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A workaround to hide read items in NetNewsWire Apps
If you're anything like me, you love NetNewsWire, the RSS reader, but hate the fact that you can't hide all the items you've already read. It gets pretty annoying slogging through a year's worth of news (if you're saving it) to find that one unread item.

If the developer fixes this problem in version 3.0, then this workaround won't be necessary, but until then, here's a way to hide old news: simply put each feed in its own folder. NetNewsWire can nest folders several levels deep, so you can still use your existing folder structure. If you just want to see the unread items, click the folder; if you need to find an older article, the full archive of that feed is right inside.

[kirkmc adds: I've been doing this for some time. I have both folders containing multiple feeds (such as all my Mac feeds together) and other folders containing single feeds.

But it's not that NetNewsWire stores the old news, it's the feed itself that presents the old stories for a certain period of time. Note that the program's General preferences do allow you to choose between keeping stories until they disappear from the feed, or for a fixed period of time (you can set that to one day). You can also refine these settings for each feed by selecting the feed, pressing Command-I, then making changes to the Persistence section of the Info window.]
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A workaround to hide read items in NetNewsWire
Authored by: skully dazed on Nov 02, '06 09:38:49AM

Or, rather than go through all that work, you can goto "View" and select "Show New Items Subscription". Then all your unread items will show up there, and there's no need to dig through your folders just to find unread items.

Another option is to use single key reading. The space bar will not only scroll your current item down, if you've reached the bottom, or it's shorter than the space available for display, the space bar will move to the next unread item.



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A workaround to hide read items in NetNewsWire
Authored by: cebailey on Nov 02, '06 10:05:25AM

The "unread items" list is a little daunting when i have 300+ unread items and I have 5 minutes to kill before my next meeting. This way I can go to my 'favorite' feeds and still just see the unread items.

Plus, I have a plenty of hard drive space, and I like to keep an archive of all of the things NNW pulls down, because I find I refer back to old articles a lot.



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A workaround to hide read items in NetNewsWire
Authored by: rbates on Nov 02, '06 11:13:15AM
I like to use the arrow keys for browsing NetNewsWire. Here's a few keys I use:
  • Shift + Up/Down Arrow will go to the next/previous unread message.
  • Right Arrow will open the selection in a new tab.
  • Option + Right Arrow will open the selection in the browser.
  • Left Arrow will focus on the subscriptions list so you can navigate that. Tap Right Arrow to go back to the feeds.
  • Command + Shift + Left/Right Arrow will go to the next/previous tab. You can scroll the web page with the arrows too.
Sorry this is slightly off topic.

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A workaround to hide read items in NetNewsWire
Authored by: CoolerQ on Nov 03, '06 07:42:52PM

NNW does, in fact, store news items beyond when they drop off the original feed, if you set the preferences to store for n days. I have my LiveJournal feed, for instance, set to save for 999 days - and it does.



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