Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Google Reader's Search Field

Gérard mentioned a few weeks ago that Google Reader doesn't have a search field. I didn't believe him! So I had to go check for myself. But Gérard was right: there was not search field in sight, and I couldn't find anything about this on their help pages. Can you believe that?

A few days ago Google added a search field to Google Reader. Woo-hoo! Now Google Reader is back in the race, and I can now seriously consider a switch from the excellent rssfwd+Gmail combination to Google Reader.

6 comments:

Gérard Métrailler said...

I was really happy to see that search finally made it into Google Reader. Combined with Gears, it becomes a very good solution, even when traveling without having a network connection. Next step, get Google Reader and Google Gears work with the version of Safari that is on the iPhone / iPod Touch ;-)

Erik Bruchez said...

I just switched to Google Reader as well a couple of weeks ago as I was sick of Thunderbird. I haven't used the offline mode yet, but that's certainly a big plus! Just one missing thing: it would be nice if Google Reader supported feeds that require HTTP authentication.

Alessandro Vernet said...

Erik,

It really doesn't support feeds that require authentication? Can't you provide a URL that looks like http://user:pass@server/atom.xml? I haven't tried with Google Reader, but that used to work with rssfwd.

Alex

Alessandro Vernet said...

Gérard,

Google Reader works already pretty well on the iPhone. In fact Google Reader was one of the first site out there to offer an application that runs on the iPhone... or the iPod touch for those who are not in the US ;). You can see it on your regular browser (no need for Safari) by going to http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/. It doesn't look like much like this in a regular browser, but it is incredibly usable on a phone.

Alex

Erik Bruchez said...

Alex, I haven't thought about including the user and password in the URL, so I don't know if it works.

-Erik

Alessandro Vernet said...

Erik,

You'll let me know if you get a chance to try that. Or since I am now using Google Reader, I guess I will soon need try this for myself.

Alex