Changelog

Follow up on the latest improvements and updates.

RSS

We've now added a new feed output option:
Remove images
.
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To enable this:
  1. Edit your feed
  2. Click the
    Generate RSS/JSON
    tab
  3. Check the
    Remove images as part of cleanup
    checkbox
  4. Make sure
    Clean HTML
    is checked
  5. Click
    Update Feed
    button
Next time your feed updates, images will be removed from the generated feed's item content. You can choose the 'Rebuild feed' action from the feed's actions menu to have the feed rebuilt with the new setting applied (although you might have to wait a minute or two for the generated feed to update).
New feature for
Plus
and
Business
plans: You can now enable curation mode on your feeds.
Curation mode is intended for users who have set up feed generation in Feed Control. When enabled, Feed Control will still monitor the source feed, but you will have to pick the items that should be included in the feed output.
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In this mode items that Feed Control processes will be marked as candidates and not automatically included in the feed output.
This is useful if you want to be very selective about the feed items that should be processed by any system consuming your feed. If filtering rules have been set up, items that fail to pass the filters will be marked as 'filtered', making it easier for you to decide which items to consider for inclusion.
You can enable curation mode by editing a feed and going into the filters tab:
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Item visibility
Whether you enable curation mode or not, you can now also change the visibility of feed items that Feed Control has retrieved to hide specific items from output.
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When you change item visibility you have the following options:
  • Visible
    - this is the default visibility mode and means that items will be included in generated feed output (if enabled).
  • Keep visible - ignore feed filters
    - this is like above, but protects the item from having its visibility changed if you update and re-apply your filters.
  • Hidden - ignore feed filters
    - this excludes the item from feed output. It's similar to the 'filtered' state, except that it's applied manually and also ensures the item cannot be made visible again if you update and re-apply your filters.
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As part of this update, we now show you filtered items in the item list, whereas before they were hidden. Using the new funnel button you can change the view to show only items which are visible, filtered, or manually hidden. We hope this makes it a little easier to work with your feeds.
New action: Re-filter feed items
When you change the filtering rules for a feed, the updated filters only affect new feed items that Feed Control processes. To apply the new filtering rules to existing items, we've added a new feed action: Re-filter feed items.
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New action: Delete feed item
Previously you were able to delete all feed items belonging to a feed, but not individual feed items. We now let you selectively delete feed items.
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Note: Deleting feed items removes them from the Feed Control database, but if they're still in the source feed, they will be added again when the feed is refreshed. This is useful if you want Feed Control to re-process the feed item, e.g. if you've enabled full-text fetching for the feed. To exclude the item from appearing in the feed output, you should change the item's visibility to hidden instead (see item visibility section above).
Fixes
Finally, some of you wrote in to tell us that you'd experienced issues after we rolled out the previous update. This incuded some items being marked as 'failed' as well as filtering issues. We apologise if your feeds were affected, and have now now fixed the issues that were reported to us. If you still encounter any trouble, please do let us know.
For users who have enabled full-text fetching of article content, Feed Control now handles these item by item. This means that we now add new items and then fetch and expand each item with the full content. This means that for full-text feeds we will now fetch up to 15 new items each time we check the source feed (determined by the update frequency you have set for your feed). Previously, when full-text fetching was enabled, we only retrieved up to 5 items at a time.
When a feed item is still being processed, you will see this indicated in the feed items view now under the status column:
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If you notice any issues, please feel free to get in touch with us. We're always happy to hear feedback, whether that's ideas for improving the service, or issues you've encountered processing your feeds in Feed Control.
When you generate RSS feeds through Feed Control, you can now add HTML to be appended to the end of the content in each feed item entry.
This feature is only available on Plus and Business plans.
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To do this:
  1. From the Feeds page, choose the feed you want to edit
  2. Click the edit button
  3. Click the
    Generate RSS/JSON
    tab
  4. At the bottom you should see the field
    HTML to append to item content
  5. Enter the HTML you want and click
    Update Feed
  6. The next time the feed is updated, your HTML will be appended. (If this is a new feed and you don't mind deleting existing items from it, you can use the actions menu to
    delete feed items
    and then
    refresh feed
    to trigger an update.)
To have the item URL inserted in the HTML, use the
{url}
placeholder. For example:
<p>This article originally appeared in <a href="{url}">XYZ News</a>.</p>
We recently added Integrations to Feed Control. You'll find a new link in the left-hand menu where you can access Integrations.
Note: Integrations are only available on the Plus and Business plans.
Slack and Discord support
You can now connect your Slack workspace or Discord server to Feed Control.
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Once you do, you'll be able to tell Feed Control to post new updates to your feeds or bundles to a specified channel.
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You can connect multiple Slack workspaces or Discord servers in Feed Control. And for each feed or bundle, you can specify multiple channels that updates should be posted to.
Multiple webhook URLs
We've had support for webhooks before, but users have been limited to a single webhook URL per account.
Now webhooks are part of our integrations, so you can register multiple webhook URLs. Each feed or bundle can then be linked to one or more of these Webhook URLs.
Feedback
We'd love to hear what you think about these changes. If you experience any difficulty or just have general comments, please do let us know!
It's now possible to sign up or login to Feed Control with just a few clicks, using your existing Google account.
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In Feed Control, you can now group one or more feeds into a bundle and have RSS or JSON generated for the bundle.