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    Mike Cerm

    I’m a little confused. I’ve been using this feature forever, and it’s always worked just fine. Was this just a bump of the “Max Version” to be compatible with 3.5? (I leave max version checking disabled, because I usually run nightly releases or betas, so I wouldn’t have noticed.)

    Also, who needs a script to open links in a new tab? Middle-clicking works just fine on Windows, and can’t Mac users just use Command+Click?

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    Andrew Rye


    Can you shed some light on why the RSS feed for http://dlisted.com/rss.xml doesn’t work in Preview? It’s not just an issue with this release as I’ve never been able to get it to work. It will display the page for a brief second before blanking to white. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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    Gina Trapani

    @Mike: I should have clarified. Click to Preview was broken for readers who use expanded view. Here’s the mailing list discussion thread. Also, I believe middle-click/Ctrl+Click just previewed before, overriding the default browser behavior before. That isn’t the case now.

    @Andrew: Unfort the preview doesn’t work with some sites. I know for instance that NYTimes.com doesn’t allow its pages to display in iframes at all, so if you try to preview it it takes over the whole page. (There must be Javascript on their side which does this.) Probably the case with that feed as well.

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    Let me start with saying that I am a big fan of Lifehacker and your recently started blog, Smarterware. Better GReader Firefox extension has some very neat features. However, do you happen to know if there is a script or extension that lets me add ‘search keywords’ to a feed? For example, the feed http://feeds.feedburner.com/SlickdealsnetFP
    includes a wide variety of deals from SlickDeals community. However, I will be overwhelmed with posts if I blindly subscribe to it. So, I use feedsifter.com to parse through the posts using keywords such as Xbox, GPS. The drawback to this is that, changing the keywords isn’t as easy as it should be. I would have to start all over again from feedsifter.com, paste in the original feed, type in the keywords and then subscribe to the newly generated feed. This all sounds so cumbersome and archaic. I wish there was a simpler way.

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    Yes! Thanks to you (and Bryan!) for getting this feature back in Better GReader. It’s been driving me crazy since it went away, as I didn’t know about the mailing list thread.

    Great update to a great project.

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    Mike Cerm

    It sounds like what you should be using is Yahoo Pipes. It’s much more customizable than Feed Sifter, it can definitely do what you need, and it’s also got one of the coolest GUIs you’ll see in a browser.


    What it will allow you to do is create a “pipe”, which is Yahoo’s name for a customized feed. In Google Reader, you stay subscribed to the RSS of that pipe, but you can go and edit your pipe’s parameters at any time.

    You can do a lot of other things with Yahoo Pipes as well, like combine multiple feeds into one. For example, you could create pipe that pulls from SlickDeals, StealDeals, and Dealspl.us, and then filter that to show you just the items you’re in the market for.

    Definitely check it out. Pipes has got to be the best service that’s come out of Yahoo in a decade, and it’s really in a class of it’s own. If you’re a really non-technical person, it may take some time to get your head around it. However, if you’re reading this blog, you’re certainly smart enough to get it to do what you’re looking to do.

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