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    A site offers both Atom and RSS. Which one should I use?

    The answer depends 🙂 It is not uncommon to see Atom 1.0 and RSS 2.0 both offered for a particular website. The content is intended to be identical, but more often than not you may come across a site that offers a richer experience (such as embedded images) in one over the other. As both standards are relatively similar to an end-user, there is typically no rhyme or reason for this distinction, therefore there is no benefit to always picking one over the other. Sample both and keep the one that has more content.

  2. Rating: +1

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    What feeds can Flitter read?

    Flitter can read Atom 0.3, Atom 1.0, RSS 0.91, RSS 0.92, RSS 1.0, and RSS 2.0. There are always bugs, so if you have a feed you think should work but it does not let us know.

    There are also various optional feature sets that get added to standards over time. If you want to see something added, let us know.

  3. Rating: +1

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    Articles are sometimes cut short

    Sometimes websites choose to limit the length of an article they post over RSS/Atom. Since this is frequently automated, the cut-off of an article often does not make logical sense to a reader. Typically this length limit is website-dependent, hence we recommend you try emailing the site to request they expand the cut-off. When experiencing truncated articles, you can read the full article by simply touching the weblink button at the lower right of the display.

  4. Rating: +1

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    How do I share my item list with another Flitter! user?

    First, enter settings (on the main page, touch the gear on the lower right). Then select "Export Entries". Now in the following screen, select "Export as Email". This will bring up an email dialog with a special attachment added by Flitter!. Enter the email addresses of the folks you want to share with and hit send.

    Thats it! The email contains instructions for them.

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    Feed-O-Matic finds my feed, but there are no articles

    It is possible (nay, likely) that there are feeds out there that contain some unexpected content fields Flitter! was not designed to make use of. If you have an RSS or ATOM feed that you want supported but has issues, please post details in the forum and we will attempt to address the defect.

  6. Rating: +1

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    I received an Email from a Flitter! user. How do I import the feed list?

    First, in the iPhone email program, open the attachment by touching it. You should now be looking at a lot of crazy XML text. Just select all of the contents and copy them to the clipboard (touch and hold over some text until the magnifying loupe appears and then let up. Next, touch "select all" followed by "copy".

    Exit Email and enter Flitter!. In Flitter!, enter the settings page (touch the gear on the lower right) and on the settings page select "Import Entries". In the resulting window, select "Import From clipboard (paste)". Now, touch the "paste" button and the feeds and web bookmarks will be extracted and displayed.

    Pick and choose the items you want from the list and touch "save".

  7. Rating: +0

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    How can I import feeds from Google Reader?

    First, in Google Reader, select settings in the upper right of the web page near your account name. On the settings page, locate and select "import/export". Here, find and select "Export your subscriptions as an OPML file". This will download the file "google_reader_subscriptions.xml".

    You can import the file's contents into Flitter! two ways:
    1) Email it to yourself and follow the instructions for importing from the clipboard.
    2) Place the file on a web-enabled server and point Flitter! at it by using the import from url feature.

    Both of these options have FAQ answers here for more information.

  8. Rating: +0

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    How do I import feeds from a file on a server?

    You can share feeds over the network by placing the OPML xml file anywhere on a site accessible to the iPhone. In Flitter!, enter the settings page (gear on the lower right), and in the settings page enter "Import Entries". Here, select "Import over HTTP Link".

    On this import page, just enter the URL of the file and touch "go". We have shared a file on dyerware for you to try out using this mechanism:
    www.dyerware.com/flitter_opml.xml

  9. Rating: +0

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    Feed-O-Matic does not find any feeds and I know there are feeds advertised at the site

    Flitter! will only find RSS feeds if they are advertised in the HTML using a standardized keyword. Many websites unfortunately do not adhere to this standard. A rule of thumb is if your browser auto-detected a feed and presented you with the RSS logo near the URL (such as Internet Explorer and Safari), then Flitter! should also find it.

  10. Rating: +0

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    Flitter! takes too long to download articles. Can I speed it up?

    Most of the time spent during a refresh is in network delays. You can reduce the amount of data Flitter! will pull by turning off thumbnails in the settings menu. Even with thumbnails off you will still get thumbnails on some feeds (such as the New York Times) if Flitter! is able to identify that the image is small.

  11. Rating: +0

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    I want to suggest a feed I like for Add-O-Matic feed discovery mechanism in Flitter. How do I do that?

    Just email the feed to support@dyerware.com. You can even send us your exported feed list if you want. We can update the database here on the site without releasing a new Flitter! version.

  12. Rating: +0

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    I get a strange "Content error at site" or other message on one or more feeds during a refresh.

    At times sites may undergo maintenance, or include a post with illegal XML characters, or terminate the network connection due to heavy loads. Twitter is an example of a site that occasionally gets overloaded and stops responding.

    If you repeatedly get a connection error it is possible the feed URL has changed. Another possibility is the encoding format is not understood by the iPhone.

    If you are getting an error and need help with it, feel free to contact us about it.