Ranchero Software released the first public beta last Tuesday. I just found it today. Yum, yum. NNW is my reader of choice and this is a BIG upgrade. The most obvious great thing is that I now have tabbed web browsing inside NNW. I love it. Elegant implementation. No more having to decide between web surfing and news reading!
Embedded Browsing. I use the 3-paned view option with (c1) feeds (c2) posts for selected feed and (c3) the post itself. When I click a link in the post, columns 2 and 3 become one tabbed web page. I can surf as much as I want in there. When I want to go back to my 3-paned view exactly where I was, I click the tab called News Items and I'm back in business. Efficiency!
Flagging. This is very powerful. You can flag posts and they get saved indefinitely if you wish. This was the most wanted feature and I was one of those who wanted this bad. This way, I can save information right here. I don't have to put it somewhere else until and unless I want to.
Search within all feeds. There's a Search entry area like in Safari for Google that will search selected or all your feeds for whatever you type in. It assembles a nice list of posts in the middle column, ranked by relevance. Yes!
Search Engine Feeds. You can subscribe to searches such as *GTD* or *Sidekick II* and specify Daypop, Blogdigger or Feedster as your search engine. Works great. Seems as good as or better than Pubsub Subscriptions.
Persistence. A biggie I've wanted. I can set certain high-volume feeds to keep all entries for at least 2 days, so that I can keep up with the entire thing if I want instead of only getting the latest 15 entries when I haven't checked in for a day or two. Or I can set everything or specific groups to have a certain amount of persistence.
Smart Lists. As in iTunes. You set some criteria and any feed post that qualifies appears here.
Custom Styles. You get a bunch of css stylesheets selectable from a pop-down menu. Then you can edit them and have yours appear there - easy!!! I have my own based on Purple Ripples from Bryan Bell that I like.
Whoa! As you may recall, I've been asking for a lot in the way of desktop news reader. This is a lot! I've been glued to my new newsreader for hours!