Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Three Step Guide to Replacing Capsuleer Headlines

If you a reading this via Capsuleer on your iPhone, then this article is for you. Please read on.

As you're probably aware, the developers of Capsuleer will be shutting down their servers on 17th October, meaning that the headline pages will no longer be updated. I'm sure I speak for every writer in the Blog Pack when I say that we value your readership and we hope that you'll stick with us by other means. Some readers may already have other ways of accessing their favourite EVE blogs, but if Capsuleer was your only point of contact, don't worry. There is another way.

I've been researching iPhone alternatives based on the principle that you'll be wanting a replacement service that is as similar as possible to Capsuleer's Headlines function. So it needs to be free, convenient and simple. The hard truth is that it's not going to be as quite simple as Capsuleer to set up and there will be a bit of effort required on your part. However your efforts will be rewarded, because with just a smidge of admin work you could revolutionise your EVE reading habits forever.

The benefit of being released from the gentle restraints of Capsuleer's Headlines means that we are free to discover the myriad of other EVE blogs that are out there. The Blog Pack barely scratches the surface and I'm personally looking forward to exploring the 500+ other EVE blogs that I can now easily access from my iPhone.

Step 1 - Google Reader

Before you rush off to the app store, there is one unavoidable bit of maintenance that is needed. It seems that having a Google account is a requirement for pretty much every iPhone blog-reading app, as they all rely on Google Reader to manage your blog subscriptions (RSS Runner does allow for direct 'OPML' inputs, but it was really unintuitive and I found managing my blog-feeds via Google Reader to be much less frustrating).

If you haven't already got a Google account, it's totally painless and takes only seconds to register. Go here to set up an account now.

Step 2 - Manage Your Subscriptions

Once you're logged into your Google Reader account, you'll want to add some subscriptions. If you just want to stick with Crazy Kinux's Blog Pack, click here, however you can add the whole kit-and-caboodle of currently (October 2010) active EVE blogs, courtesy of Keith Neilson, by clicking here. CCP News and forum feeds can be added by clicking here.

I'm sure some enterprising individual will enjoy bundling them into themed packs to make them more manageable, but that is beyond the remit of this post. I'm sure there's a way to organise them through either Google Reader or your chosen iPhone app. I'm just opening the door; it is you, gentle reader, that must step through it.

Step 3 - Download an Appropriate App.

There are a number of free apps that I've looked at and although I have yet to determine the pros and cons of each, you could try FeeddlerRSS, MobileRSS, NetNewsWire and RSS Runner. They all provide similar functions and I suspect the difference will be down to personal taste. Your chosen iPhone RSS reader will have a function allowing you to access your Google account, where it will automatically use your Google Reader subscription data to download all those delicious blogs to your iPhone.

That's it. Welcome to your new, fully customisable EVE Online Headlines app.

Useful links:

The Blogs of EVE Online (OPML bundles)
OPML Builder

18 comments:

  1. I think you'll find that Reeder is the best rss reader available on the iphone.

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  2. You can create custom OPML files to import into an RSS reader by going to that site as well.

    http://cognitiveindustries.com/OPML/index.php

    There are several options for creating OPML files to only get the blogs you want to read, or blogs that are actively being updated.

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  3. Thanks for the tip Serpentine Logic, Reeder does appear to have 4 1/2 stars.

    However, I didn't include it as it's not free (£1.79 on iTunes).

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  4. if you are using an Android phone, NewsRob is a great RSS reader for that.

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  5. The app called gReader (not to be confused with GReader) is available for both the iPhone and Android phones. The best part of greaser is it syncs back with your Google Reader account so you can use your phone or any web browser and both will stay in sync.

    There are both a paid and free version. The free version has a small ad banner at the bottom that you'll hardly ever notice...

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  6. I'm new to RSS readers, and have a quick question about adding the list that Keith Neilson compliled. I was trying to set it up in google reader, but the whole list in HTML(I think) wouldn't work. Any tips on using that complied list from Keith?

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  7. Oops, sorry about that Chris.

    Instead of left-clicking on the link, right-click and "copy link location".

    In your Google Reader, click on the "add a subscription" button in the top-left corner. Right-click the field and paste your clipboard contents and click 'add'.

    If that doesn't work, back at the blog link, right-click and "save link as...", then use Google Reader > Manage Subscriptions [bottom-left] > Import/Export > Browse to your OPML file and Upload.

    I'll have to figure out how to generate those web-browser friendly 'bundles' that the other two links have.

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  8. Thanks a mill this was a life saver i didnt know where i would get my info after capsuler died (RIP). Thanks again

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  9. Thank you soooo much i was hopeing someone would post something like this :)

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  10. There are so many great blogs out there that are not on the blog pack; I think the death of Capsuleer may be an exciting time for former Capsuleer users who only knew about the blog pack.

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  11. Thank you for providing these opl links. going to miss Capsuleer but will survive and be able to read your blogs.

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  12. Thanks for coming up with a solution

    + iClone I may just survive again.

    Already had sorted the blog pack to read on my pc but nice to know can get it on my phone again as well :)

    Keep up the good work!

    Talonaer

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  13. Once again, nice work Freebooted!

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  14. I've changed the 'active blogs' link from an XML page to a browser-friendly Google Reader bundle, so now you can left-click and subscribe just like the other links.

    I'm glad this post has helped some folk out. Paritybit is right, it really is worth exploring the wider blogging community, it's a very big silver lining to the Capsuleer death-cloud.

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  15. Awesome. Was getting ready to panic. Thanks for the info.

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  16. can anyone help - using reeder but only getting the blog pack coming up when i go into all items as opposed to within the folders so i have to search for the eve blogs through the rest of the rubbish - can anyone help plz? W0wbagger in game :)

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  17. I personally love mobilerss. The offline features are great and it syncs beautifully with google reader. Some of the other apps would miss feeds.

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Lay it on me.