all articles or only unread articles.
  • New experience in "unread only" mode:
    • auto hide articles when marked as read.
    • auto hide feeds or folder with no unread articles.
    • auto back to top-level list.
  • Sync any feed or folder– yes it’s possible too with latest update.
    • navigate to desired feed or folder.
    • press sync button to download new items.
  • Improved automatic loading of new items when sync completes – now you don’t have to tap again to load new items when the sync is complete unless of course you’re in edit mode or still reading old articles.
  • Option to lock screen to portrait mode.
  • Increased limit for starred and shared items.
  • More responsive star button in article view – improved hit area and negative margins for touch detection.
  • Fixed image resizing in mango build 7712 – thanks to IE9!
  • Improved layout in landscape mode.
  • & many bug fixes.

We hope you enjoy the update, do give it a try. Download the trial version (free) which has no ads or limitations except twitter support. As always I’m continuously working & open for feedback, thanks to everyone in making this possible especially all beta testers.

About Mango Release

Now, let’s talk about Mango, I guess many of you’ve seen the press and amazing reactions of media on Mango beta release but let me share one thing – all you’ve seen so far is part-1 of the story, part-2 will begin shortly when developers began to embrace the new functionality underneath.

We’re working hard on Mango version and it’s COMING SOON! But we need help from your side in deciding on launch of mango version, any feedback on this is most welcomed.

As per MS update policy for mango apps – once we submit Mango version to marketplace, NoDo version of the app cannot receive any further updates. Please note that it’s similar to how Apple iPhone supports updates. Since, we’ve seen in the past that NoDo update took long time mostly due to issues with carriers but even if the update process is improved, we can still expect a minimum transition period of two months before every WP7 handset in the world is updated to Mango.

So, the problem is if something changes on the services side e.g. Google, Facebook, Twitter etc…, it won’t be possible to update NoDo version of app which we don’t want you to face. We can think of a temporary solution which is:

  • To launch a separate free Mango version of NextGen Reader for transition period.
  • and once majority of users update their phone, we can update the NoDo version to Mango and kill the temporary version.

Of course, this has two problems:

  • How to update all users about the separate version of app for Mango?
  • Temporary spamming of marketplace.

Please let us know if you’ve better ideas….

Cheers & if you like the app show us some love on FaceBook page.

Today we’re excited to announce that NextGen Reader v1.14 is now available in marketplace.

Again I didn’t catch up with all of you here as often as I anticipated, [ last blogged about v1.11] so I’ll use this post to explain all the new features added till version 1.14. Before I begin, many of you may also know that Microsoft have announced a really cool feature for developers – “Private Beta” which lets us distribute the beta version of app through marketplace. Thanks to everyone who’ve participated in the first beta and I’m going to publish another beta very soon, so if any of you is interested and didn’t participated in first beta, then please send your live ID associated with windows phone to “ngreader [at] live.com”. Let’s talk about the updates now:

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  • New Tile: Thanks to Matt Grey for his excellent contribution on new logo. The new tile is designed keeping in mind the future enhancements for Mango as well as Live tile support.
  • Performance improvements: As always, max. performance with minimum battery utilization has been top goal for ngreader. You’ll notice faster startup and sync times from version 1.12.
  • Background Sync: Starting with v1.12, the sync happens in background so that you can browse through existing feeds or even read articles if you sync large number of items.
  • YouTube support: As many of you’ve asked for this feature, it’s finally available in ngreader. You can directly watch the video or open the link in browser to see related videos. I hope you enjoy this feature and do let me know if you come across any issues.
  • Improved scrolling: In v1.14, you’ll find scrolling is more reactive for NoDo users and if you’re running Mango beta then it’s really smooth just like native apps.
  • Improved article rendering: I’ve done few minor changes for better layout and reading experience. Also, a new update is coming soon for mango build 7712 with better resizing algorithm for images.

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  • Social networks: New share to windows live option in addition to twitter support. Also, Facebook support is coming in next release.
  • Improved Sharing: You can share status to multiple networks with just one tap. URL or link shortener is enabled by default and some small improvements like you can customize the text easily before sharing.
  • And also fixed few bug fixes!

I hope you enjoy the update – do give it a try! The trial version is free of ads and no limitations with just one exception of sharing via twitter. As usual I’ve been busy working on the next version of application and if you’ve some cool ideas for Mango release, then please do share with us.

Keep the feedback coming and also don’t forget to share your live ID for preview of next release.

Cheers!

– NG (http://twitter.com/ngreader)