ownCloud News App stable release

The News

The first stable version (1.001) of the ownCloud News app is out in the ownCloud app store. Grab a copy, use it and tell your friend how awesome it is!

If you’d like to stick to the development version, refer to the github page.

Extensions

It was amazing to see how much feedback we received in the last month. We’d like to thank everyone who reported issues on the tracker. We tried to fix all important bugs before this release, but please do continue to test and report issues.

We received a lot of feature requests as well. There are some features that we could not accommodate, because they don’t fit the design style of the app. This is why we decided to make the app open to extensions. You will be able to release your own app which hooks into the News app and/or use its infrastructure to build an even more complex app. We created documentation on how to plug into the News app, see https://github.com/owncloud/news/blob/master/docs/plugins.rst. This is still a work in progress and we hope to publish soon some examples of plugins. The main advantage of an extension system is that we can focus and have tight control over the basic design, and still accommodate users’ wishes.

Galaxy

The app also exposes an external API and we look forward to seeing a galaxy of desktop and mobile clients gravitating around it in the next future.

If time permits, in the summer we will work on a mobile client that interfaces the News app. The idea is to create a cross-platform app in html+css+js with PhoneGap and AngularJS. We aim at FirefoxOS, plus all the platforms supported by PhoneGap (Android, iOS, Blackberry, …).

If you own an Android device, you can already use a development version of an unofficial News app client created by David Luhmer. See David’s blog post (in German).

Conclusion

After one year of work, we finally released a stable version of the ownCloud News app. It is an RSS/Atom reader for ownCloud powered by the library SimplePie.

It’s not a coincidence that this release announcement falls exactly one month before the date announced by Google for the shutdown of its Reader :) We are going to talk more about migration from Google Reader to ownCloud News app in the next blog post.

Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy the app!

Alessandro, Bernhard and Jan-Christoph

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7 thoughts on “ownCloud News App stable release

  1. thanks for the great work! i’m really looking forward for the integration with akregator and the android app (I’m installing David’s one)!!

  2. I finally found out, what caused this plugin not to work for me. Only by accident I logged into the admin-user and stumbled over the log-messages. They contained this (file path shortened):

    curl_setopt_array(): CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION cannot be activated when safe_mode is enabled or an open_basedir is set at /…/owncloud/3rdparty/Sabre/DAV/Client.php#462

    After changing line 319 in that file from
    //CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION => true,
    to
    CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION => false,

    the added feeds/folders showed up. Some feeds that use redirects do not work, of course, but at least now I know that I didn’t bork something basic.

    Now, I use suphp, and have a hard time removing the restrictions causing the errors. Is there any way you can work around this (catch and follow redirects from your code)?

    Apart from that my only pet peeve is, that I cannot seem to set the list to show oldest items first. Did I miss something?

  3. I tried to install, but there does not any icon apper in my left main-menu.
    in the apps-overview it seems to be activated successfully, and i have the option to deactivate it. but like i said – no menu-point “news” like in the picture…
    tried already to de- and reinstall…

  4. Solved Problem: I had to install first the app “App Framework”. don’t know why, but after installing this app, i was able to install the news app, too…

    1. @Dieselkopf: well, the dependency is stated very explicitly on the app store.

      Requires the App Framework App

  5. Really looking forwards to Akregator integration. That was the program that got me into using RSS feeds about a decade or so ago, and I only ditched it once I had mobile devices and had to worry about things being synced between desktop and pcoket; I can’t wait to go full-circle.

    I’ve been using David Luhmer’s app for Android for some time, although on both my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 I’ve been stuck with a bug that prevents me from seeing new articles unless I clear the cache. But forget about Android, lets talk about a normal Linux stack! I’ve long used a Nokia N9, and recently got myself a Jolla, and for both of them the Qt-based app “ocNews”: https://github.com/Buschtrommel/ocNews It’s pretty fantastic and definitely worth a mention; furthermore, a good example of the ‘galaxy’ of devices already opening up!

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