This guide covers the most important features of Fiery Feeds. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact me via email or twitter.

Smart Views

Smart Views are a Premium Feature. There are currently four views available.

Hot Links

Hot Links are websites that are often linked to in your articles. The ‘temperature’ of the link is based on how many articles link to the website, and how old these articles are.
You can toggle an additional filter in the Hot Links toolbar, which allows you to only show Hot Links that link to one of your articles. These links are treated specially, i.e. Fiery Feeds will show the article title instead of the link in the Hot Links list.

Low Frequency Folder

The Low Frequency Folder shows all feeds that only post rarely. By default this means less then 0.1 articles per day, or one article every ten days. Please note that the frequency is calculated based on the articles Fiery Feeds has on the device. If there are no local articles in a feed it will not show up in the Low Frequency Folder. You might want to increase the number of read articles Fiery Feeds keeps on device in the Account Settings in order the improve this.

High Frequency Folder

The High Frequency Folder show all feeds that post especially often. By default this means more then two articles per day, You can change this in the Expert Settings.
This is meant to allow you to mark all articles from high frequency source easily as read.

Must Read Folder

The Must Read Folder is a specially highlighted folder for your most important feeds. In order to use it, please create a regular folder and simply name it “Must Read”. The Must Read folder in the Smart Views section will display the same feeds as this folder.

General Settings

The General Settings section in the settings view contains basic options.

Appearance Settings

In the appearance settings you can change the color theme. Managing and using custom themes is a Premium Feature and can also be found there. You can also select an alternate app icon here.
The “Font Size” and “List Style” presents are an easy way to modify the look of Fiery Feeds. Both are not a setting by them self, but predefined presents that change multiple options in the Advanced Settings view.
The sidebar options only affects larger devices, where the split view is used. e.g. iPad and iPhone Pluses.

Synchronisation

In the Synchronisation section you can choose when Fiery Feeds is supposed to sync automatically and a minimum interval in which Fiery Feeds should not sync.
You can choose to sync on exit, on launch or in the background. If the time since the last sync is less then the minimum interval, Fiery Feeds will skip the synchronisation. Manual syncs ignore the minimum interval.
The frequency of background syncs is determined by iOS based on multiple factors like app usage, battery charge and others. Background sync will not work if it’s disabled in the system settings, or if you force quit the app (until the next time you relaunch it).
There are also options to display notifications. You can receive a notification summary, which means whenever Fiery Feeds has synchronised and there are new articles, it will simply tell you that there are x new articles. Additionally you can receive a notification for every new article, including title and a short preview (Up to 50 articles per sync. Getting more notifications all at once isn’t fun).

Sharing

The Sharing section contains options for pre-installed actions, custom URL and Email templates and the Quick Share Feature. Custom URL and Email templates are a Premium Feature.

Web Actions

These are pre-installed actions that run inside of Fiery Feeds. You can enable or disable the actions, which will show or hide them in the share sheet.
You can also logout of any service that requires a login here. You login to a service the first time you try to share anything to it.

URL Actions

URL Actions include the Safari and Safari View action, but also any other action that is based on a URL scheme. You can delete custom url actions either by using the “Delete Action” button in the action’s settings, or by swiping to the left on the action in the list.
You can tap the “+” button in the action list to add a custom URL action. This is a Premium Feature.
You can use the following tags: {url}, {url-unescaped}, {url-no-protocol}, {url-no-protocol-unescaped}, {title}, {content}, {content-preview}, {input}, {callback} und {source} to build the URL for your action. I.e.

googlechrome-x-callback://x-callback-url/open/?url={url}&x-success={callback}&x-source={source}

to open a website in Google Chrome, and to get the back button in Chrome.

Mail Actions

Mail Actions are predefined email templates. You can delete custom email templates either by using the “Delete Action” button in the template’s settings, or by swiping to the left on the template in the list.
You can tap the “+” button in the template list to add a custom email template. This is a Premium Feature.
You can use the following tags: {url}, {title}, {content}, {image}, {content-preview} and {content-nohtml} in your email template. Please note that you need to have an email account set up in the default mail app for this to work.

Quick Share

You can pick one action to be the Quick Share action. The quick share action can be triggered by long swiping to the left on an article in the article list, or by long pressing on any share button in the app.

Action Directory

The Action Directory contains a collection of URL Actions and Mail Actions. They are treated as custom action and you need to subscribe to Premium to install an action from the action directory.
If you’ve created a URL action or Mail action and want to share it, use the “Share Action” button and send it to me (support@cocoacake.net or @FieryFeeds on twitter) and I’ll add it to the directory.

Advanced Settings

The Advanced Settings section in the settings view contains detail

Feed List

The Feed List section contains options the affect the feeds and folders list. If you sort the feeds and folders alphabetically, the section titles will be hidden.
The accessory action controls what happens when you tap the little number on the right side of a folder.
The tap feed cell action option controls what happens when you tap a folder or feed anywhere else.
You can either select to expand or collapse the folder, immediately show the article view or show the article list. If any of those three actions that is not selected as accessory action or tap cell action, it will be available when you swipe to the right on the entry.

Article List

Show Unread count will show the number of unread article in the current selection in the upper right corner.
All other options affect the appearance of the article list.

Article View

Multiple settings that affect the appearance of the article view. These options are also available by tapping the half filled circle in the toolbar in the article view.

More

“Safari Text Mode” will automatically switch to the text mode if possible when opening a website in the Safari View. “Return After Mark All Read” will close the article list after mark all read, if you’re not in split mode, i.e. if you’re on an iPhone. “Pull Up To Mark All Read” allows you to pull the article or feed list up to mark all read in the current selection. If you pull up in the feed list, it’ll bring up the “Mark All Read Older then …” dialog.

Report a problem

Selecting the “Report a problem” button will create a new email and attach the log file to the mail. If you have any problems in the app, please use this, so I can look into the log if needed.

Account Settings

To change account setting go the the accounts view and tap the little gear icon at the right of the account in question. This will bring up a view with all per-account settings.

Mark Read On Scroll

The “Mark Read On Scrolling By” option allows you to automatically mark articles read when you have scrolled past them, e.g. they are off screen, but without opening them.
It is a per-account option, since you might use an RSS service and a read-it-later service like Instapaper. A global option would not make sense for both services.

Article Cache

You can choose how many articles are kept by Fiery Feeds. Please note that Fiery Feeds does not cache information for all articles on device.
The “Keep Articles” controls how many articles are kept in the local database and “Maximum Articles To Cache” controls for up to how many articles Fiery Feeds downloads and caches additional information like contained images or the extracted text version.
Fiery Feeds will cache Information for the newest articles, up the the “Maximum Articles” number, and only for unread, starred or read articles if based on the articles to cache option.

Offline Text

Fiery Feeds can automatically download a text version of truncated articles for selected feeds. This is a Premium Feature.
The app remembers the selected view mode on a per-feed basis. To enable downloading offline text, set the article view mode to text while reading an article and enable “Extracted Text” in the what to cache section in the account settings.
Fiery Feeds will download the text version for up to 50 article per sync, and keep the text version for all articles it caches information for (see “Maximum Articles To Cache”).

Feed and Folders List

The Feeds and Folders list shows all your feeds, folders and smart views. You can manage your feeds and folders by swiping to the right.
The list can either be sorted by type (feeds, folders, …) or alphabetically.

Swipe Menu

You can swipe to the right on any entry an get a menu with multiple actions for the selected entry.

The first action is the edit action. You can move, rename and delete feeds and folders. Add new feeds and folders. This is a Premium Feature.
The second action is the mark all read action. This will allow you to mark all article read, that are older then a certain time frame (It’ll ask you) in the selected entry.
The other actions are action that are not selected as either accessory

To create a new folder, swipe use the edit action on a feed you want to move to the new folder. Select edit, then move. In the list of folders to move the feed to, you’ll find the option to create a new folder.

Toolbar

You can change the current article filter (only starred article, only unread articles or all articles) in the toolbar. This filter applies to all views.
You can also trigger a manual sync or mark all articles read by date.

Article List

You can swipe to the left on an article to mark the article read or unread. If you have a Quick Action selected, you can also further swipe to the left to quickly share the article.

Article Menu

You can swipe to the right on an article to reveal a menu with some additonal options: Star or unstar the article. Mark all articles above or below, including the selected article as read. Share article.

Toolbar

In the toolbar you have the option to mark all articles read by date (on the left), or mark all article read (on the right).
In the middle you can toggle sorting the articles by feed, otherwise all articles are sorted by date. And you can switch between sorting ascending or decending.

Article View

At the top you can select the desired article view mode. The view mode is remembered on a per-feed basis. Remembering the view mode can be disabled in the Expert Settings.
If you select Text, the full text will be downloaded on demand. If you have enabled full text caching in the Account Settings, the full text will be downloaded during synchronisation. Also see Offline Text.
The Web View does not support Content Blocks, since the Safari View can’t be used for technical reasons in this instance.

You can long tap a link in the article view to share the link, or you can press harder (on devices that support 3D Touch) to open the link preview.

The article view can be dismissed by swiping from the left edge or by swiping down, either on the navigation bar or when you are at the top of the article.

On the iPad the article view is presented as an overlay, with bits of the underlying interface blurred, but visible. You can change this to be fullscreen in the Expert Settings.

Toolbar

The toolbar includes option to mark the article read or unread, starred or unstarred, share the article, open the article view settings and to switch to the next or preview article.
The button for the next or preview article can be disabled in the Expert Settings, instead of using the buttons you can also swipe left or right to get to the next or previous article.

You can move the toolbar to the bottom or either side of the screen, by dragging it using the handle on the left.

The toolbar is hidden when you scroll in the article, this can be disabled in the Expert Settings. This setting also affects the toolbar in the feed and article list.

Premium Features

There are several additional features in Fiery Feeds only available to Premium subscribers.
Fiery Feeds Premium is $9.99 per year, which I think is a fair price and allows me to keep working on the app and continually improve it.

Premium Features include:

  • Text Extraction
  • High / Low Frequency Folders
  • Hot Links Folder
  • Highlighted Must Read Folder
  • Offline Ful Text
  • Feed Management
  • Custom URL Actions
  • Custom Email Templates
  • Alternate App Icons
  • Custom Themes
  • Theme Directory

The Premium Features are designed for power users, regular users should be fine with the free version. If you want to support the continued development, you’re more then welcome to get Premium tough :)

Expert Settings

To keep the app settings from being too overwhelming, I hid a bunch of less used, or experimental settings in a special, separate settings sheet. You can tap and hold the settings icon to bring up the Expert Settings view.
Additionally, at the bottom is a complete list of all settings used in the app in no particular order. This of this page as the about:config some browsers have.
Some settings may be grey out and disabled, these settings are from previous versions and are still saved in your settings file, but no longer in use by Fiery Feeds.

The Expert Settings include a couple of options regard dragging items. This affects the draging of articles from the article list, which is only possible on the iPad.

Share Full Text

The “Share Full Text” option includes the full article text when sharing an article. Unfortunately some share extensions, like the Notes app, do not support multiple pieces of text (title, article text), so not all apps might be available to share to if this option is enabled.

Reduce Visual Effects

You can disable a couple of visual effects, most notably the fullscreen blur in the background, to make Fiery Feeds perform better on older devices. While I try to optimize the app performance to a reasonable degree, whenever I had to decide between performance and features or visual effects, I went with features and effects in 2.0. With the following link you can apply a couple of tweaks to improve the performance on older devices.

Apply Performance Options

TTRSS Sync

The TTRSS API is not designed for full sync operations, and even just fetching the unread articles IDs is limited to 200 ids per request. This means that syncing with TTRSS might be very slow, if you have a lot of unread articles (thousands), or if you keep a large number of read articles on device (Fiery Feeds also checks if there are any new read articles on every sync – up to the number of articles that should be kept).

To increase the sync speed you can install a TTRSS plugin on your server that adds a method to fetch all article IDs in a single request. If you have installed the plugin, you also need to enable the News+ API option in the account settings in Fiery Feeds.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me via email or twitter.