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Mishra Reader – Metro UI Based Google Reader With Smooth Animations

Mishra Reader is an simple, elegant and an intriguing WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) based Google Reader client for Windows with a ability to display total number of unread items in system tray. Since the application was developed on one of the best application UI design renderer for Windows, you will experience smooth animations while switching between different sections under its unified interface. The interface is designed keeping Metro UI elements in mind; you will get to see minimal Metro UI navigation buttons, scroll bars, screen titles, etc. Apart from its looks, it is very responsive in terms of fetching RSS subscriptions’ updates off your Google Reader account.

After installing the application, login with your Google account details to let it start fetching RSS subscription list.

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The Subscription window shows all of your subscriptions, however, after login you will be taken to unread section to first look at those latest items which you haven’t checked out yet.  In main window, you have options to edit the current subscription URL, name and category. The button next to Edit marks all your current feeds as read.

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In contrast to other Google Reader clients, it opens article in its own window rather than in default browser. However, if you want to open the source link in default browser, you can click Internet Explorer button present in between feed navigation buttons.

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The application resides in system tray, keeping you informed about total number of unread items.

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By default, Mishra Reader fetches 10 items per request. Nevertheless, you can change the number of items to be loaded from Options window. Mishra Reader is an open source application that works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, provided you have .Net Framework 4 installed.

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  1. @Shane Gowland : You’re totally right ! We are currently building a team around this project, and we are 2 UX Designers within a team of 10 people.
    The best to do is to follow our releases, and maybe drop a few ideas :http://mishrareader.codeplex.com/workitem/list/basic

    I hope you’ll NOT have to fork this project 🙂

    Releases RSS Feed : http://mishrareader.codeplex.com/project/feeds/rss?ProjectRSSFeed=codeplex%3a%2f%2frelease%2fmishrareader

    • Thanks for the link; I will certainly keep a close eye on this project. If I ever get some spare time there are a few idea’s I would love to contribute.

  2. I can see this app running on a windows 8 tablet at full screen. At least there is one newsreader already optimized for windows 8!

  3. There is no download link available for a binary at that Codeplex page. I downloaded the latest source code and compiled it myself, however the GUI transitions don’t work correctly. There is an earlier alpha available on the developers blog, however it is awefully buggy (see: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/eternalcoding/archive/2011/07/26/mishra-reader-your-brand-new-rss-reader.aspx)

    Pretending that this article is actually of some value, It need to be said that this apps interface is visually awesome… except the top 200 pixels. A big, ugly obnoxious header image effectively ruins the UX of this otherwise nifty program. I really hope they make some progress with it and iron out the issues, it is definitely something I would find helpful. Worst case scenario: I fork the project 😛

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