What's New In Omea Reader 2.0

General Improvements

  • New, cleaner look of the user interface;
  • Many performance and memory usage improvements;
  • Greatly improved robustness and error recovery of the database and text index;
  • "Deleted Resources" view allows to view and recover resources deleted in Omea;
  • "Delete Confirmations" options pane allows to specify whether resource deletion needs to be confirmed by the user;
  • "Category" column displays the categories of resources in the view;
  • Added option to show the contents of subcategories when a category is selected in the Views and Categories pane;
  • Unread counters in workspace buttons are now clickable;
  • Possibility to assign a color to a workspace, so that it's always easy to see in which workspace you currently are;
  • Improved UI for message box notifications;
  • Changed the way Omea opens new browser windows, to ensure that Omea never reuses an existing IE window if IE is the default browser.

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Browser Integration

Omea Reader 2.0 includes plugins for Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox that will allow you to organize Web pages without leaving the browser. The plugins currently provide the following features:

  • Subscribe to feed of the currently viewed page;
  • Annotate and categorize the currently viewed page;
  • Create clipping from the text selected in the page;
  • Automatically start Omea if it is not currently running.

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NNTP Plugin

Omea Reader 2.0 includes a rewritten NNTP plugin with the following new features:

  • Support for SSL connections;
  • Better performance and reduced number of server connections;
  • Possibility to organize newsgroups in folders;
  • Support for canceling articles on the server;
  • Support for compressing newsgroup names and specifying custom display names;
  • Per-server configuration of all server properties;
  • Support for news: URLs;
  • New text editor for writing news articles (with multi-level undo and many other minor improvements);
  • Better download control options;
  • Improved newsgroup subscription dialog with possibility to view new newsgroups;
  • Possibility to keep the article archive when unsubscribing from a newsgroup;
  • Possibility to switch encodings for downloaded articles;
  • "Save As" action for news articles;
  • Many other small improvements.

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RSS Plugin Features

  • Support for automatic download of item enclosures (podcasting);
  • Support for importing subscription archives from SharpReader, RSS Bandit and FeedDemon;
  • Better support for reading comments to feed posts ([+] signs are shown for all items with comments which can be downloaded);
  • Support for feed: URLs;
  • Support for posting comments to feeds from within Omea through the Comment API;
  • Built-in editor for weblog posts (so that IBlogExtension plugins which do not provide their own post editing UI can now be used with Omea);
  • RSS Subscribe Wizard redesigned, added possibility to subscribe to multiple feeds from a site in one subscribe operation;
  • Possibility to subscribe to a feed by dragging an URL from a browser and dropping it on the Feeds pane;
  • Possibility to edit the properties of multiselected feeds, or all feeds in a feed group;
  • Support of the <image> tag;
  • Display of favicons for RSS feeds;
  • Wizard for subscribing to search feeds;
  • Added "Save As" action for RSS posts;
  • New option "Mark all items read when leaving the feed";
  • New option to automatically follow the link in an RSS post when the post is selected;
  • Possibility to send cookies from browser (IE or Mozilla) cache when downloading RSS feeds.

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Bookmark Support Features

  • Full bookmark synchronization with Mozilla and Firefox (import and export);
  • Support for importing Opera bookmarks;
  • Display of favicons for bookmarked Web pages;
  • Possibility to send cookies from browser (IE, Mozilla, and Firefox) cache when downloading bookmarks.

New Message List/Tree Control

Omea Reader 2.0 includes a rewritten control for displaying lists and trees of resources. It is currently used in the main resource browser, the left sidebar panes and a number of dialogs.
The control provides the following improvements:

  • Support for multi-line (Outlook 2003 style) display of items;
  • Auto-preview support;
  • Support for grouping items in the view;
  • Correct operation of tooltips, multiselection and other features that did not always work properly in the 1.0 release;
  • Better incremental search implementation;
  • Possibility to copy the text of the selected items to clipboard;
  • Use of XP themes for drawing checkboxes in the list;
  • Better performance and stability.

The following new column configuration features have been added:

  • "Show if not empty" and "Show if distinct" options for showing columns;
  • Column autosizing;
  • Possibility to apply column settings to a specific view, instead of all views showing resources of specific types;
  • Possibility to restore default column settings.

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Search Improvements

  • Support for partial word searches (* and ? wildcards are now supported);
  • Better display of contexts for search results;
  • Added search history in the Advanced Search dialog;
  • Phrasal search results are always highlighted correctly;
  • Better diagnostics for incorrect search queries and stopwords/stoptokens;
  • Possibility to navigate between search results within a document found by search (Search | Next Search Result, Search | Previous Search Result);
  • Critical amount of space is now monitored by the Search module - text index is not updated when amount of space on HD becomes less than 50M. After free space is again available, missed documents are rerequested for indexing.

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Rules and Views Improvements

  • Added rules for changing the Omea tray icon;
  • Added rules for automatic clean up of old news articles and RSS posts (expiration rules);
  • Implemented unified rule manager dialog for all types of rules;
  • Possibility to pin conditions in the view, rule and advanced search forms, so that frequently used conditions are always readily accessible;
  • The "Apply Rules" dialog allows to choose the resources to which rules will be applied, and its performance has been improved;
  • Possibility to display views in threaded mode;
  • "Hide Read Messages" option works for views;
  • "Choose Resource Types" dialog shows resource type icons;
  • Possibility to reorder Action, TrayIcon and Font and Color rules, check on/off these rules;
  • Visible links are created between resources which are used as rule parameters and their rules. These rules are visible in the Links Pane. Currently available only for Contacts and Tasks;
  • Possibility to use "hours" as the unit of time in time-based conditions;
  • Possibility to copy views.

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New Conditions for Views and Rules

  • Author has an RSS Feed;
  • Author posted a news article
  • Author wrote an RSS post;
  • From, To or CC with contact;
  • With the following category(ies) and its subcategories;
  • Email is of specified importance;
  • Post is a reply in my thread;
  • Resource is a clipping;
  • Resource is categorized;
  • Resource is deleted;
  • Enclosure downloading is completed;
  • Enclosure downloading is failed;
  • Enclosure downloading is planned;
  • Enclosure is not downloaded;
  • Enclosure is of specified type;
  • Enclosure size is in range;
  • Post has an enclosure;
  • Post has comment(s);
  • Last correspondence is received during period;
  • Subject contains text.

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New Rule Actions

  • Delete Resource;
  • Delete Resource permanently;
  • Download Enclosure;
  • Set specified importance.

Newspaper View Improvements

  • Possibility to apply newspaper mode to views;
  • Possibility to enable the newspaper view only for specific feeds or feed groups;
  • Possibility to apply actions to invidivual items in the newspaper view;
  • Paging for newspapers with many items;
  • Possibility to filter the items displayed in the newspaper by a view;
  • Possibility to view RSS clippings in newspaper view.

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Contact Management Improvements

  • Possibility to delete contacts;
  • Possibility to assign contact categories from the "Edit Contact" form.

If you have questions or issues with this release, you can discuss them with the development team and other users on the Omea Reader newsgroup at news://news.jetbrains.com/jetbrains.omea.reader.

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