What’s new in iNotify v1.1.4

By the time we wrote this article, iNotify v1.1.4 should have made its way to google play store. Let’s have a walk-through over the features of this new version:

  • News list caching
    iNotify will now remember the news list that was last retrieved. So when opening iNotify, you will be presented with the list of news that you have seen last time before closing the application. Caching will speed up the initial loading of the news list screen because it will display the cached news right away. At the same time, iNotify will go check for new news in the background and if it found any it will update your list.
    On the other hand, if you don’t have an internet connection at a certain time, you can still open iNotify, check the cached news and read their content while being offline.
  • Search for new sources
    In article “iNotify 1.1.3 features“, we have talked about the RSS auto discovery feature in iNotify. Now in v1.1.4, we have a new feature that allows you to search for new sources on the internet.  A new button “Find” was added on top of the “Add/Edit Sources” screen. Clicking on it will show a text field that you can use to enter your query to search for new sources. You can search for sources by any keyword whether it’s a source name, website, category, etc… If the search returned a result, the list of sources found will be displayed so you can select what sources you wish to add to your application.
    The screenshot below displays the result of searching for new sources using “health” as a query:

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  • Expandable sources list
    Sources list is now expandable. This is beneficial if you have many sources so you can collapse/expand the categories you need to check. Also the sources will have their logo images displayed.

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  • Partial Refresh
    Long press on a source in the news list screen will open a context menu with the following 2 options:
    - Refresh
    - Edit Source
    When clicking on Refresh, iNotify will refresh the selected source only. This is beneficial if you’re in “Notifications” mode and you want to retrieve the whole list of news for a single source only without the need to refresh all sources.

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How to turn off notifications ?

Although iNotify uses notifications to keep you up-to-date on latest news/posts, iNotify aims not to be annoying and provides you the ability to enable/disable notifications.

Notifications can be turned on/off at 2 levels:

  • Application level
    This would turn the notifications on/off for the whole application and for all sources. This can be configured by selecting or deselecting the Notifications checkbox from the Settings screen shown in the screenshot below

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  • Source level
    If you don’t wish to turn off notifications for the whole application, iNotify provides you the ability to turn notifications on/off for specific sources. All what you need to do is to go to “Add/Edit Sources” screen, locate your source, touch it to open and then drag the notification slider to the right to enable notifications for this source or to the left to disable it.

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Moreover, you can control how your device will behave when a new notification is arrived. Do you want it to blink light? vibrate? play your default notification sound? all together? or keep it silent? All this can be configured from the Settings screen as well.

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Why choose iNotify ?

iNotify is a smartphone/tablets application for android users. It can be used to read news/articles/posts/stories from websites or the sources that you subscribe to. As its name says, it keeps you notified with latest updates/news in real time.

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You don’t have to go and browse your favorite websites to look for news or read new posts. iNotify will deliver them right to your device.

iNotify is lightweight application. Its internet and battery consumption is little. Internet and/or battery consumption is what concern the user before installing new apps. Unlike other applications, iNotify  doesn’t query the internet periodically to look for new news/posts. Instead, it stays idle and iNotify server will take care of looking up the news and push them using the Google Cloud Messaging(GCM) push service to your iNotify application.

With iNotify, you don’t have to limit yourself to read news from a single source or installing multiple applications to read news from multiple sources. iNotify can be customized to define multiple sources of different categories. You can have politics/sports/entertainment/business/etc.. related sources in iNotify and you can read posts from all these sources in one place!

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Although iNotify delivers news/posts to your device using notifications, iNotify aims not to be annoying and gives you the ability to enable/disable notifications. You can disable notifications for all sources in a single click from the Settings page. This in case you don’t wish to receive notifications at all and you just want to open the application yourself the time you want to read latest news/posts/articles. Moreover, you can disable notifications for specific sources. iNotify allows you to control whether to receive notifications or not from each source.

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iNotify 1.1.3 features

In this post, we will be listing the features of iNotify application v1.1.3:

  • Light weight
    iNotify does not consume much battery or internet. That’s because iNotify application stays idle and waits for iNotify server to push any new news/posts to it using the Google Cloud Messaging(GCM) push service.
  • News delivered to you
    You don’t have to go and browse your favorite websites to look for news or read new posts. iNotify will deliver them right to your device.
  • Read all in one app
    You don’t have to limit yourself to read news from a single source or installing multiple applications to read news from multiple sources. iNotify can be customized to define multiple sources of different categories. You can have politics/sports/entertainment/business/etc.. related sources in iNotify and you can read posts from all these sources in one place!
  • RSS auto discovery
    iNotify is RSS based application. It uses the sources RSS feeds to fetch latest news/posts/articles. To make it easier for users, iNotify has built in RSS auto-discovery feature. When adding a new source, you can enter the full URL of the RSS feed if you know it. ex: “http://rss.cnn.com/rss/edition.rss”. If you don’t know the URL of the RSS feed, just enter the URL of the website(ex: “http://www.cnn.com”), and iNotify will look-up the list of RSS feeds on that website if present and will display them to you.
  • Enable/disable notifications
    You can enable/disable notifications for all sources in a single click from the Settings screen. Additionally, you can enable/disable notifications for specific sources.
    Moreover, you can control how your device will behave when receiving a new notification: Blink light? Vibrate? Play your default notification sound? All together? or keep it silent.
  • Filter news
    iNotify allows you to filter in/out news. You can configure each source to include news containing specific keyword or exclude news containing specific keyword.
  • Expandable news list
    Notify displays the list of news grouped by source. It displays the sources as sections and underneath each source section, the corresponding news will be listed. The sources sections can be expanded/collapsed when touching them. This is useful when you have long list of news.
  • Show/hide source
    If you have a long list of sources, you can use this feature to hide certain sources from the news list screen. The sources will continue to be active but they will be hidden. You can show them back anytime you need.
  • Share with your friend
    You can share news/posts with your friends via facebook, twitter, whatsapp or any other social application installed on your device.
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