What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing AllNews Desktop for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software AllNews Desktop






TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – Although I don’t own a TV set, it’s important for me to keep updated with current events around the world. That’s why I developed NewsRoll two years ago. And I introduced AllNews to Apple‘s App Store several months ago. What I submitted to Mac App Store several minutes ago is an upgrade of NewsRoll. It’s called AllNews Desktop.  





Mac App Store application AllNews Desktop

Tom Bluewater
  Mac App Store application AllNews Desktop

Tom Bluewater






What’s new?

  1. The user can change the scrolling speed of news at run time.
  2. The user can now change the main application window size freely.
  3. Stop and run news by pressing Command + R.
  4. The application comes with a built-in library of nearly 900 RSS news links from more than three dozen new media organizations across the globe.
  5. The user can share the news they are currently reading with friends through social media applications including Mail, Facebook, Twitter.
  6. The user can search all news titles for a keyphrase that you specify.
  7. The user can save a news source profile they select as an XML file to their disk. They can then send the file to the iOS version of application through AirDrop.






Features

  1. Let the application scroll news from multiple sources you select from right to left simultaneously. You just sit relaxed and read scrolling news.
  2. Get access to nearly 900 RSS news links from more than three dozen news media organizations around the world.
  3. Change the order by which lines of news appear and scroll.
  4. The application will automatically gives a news title the New tag when it finds ones that were not available in the last new update.
  5. Let the application automatically update news periodically. The user can choose one of the several intervals (10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes, 50 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
  6. Select one of 10 phases to change the speed by which the application runs news.
  7. Stop and run scrolling news by pressing Command + R whenever necessary.
  8. Click on a news title and get the web content. The bottom view serves as a simple web browser.
  9. Share news you are currently reading with your friends through social media applications including Mail, Facebook, Twitter.
  10. Run a search to find articles containing titles that match your search phrase.
  11. Save a news source you have registered as an XML file to your disk. Send the file to the iOS version of application (AllNews) through AirDrop.
  12. The fullScreen mode is supported.
  13. The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
  14. Languages: English and Japanese.
  15. Application file size: 25.3 MB.
  16. The application comes with a built-in 14-page user guide. Choose Show Quick Tour under AllNews Desktop whenever you need to see it.






System requirements

  1. 10.11 (tested with 10.11.6), 10.12 (tested with 10.12.2 and 10.12.5), 10.13 (tested with 10.13b Build 17A362a)
  2. 64-bit system
  3. In order for the application to periodically update data, you need the Internet connection.






Limitations

  1. A desktop computer must have a monitor capable of displaying at least 680 x 552 points of pixels.






Version history

Version 2.1.0 (Released on September 28th, 2017)

  1. The application runs the heavy task of updating news in background. The pie progress view will now continue to rotate until news is updated.


Version 2.0.10 (Released on August 31st, 2017)

  1. Fix: A couple of commands under the All News Desktop menu did not appear correctly for the Japanese localization.
  2. Changes are made to all window sheets with a dark view added at the top in consistence with the main borderless window.


Version 2.0.8 (Released on August 8th, 2017)

  1. Fix: Some news sources including USA Today uses the ampersand + apos + semicolon to escape the apostrophe, which XMLParser does not handle. This application now converts ' into the apostrophe.
  2. Fix: The Preferences window was named Window.


Version 2.0.7 (Released on July 11th, 2017)

  1. Fix: The application was slow in loading the page when the user clicks on a news title link for the first time. In order to solve this issue, every time the user launches the application, it will load an empty content with the web view.
  2. Additional news sources (ABC News, CBS News, FOX News, CNET, 1 Japanese source and 1 Taiwanese source) are available.


Version 2.0.5 (Released on June 27th, 2017)

  1. Fix: The application could show a message indicating the end of a trial period if the user has once run a trial version.


Version 2.0.4 (Released on June 21st, 2017)

  1. Fix: An array containing news data was not cleared before it added to itself a new set of data when news was reloaded.
  2. More than a dozen new news organizations are available as sources of news. The list includes CNBC (US), Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, Los Angels Daily News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Metro Toronto, Yahoo! Japan News (Japan), Spain El Pais, El Mundo (Spain), ABC Spain, Corriere della Sera (Italy), Libero Quotidiano (Italy), Der Spiegel (Germany), Valor Economico (Brazil), Gazeta do Povo (Brazil).


Version 2.0.2 (Released on June 20th, 2017)

  1. The font family used to show the countdown number is changed.
  2. The application uses WKWebView instead of WebView to handle web requests.
  3. Fix: The application was making the same URL request twice when the user clicked on the news title.
  4. A minor measure is taken to reduce memory usage.






Trial/Demo version

Click here to download a trial version. This trial version will remain fully functional for 7 days, starting from the very moment you first launch it.






Video tutorial

There is no video tutorial at this time.






AllNews Desktop is a product of Tom Bluewater.
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