A new version of Dozzzer is now available. It is completely rewritten from scratch in Swift 3 and completely redesigned, with a couple new features throw in.

Music

The new music mode plays your selected songs right in the app. It no longer relies on Apple’s music app for playback (which was kind of a hack), which means it no longer has to display the volume bezel while it’s running and it works much more reliable now.

However these improvements come with a drawback, namely it can no longer play DRM protected media (Apple Music), not yet downloaded songs and it no longer updates the playback position if you listen to a podcast.

External

That’s where the first of the new modes in Dozzzer 4 comes in. The external mode works essentially the same way as the music mode in previous versions: Dozzzer runs in the background, reduces the system volume and send a stop command to the music app when it’s done.

You’ll just have to start the playback in the music or podcast app of you choice. (If you’re using Spotify or a 3rd party podcast player, instead of sending the stop command to the music app, Dozzzer will first start playback in the music app – which cancels the 3rd party app – and then stop it. That means it works with and app now.)

Soundscapes

The second new mode is called soundscapes. Dozzzer comes bundled with soundscapes like “Mountain Creek”, “Thunderstorm” and “Campfire”.

These are not just single audio files played on repeat, instead they’re using tens of different sound files, that are layered in multiple tracks on top of each other and played randomly. All in all Dozzzer uses 90 different file for 6 soundscapes at the moment. You can try a different soundscape everyday for free or unlock all soundscapes forever with a one time purchase.

Download Dozzzer 4.0 now for free.

Multi Timers 2.4 was just released with full support for iOS 10.

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The today widget is now adapted to the new design in iOS 10, and you can restart or stop timers right from the widget without launching the app. Additionally you can now launch the app right into editing a timer from the widget.

Support for Siri: Just say “Start ” or “Stop ” to – you guessed it – start or stop a specific timer.

The Apple watch app now supports watchOS 3, and works as a standalone app. You can add, remove and edit all timers right on your watch.

Free Download

Fiery Feeds is now almost exactly 3 years old, and a lot has changed since I released the very first version.

Paid up front is no longer a good fit for the App Store. There are lots of not so great apps, and spending even $5 without being able to test an app first is a hard sell.
On top of that a lot of Fiery Feeds’ competitors are already available for free.

After seeing other apps like Overcast adopt new business models and Apple allowing subscription pricing for all apps, I’ve decided to move Fiery Feeds to a subscription model.
This means Fiery Feeds is now a free app, and you can use it for free as long as you want.

You can download and try Fiery Feeds here.

Premium Features

If you want some extra features you can purchase a Premium subscription from within the free app. These premium features currently include:

  • No ads
  • Feed management
  • Custom URL and email actions
  • Fetching the full article text for truncated feeds

I do expect to add new premium features to the list over time, but the app should be useable without a premium subscription as well.
I do believe the subscriptions are very reasonable priced, especially considering how much work goes into making Fiery Feeds.

In the past 3 years I have released 39 updates for free for every Fiery Feeds user. That is more than an update every month, and subscriptions go a long way in making sure I can continue improving the app.

Existing users

Thank you to everyone who has purchased Fiery Feeds so far, and another thank you to everyone who became a patron.

Here’s what’s going to change for existing users:
Nothing, really. The app you’re using is now called “Fiery Feeds Premium” on the App Store. That’s it. It is still available, and it will continue to be updated.

Feed Management

Fiery Feeds now includes full feed management giving you the option, to subscribe, unsubscribe from feeds, rename feeds and folders, create or delete folders, moving feeds and updating feeds on the server1.
You can even use the included share extension to subscribe to a site or add it to a read-it-later service from Safari or any other app that supports share extensions.

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Today Widget

Version 1.8 also includes a redesigned and updated today widget. You can now switch between accounts in the widget, see preview images and it supports the new show more / less buttons in iOS 10.

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Other Improvements

Lots of visual improvements.
The sidebar width can now be changed.
There are now keyboard shortcuts for the article view mode and for scrolling up in an article.
You can share the selected text in an article.
The last selected article view mode is now saved per feed.
Fiery Feeds now downloads starred articles, even if they are already read, if keeping starred articles is enabled.

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Fiery Feeds Text Mode

Fiery Feeds 1.7 introduced the three article view modes Article, Web and Text. Where Article displays the article as contained in the RSS feed 1 and Web simply displays the linked website directly in the article view, the Text mode is a little more complicated.

There are three providers for Fiery Feed’s text mode. First there is readability, which uses Readability publicly available mobiliser 2 and might break whenever Readability changes their output or ends support for it 3.

The other two options are “Formatted” and “Text Only”. Both are open source scripts running on a server provided by Fiery Feeds 4. The Text Only more can parse articles more reliably, but does not include any images or other elements like lists.

The thing with providing a service like this is that a server costs money every month, while selling the app brings in revenue just once. That is why Fiery Feeds now also includes the option to become a patron and support both the ongoing development and my ability to provide services like text extraction. 5.

If you enjoy Fiery Feeds, please do become a patron. Thank you.