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Back At It

It has been a very busy time over this past summer. As many of you have noticed, Yoleo didn’t have much work done on the user facing side for the last few months. Prior to Google Reader shutting down, I worked furiously to get Yoleo delivered in time to allow for as many people to use the integrated importer as posible. As a result of working so hard for those months I neglected my other work and therefore had to spend the summer catching up on it. Also, I was racing my bike.

So what’s going on now? Good news: Yoleo is under active development again! I have placed ads for users on the free plan so that Yoleo can make some revenue to cover the hosting costs. One of my primary goals for Yoleo is to not have it shut down like so many other readers have. Part of fulfilling that goal is making enough revenue to cover costs. With that complete I’m going to get rolling on two of the most requested features:

  1. Mobile
  2. Reorganization of the subscriptions list

I’m pretty excited about implementing the mobile version of Yoleo. It is something that is very much in demand :)

Thanks for your patients while I recouped over the summer.

All the best,
Jamie Gilgen
@jamiebikies

What We're Up To

Hello friends. I just wanted to give a quick note to let you know what is being worked on and some of the commonly reported issues people are having. Before that though, I just wanted to say thank you for all of the fantastic feedback that you’re sending! I’m loving hearing how people are using Yoleo and the ideas that you all have for how to make it better.

The two biggest complaints people have been having are the font weight and no ability to go into a “waterfall” of news. I’m working on what I’m calling headline mode which will allow you to scroll through a list of articles continuously. Also in headline mode, the article list on the right will essentially become the whole width of the content area.

Regarding font weight, we need to come up with a solution. There is nothing in between the current weight and one that is much darker so we have been trying to find some other strategies. What we will likely end up doing is providing a configuration option for which font you would like to use. That will also help everyone in non-latin character sets :)

Third big feature I’m working on is an improved subscription and article list. Lots of people want the article list sorted by oldest first, so that’s coming. The subscription list will soon be able to be re-organized by drag and will be able to be re-ordered alphabetically or by user preference. Folders will also be able to be managed in the next release.

Coming Soon…

Article list

  • Sortable by oldest first
  • Faster navigation

Subscription list features

  • Filterable by read, starred, all
  • Drag and drop reorganization
  • Folder management
  • Manual refresh

A few bugs we’ve been fixing

  • Shortcuts don’t work in Firefox
  • Feeds not updating frequently

Thanks again!
Jamie

Welcome to Yoleo!

Wow, what a week it has been! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jamie Gilgen and I am the creator and developer of Yoleo Reader. I have consulted through Unspace Interactive for the past three years and I love it. I also love writing code and thinking through tough user experience problems. As soon as I heard that Google Reader was shutting down I knew that there was a golden opportunity to build something great. Here we are!

Right now Yoleo has the base features I thought was necessary to launch. That being said, the features that are present have been thought out thoroughtly so as to give the best user experience possible. That’s not to say what is here is perfect but we’re working towards as close to perfection as we can get. Shawn and I really value a beautiful user experience and we want to bring that to light with Yoleo.

Speaking of Shawn, he is the resident designer for Yoleo and also works out of Unspace. We’ve worked together on many projects such as Fauxflash. Shawn is a master of dependability and fast turnaround of stellar design.

Further on the design front, the first person designing for Yoleo was Jorge Villalobos who designed most of the branding of Yoleo, such as our beautiful logo. Secondly, Mustefa Jo’shen got a lot of the current layout in place. Finally, Yoleo would be in a lot of trouble if it weren’t for the amazing database level work by Shey Sewani. Thanks for all the help you guys!

We have a whole lot of features that we’re working on. It has been a very busy week and Shawn and I are incredibly excited at the feedback that Yoleo is receiving. We’re getting lots of bug reports, praise, and great suggestions.

We love hearing feedback so if there is anything that doesn’t work as expected or could be better, drop us a line.

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