New Version of Bloglines Launched with AJAX Interface

Aug 28, 2007 • 8:45 am | comments (1) by twitter | Filed Under Ask.com - Ask Jeeves
 

A brand new beta version of Bloglines has been launched this week, and it features a great amount of AJAX and customization features.

The key features in this new beta include:

A Customizable Start Page: You can now drag and drop desired pages to your start page so that you can get a quick glance of the stories from your favorite feeds.

Bloglines: Customize Start Page

When you mouse over a particular title on your feed, you can see an excerpt of the feed or summary.

Bloglines: Customized Start Page

Three different viewing options: You now can view your feeds in a standard full feed view, which the old Bloglines version is based off. You can also view only headlines in quick feed view, or you can view the feeds in a three-pane view which combines full feeds and quick feeds in a split pane.

Here's the standard full-feed view that most of us are used to:

Bloglines: Full View

But here's a quick feed view which looks very similar to the customized start page. However, this is only for a particular folder that I have selected.

Bloglines: Quick View

This is what it looks like when you opt-in for a 3-pane view. It kind of reminds me of the way I set up my email.

Bloglines: 3 pane view

I like it.

Drag and Drop Feeds for Easy Organization. And finally, for someone like me who subscribes to over 180 feeds, a drag and drop feature is available so that I can organize my feeds better. I really needed this and now it's here.

Bloglines: Drag and Drop Feeds

So far, the direction of Bloglines is promising. The only caveat forum members and I have noticed noticed is that it's not easy anymore to mark feeds as read unless you mouseover them or scroll into the blogs. I can see that being an issue that the Ask team will address, however, so let's give it some time. :)

Forum discussion continues at Cre8asite Forums.

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Comments:

Michael Martinez

08/28/2007 03:55 pm

AJAX prett much sucks from a usability perspective. Some people get away with using it and many people don't. Something that is so easy to screw up should not be used on the Web. In a couple of years SEOs are going to be poopooing AJAX designs the way they now poopoo table-based designs.

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