Swift Reader 2.4.4 is now in the marketplace

Swift Reader 2.4.4 is now in the marketplace. This release fixes a number of issues which include:

  • Fixed issue affecting font size of displayed articles.
  • Fixed remove account issues.
  • Further improved standard NewsBlur account.
  • Minor bug fixes.

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Swift Reader 2.4.2 is in the marketplace

Swift Reader 2.4.2 is now in the marketplace. Some of the new changes include:

  • Each feed can now be configured how its articles are displayed in lists. The options are based around the image size used in the preview and the options are Large Images (how previous versions looked), Thumbnail Images or No Images. This option was introduced because some feeds supply low resolution images in their RSS feed. This option allows you to either display a thumbnail version of the supplied low resolution image or display no image.
  • Fixed the issue that was present in version 2.4.1 and prevented WP7 users from login in, creating accounts or fetching articles.

settings-2-4-2 MobilizerSetup-Change New Image Size

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Swift Reader 2.4 is coming soon

Swift Reader 2.4 has just been submitted to the marketplace for approval. This should be approved in a couple of days. Some of the new changes include:

  • Each feed can now have a different default mobilizer set to give you better control over your reading experience.
  • Google Mobilizer has now been added as a mobilizer option.
  • The web version of an article can now be viewed within the application rather than having to view it in IE.
  • A new option to hide feeds that have no unread articles.

This update also includes a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. Thanks to everyone who has submitted feedback that has driven some of these improvements and bug fixes.

NewSettings   FeedMobilizer

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Swift Reader 2.3 is now live in the marketplace

Swift Reader 2.3 is now available for download in the Windows Phone marketplace. This is a big release which adds many new features. You can read more about whats new in this version here.

Please do let us know what you think of this new version and if you like Swift Reader, why not leave a review in the marketplace.



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Swift Reader 2.3 is coming to the marketplace

Swift Reader 2.3 is coming to the Windows Phone marketplace soon. Some of the exciting changes that come in this release are:

  • NewsBlur folder support. This means you can now group related feeds together and view those feeds as a group. You are also able to pin this group to your Windows Phone start screen for quick access. Note: this feature will require you to have a Premium NewsBlur accout to function correctly. Standard users will only get the first few articles from the group.
  • The Feeds view on the main panorama now displays an option to view Starred articles and Unread articles.
  • The Feeds view on the main panorama has also been cleaned up and now displays the feeds FavIcon next to the title and the feed url has been removed from the display.
  • The main Feeds view has been changed to display a single list of articles instead of the All and Unread list. The new list of articles can now be switched between viewing All articles or Unread Only by clicking on the All/Unread label above the list of articles.
  • Articles can now be set to be auto marked as read when they are view instead of having to perform this task manually.
  • The Readability and Instapaper mobilizers have been better integrated into Swift Reader.
  • Sharing has been enhanced to allow an article to be shared via Email, SMS/Text, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pocket and Instapaper.

Swift Reader Home Screen

For more details and screenshots of this new version, please visit the Swift Reader page

Please, as always, do let us know through the comments or from the feedback button within Swift Reader about any issue or enhancements you would like to see in future releases.





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Swift Reader version 2.0 is now live in the marketplace

Swift Reader version 2.0 is now live in the marketplace. This is the first version of Swift Reader to switch support from Google Reader to NewsBlur. You can read more about NewsBlur here. Now that the first NewsBlur version is live there are plenty of improvements that will be coming in the next couple of months. The following are just a few of the headline features you can expect to see.

  • Live tiles – Re-enable and improve the live tiles and allow support for all 3 Windows Phone tiles sizes.
  • Swift Reader mobilizer which will aim to vastly improve the reading experience.
  • Full NewsBlur folder support.
  • Improved feed discovery.
  • Allow options for changing the reading theme (light and dark option).
  • Improved Pocket support.
  • Readability support.

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Swift Reader is changing

As most of our users know, Google Reader is shutting down at the end of June. Swift Reader therefore has to change to accommodate this shutdown. We can announce that Swift Reader will switch to using the Newsblur service before the end of this month.

You will be able to signup for Newsblur from within the app when it launches later this month or now via the Newsblur website. If you signup to Newsblur now, you will be able to transfer all of your feeds from Google Reader. Transferring your feeds from Google Reader must be done before the end of this month.

These screenshots give a preview of some of the exciting changes coming in the next release.

   Swift Reader Panorama



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Home Finder V1.1 on it’s way

An updated version of Home Finder will be released early next week. This update brings a couple of import fixes and additions:

  •  The exception being raised on shutdown has now be resolved.
  • The Near Me mode has been fixed and now reliably retrieves your current position when you first enter the Near Me search screen.
  • The Details Map map can now be switched to Aerial mode.
  • adDuplex advertising has now be included to work alongside the Microsoft Advertising.
  • Numerous other minor bug fixes.

This update is currently going through the Microsoft approval process which will take a few days. The update should be live early next week.

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Welcome to Code Alive. Code Alive is an independent software company primarily focused on developing applications for the Windows Phone platform. I will use this blog to communicate software releases and bug fixes to the apps we develop. In addition to this, I will be writing about some of the hurdles and challenges I’ve have had to overcome in developing apps for Windows Phone.

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