Bloglines have added some great new
features to their browser based news reader. These include new “hotkeys”
to improve the reading experience, a distinction between articles you have not
yet read and those you have read but have opted to keep as new and – finally
– the ability to opt to keep an article as new from the great Windows
Mobile interface. I love being able to check my feeds from my PDA when I have
a minute but I often found that if I wanted to blog about something I read from
a richer client then I could not keep it as unread. Now I can – Great!
Here then is the news from
Today we rolled out some new features to help
you keep up with all the information that is important to you.
If you prefer using your keyboard to mousing around, you'll be happy to know
we've added these shortcut keys. You will find this legend at the bottom of
each feed display page:
On a personal note, I must say these hotkeys
rock! If you are like me and seem to get a gazillion articles in your Bloglines
every day, these hotkeys are for you. I used to go through a finger stretching,
huff & puff ritual before I reached for my mouse and dove in to Bloglines.
No more, thanks to Bloglines' hotkeys. My absolute favorite is 'j' which allows
me to jump from article to article instead of scrolling. I can now read my
Bloglines in half the time, no joke!
But wait! There's more...
Unread vs. Keep As New
There's a difference between "Unread" articles and those marked
"Keep as New" (subtle, but distinct), so you will now see two numbers
next to your subscribed feeds in parentheses. The number to the left of the
colon represents the articles you have not read/seen before, and the number on
the right represents the articles you have manually kept new.
For those who enjoy using Bloglines on the run, we've added a couple of
features from Bloglines to our Mobile edition.
First, you can now access enclosure links in blog articles,
allowing you to view images or listen to your favorite podcasts from your
Second, you can now use the "Keep as New" option
for articles you have previously read, allowing you to scroll through as many
articles as you want and come back to them later.
And finally, the ginsu knives of Bloglines
Continuing the rollout of "unique-to-me" features like weather and
package tracking, we've partnered with Astrology.com to deliver daily, weekly
and monthly horoscopes, and Lottery.com to bring you lottery winning numbers
and jackpot values for any state in the USA.
Please let us know what you think about our new
features. No need to send email, just post to your blog and our Bloglines saved
searches will pick up your feedback.