plans for offline mode in iPhone app?

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Are there any plans in the pipeline to support downloading all new items to the iPhone app for offline use as soon as it opens? I ride the subway frequently, so this would be great.
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Scott Kallgren

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Trekkie

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I too would like something like this, give me an option to pre-fetch up to x articles, all of them, etc.
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I would like this as well! Definitely including options for fetching certain numbers of items, fetching only items that are predicted to be interesting, and options to cache images or not.
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It would be helpful even if it simply allowed me to permanently download my saved articles.
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You bet there's plans. Now, once the re-design hits I'll evaluate what to work on next. This may make it in, but it's an enormous undertaking.
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Awesome. Hope so! In the meantime, I keep meaning to find a workaround, so if anyone has tips, they're much appreciated.
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And I'm sure this is difficult too, but a full-fledged offline mode that allowed me to, for example, save articles on the subway and sync with the servers when I'm back online would be really great.
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Unfortunately, there's no workaround for offline access. It's a really difficult problem, since it requires so much re-architecting.
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This is definitely should be done.
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Niels Madsen

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Definitely a needed feature - for Android as well.
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Do you want to put the iOS and Android repo on github?
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Oh my bad. Didn't see those.
Thanks
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How about just getting the developer of Reeder onboard?
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Bastian Sander

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I would love to see the offline feature too. For both iOS and Android.
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As a 200mb a month att user, an offline mode is incredibly important. Even a 'cache n# of latests stories + n# of focus stories' would be incredibly useful. I don't need full offline access to everything.
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I think this is pretty important...for Android too.
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As an android dev, I'd love some clarification as to what exactly "offline mode" is. Do you want the app to automagically download metadata in the background or metadata and story content? Would you rather the download happen upon request (to prevent sudden, unexplained data usage)? Are you expecting to actually "read" the downloaded content when off the network (e.g.: does the app need to save/queue up all your read/saved/shared stories for a later sync)?

Some concrete use cases would help us out a lot!
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I think that Google Reader's sync function is a good model, although it often messes up in practice. At a certain interval it should download both metadata and story content. So the content should be readable without any further network connection. The user should be able to specify downloads only occuring over Wifi to prevent excessive unexplained data usage.
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Yes exactly, the key is that it downloads the content in the background so that you don't need a data connection when you're actually reading your feeds.

People like me are usually using the mobile app when on the move, and therefore the data connection can be spotty, frustratingly slow or totally unavailable.

Another example model is simply the Gmail app on Android, which you can tell to automatically sync mail in the background, and specify how many days worth and which labels to do it for.
You can even search your emails while offline (it will only search the synced ones, obviously).
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Yep, let me join the chorus for an offline mode. This would make Newsblur a 'killer app' in my opinion. I previously used the MobileRSS reader app, but it became very buggy and crashed a lot, and I think it only works with a Google Reader account so is no use to use, post-June 2013. However, they *did* employ an offline mode and it was fantastic for subway/bus use.
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Really looking forward to this feature.
Previous commenters mentioned Reeder. Newsify app which I was using before Newsblur also has this feature.
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Would love you even more, if this will get in! :)
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What if you could send articles to a read-it-later service like Pocket/Readability/Instapaper on a schedule, or per feed or per label/folder?

Some sort of UI that generates a cron job or something:
Every 24 hours send the first 50 stories from the "tech" folder that are focused/liked to Pocket.
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I have three tabs open in my browser: this support thread and two tabs on Core Data, which is the data model needed for offline in iOS. It's coming soon, I hope.
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Disclaimer: I'm not a developer.

I read some article about Core Data totally being busted for syncing. If it doesn't work well, peoples will be mad. I'm sure you'll figure it out.
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+1 to offline mode. Offline use is pretty much my number one use of RSS, for reading on the tube.
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Frankly, it wouldn't have been bad to mention this a little bit more prominent, same for the 14 days cut-off. Amazing how many reviewers have forgotten to mention those tiny details.
That way the iOS apps appear to be no more than (well designed) web apps for something built on RSS, not on par with feed readers proper.
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Since you all asked, this feature is now in beta and I'm shipping it out to a few testers this weekend. Soon, everybody.