The project leaders have given me the opportunity to take a look at Liferea from the user experience point of view. I'd like to throw a few idea out on this blog for discussion, to see if there are improvements the community agrees on that the developers are interested in implementing.
This will range from simply documenting the existing app's use cases (including using the existing dialogues etc.) to doing a full blown heuristic evaluation using the latest Gnome HIG. Other things I'm keen on doing include creating mockups to help describe and explore ideas - yours and mine.
Over the next little while I plan on posting a few basic use cases and some observations/suggestions based on my own use of Liferea, just to get things started. The purpose of these posts is to get your feedback and suggestions to ensure that any changes that result from the discussion best meet the community's needs and app-specific workflows. So please feel free to chime in if you have any thoughts or feedback.
So that's my intro. I like to think I am clearly separated from my designs so please feel free to be as hard as you want on the ideas I put forward here. Note that I said to be hard on the "ideas". Design discussions can sometimes get heated so I'd like to suggest that we all keep the end goal in mind:
Liferea (Linux Feed Reader) is an aggregator for online news feeds. There are many other news readers available, but these others are not available for Linux or require many extra libraries to be installed. Liferea tries to fill this gap by creating a fast, easy to use, easy to install news aggregator for Gtk/Gnome.