May 31 2017 - I've just uploaded Tickr-0.7.0~beta3 sources package in
and binaries (Linux and win32) in
Please remember it's still *beta*, meaning there are a couple of bugs and issues not fixed yet. Hopefully, I should be able to complete final version shortly.
New features include: HTTPS support and REVERSE SCROLLING (ie left to right) option.
For everybody willing to test this version, all feedback is very welcome! ;)
Jun 6, 2013 - http://packages.debian.org/testing/main/tickr
May 25, 2013 - https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tickr
May 25, 2013 -
(Thanks to my Debian sponsor Luca Falavigna :) )
New features and bug fixes:
- In pref windows, some setting changes (like 'read n items per feed')
need the stream to be reloaded, so now we use:
- Fix 'quick feed picker (selected feeds) closes when pointer leaves win area' and implement it as a setting.
- In pref window, disabling screen limits updates win_y and win_w limits on the fly.
- Max options number now set to 128.
- Pref win changes:
- remove 'system' colors buttons
- increase gtk table row spacings
- If gradient bg set, compute text shadow color no longer from bg_color but from gradient.
- Quick feed picker (selected feeds) closes when pointer leaves win area. Plus: quick feed picker opened *also* by Ctrl + mouse right-click.
- Complete RSS 1.0 support (Closes: #688099) and fix/rewrite a few things in feed parser code.
- In tickr_feedparser.c: ending '\n' removed when adding string to XML_DUMP (left when adding string to XML_DUMP_EXTRA).
- Replace update_win_dims() with update_win_dims_and_loc() so that if ticker location happens to be wrong, it's always and quickly reset.
- Add RSS 1.0 (RDF) support.
- In tickr_main.c / main(), change:
gtk_widget_set_size_request(env->win, 1, 1);
gtk_window_resize(GTK_WINDOW(env->win), 1, 1);
to try to get rid of "ghost" square window at startup (but is this fully effective ?)
gtk_widget_set_size_request(env->win, 0, 0)
gtk_widget_set_size_request(env->win, 1, 1)
- In feed picker - multiple selection mode: start reading selection with highlighted feed - more exactly url in entry (if any) / first one otherwise.
- Remove (useless ?) app version number from exported OPML feed list title.
- Only a little editor issue - some editors get confused (geany colors get confused) by things like:
so now we put a space in between, like this:
- If win_w = 0, win_w = detected screen width (same as 'full width' but from command line).
- Fix xml namespaces issue in tickr_feedparser.c, when, for instance, 'media:title' exists along with 'title' and we then get 'title' twice. Now, we make sure no extra namespace is used before comparing strings with 'title', 'description', etc.
- Fix stupid bug in format_resource() 'translate html entities' when '&' alone is detected (ie without a following ';'). Also fix 'translating' numerical entities with leading '0' in value string.
- New option 'disablescreenlimits' which allows win_y and win_w to be greater than screen dimensions.
- A few default settings changed.
- Gradient bg.
Feb 18, 2013 - https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tickr
Feb 9, 2013 - http://packages.debian.org/experimental/main/tickr
- Note (again!): In case you're wondering, this version is in Debian experimental not because it's buggy or unstable, but because of Wheezy freeze period.
New features and bug fixes:
- Fix messy update_everything() function and add new
update_pixmap_from_opened_stream() function, used in tickr_mainc.c and
- All *string* values are now saved inclosed in a pair of " or '. (This avoid getting trailing whitespaces removed by some editors, and other weird things like that.) When read, enclosing " or ' are removed, so backward compatibility is preserved.
- install-on-win32 script renamed build-on-win32 (for accuracy sake.)
- Fix some confusion about win_transparency in tickr_param.c. Actually, double value from 0.1 to 1.0 inside program / int value from 1 to 10 inside config file or as command line argument.
- Fix settings import doing nothing (regression bug).
- In show_resource_info(), fix URL link and GTK label.
- Move and set:
#define N_STR_MAX 8
#define STR_MAXLEN FILE_NAME_MAXLEN (128 previously)
and remove duplicates.
- In tickr_feedpicker.c, add:
( f_list_free_all(flist_bak); )
to fix: list crash (f_list_free_all(): Invalid node in list) after adding a feed to an empty list (when clicking OK).
- Rename (#define RESOURCE_DUMP) APP_CMD"-resrc-dump" -> APP_CMD"-resrc-dump.xml" (because it *is* an XML file.)
- Little changes in big_error() text.
Aug 10, 2012 - https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tickr
Jul 20, 2012 - https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tickr
Jul 19, 2012 - http://packages.debian.org/experimental/main/tickr
- Note: This version is in Debian experimental not because it's buggy or unstable, but because of the freeze period.
Jul 15, 2012 - Upstream package uploaded to mentors.debian.org. Debian/Ubuntu i386 and Windows 32-bit binary packages available. (More formats should follow soon...)
New features and bug fixes:
- Non standard feed rank support in OPML file.
- Add new optional 'feed re-ordering by user' feature.
- Add in libetm-0.4.4/str_mem.c/h: (int) str_is_num(const char *) and (int) str_is_blank(const char *).
- In feed picker win, 'enter' in (rank_/url_)entry launches 'add/upd' (GTK_RESPONSE_ADD) instead of 'ok (single)' (GTK_RESPONSE_SINGLE).
- Question at program start-up about new feed list format conversion: if version = 0.6.2 and feed list exists and feed list backup doesn't exist, create backup and convert to new format.
- In tickr_feedpicker.c: fix 'cancel' action.
- New func FList *f_list_clone(FList *) in tickr_list/c/h.
- Use GTK_RESPONSE_CANCEL_CLOSE only.
- In compute_surface_and_win(), remove:
if (prm->icon_in_taskbar == 'n')
from update_win_dims() (why was it there?) to fix 'tickr keeps stealing focus' bug. Also replace params_have_been_changed() with win_params_have_been_changed().
- Fix (regression bug) segfault which occurs when opening text file and attempting to 'format_resource()' 'not-generated-if-resource is-file' XML_DUMP_EXTRA file.
- Libetm version 0.4.3 -> 0.4.4 (see below.)
- Add get_appdata-dir_w() in libetm-0.4.4:win32_specific.c and get_appdata_dir_utf8() in tickr_resource.c to fix non-ascii (for instance cyrillic) user name in app data dir issue on win32. Also remove seemingly useless g_win32_locale_filename_from_utf8() stuff on win32.
- If 'item title' and 'item description' both unchecked in pref win, warn about 'pointless' setup and ask for confirmation before saving config.
- Add new TickerEnv member (int) mouse_x_in_drwa used to continuously tracks (guess what?) mouse x position. Now we have:
- tooltips with descriptions when ticker displays only titles
- tooltips with titles when ticker displays only descriptions.
- Add fp_extra stuff in tickr_feedparser.c to get item titles / descriptions (in tooltips and others) when they are no displayed.
- Remove tmp files when exiting tickr_resource.c:format_resource().
- Add env->c_surf test in shift2left_callback().
Jun 16, 2012 - http://packages.debian.org/testing/main/tickr
Jun 8, 2012 - https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tickr
Jun 5, 2012 - http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/tickr
Jun 4, 2012 - Upstream package uploaded to mentors.debian.org. Debian/Ubuntu i386, rpm i386 and Windows 32-bit binary packages available. (More formats should follow soon...)
New features and bug fixes:
- Add: 'quick setup' thing (in tickr_quicksetup.c) which is launched at
program startup if config file doesn't exist.
- Little improvements in layout of 'feed picker win' and 'preferences win'.
- Fix a segfault that happens when trying to export params and no config file exists yet.
- Make several windows that should not be resized by user, unresizable.
- Fix Launchpad bug #1007346: When 'window always-on-top' is disabled, 'visible on all user desktops' stops working.
- If mouse wheel scrolling applies to speed (or feed), then Ctrl + mouse wheel scrolling applies to feed (or speed.)
- Update tickr_helptext.c and tickr.1 (man page.)
- Add new cli option 'no-ui' (similar to 'instance-id') used by new IF_UI_ALLOWED macro and remove all #if USE_GUI occurences.
- In tickr_list.c, free listfname before using it. Fixed by swapping 2 lines:
warning(FALSE, 4, "Can't save URL list ", listfname, ...);
#define FONT_MAXLEN 68
#define ARBITRARY_TASKBAR_HEIGHT 25
to replace a few 'magic' numeric values.
- Rename: rss_title/description(_delimiter) -> item_title/description(_delimiter) then add new param: feed_title(_delimiter). Now we have: feed title / item title / item description.
- Use table in resource properties window.
- Fix a bug in f_list_load_from_file() in tickr_list.c which uncorrectly retrieves any feed title string containing TITLE_TAG_CHAR when TITLE_TAG_CHAR has not been removed from string first, for instance:
'NYT > World' -> ' World'.
- New param: disable left-click.
- Add 'check for updates' feature.
- Launch 'import OPML file' if feed list doesn't exist.
- Remove code changing get_params()->disable_popups value in
macros which prevents this setting to be saved and add
new macros. Which ones to use depends on context.
extern FILE *stdout_fp, *stderr_fp;
from *.c into tickr.h.
- Default always-on-top setting changed to 'n' (so that tickr is not intrusive by default.)
Mar 22, 2012 - http://packages.debian.org/testing/main/tickr
Mar 14, 2012 - https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tickr
Mar 11, 2012 - http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/tickr
Mar 7, 2012 - Upstream package uploaded to mentors.debian.org. Debian/Ubuntu i386, rpm i386 and Windows 32-bit binary packages available. (More formats should follow soon...)
New features and bug fixes:
- Complete quick_feed_picker() stuff in tickr_quickfeedpicker.c.
- Swap win32 log files every hour to prevent generating huge ones. Finally fix an old bug on win32.
- Several little improvements/fixes in tickr_feedpicker.c.
- New type FList (feed doubly-linked list) and associated functions f_list_*() in tickr_list.c. Will replace confusing: char url_array / char *p_url / char **p_url stuff in: tickr_main.c, tickr_feedpicker.c, tickr_opml.c and tickr_resource.c.
- Renaming 2 src files: - tickr_rss.c -> tickr_feedparser.c - tickr_rsswin.c -> tickr_feedpicker.c
- Add new func: win_with_progress_bar() (in tickr_otherwins.c) and use it in feed list import thing (in tickr_opml.c) instead of not-spinning-as-expected win_with_spinner().
- When opening the feed picker dialog, highlight and scroll to current feed, plus several extra fixes and tweaks (in tickr_rsswin.c.)
- Add new func: highlight_and_go_to_row() (in tickr_quickfeedpicker.c.)
- Add new func: get_feed_index_in_selection() (in tickr_resource.c.)
- Add new module and func: tickr_quickfeedpicker.c: quick_feed_picker().
- Add new func: question_win_at().
- Move 'Import/Export Preferences' from 'File' to 'Edit' in menu layout.
- Check/improve tickr_socket.c code and move typedefs, prototypes, error codes, ... for tickr_socket.c into tickr_socket.h for modularity sake.
- Pause tickr (on mouse-over AND) when popup menu is opened.
- Change big_error() function (and prototype in libetm-0-4.3) to handle variable number of args / change warning() the same way.
- Add new func: try_str_to_utf8() in tickr_rss.c -> try to fix string when utf-8 validation fails.
- Add new func: remove_trailing_whitespaces_from_str(char *) in libetm-0.4.3/str_mem.c.
- Change SEND_RECV_TIMEOUT to SEND_RECV_TIMEOUT_SEC and SEND_RECV_TIMEOUT_USEC.
- Change main window title: 'app name and version num | feed title / file name' -> 'feed title / file name | app name and version num'
- In libetm-0.4.3: - Compile with win32_specific.c only on win32 (fix empty unit warning.) - get_libetm_version() (function name modified.)
- Fix a typo in debian/control Build-Depends: 'debhelper (>= 7.O.50~)' instead of 'debhelper (>= 7.0.50~)' which only shows up when trying to build for Lucid.
- Split tickr_http.c into tickr_http.c and tickr_socket.c.
- libetm-0.4.2 -> libetm-0.4.3: Replace KB, MB, GB, TB with KiB, MiB, GiB, TiB.
Jan 4, 2012 - https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tickr
Dec 29, 2011 - Package migrated from unstable.
Dec 18, 2011 - Windows version released too.
New features and bug fixes:
- Implement new paramater <mouse wheel scrolling apply to:
s = ticker-speed / f = feed-in-list / n = none>.
- Set <ticker pause on mouse-over> as optional.
- Select/highlight and scroll to added URL in the list window.
- Split compute_surface_and_win() code into compute_surface and compute_win, because the later is not always necessary. When window-always-on-top is disabled, compute_win needs to be run only twice at program startup (ie once after gtk_widget_show_all() has been called), then whenever params are changed, but not every time a new feed is loaded (this is to fix an issue with Unity on Ubuntu.)
- Add preferences (settings) importing/exporting feature.
- 'file' scheme support added in tickr_http.c -> enables reading *and* xml-processing of (local) text files (wheras 'open text file' *only* read them.)
- 'HTTPS not supported' handling/warning added in tickr_http.c (fix bug: program freezes with HTTP redirects to HTTPS.)
- xml 'quick check' in tickr_http.c:format_quick_check() don't reject anymore valid (?) feeds not starting with '<?xml' (like google news.)
- A few little changes in libetm-0.4 -> libetm-0.4.2.
- Use mouse wheel to go to previous/next feed (would it be better to do: speed up/down?)
- Hide passwords in connection settings window.
- Pause ticker and show feed title in tooltip on mouse-over.
- Renaming all source files: news_*.c/h -> tickr_*/c/h.
Nov 28, 2011 - https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tickr
Nov 21, 2011 - Package migrated from unstable.
Nov 15, 2011 - https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tickr/0.5.4-1
Nov 10, 2011 - Several bug fixes: See Debian version (below).
Nov 10, 2011 - Several bug fixes:
- Fix sort_url_list(EMPTY_LIST) falsly returning one element list
(in news_list.c.) Now, program doesn't hang anymore if lauched with no
feed URLs selected.
- Add in news_main.c: shift2left_callback(): env->suspend_rq = TRUE / (cairo drawing code) / env->suspend_rq = FALSE
- Tickr fails to build with ld --as-needed (recently-set-as-default linker flag) because libraries must be placed after objects needing theirs symbols. To fix that, we use autoconf macro PKG_CHECK_MODULES(GTK2, gtk+-2.0, ,) and PKG_CHECK_MODULES(XML2, libxml-2.0, ,) in configure.ac, and we may so remove `pkg-config --libs GTK+-2.0' and `xml-config --libs' from src/tickr/Makefile.am.
Oct 3, 2011 - Package migrated from unstable.
Sept 10, 2011 - Package uploaded thanks to Debian Developer Luca Falavigna.
Aug 19, 2011 - New name and version number for Debian: TICKR version O.5.3-1.
Aug 12, 2011 - New features added:
- Prevent connection settings window from showing when popups are disabled.
Aug 11, 2011 - New features added:
- Add option to disable warning/error popup windows.
- See also beta versions.
Aug 5, 2011 - New features added:
- Enable optional switch to single selection mode after N connection attempts failed.
Aug 4, 2011 - New features added:
- Add missing env->stream_fully_read flag which is set/checked in
render_stream_to_surface() and shift2left_callback() and used in
multiple selections mode.
- Stuff from auth/proxy structs (but passwords) is loaded/saved as params in config file and accessible from cli.
- "Translate" all html entities.
Jul 29, 2011 - New features added:
- Implement HTTP basic authentication and proxy support.
- URL max length is now 2047.
- Fix bug in URL list (removing URL not working properly.)
- Mini HTTP client implementation.
- Add 'Select/Unselect All' buttons in feed picker window.
- Add 'read n items max per feed' new parameter.
- Add 'set all text to upper case' new parameter.
May 30, 2011 - Fix ticker area uncorrect width when clock is set to left.
New features added: See beta versions.
May 29, 2011 - New features added:
- Implement Atom format support.
May 26, 2011 - New features added:
- Implement multiple selections.
- Fix 'Bottom' button behaviour (win_y) in preferences window.
- Use Cairo image surfaces instead of GDK pixmaps and cairo functions instead of deprecated gdk_draw_ ones. This enables independent color alpha channel (transparency) for text / background (only for Linux version.)
- 'OK' button in preferences window misleadingly doesn't save -> 'Save' button removed, 'OK' button also saves.
May 8, 2011 - New features added: See beta versions.
Apr 11, 2011 - New features added:
- Implement importing/exporting URL list in OPML format.
- Add resource properties window.
Apr 3, 2011 - New features added / bug fixes:
- Implement 'icon in taskbar' and 'ticker visible on all desktops' new
- Now return all libxml2 error messages.
- UTF-8 encoding stuff check / code rewriting.
- Meaningful error messages instead of 'error code n' reported after parsing XML file not in RSS 2 format.
- Fix window transparency bug: transparency value falsly reported as invalid when set to 10 (so not used.)
Apr 2, 2011 - In section 'Independent', package: news-0.4.6-0extras10.10.1.
Feb 9, 2011 - New features added: See beta versions.
News has just been approved by the Ubuntu Application Review Board and will be available in the Ubuntu Software Center soon.
Feb 6, 2011 - Fix oddly working refresh feature.
Jan 26, 2011 - New features added:
- New default values for parameters.
- Root menu label [?] replaced by 'right-click-to-open-menu' functionality.
- 'Use system colors' option.
- 'Full width' button.
- 'Move to Top/Bottom' buttons.
- More explicit error message when 'Open in Browser' string is empty.
- Info window if no link is available.
- Use sample url list if no one has been saved yet.
Jan 17, 2011 - New features added:
- Implement html tags stripping option.
- Now, you can download News binary and sources debian packages from my Launchpad PPA.
Nov 28, 2010 - New features added: Implement top window transparency parameter.
Nov 20, 2010 - New features added:
- You can set different instance ids when launching several instances
of the app simultaneously, each instance using its own config and dump
- News is now released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Nov 9, 2010 - One issue about Windows version stability finally fixed:
The win32 version now uses a patched version of glib-2.26.0-win32 which implements using timeGetTime() instead of GetSystemTimeAsFile(). As timeGetTime() uses windows multimedia high resolution timers, this pushes highest resolution of g_timeout_add_*() functions from about 16 ms to 1 ms. So, resolutions of g_timeout_add_*() functions are now similar on both platforms, and this allows us to use GTK-win32 timeout stuff instead of threads (the former 16 ms limit meant a ***very slow*** scrolling and calling GTK functions from several threads which is, on win32, definitely ***not*** recommended.) Finally, the app is now ***fast and totally stable*** on Windows (as it is on Linux.)
Oct 27, 2010 - Fix a thread-related bug in the win32 version.
Sep 16, 2010 - New features added:
- Speed up or down scrolling on the fly.
- Feed Title in main window and Feed Picker window.
- Online Help.
- Parts of code have been fully rewritten.
Aug 28, 2010 - New features added: See stable version.
Apr 30, 2010 - New features added: Automatically find default browser (for the win32 version) and set parameter accordingly. Fix a few bugs.
Mar 17, 2010 - Fix a bug in 'Open in Browser' (sometimes didn't open the right link.)
Mar 6, 2010 - This includes Windows and Linux versions.
New features added: Browser support: clicking on text inside the ticker will open link in your favourite browser.
Feb 27, 2010 - New features added: See stable version.
Feb 12, 2010 - Win32 port of the Linux version.