I posted an update toÂ EspressoReader on the Adobe AIR marketplace yesterday (if you are using an older version of the application, restart it to get the auto update message). While the application does have a number of features and bugfixes, the feature I am definitely most excited about is the Twitter profile guesses. Here is a screenshot of what that looks like when triggered:
The lookups work really well on feeds that talk about companies and products like Techcrunch, Mashable, etc. Besides guessing at the twitter names, the app also picks up twitter names if mentioned in the post. On some of the design blogs I follow its pretty amazing to find the profiles of designers mentioned in the posts.
Having it work brought interesting questions to mind. For example, if you find a Twitter profile, is their last status most important or the conversations they are having, or just searches based on the profile name (to see what people are saying about the product). And sometimes the guess is WAY off, for example Apple on Twitter is not the Apple Company we love to talk about .
The “guess” API call requires users to be signed in so you’ll need to sign in to Twitter when using the application to get it to work.
Besides that, a bunch of other features were added to the build:
- Mark All Items as Read functionality
- Moved to a certifed security certificate from a self signed one (thanks Adobe)
- Font issue fixes for other languages (RTL languages are still an issue)
- Fixes to the left hand side Subscriptions view
- Feed Titles on story items
- Bug fixes when calling more items in a Category view
- Misc UI bug fixes
If you haven’t tried EspressoReader yet, give it a shot and let me know how it works. Most of the features on this release came from user feedback so feel free to send us more.