March 13, 2008 | 3 min 47 sec
In the last update we added an RSS and Atom feed importer. The exciting thing about the NetNewsWire importer is if you use NetNewsWire to keep track of all your blog subscriptions and news feed subscriptions, then you don’t have to remember any URLs.
Hello, this is Adam. We just released the seventh update to Bee Docs Timeline 2 and I would like to show you the new NetNewsWire importer that we have added.
Now, in the last update we added an RSS and Atom feed importer where you could type the URL of a news feed and it would chart it out. But the exciting thing about the NetNewsWire importer is if you use NetNewsWire to keep track of all your blog subscriptions and news feed subscriptions, then you do not have to remember any URLs. It will just port them right over from NetNewsWire.
Let me show you NetNewsWire in case you have not seen it before. It simply keeps track of all your blog and news feed subscriptions. It checks for updates periodically and it downloads them to your computer so that you can really quickly go through all the news feed items that you have got.
One thing about the Bee Docs Timeline / NetNewsWire integration is that it works with these cached files that NetNewsWire has already downloaded. So it should work very quickly and it should be the exact same content that you have got in NetNewsWire.
Let us go ahead and create a new timeline in Bee Docs Timeline based on one of our news feeds. We are going to base it on this Apple News feed. There are no images in it so I am going to turn off import images. And then the summery text is nice and short in this blog so I am going to go ahead and import the news feed contents in the notes.
I will just selected the timeline from this list of subscriptions that matches NetNewsWire and in a few seconds this “Apple Hot News” timeline will be created automatically for us. Here it is.
I would also like to show you what a news feed with images looks like when it is imported into Bee Docs Timeline. This is the “Joy of Tech” comic strip—their news feed—and you can see that each of these items has a small image in it. So let us go ahead and create a chart of this news feed.
We will go back to Bee Docs Timeline and then choose a look and then the NetNewsWire importer. But, before we go on here I want to point out that several of these importers—like the Skitch, NetNewsWire, and Aperture importer—will only show up if you have these applications installed on your hard drive. When you launch Bee Docs Timeline, it uses Spotlight to see which applications are installed on your machine and then will show you the appropriate importers for those applications. So, if you do not see NetNewsWire here, go download it and install it on your machine, and then it will show up.
So let us go ahead and choose that Joy of Tech news feed and we will import the images, the title, the date, and a link to the news item this time. We will not import Contents. A lot of times—especially if contents are very long—you will not want to import them. And I will click “Create Timeline.”
Here is our timeline from the Joy of Tech. Now remember, any of these events—if you have imported the link—you just select the event, click the link button, and it will launch the original news item in your web browser.
I hope those of you who are bloggers and NetNewsWire users will love this new feature in Bee Docs Timeline 2.0.7. And thanks for watching!
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