(UPDATE: The above link has been updated to point to the latest download where I fixed a problem with pruning and to provide a workaround for those without gettext built into their PHP.)
Now that I’ve got a number of features all together, I’ve decided to do a full release to get all the new goodies out to those that don’t like pulling from SVN. This is the recent version 102 release from the Sourceforge SVN in a tar.gz for you to unpack in your web server. Note that there are a lot of changes in this, and I recommend that you install this in a new area. Typically SVN takes care of file deletions, but using the tar.gz will not clean up old files for you.
My goal for the 1.0 release is to further merge the frames and non-frames views into a single unified view, and to reorganize and pretty up the interface, possibly with some sort of skinning or basic styling. We’ll always have the current basic no-nonsense view, but some want something they feel they can show to their friends. I’ll continue to follow SimplePie as it grows in further releases and hopefully by 1.0 I’ll be using a non-beta version of SimplePie. I also hope that this new 0.5 release will spur more people to do translations so that 1.0 will have a number of languages supported. Somewhere in there I also need to add multiuser support and preferences for users. I can’t promise that 1.0 will be the next release, but this is what I’m thinking about for the future of MonkeyChow.
So what new features have been added in the 0.5 release since the previous 0.2 release? Here is a list of all the changes I’ve blogged about in the past three and a half months:
- Feed Expiration – For when you want to subscribe to something for just a short period.
- Feed Privacy – For when you want to subscribe to something, but yuo don’t want it appearing in the published list and its RSS feed, or the aggregator pages and its RSS feed, or the OPML output.
- Internationalization – MonkeyChow in your language
- Article collapsing and collapse toggling. Also set flags to toggle.
- Uses SimplePie
- Per Feed Article Aging
If there is something on your MonkeyChow wishlist that you’d like to see get into the next release, drop me a line or leave a comment here.