The Front Page

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On startup multiFEED displays its front page, containing a drop down control at the top for selecting which feed/aggregate to display and a list of article headlines for that selection. Articles are listed in descending date/time order (most recent first) and grouped by the date and time of publication. The publication date/time for each group is displayed as either local or UTC (GMT) time. If you have defined different colors for each feed in an aggregate you can easily tell which subfeed an article if from without needing to open it first.

New article headlines are displayed in bold text. When you tap a headline to read the article it changes to normal text to indicate the article has been read. multiFEED remembers which articles you've read even when the application or your handset are restarted.

If the feed contains headline thumbnails, or if article images can be converted to thumbnails, they can be displayed on the front page to the left of each headline.

As of multiFEED version 2.5.0 two All-In-One modes were added to the Front Page to allow viewing the headlines from all configured feeds and aggregates at once. If you choose to use the original "Individual Feeds" mode however, then to select a feed or aggregate from the the ones defined in settings tap the drop down at the top of the page and pick the one you want to view. For obvious reasons this drop down is not visible in All-in-One mode.

The icon to the left of each item in the drop down list indicates whether it is a single or aggregate feed. If an item in the drop down just displays "Feed #n" and not the title of the feed then either you entered the feed URL incorrectly or the feed is currently unavailable. If you are convinced you entered the feed URL correctly and multiFEED is still unable to download the headlines, you can use the Test Feed URL function on the Feed Settings or Subfeed Settings page for the feed to figure out what is going wrong. If you entered a title for a feed and the URL is incorrect or the server is down the drop down list will show the title you entered but when you view the feed there won't be any articles listed.

Note that all feeds are cached within multiFEED and switching the current feed or aggregate with the drop down doesn't refresh the newly selected list from the server. Feeds are refreshed according to the default refresh interval, or a feed-specific override, if defined. If the new feed has been refreshed since the last time you viewed it then you will see the updated list when you select it, otherwise the list of articles will be the same as the last time you looked at it.

To force the current feed to refresh on demand, drag the front page downward till you see the arrow above the list swivel upwards and the text below it change to "Release to refresh", then let go. Alternately, on a keyboard device like the Q5 or Q10, you can trigger a refresh from the front page with the Alt+R shortcut. The feed is immediately refreshed and the internal refresh timer is reset. Note that for aggregates all the associated feeds must refresh before the front page is updated, which may take a moment longer than for a single feed. If you change your mind after dragging the front page downward and don't want to force a refresh after all, simply push the page back up without lifting your finger until the arrow swivels back downward again.

To see an article body tap its headline. Default behavior is for the article body to be downloaded and displayed with a multiFEED QuickView page, but you can override this either globally or for individual feeds so the embedded article viewer or the full BlackBerry browser is used instead. When viewing an embedded article or the full one with QuickView, navigation control is limited, so if you need more mobility you can tap the QuickView or Browser button at the bottom of the page to launch a more powerful viewer from there. When launching an article in the full browser from the embedded article viewer or QuickView, multiFEED will close the current page and return to the front page while you read the article in the browser.

Context Menu

Holding a headline with your finger will display a context menu on the right side of the page. The following actions are available from this menu:

Warning: While it is possible to save an article to the Remember app using the Share button, doing so will not attach any tags set here, here, or here, even if the notebook type supports them. For this reason it is recommended to always use the Remember button when saving an article to a Remember note.