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Blank Cyndicate Database and Other Quick Hits

Cyndicate IconSome quick thoughts on Cyndicate:

  • If you'd like a blank database, you can get one here.
  • No, we don't include an inline browser. We left this out on purpose. Why re-invent the wheel? People use a variety of browsers these days, so why limit them to a WebKit one? Browsers support session saving and all sorts of features we can't easily offer without spending a lot of time doing work that has, really, very little to do with aggregating, filtering, rating, and otherwise managing and displaying the contents of feeds.
  • Cyndicate, like PulpFiction before it, is article-centric rather than feed-centric. Though the "feed view" exists, we feel the effort to develop a unique (to each user) system of folders, smart folders, labels, filters, and ratings will result in a better experience than you can get with any feed-centric feed reader.
  • We're considering a "competitive upgrade" reduction in price to about $25 or $24 for people with valid PulpFiction licenses. Thoughts?
  • Cyndicate is on MacUpdate and VersionTracker, of course. As for the story behind the current MU comments, well, pfft.
  • The user guide is really just a quick start kind of thing, it's not all-encompassing. Explore and enjoy and you'll figure things out. If you cannot, just ask, even here - I'll be happy to share my thoughts or provide answers.

The demo is limited to 21 days, of course, and is fully functional. Enjoy!

3 Responses to "Blank Cyndicate Database and Other Quick Hits"

  1. Any plans for some kind of web interface? A lot of the big action in feed readers lately has centered around being able to access feeds through a web-based interface. With Google Reader and NetNewsWire both featuring nice web interfaces, they're both usable wherever I am. I suspect that a lot of the people who would be interested in using a feed reader app are the are the kind of people who like to access the internet (and their feeds) through their iphone, Blackberry, etc. Without some kind of web interface, an app like Cyndicate isn't going to work for them.

  2. Jason said on August 2, 2007:

    Any plans for some kind of web interface?

    Without giving too much away, I will say this: we have plans in this area, yes, but the result may not be quite what you think it is.

  3. >The demo is limited to 21 days, of course, and is fully functional.

    That is a very cool feature - you give people enough time to really test the thing.


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