I am pretty excited to announce the first public release for EspressoReader is now on the Adobe AIR marketplace. Like I had mentioned in my last post, EspressoReader is a desktop client for Google Reader that I have been working with Alex for a while. While the application is pretty functional right now, there are a lot of cool features I have in my head that will make it truly a awesome experience.
There were a bunch of motivations that led me to work on this application:
- I was pretty bored of the uninspiring (though functional) UI of Google Reader.
- A lot of my feeds would contain duplicate content (say every time Facebook added a new feature, it would be reported by Mashable, Techcrunch, etc). So Espresso loads the feeds ahead of time in a local database and parses them to find duplicate content and shows them as related items in the related items sidebar (only if you are in the List view of the application though).
- Navigating to the feed I wanted to read using the Tree control on GoogleReader was fairly tedious. Espresso also does a good job navigating a through your feeds using “quick jump”. At any point when you are using the application, you can hit the spacebar and bring up a textfield that’ll let you jump to any feed or folder you have in your subscriptions.
- Sharing stories on Twitter was a chore in Google Reader. In Espresso, you can just hit the share on Twitter button and the twitter status field comes up immediately.
As with any “first look” release, this release is only about the core features and there are many things that still need to be added. For example:
- The splash screen that you see when you launch the application needs a lot of work. Friends’ Feed doesnt currently show the person who shared the item and the links open in your default browser. Going forward this will be better integrated into the application itself.
- Links right now open in your default browser. This will change and there will be an integrated web browser (with a setting to open links in your default web browser).
- Photos in Magazine view
- Offline access
- Adding/Managing Feeds and Subscriptions (right now you cannot add new feeds or move them to different folders)
etc etc. If you have any other ideas/suggestions, please leave a comment on this post.Â I am really looking for feedback on this release.
Here is a quick video of the application in action (reposted from the previous post):
If you are on Twitter, you can follow me or espressoReader for details on updates etc. I have also started a wiki to list the features/todos/help which is pretty bare right now but will hopefully grow as time progresses.
[Update: version 0.8 released as well with Twitter Profile “Guesses”: More here]