Whats new in EspressoReader 0.8: Twitter profile “guesses”

I posted an update to 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:

Associated Twitter Profiles

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.

Author: Arpit Mathur

Arpit Mathur is a Principal Engineer at Comcast Labs where he is currently working on a variety of topics including Machine Learning, Affective Computing, and Blockchain applications. Arpit has also worked extensively on Android and iOS applications, Virtual Reality apps as well as with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML and Ruby on Rails. He also spent a couple of years in the User Experience team as a Creative Technologist.

8 thoughts on “Whats new in EspressoReader 0.8: Twitter profile “guesses””

  1. I love Espresso – the main feature that I am missing currently is the ability to save my logon information. Right now I have to log onto Google Reader each time I open Espresso up. Can you please add that ability in?


  2. @ Djblois,
    Thanks for the feedback, though Espresso does try to save your profile information to the encrypted localstore. Not sure why you are seeing this issue.


  3. Hey man. It looks great but why can’t you host your software on your own host? I couldn’t download from that fucking adobe marketplace. I click “download from publisher” but nothing happens. It just says “Download and open the air file” but nothing happens. I even signed up that god damn site. Still couldn’t download. Is it so hard to put on your own site? Give your users some alternative.


    1. Thanks for the feedback.
      Adobe Marketplace has been a bit of a disappointment. AppStores are supposed to reduce the barrier to adoption but that one seems to do the opposite. Its a slow site and now people are reporting issues.
      I’ll add an option to download the app from my site this weekend


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