Still having problems logging in

Jan 13, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Hi, I am running windows 7 x64, I have installed beta 3. It is still giving me the same problems: "Login failed, try again"

Coordinator
Jan 20, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Sorry to hear you still have problems. I plan to change the retrival behaviour soon (now: get all unread at once - new: get list of updated feeds and then fetch items per feed) - hope this will finally all problems.

Do you see "fetching data" in the login button a few seconds or do you get login failed immediatly?

Jan 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I get "fetching data" and after a few seconds, "login failed"

Coordinator
Jan 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

OK - this proofs that logging in works but the initial retrieval fails afterwards. This is something I gonna change with next release by fetching feed per feed.

If you would be so kind to test a special build for me - you can find it at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/982128/Tlhan%20Ghun/GoReDe/Setup-DesktopGoogleReader-1.2b4_retrievalLimit20.exe

It's a version where the retrieval of items has been reduced from 100 to 20 - maybe this would already help (and if so I would be much more confident about my final solution)

Thx in advance

Sven

Jan 20, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Works beautifully! Thanks for creating such a fantastic program!

Jan 20, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I guess I spoke too soon. I was just starting to use it and I noticed that its retrieving posts from 1 week ago. Maybe its catching up...?

Coordinator
Jan 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Yes, it should be fetching the oldest 20 items you haven't read until now with this test build - will reverse that later :)

Jan 21, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Desktop Google Reader is great. I use it primarily for the notifications. I had the same problem after making all feed read the first time, but the beta 4 solved it.

Bug: clicking the notification does not link to the correct page.
How to display the item title fully without the summary content in the notification (and resize accordingly), instead of a fixed length of text? 
Is the icon image still effective and can it display the picture of any Google News?
Can mark the item as read when the notification is right clicked (and certainly after opening by left click)? No need to reread it by opening the window every time.

Looking forward to having those important features, then it can beat Feed Monitor with Growl for Windows. Thank you.

Coordinator
Jan 21, 2010 at 8:45 AM
borisyim wrote:

Desktop Google Reader is great. I use it primarily for the notifications. I had the same problem after making all feed read the first time, but the beta 4 solved it.

Great to hear 

Bug: clicking the notification does not link to the correct page.

It should - will have a look at that and fix it.

How to display the item title fully without the summary content in the notification (and resize accordingly), instead of a fixed length of text? 

No option for that until now - but I could add such an option if you would like to :)
Is the icon image still effective and can it display the picture of any Google News?

The icon code is working always when the image is an attachment to the RSS post. Don't know which feeds do it in this way - here in Germany the most popular doing so is www.spiegel.de
Can mark the item as read when the notification is right clicked (and certainly after opening by left click)? No need to reread it by opening the window every time.

In fact it is marked as read when right clicked - just the the view is not updated - will fix this :) You can try by right clicking a notification and then reload the feeds ;)

Looking forward to having those important features, then it can beat Feed Monitor with Growl for Windows. Thank you.

Thanks for your feedback - this is very helpful as the features working for now are all my own wishes I had so it's great to get new wishes from the users :)

 

Jan 21, 2010 at 9:09 AM
Edited Jan 21, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Cool. Certainly I would like to have that option. At first I thought the length of text is just for the summary - actually you can implement like that too if you like, and minimum length will extend to 0, but mostly I'd just like to get rid of the beginning of the summary which is not quite useful. Just display the full title.

I tried right clicking on a (sticky) notification, but the item still shows as unread in DGR and Google Reader. I'll retry.

Let's take an example: look at this Google News for Space page. Most of the time each item has an image with it. See if you can extract an image for each item in the descriptions of the feed. That can later extend to a generic way to pull any image from the feed or article i.e. just try to associate a unique image with every item.

One problem with Google Reader is its low update frequency, which can create hours of delay - if only DGR can poll the feed directly.

Thanks!

Coordinator
Jan 21, 2010 at 1:31 PM
borisyim wrote:

Let's take an example: look at this Google News for Space page. Most of the time each item has an image with it. See if you can extract an image for each item in the descriptions of the feed. That can later extend to a generic way to pull any image from the feed or article i.e. just try to associate a unique image with every item.

I see - the images there are linked images in the HTML sourcecode of each item. So I think I could do it in this way:

  1. If there is an attachment to this item which is from type image then use this
  2. Try to find the first occurence of an image in HTML source of summary (meaning first <img src="http://xxxxxxx") and use it if available
  3. Later release: Use the icon of the feed (later - this information is not present within the Google feeds (which is sad as it is part of the RSS spec...)
  4. Use the Desktop Google Reader icon
Jan 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM
Edited Jan 21, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Exactly. And the icon should be larger, say as large as the Google News thumbnails. Unsure if that should be set in Snarl Styles.

Looking forward to the title and image features soon (then I can switch over :p).
Coordinator
Jan 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM

What I have now already working:

  • Title of notification can be "Feed name" or "Feed item title"
  • Text of notification can now be "Feed item title and content", "Feed item content", "Feed item title", "Feed name" or "Nothing".
  • Options for using the attached image (as it has been already - but can now be turned off) and to parse the content for the first HTML-image-tag (which is working in general but with your Example feed I have some problems I wanna investigate deeper first - only get emtpy GIFs there (maybe this is security thing of Google that noone could auto-grab all there images...!?)

The display size of the icon is only controlled by the used style - if you miss a style fitting your needs could you describe it or give an example...?

Update frequency is (as you wrote) a Google Reader issue. And I don't plan in the moment too write an own parser of RSS and it's many variations :)

Coordinator
Jan 22, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Ah - just got an idea - maybe I could download the image and have a look at its size and if is too small don't use it - hmmm, will play with that I think ;)

Coordinator
Jan 22, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Start your auto update of Desktop Google Reader or go to the download page :)

Jan 25, 2010 at 2:42 AM
Edited Jan 27, 2010 at 7:23 AM

Super! Let's continue with the ideas in another thread for "Feature requests and ideas".

May 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I am using version 1.3.

I enter my Google Reader username and password, click "Login" and see "Logging in", then "Login OK, fetching data...", then very quickly it changes to "Login failed, try again".

I located the earlier build that limited downloads to 20, but it did the same thing. I re-installed 1.3 and the problem continues.

Help! I really want to use the software!

Coordinator
May 4, 2010 at 2:51 PM
vogelap wrote:

I am using version 1.3.

I enter my Google Reader username and password, click "Login" and see "Logging in", then "Login OK, fetching data...", then very quickly it changes to "Login failed, try again".

I located the earlier build that limited downloads to 20, but it did the same thing. I re-installed 1.3 and the problem continues.

Help! I really want to use the software!

Hm - that's bad. I really thought those problems would be gone now forever,,, My I ask for your setup (Windows version, CPU and maybe your internet bandwidth)?

On the other hand I could create a debug build for you but I will be able to do so thursday only if you could be that patient...

May 4, 2010 at 3:52 PM

I am running Windows XP Professional, service pack 3. CPU is an Intel Core 2 CPU, 2.13GHz. 3 gigs memory. We have a T1 line, so internet connection isn't an issue.

I am willing to run a debug build or whatever will help! I can certainly wait until Thursday if necessary.

Thank you for the quick reply.

Coordinator
May 6, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Hi again,

as promised I created a testing version with debug logging enabled - you can get it at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/982128/Tlhan%20Ghun/DesktopGoogleReader/Setup-DesktopGoogleReader-1.3.6_Logging.exe

It will write two logfiles called API.txt and UserInterface.txt into your "Documents and Settings"-folder within "Application Data" and "Desktop Google Reader". Please start this version, try to login and send me the logfiles afterwards to info@tlhan-ghun.de

Many thanks

Sven

Coordinator
May 6, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Option 2)

I created a new build were I changed the initial data fetch which is now split in two phases. So maybe you could also try http://dl.dropbox.com/u/982128/Tlhan%20Ghun/DesktopGoogleReader/Setup-DesktopGoogleReader.1.3.0.7_DelayedFullFetch.exe which hopefully should fetch all items for you (even without the old 100 items limit). This version has no debug output.