Feed Reader

Web feeds are becoming more and more popular and MultiZilla offers you two different ways of viewing them: The Feed Viewer and the Feed Reader which is described on this page.

Disclaimer

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Viewing the Feed Reader

The Feed Reader is a SeaMonkey sidebar and you can select it as you would any other sidebar.

Subscribing to Feeds

There are two ways of subscribing to feeds. When MultiZilla automatically finds a feed on a page it displays an icon in the bottom-right of the status bar. Clicking on this displays the Feed Viewer which has a prominent icon at the top entitled Subscribe to feed which can be used to add a feed in the Feed Reader.

As well as this, you can right-click the top pane of the Feed Reader and select Add New Feed... This will let you directly enter the URL of a web feed to be added.

Whether you click on the Subscribe to feed link in the Feed Viewer or enter a URL directly, MultiZilla ensures that the feed is valid and can be displayed and presents you with an information page about the feed and lets you choose whether or not to add it to your subscriptions list as shown below:

Feed information

Here you can view the title of the feed, a description of it and any image associated with it. You can also change the title to something more memorable or shorter. When you click Add Feed the feed will be added to your subscriptions and the Web Feeds sidebar will open to let you read the feeds, as shown below:

Multizilla Feed Reader (web feeds sidebar)

This is split into two panes. The top pane contains all the feeds that you are currently subscribed to, and the bottom pane lists all the entries in the currently selected feed. MultiZilla regularly checks each feed for updates and those feeds with updates are marked accordingly. You can then click on an entry in that feed to view it in the browser (or middle-click to open it in a new tab).

Categories

You can also organise your feeds into categories as shown below. To do this, right-click on any feed in the top pane and select Add New Category... This will bring up the following dialog:

Add a new category for a feed

Enter the name of the category in the top field, and, if appropriate, select the group for the category, otherwise leave it at the default of "new feed group". The new category will now appear in the top pane of the feed reader, and you can move feeds into it by either right-clicking on them and selecting Move Feed to New Category or dragging and dropping it into the category.

Being Alerted to New Items

Although you can open the feed reader (web feeds sidebar) manually to check if there are new items in any of your feeds, MultiZilla can alert you by an icon in the status bar. In the MultiZilla → General → Appearance → Miscellaneous section of the Preferences, select Show 'Web Feeds Button' when new content has arrived and an icon will appear in the left of the status bar at the bottom of the browser window. When new content is available, the icon will change and you can hover over it to see details (see screenshot below) and click on it to open the Feed Reader.

Add a new category for a feed

Exporting Your Feeds

You can export your feed information for importing into another application or for backup purposes using the standard OPML format by selecting any feed in the Feed Reader and pressing F6.

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