Important! SilverReader shutdown on November 1. 2014.

TL;DR

SilverReader service is shutting down on November 1. 2014. 00:00 CET. Make sure you have exported your subscriptions and found an alternative before that date.

A hard decision

It’s been quite a journey for the last year and a half and we are up to the point to decide whether to continue developing and investing into SilverReader or stop it altogether. Sadly, we decided to do latter.

We never intended to create RSS reader to compete with likes of Feedly. This was our side project, built on our spare time. The plan was to just make it self-sustainable, with ads and premium features, so it can at least pay for its hosting.

Unfortunately, we never got to that point. Our marketing efforts failed to bring us larger user base. We are just developers after all, enjoying building things, not marketing them. Also, the monthly costs of hosting accumulated over time. While they are not as high now, we would need to invest in an expanded infrastructure in near future.

Moving on

We came to the crossroad. Should we invest more time in marketing, implementing ads, adding premium features and hope that more users will come? Or should we just give up?

We already got caught up by our daily jobs and other side projects. In the last 6 months only Android client app has been getting new features. Web app and Windows Phone client were on ice. iOS client was planned and started but never got far. So, looks like we already made up our minds, just were not aware of it.

On November 1. 2014. 00:00 CET, SilverReader service will shut down, after 491 days (it started on June 28. 2013.). It was a hard decision to make. We hope our users will find a great new home somewhere, as cozy as SilverReader was. For alternatives, take a look below.

In a few days, a shutdown notice will be added to all our apps, linking to this post.

Make sure you have exported your subscriptions before November 1. To export your feeds in OPML format, open SilverReader web app, click on your username / avatar on top right and choose Settings. Then go to Import/Export and click Export button. You’ll get a standard OPML file that you can import to any other RSS reader. Note that you won’t have your bookmarks exported with this! Bookmark those items somewhere else while SilverReader is still active.

Plans

SilverReader is our child and we wouldn’t like for it to just disappear. It took a considerable effort to develop it. There are several possible scenarios for future.

  1. To sell the service
    If there’s someone interested in taking over SilverReader (with our support for further development), please let us know.
  2. To make the code Open-Source
    In the next few months, we might publish the source code for crawler, web app and some / all our client apps on GitHub.
  3. Android client
    SilverReader Android client might be resurrected to use some third party API (like Feedly). In a more unlikely case, Windows Phone client also.
  4. SilverReader blog
    This blog will not be shut down. It will be our channel for any future updates, like source code publishing, client app changes, etc.

Alternatives

For a list of alternatives, take a look at: http://alternativeto.net/software/silverreader/.

Feedly might seem like a most obvious choice, but for users used to Google Reader-like interface, there are plenty of other options. Here are some of our favorites in no particular order:

Goodbye

From the bottom of our hearths, thank you.
Your SilverReader team

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Android and Windows Phone apps published!

Hello SilverReaders!

We have some good news. Our Android and Windows Phone clients are finally published yesterday. You can find SilverReader for Android on Google Play Store and SilverReader for Windows Phone on Windows Phone Marketplace. Don’t forget to rate and share if you like them.

Please note that current versions requires you to have an account on http://silverreader.com with subscriptions added / imported. In future versions, there will be an in-app support for exploring feed recommendations and subscribing to feeds.

Here are some screenshots. Android version:

And Windows Phone version:

As for iOS app, we have postponed it a little. Expect more news later.

As always, thank you for your support,
Your SilverReader team

Major update – version 1.1

After few months of development, we have just published version 1.1, a first major update of SilverReader. So, what’s new? A lot of things…

Bootstrap 3

We have upgraded to Bootstrap 3 framework and reworked the layout to be fully responsive. The web version of SilverReader is now usable on wider range of devices.

We have also upgraded to Durandal 2.0. Among other things, this upgrade enabled us to make URL driven views without much problems. As you select folders and feeds, switch to settings and subscription, your URL will be modified as you would expected from a standard web page.

Durandal

P.S. While there, please consider supporting Durandal’s Kickstarter campaign. This fantastic framework certainly deserves it’s place among other MV* frameworks such as Angular, Backbone, Ember.js…

jQuery and Knockout libraries are upgraded to latest versions. Both of them should provide small performance improvements.

Beside upgrades, there are also new features, most of which are requested by you and of course a lot of bug fixes. Here are some screenshots:

And finally, here’s the full list of changes for version 1.1:

  • Responsive design all over – much more usable on smaller devices
  • Subscribe is now a separate view and allows you to search for feeds
  • All views and filters (feeds, folders) now have unique URLs making browser navigation easier
  • Added support for custom feed and folder ordering
  • Added workaround for decoding problems on some browsers – decoding support is now detected automatically, but you can change it in settings
  • Added auto-refresh – unread count for feeds and folders is refreshed in 5 minute intervals and also when you get back to the SilverReader tab / window
  • Feeds and folders area is now hidden on small devices, but most of the options are available in new Filter button that is visible on small devices and when you hide feeds area with ‘u’ shortcut
  • Added filter dialogs for feeds and folders, accessible with keyboard shortcuts and via new Filter button
  • Added more sharing options – Buffer, Delicious, Evernote, Instapaper, Pocket and StumbleUpon
  • Added more recommended feeds
  • Added more Google Reader keyboard shortcuts (‘g d’ – go to recommendations, ‘g u’ – open feed filter, ‘g t’ – open folder filter)
  • Upgraded all client-side dependencies – Bootstrap, Durandal, jQuery, Knockout, Font Awesome…
  • Upgraded most of server-side dependencies
  • Style fixes on list and expanded view headers
  • Reorganized toggle options in All items context menu to use less vertical space
  • All options from All items context menu are now also available in Settings view
  • Fixed a problem with publish dates that are too far in the future
  • Fixed an issue with relative URLs
  • Fixed an issue with some HTML tags in post title not properly encoded
  • Fixed the sizing of images and media elements on smaller displays
  • Fixed the problem with selecting last item in expanded view on bigger monitors
  • A lot of smaller bug fixes, refactorings and optimizations

After the update, we noticed several bugs. In the next few days, we’ll make sure those bugs are fixed and update the help content. Expect another update regarding our mobile apps soon.

As always, thank you for your support! We hope you’ll enjoy it.
Your SilverReader team.

Yesterday’s scheduled maintenance

As you might have noticed, we had a scheduled maintenance yesterday. Few days ago we set a system message for all users with the information about downtime.  The plan was to bring the SilverReader down on Sunday 25. August, 4 PM UTC and to do upgrade during the next 6 hours (at most).

Well, it didn’t go according our plan. We had several problems during the upgrade. Downtime was almost 11 hours and we eventually had to restore the old version. Also, the loading might have been slower for some users this morning. That’s been fixed also.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience that it might cause. This was an important lesson to us. We’ll certainly have much better maintenance plans in the future.

Thank you for your understanding.

Your SilverReader team

Version 1.0.8.3 change log

As usual, here’s the summary of changes between versions 1.0.7.0 and 1.0.8.3 that was published yesterday.

  • When one feed is selected on the left, feed title above feed items will be a link to feed home page
  • Also, RSS icon next to feed title will be a direct link to RSS feed
  • Added “Visit home page” and “Visit original feed URL” feed context menu options
  • Added Shift+V shortcut and feed item context menu option for opening an original post in popup window
  • Log in using Google or Facebook will now be remembered – no need to log in again when restarting the browser
  • Implemented support for system messages – don’t worry, we’ll use this only for very important system updates
  • Share on Twitter button now sets the item title as the tweet text
  • Fixed problem with email and open in new window shortcuts
  • Shortcuts like bookmark item and open in new window are now working on current item also
  • Fixed problem with Rename feed not working on Uncategorized folder
  • Fixed problem with OPML import on Internet Explorer 9
  • Various crawler engine improvements and optimizations
  • Small user interface fixes and improvements

Some feed edge cases are now supported in crawler. If you had some feeds not working before, you might notice that they are fetched now.

Again, a big thanks for our users for reporting issues, posting ideas and helping SilverReader to improve.

Enjoy!
Your SilverReader team.