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  • Full-Text RSS 3.9

    Full-Text RSS 3.9 is now available. Full-Text RSS is used by software developers and news enthusiasts to extract article content from news sites and blogs, and to convert RSS feeds that contain only extracts of stories to full-text feeds. Existing customers can download the latest version through our customer login.

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  • Simple Print: Convert web articles into printable PDFs

    A few weeks ago we announced Simple Print on Hacker News. It was very well received: getting voted onto to the front page of the site and staying there most of the day.

    Simple Print converts web articles like blog posts and news stories into compact, printable PDFs. It uses the same article extraction code we use for Push to Kindle, but here the end result is a printable PDF rather than an ebook.

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  • Explore Independent Media

    FiveFilters.org started with the aim of promoting non-corporate, independent media. Unfortunately the app that started it all hasn’t been working for quite a while because of Google shutting down its search API. We’ve finally had time to fix it and remove our dependence on Java. Try it out: Explore Independent Media.

    It currently searches a handful of sites: Media Lens, Counterpunch, Democracy Now, The Canary, and Truthdig. But we’re considering expanding it and allowing users to enter their own preferred sources. Let us know what you think.

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  • Full-Text RSS 3.8

    Full-Text RSS 3.8 is now available. Full-Text RSS is used by software developers and news enthusiasts to extract article content from news sites and blogs, and to convert RSS feeds that contain only extracts of stories to full-text feeds. This is mostly a maintenance release, with a few new additions. Existing customers can download the latest version through our customer login.

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  • Full-Text RSS 3.7

    The new version of our Full-Text RSS application is out now. Full-Text RSS is used by news enthusiasts and software developers to extract article content from news sites and blogs, and to convert news feeds that contain only extracts to full-text feeds. This release contains a number of fixes and improvements. Here’s what’s new.

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  • Feed Creator 1.3

    The new version of our Feed Creator application is now available. This is mostly a maintenance release. Customers who purchased this before can download the latest version from our member page. Here’s what’s new.

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  • Customer login page

    We now have a simple login page for customers. Once you log in you’ll be able to download the latest version of our software, or an earlier version, depending on when you purchased. If you purchased an application more than a year before the latest version was released, you’ll get a link to download an earlier version and a link to upgrade to the latest version at a discount.

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  • Block Ads! update

    Our Block Ads! site is a simple way for people to check whether their browser is blocking advertising or not, and to get a recommendation for an ad blocker if it isn’t. It’s also intended to be a website you can send to friends and family so they can quickly test their own browsers and install an appropriate ad blocker.

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  • Push to Kindle update

    Push to Kindle is one of our most popular applications here on FiveFilters.org. It has sent over 5 million web articles to Kindle devices and has over 70,000 active users. Here’s a quick update for our users.

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  • There are no acceptable ads

    Our Block Ads! site reached the front page of Hacker News on Friday. It sparked a big discussion—over 120 comments! Thanks everyone who upvoted and gave us feedback about the tool. We’ve started work on improving it and will post about the changes soon.

    I want to address some of the feedback we’ve received, as much of it comes up whenever ad blocking is discussed.

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  • Let's encourage ad blocking

    If you use an ad blocker, you’ve probably come across sites which ask you to switch it off. Doing so exposes you to not only ads and spying, but often malware too—as many Forbes readers discovered when they did just that at the behest of the site.

    Many ad-dependent sites are now so desperate for ad money that they’ll give you a stern telling off if they find you’re using an ad blocker, or prevent you from seeing their content until you turn it off

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  • Full-Text RSS 3.6

    The new version of our Full-Text RSS application is now available. This is mostly a maintenance release. Here’s what’s new.

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  • Feed Creator 1.2: merge and filter feeds

    The new version of our Feed Creator application is now available. Feed Creator started life as a tool letting you create feeds for sites which don’t offer their own.

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  • Full-Text RSS 3.5

    The new version of our Full-Text RSS application is now available. Full-Text RSS is our article extraction and partial-to-full-text feed conversion tool. You can try it out now, or read on to find out what’s new. This is mostly a maintenance release, with a few new features.

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  • Highlighting the Guardian's corporate ties in Push to Kindle

    Yesterday we started appending a section to the end of all Guardian articles processed by Push to Kindle–our service which converts and sends web articles to Kindle devices. The new section is there to highlight criticism and recent revelations about the Guardian that our users might not have come across. It includes links to articles from Medialens, Nafeez Ahmed, and Jonathan Cook.

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  • Simple Print

    We’re working on a new tool called Simple Print. It converts web articles into printable PDFs. It’s an extension of our PDF Newspaper application and will most likely be part of the next PDF Newspaper release.

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  • Extraction tests for Full-Text RSS

    As many of our users know, Full-Text RSS, our article extraction tool, relies on a number of site-specific extraction rules which we maintain in our GitHub repository.

    These extraction rules were initially imported from Instapaper (before it was sold, when they were still publicly available). And since then we’ve done our best to update them and have received many contributions from our users (thank you!).

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  • Full-Text RSS 3.4

    The new version of our Full-Text RSS application is now available. Full-Text RSS is our article extraction and partial-to-full-text-feed conversion application. You can try it out now, or read on to find out what’s new.

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  • Visual content block selector for Full-Text RSS

    Our Full-Text RSS application can extract article content in web pages through a combination of automatic content detection and site-specific extraction rules.

    When a user encounters a problem extracting content from a particular site, we usually point them to our help page for writing custom extraction rules. That can not only be quite time consuming, but to do it, we assume users have an understanding of HTML and XPath.

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  • Full-Text RSS 3.3

    The new version of Full-Text RSS, our tool to extract article content from web pages and transform partial web feeds into full-text feeds, is now available to try and buy. A few of the main changes are described below.

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  • New version of Full-Text RSS on Mashape

    We’re getting ready to release the new version of Full-Text RSS, our tool to extract article content from web pages and transform partial web feeds into full-text feeds.

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  • Reading List will be discontinued

    Later in the year we will discontinue our Reading List service in favour of Wallabag.

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  • PDF Newspaper 2.5

    We’ve just released a new version of PDF Newspaper, our tool to create printable versions of web articles and feeds. Here’s what’s new.

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  • Feed Creator: Our new tool to monitor web pages using custom feeds

    If you’ve ever wanted to treat set of links on a website as a web feed (so you can subscribe and be notified of updates), you might find our new feed creation tool useful.

    You can use the tool to create a feed from almost any publicly accessible webpage. That includes…

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  • Gothenburg Book Fair

    We have a small stand at the Gothenburg Book Fair this year.

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  • Google Reader closing down

    As you may have heard, Google is shutting down Google Reader on July 1 2013.

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  • Create a feed from a web page or list of URLs

    We’ve put up a new experimental service to help you create RSS feeds for sites which do not offer their own.

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  • Full-Text RSS 3.2 released

    Full-Text RSS 3.2 is now available for purchase.

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  • Hosting our applications

    We’re often asked to recommend web hosts for our applications. We’ve now added a new help page for Full-Text RSS doing just that. The suggestions apply to our other PHP tools too.

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  • Code repository updated

    While we sell the latest versions of our software to sustain our project, our code repository contains older versions of some of our code along with code we’ve ported to PHP from other languages for use in our tools.

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  • Full-Text RSS 3.1 released

    Full-Text RSS 3.1 is now available for purchase.

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  • Full-Text RSS site config files updated and now on GitHub

    Full-Text RSS, our article extraction tool, makes use of site-specific extraction rules to improve results. Each time a URL is processed, we check to see if there are extraction rules for the site being processed. If there are no site patterns, we try to detect the content block automatically.

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  • New Term Extraction tool

    We’re happy to announce a new version of our Term Extraction tool. You can try it now.

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  • Push to Kindle for Opera

    Opera users can now add a Push to Kindle button to the browser’s toolbar.

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  • Push to Kindle delivery issues

    Amazon is experiencing delivery issues which is affecting Push to Kindle.

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  • Full-Text RSS behind the scenes

    We’ve just updated our intro help page for Full-Text RSS with two sequence diagrams showing how Full-Text RSS works with your feed reader.

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