What's New in Gravity 2.2 ?
Enhancements, Additions, and Changes
Beta 1 and 2 add:
Beta 3 adds:
- Tools - VCR
- Navigation Options With Forward-Back
- Next Unread Local
- Include Thread Filter Setting
- Nickname Servers
- Retrieve Tagged Articles From Selected Groups
- Limit Number Of Articles
- Exclude Group When Fetching For The Server
- News Farm Setting
- Thread By Id Option
- Rules Can Expire
- Scoring Entries Can Expire
- Outbox Purge Settings
- Reworked Bozo Bin
- New Data Storage
- Trace File From Menu
- Copy Self
- Warn before running binaries
- A keyboard shortcut to unprotect an article (CTRL+SHIFT+L)
- A keyboard shortcut to move to top in Image Factory (ALT+P)
- An option for focus behavior. (Global options, preferences)
- A new memory manager (subsequently canned)
- Optional Low Disk Space Warning
- Improved URL handling
Beta 4 adds:
- + and - keys expand/collapse threads
- A new indicator for collapsed threads that have new articles
- 1, 2 and 3 keys are mapped to the three panes (zoomed or not)
- If lines > X either decode, view, beep, or display (under preferences)
- New warning for deleting an article
- VCR sorts servers
- The search window auto-closes when switching servers
- Incomplete decode jobs are put back in the queue
- Retry button added to Image Factory
- Space bar opens article
- Numerous bugs and glitches fixed
- Click to read more
VCR mode allows you, with one command, to sweep all your servers (or
just selected ones) and get headers and/or articles. You can save your VCR settings
to a file or several files for different configurations. If you want to get even more
specific you can specify only certain groups.
VCR mode has a command line option to start Gravity in VCR mode with the
config file of your choice. And you can set VCR so Gravity disconnects
when finished or even to start by itself at a specified time.
Very cool indeed ! Click the following link for a screenshot of the VCR command window.
(opens in a new window)
VCR Screenshot (10k gif)
Navigation Options and Aids
Forward and Back are two new navigation options which allow you to go back and forth
through the articles you have read, like a browser. They have both keyboard commands and toolbar icons.
There are some new navigation commands: N, E and B go to next unread, next unread in thread,
and next unread local. If you hold the SHIFT key with any of these three keys
you will SKIP to the article without opening it.
Also, global options has a new navigation tab. It may be easier to
show it than tell about it. To see a screen shot in a separate window click the following link. (opens in a new window)
Navigation Tab Screen Shot (24k)
Next Unread Local
I know I already said it, but it is worth repeating: "B" views the next unread local.
Include Thread Filter Setting
This setting allows you to include the whole thread according to the filter
condition(s). The obvious use would be to show the thread for any unread
articles. But, in true Gravity style, it can be applied to other conditions
as well. I can think of a few uses.
Now you can give names to your servers. Besides being cute, this adds some more functionality because it
allows you to setup the same server multiple times without using IP addresses.
Retrieve tagged articles from selected groups
A new server command, to get tagged articles only from selected groups.
Limit Number of Articles
I don't know how many times this one was asked for. Well, now you can get the
next user defined number of articles. It can be used in three places. First, in server
properties for all groups on the server. Second, you can over ride server settings on a
per newsgroup basis. And lastly, from the right click menu with a different setting.
Exclude Group(s) When Fetching For The Server
While we are talking about server operations, you can specify NOT to include a group
when you issue the command to retrieve headers from the server.
News Farm, Server Creates Messages Out Of Order
I better let Tony explain this server setting. It has to do with people whose servers
are set up in a news farm. If you enable this setting Gravity will keep asking
for articles that appear to be missing but may have been generated somewhat out of sequence.
Thread by ID Option
There is a new setting to either thread by the message ID and subject
OR by the message ID only.
Rules Can Expire
You can set rules to expire if they don't fire within a given number of days.
They become disabled if not fired.
Scoring Can Expire
You can set scoring entries to expire if they don't fire within a given number of days.
The score entry is removed.
Outbox Purge Settings
Now you will have an option (user definable of course) to purge articles older than x
days from the outbox. I think each outbox can be configured independently.
Changes were made to the bozo bin structure. It is no longer a rule with
a long regular expression, but a list. You can set the expiration so items are automatically
removed after x number of days.
The data storage scheme seems to have been totally reworked. The new scheme is intended
to reduce data corruption. It is rather complicated to explain but you can read about it
in the release notes. Basically, the settings saved in the Global Settings file have
been broken out into individual files. Also, backups are made and if file operations fail
Gravity reverts to the backup. Group data has been isolated from the server settings file.
This file, if corrupted, caused you to lose all groups for the whole server. Now, you may lose
only one group, if it occurs.
Trace File From Menu
You can enable logging from a menu rather than using the
command line option. A word of warning, trace files can get rather
large in a short period of time, so if you enabled it be sure to turn
it off when you don't need it.
Copy yourself by email.
Warn before running binaries
Under global options there is a comma separated list of file extensions. If you try to run a binary
which is not in the list Gravity or Gallery will issue a warning.
- There is a server setting to let the news server generate the message ID.
- There are tooltip-like balloons that appear if you hover over a newsgroup.
Right now they work better in Win98. Win 95 users may not see them unless they have another active window.
- Zoomed column settings are saved separately.
- The newsgroup list pane is more explorer-like. A horizontal scroll bar was added.
You can also double click the gray space in a column heading and it will resize for the largest
item in the list.
- The Search Deja News button points to Deja News main page (http://www.deja.com/). In
fact you can set your own if you are familiar with the registry.
- Image Gallery has two new settings; Shrink image to fit window and Enlarge image to fit window.
- There are new toolbar buttons for several commands.
If lines > X either decode, view, beep, or display
This global option (under preferences) will allow you
to perform one of the above actions when opening an article with
more than X lines.
This works very nice and can keep you from opening large articles or
it will do an automatic decode (or view). I was experimenting with this option
and the single key read and it looks great for binaries. With this combination
you can click once on an article and it is automatically decoded (or viewed).
Collapsed Thread With New Article Indicator
Gravity finally has one !
Click here for a screenshot (50.5 kb gif) (opens in a new window)
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October 21, 1999