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Date: Sunday, 01 Jun 2008 17:53
The Vienna development team is happy to announce the release of the first beta version of Vienna 2.3.0. Note that this is a test version and not a final release, so use it at your own risk. As always, please backup your files before installing new software, especially beta software.

Warning: Vienna 2.3 does not support Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. The 2.3.0 beta will not launch on Panther. Panther users can continue to use Vienna 2.2.2 indefinitely, and you should turn off the preference "Check for newer versions of Vienna on start up", because we won't be releasing any new versions of Vienna for Panther. We apologize to Panther users, but now that Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has been released, it is difficult to support three OS versions at once.

The Vienna 2.3.0 beta is available for download at our SourceForge download page. We encourage beta testers to report any bugs you find. Please post a separate topic for each bug, to make it easier to track the bug. Tips for writing a good bug report can be read at http://forums.cocoaforge.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=9210. Thanks for testing!

Here are the change notes from Vienna 2.2.2:

- Drop Mac OS X 10.3 Panther support. Vienna 2.3 needs 10.4 or greater to launch.
- Add folder ordering option (manually or by name).
- Improvement to Send Link for multiple links and escaped characters. (Patch from Anmol Khirbat).
- Change standard product URLs to the new http://www.vienna-rss.org web site.
- Bug fix: Truncated Headings in LA Times Feeds
- Bug fix: Unescaped HTML in titles.
- Bug fix: Incorrect document URL shown after downloads.
- Bug fix: Option-clicking the close tab widget closed the main Articles tab.
- Add Kaku http://ppmweb.lolipop.jp/apps/kaku to the list of supported blog editors.
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Date: Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 19:41
Thanks to Michael Ströck, we now have a new web site that better reflects the Vienna product name. The new URL is:


The old Open Community links will stay active for a while but over time they will gradually move to the new address. If you're bookmarking the Vienna web site, please update your bookmark. The next maintenance release of Vienna 2.2 will incorporate updated links in the program itself.
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 21:45

The Vienna development team is pleased to announce the official release of the next major version of Vienna, the open-source, freeware, Mac OSX newsreader. Since 2.1 was released last year, we've been busy focusing on a few new major changes as well as a number of minor bug fixes. The chosen theme for 2.2 has been UI refresh and global searching.

When you upgrade from 2.1 to 2.2, you'll notice that the familiar three pane layout is still there but there is now the addition of a customisable toolbar. The search field has moved to the toolbar and has been upgraded to a global search field. You can now quickly retrieve articles that match a specified search string and Vienna will aggregate them all into a Search Results folder. However per-feed filtering has been retained with the addition of the new filter bar.

To the list of supported languages we have now added Euskara (Basque), Ukrainian and Russian.

Below is a list of the major changes between 2.1 and 2.2:

  • Major UI improvements. Switched to polished metal style and cleaned up layout.

  • Add global search bar for searching all feeds and showing the results in the new Search Results folder.

  • Added more built-in display styles.

  • Added toolbar and moved buttons to toolbar. (Thanks to David Kocher for the prototyping).

  • Add filter bar to more easily filter the article list.

  • Feed auto-discovery. Enter a web site in the New Subscription panel and Vienna will attempt to locate a newsfeed on the web site.

  • Added the ability to subscribe to newsfeeds from the built-in browser.

  • Added support for RSS/Atom enclosures and new Enclosure panel for articles that contain enclosures.

  • Added ability to drop OPML files onto Vienna's dock icon.

  • Added option to add Vienna to the system menu bar.

  • Added Basque localization. (Thanks to Aitor Zubizarreta).

  • Added Russian localization. (Thanks to Taras "sacrat" Brizitsky).

  • Added Ukrainian localisation. (Thanks to Andrew Kachalo).

  • If Vienna doesn't handle the URL scheme (e.g., itms), open the URL with the default application for its scheme.

  • Allow refreshing of unsubscribed feeds if they are specifically selected. (Thanks to ytrewq1 for submitting a patch.)

  • Updated to SQLite 3.3.17.

  • Change exported file format to UTF8. (Thanks to Kiyu Horiuti).

  • Added flagged article filter.

  • Refresh all subscriptions now refreshes in the folder list sorted order.

  • Add unsubscribe/resubscribe command to File menu.

  • Add Growl events for file download success and failure.

  • Add patch to pass selected text to blogging clients. (Contributed by Pukka author Justin R. Miller).

You can download Vienna 2.2 from the web site or choose Check for Updates from the Vienna menu.

Thanks to everybody who assisted with the beta testing and for the valuable and constructive feedback we've received over the months.

- The Vienna Dev Team

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Date: Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 13:13
Amongst all the positive feedback that we've had from Vienna 2.2, one of the common questions has been - where's the Mark All Read toolbar button gone?

It's still there - it's the second button on the default toolbar. It's just been renamed to "Skip Folder" to better reflect what it actually does which is to mark all remaining articles in the current folder read then skip ahead to the next folder containing unread articles. The functionality is identical to the same button in Vienna 2.1 - the name has just been changed.
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Date: Friday, 10 Aug 2007 12:30
Build 2206 is our release candidate build for Vienna 2.2. All changes that we've planned to make in that version are in that build. All current users of 2.2 pre-release builds should get an update notification next time they restart Vienna, or just select the Check for Updates command on the Vienna menu and have the update automatically downloaded and applied.

Not all bugs are fixed. Some minor cosmetic issues and one-off bugs are punted to the next maintenance release or even to the next major version depending on their severity. Also, not all localisation is completed. Any remaining localisation updates will be done in future maintenance releases once the volunteers have been able to complete their work.

I'm not going to announce a specific release date as I want this build to bake in the community for a little while just to be sure there are no ship stoppers or other significant issues. However we're at the point where we will not be making any further changes unless they are critical, hence the 'release candidate' label.

Thanks to everybody who has been downloading, running and providing feedback on Vienna 2.2 so far. We appreciate your input in helping to make Vienna better!

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Date: Friday, 13 Jul 2007 13:05
A new pre-release build of Vienna 2.2 is now available on SourceForge.

This is an incremental release that includes a few more UI improvements, bug fixes and localisation updates. More work is expected before release.

This build also contains an experimental change to the folder list UI as suggested by Philipp Antoni. To enable this, run the following command from a console window:

defaults write uk.co.opencommunity.vienna2 NewFolderUI -boolean YES

To disable it, repeat the above command but substitute NO for YES. Feedback on this is welcome.

We also welcome contributions for improvement to the toolbar buttons or additional toolbar buttons.

Remember, Vienna 2.2 is a beta release, not a production release, and is definitely not finished or fully debugged. Use at your own risk. Back up your database beforehand.

Here is an extensive (though not comprehensive) list of changes:

- Updated all built-in styles to add enclosure field.
- Improved toolbar styles.
- Added Ukrainian localisation. (Thanks to Andrew Kachalo).
- Fixed toolbar UI corruption bug.
- Updated keyboard shortcuts in help file.
- Added Get Info and Style toolbar buttons.

As always, please post your feedback in the support forum.
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Date: Friday, 13 Jul 2007 13:04
The Vienna team has created a new mailing list, vienna-rss-help. Information about the list, including the email address and subscription form, can be found at https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/vienna-rss-help. The mailing list is open to the public: anyone can post to the list, subscribe, or read the archives.

You can get the same kind of help with Vienna through the mailing list that you get here in the discussion forum. The list is not intended to replace the forum, however. The main purpose of the mailing list is to provide an alternative method of getting Vienna support if the forum is down or unavailable.
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Date: Monday, 25 Jun 2007 08:07
For those of you who like to play with the latest and greatest, pre-release build 2201 of Vienna 2.2 is now available. You can grab it directly from SourceForge:


(Check for Updates won't work for going from 2200 to 2201 - sorry. We'll have that working for subsequent beta builds).

If you're using build 2200, please upgrade. This build fixes a potential database corruption in SQLite that the folks over there discovered. (We'll be releasing a fix for 2.1 very shortly just to be on the safe side).

Other changes:

Here is an extensive (though not comprehensive) list of changes:
  • Fixed crash when creating new subscription. 
  • Fixed crash when dragging Actions widget from toolbar. 
  • Fixed (?) crash when opening new tab in Mac OS X 10.3.9. WARNING: This has not yet been tested. If any Panther users want to brave it, we would appreciate reports. 
  • Updated SQLite to 3.4.0 to fix a potential database corruption issue. 
  • UI improvements contributed by Philipp Antoni. 
  • Switched to polished metal style. 
  • Added Russian localization (Thanks to Taras "sacrat" Brizitsky). 
  • Show refresh indicator in folder list next to feed currently being refreshed. 
  • Hide progress spinner when not active. 
  • Click progress indicator to toggle Activity Window. 
  • Improved drag and drop of feeds to Safari. 
  • Added extra refresh schedule options. 
  • Added unsubscribe/resubscribe command to File menu. 
  • Show enclosure pane below article for articles that contain enclosures. 

Remember, Vienna 2.2 is a beta release, not a production release, and is definitely not finished or fully debugged. Use at your own risk. Back up your database beforehand.

- The Vienna dev team
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Date: Tuesday, 29 May 2007 15:56
I've made a pre-release build of Vienna 2.2 available on SourceForge for those who are interested. You can get the build from here:


The new version will work with your existing database and will upgrade it to the new format, but the upgraded database will continue to work with 2.1 if you choose to revert back. However as with all pre-release builds, keep in mind that bugs are inevitable and back up your database regularly.

The following is a list of changes in 2.2:

- Added ability to drop OPML files onto Vienna's dock icon.
- Added support for RSS/Atom enclosures.
- Add conditional support in templates.
- Overhauled UI.
- Added new standard style.
- Added more built-in styles.
- Command + T now opens new tab.
- Accept web pages as subscription URLs and parse to extract the feed.
- Show RSS button in browser if the web page links to an RSS feed. Clicking the button subscribes to that feed.
- New tab bar control. (Thanks to Evan Schoenberg).
- Add option to add Vienna to the system status bar.
- Added Basque localization. (Thanks to Aitor Zubizarreta).
- If Vienna doesn't handle the URL scheme (e.g., itms), open the URL with the default application for its scheme.
- Allow refreshing of unsubscribed feeds if they are specifically selected. (Thanks to ytrewq1 for submitting a patch.)
- Updated to SQLite 3.3.17.
- Change exported file format to UTF8. (Thanks to Kiyu Horiuti).
- Added toolbar and moved buttons to toolbar. (Thanks to David Kocher for the prototyping).
- Added support for toggle status bar and moved progress indicator to toolbar.
- Add toolbar button to empty the trash.
- Added flagged article filter.
- Refresh all subscriptions now refreshes in the folder list sorted order.

More changes are planned before we release however we welcome early feedback on the UI changes and other improvements. Please visit the support forum to post your feedback and reports:


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Vienna UI   New window
Date: Tuesday, 21 Nov 2006 22:52
Joel Spolsky's recent article summarises some of the challenges in UI design that Vienna has always striven to overcome. If I simply threw in options for choices that everyone has ever requested on the support forum then the Preferences panes would be overloaded. Instead I've been pretty careful to try and keep the choices manageable even to the point of not having choices at all. For example, Vienna 2.1 introduces manual sorting of folders in the folder list. At one point we had a choice of manual and automatic sorting. I spent some time convincing Jeff that we should be able to make it work with just manual sorting and let the program be intelligent about where to add new folders. I don't think we've got it entirely right in 2.1 but I should stress that any faults there are entirely mine.

As we go forward, we'll continue to apply Occam's Razor to the UI as much as is reasonable. I want Vienna to be simple and uncluttered as well as feature rich and powerful. The two need not necessarily be contradictions. It all comes down to design and spending the extra time to think through how features work best. That isn't something that developers are necessarily best at which is why I'm happy to solicit input from people who have no development skills but a raft of experience in making user interfaces work. Good developers will know how to take these designs and make them into workable code but ultimately I prefer that the designers have no preconcieved notions of the limits of the code. The right time to disabuse a designer that a particular design is unworkable is only after the developers have actually taken the time to try and make it work. And not before.

So if you're a user interface designer with a lot of imagination, an appreciation for usable Mac OSX interfaces and no clue for what can or can't be done at the code level then feel free to post your ideas over at the Vienna support forum. While we can't promise that every idea will become reality, you may just ignite the spark that creates the next innovative idea in Vienna!
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Date: Saturday, 18 Nov 2006 22:07
Several people have contacted me to let me know they're having problems creating a new account at CocoaForge, the site that hosts our support forum. I've been in touch with the admins and they have let me know that they're looking into the matter.

I'll post an update when I hear back from them. In the meantime, feel free to post bug reports to our site at SourceForge - http://sourceforge.net/projects/vienna-rss -or send us an e-mail to vienna-rss-admins@lists.sourceforge.net.

- Steve
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Date: Saturday, 11 Nov 2006 11:32
It's been a long time but I'm happy to announce that Vienna 2.1 is now released. You can download it from the Open Community web page or use Check for Updates (from the Vienna menu in pre-release versions of 2.1 or the Help menu in 2.0.4.)

There are a number of new features in 2.1 which are described on the Features page, but also a host of bug fixes and minor improvements. In keeping with the philosophy of Vienna, we've worked hard to make these improvements simple and seamless. Another significant change is the addition of three new localisations contributed by volunteers. To the languages supported in 2.0.4 we have now added Brazilian Portuguese, Korean and Simplified Chinese.

A list of the key changes in 2.1 include:

1. Support manually sorting folders by default.
2. Added "Increase text size" and "Decrease Text Size" for browser view.
3. Changed key combination for "Cancel Refreshing" to control-command-s to make command-"-" available for text size.
4. Added "Send Link" functionality for article view.
5. Add address bar and refresh, back and forward buttons at the top of the browser web pages.
6. Add -profile command line option to support custom profiles (needed for Portable Vienna).
7. Added "Refresh Folder Images" command.
8. Added "Blog With" command to blog the selected article.
9. Sort article list by multiple columns, saving the order in which columns were sorted.
10. Added "Summary" field which shows the first part of the description.
11. In condensed reading mode with the pane on the right, the headline fields can now be configured.
12. Added "Filter By" to allow articles to be filtered in the article list by all, unread or date.
13. Persist open tabs when Vienna exits and restore them when it restarts.
14. Handles HTTP 410 to mark a feed as unsubscribed.
15. Add button to Mark All Read the selected feeds.
16. Unread articles marked as bold.
17. Allow dragging of Trash folder.
18. Green icon for articles with updated article text.
19. Don't select first article when switching folders.
20. Renaming folders now done by editing the name in the folder pane.
21. Changed modifier key for overriding default browser preference from shift to option.
22. Add Get Info command option and moved Validate command to the info panel.
23. New Layout menu: report, condensed and unified layouts.
24. Provide two new options for new articles notifications: bounce dock icon or no notification at all.
25. Add Keyboard Shortcuts item to Help menu.
26. Change browser's user agent string from Mozilla/Safari to Vienna.
27. Use Sparkle framework for version updates.

Thanks to everybody who assisted with the beta testing and for the valuable and constructive feedback. Personal thanks from me to Jeff for his efforts as co-administrator and a contributor of a whole host of bug fixes to the 2.1 code base over the last few months.

- Steve
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Date: Friday, 10 Nov 2006 23:48
In case you hadn't noticed, Jeff and I kicked out the first preview release of Vienna 2.1 to SourceForge on Sunday evening. The web site has been updated with the link and it is there and ready to be downloaded. A quick look at the SourceForge download stats shows 2709 downloads in the last two days which, if they're true, is rather startling and gratifying.

Vienna 2.1 has been a while in coming and considering the fact that Jeff and I have been working in whatever hours we can spare on top of 2.0 maintenance work, there's a lot of changes in there since the last 2.0 release. You can see all the changes at:


Please remember that this is a PREVIEW release. Some things are broken, some things aren't finished and we've a bit more work to do before we're final. But it's a pretty comprehensive release and rather closely reflects where I hoped we'd be. Unfortunately one or two key things got cut such as the sync logic and offline images but those still remain on the to-do list and hopefully I can get to them over the next few months. (Localisation still remains to be completed as is usual at this stage of the project).

You might also notice that the Vienna web site has been overhauled. The site itself has moved to SourceForge for better collaborative maintenance and the links from the opencommunity site currently do a redirect. Eventually I'll wave a magic wand or something and get the DNS settings fixed so we can do away with the redirect. (I know there's a page on SourceForge that talks about how to make this happen with vhosts and CNAMEs but right now I don't have time to fudge around with this.)

Now with 2.1 out the door, I'm heading off on holiday for a couple of weeks so Jeff will be holding down the fort. The initial feedback regarding 2.1 has been very positive and constructive. The new unified layout is getting some attention and it is a pretty new thing so I expect we'll be making some usability tweaks there as we go. Do check out the manual folder resorting and the article filters too.

See ya!
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Date: Monday, 28 Aug 2006 20:39
It's been a while since anything was posted here so this is probably a good opportunity for a quick status report.

Vienna 2.1 is nearly complete and is undergoing the final round of testing. The localisers are presently busy localising the added text and Jeff and I are busy shaking out the final bugs as well as doing more profiling and checks for leaks. I've updated the 2.1 Preview Web Site to bring it into sync with the latest build.

In the meantime, check out the new styles posted to the Downloads page. Three new styles have been added and they're all pretty good.

- Steve
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Date: Thursday, 18 May 2006 04:00
Thanks to Jeff, Vienna 2.0.4 has been packed up and released to the public. Here's a copy of the official announcement that was posted to the support forum.

Vienna 2.0.4 is a bug fix release and is recommended for all users. It contains no new features. We intend for 2.0.4 to be the last official release before 2.1, barring the appearance of any new critical bugs. Vienna 2.1 has some exciting new features, and we hope to make a test version available for download in the near future.

Important note: The modifier key for overriding your preference for opening links in an external browser has changed from shift to option (alt). This change was made to avoid Apple's demo super slow motion effect with minimized browser windows. (By the way, many users are unaware of Vienna's convenient single-key keyboard shortcuts, so please check out the list by selecting Vienna Help in the Help menu and choosing Keyboard Shortcuts.)

To update to Vienna 2.0.4, simply select Check for Updates from the Help menu or download directly from the SourceForge Download page. Two separate versions - one with all localizations and one with just US English localizations - are available.

There are no database schema changes, so you can switch back and forth between 2.0.4 and earlier versions as needed.

Here is a list of changes:

* Fixes for dragging multiple subscriptions (within Vienna and from Safari).
* Fix for duplicated items in minimum font size list.
* Fix for HTML appearing in titles.
* Speed up marking all read.
* Fix crash when closing all tabs.
* Fix bug with absolute feed level links under an xml:base.
* Avoid super slow motion effect with minimized browser windows.
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Date: Tuesday, 25 Apr 2006 15:35
I've uploaded a test build of 2.0.4 to http://vienna-rss.sourceforge.net/Vienna2.0.4.2033.dmg. No new features - just bug fixes.

The final release of 2.0.4 is scheduled for early May along with the first test build of 2.1.
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Date: Saturday, 08 Apr 2006 08:11
It's out there now. If you do Help->Check for Updates, you'll get the new version. If you have check for new version on startup enabled in the preferences, you'll get the announcement. Otherwise you can just go to the web site and download it from there.

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Web Site   New window
Date: Friday, 07 Apr 2006 04:44
The www.opencommunity.co.uk web site is in a bit of flux as I'm trying to move it over to the SourceForge web hosting service so that all the admins will have update access to it. Right now there's a bunch of errors due to DNS problems that may take a few hours to shake out. If nothing is working by EOD, I'll put everything back as it was and do a bit more homework before trying again.

The site is still due for a redesign but that's on ice until after 2.0.3 is out of the door sometime this week. I'm currently testing a fix for Tim Bray's atom feed which has proven to be one of the more challenging parsing problems I've seen. On the plus side, Vienna is passing most of the Atom and RSS aggregator tests that I've found on the web.

[Update: the move failed so the web site is back at its original site.]
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WinMac   New window
Date: Friday, 07 Apr 2006 03:43
Now that there's a way to boot Windows on a MacIntel machine, I think my last excuses not to switch to a MacBook are running out. However I'm not partial to a 15" display so I'm inclined to wait a bit longer to see if a 17" MacBook Pro will manifest by the WWDC.

The PowerBook will still remain my primary development and test machine. Having a slower machine means that I'm constantly optimising for the best experience on the lowest common denomination system. While there may be people with systems slower than a 800Mhz G4 Powerbook, I'm pretty confident that I'm at the slower end of the curve. And even then, Vienna runs pretty well.

Incidentally, version 2.0.3 is due out shortly. And early May will bring the first beta release of 2.1. Keep an eye on the site for the news.

(And why do I need Windows? Three reasons - Half Life 2, Quake 4 and Doom 3).
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Date: Thursday, 30 Mar 2006 06:08
Tip. You can use file:/// in the Vienna "New Subscription..." sheet to specify the path to a local data file when subscribing to a feed. This will read the file and the articles within it as if they were on a remote server. For example, if the file is named rss.xml and is located in your Documents folder, then specify file:///Users/username/Documents/rss.xml in the input field. (Substitute username with your actual user name.)

If you have some process by which the file is being continuously updated then Refresh will read the latest articles and only display those.
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