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1 XWiki Watch (XWatch) is XWiki's collaborative RSS reader. It is designed to provide teams with a competitive intelligence tool
2 they can use together in real-time.
3 It allows organizations to find, analyze and distribute relevant information.
5 XWatch makes it easier to keep up with your ever-expanding reading list of content from across the web.
6 You can add RSS feeds from sources you want to watch to the reader. You can read the articles and enrich them using comments and tags. Then you can deliver relevant information to other people based on their center of interest.
8 1.1.1 XWatch Mindmap
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12 1.1.1 The look of the current implementation
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16 1.1.1 Proposal: New User Interface
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20 1.1.1 Components
22 *XWatch Purposes*
24 * Collect and retrieve information on the Web
25 * Simplify the reading experience
26 * Organize the information
27 * Enrich it with tags and comments
28 * Analyze and filter it to best suit your needs
29 * Deliver only what is relevant
31 XWatch is divided in three panels: Feeds, Articles and Filters.
33 *Feeds Panel*
34 * Retrieve RSS Feeds
35 * Organize them in groups
36 * Easy access to common used groups
38 *Articles Panel*
39 * Read through articles in real time
40 * Favourite, tag or comment on important articles
41 * Delete unwanted articles
42 * Export articles in RSS, HTML, PDF format, or e-mail as a review
44 *Filters Panel*
45 * Run a Text Analysis on content
46 * Search for keywords
47 * Filter on date, tag or article type
49 Feeds Zone
51 {image:Feeds.png|433|196|left}With XWatch you can read the latest articles from your favourite feeds all in one place.
52 These feeds can be organize in groups to manage similar content.
54 You can navigate your articles in a number of ways. First of all you can have easy access to common standard groups like "All Articles", "Favourites", "Commented" or "Deleted". Also, you can browse all the articles within a group or individually browse each feed.
56 The number of new articles is presented between brackets.
58 The Loading Status (showing statistics about loading time, number of groups, feeds, articles) will be visible and accessible only in Admin mode (not displayed here).
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73 {image:FeedsAdd.png|745|584|left|floatleft}{style:type=span|color=#0099ff}~~Add Group, Add Feed, Drag & Drop (Move|Copy feed to group)~~{style}
75 New groups and feeds can be created easily (from the menu) with:
76 * One Step Add Group
77 * One Step Add Feed (+ advanced steps)
78 Drag & Drop is used for moving feeds from one group to another but
79 also to organize the importance of the groups (maybe you want GroupN to
80 be the first one in the tree).
81 Multiple groups selection is possible. You can move one
82 feed to another with simple drag&drop or "copy" the feed to another
83 group (this is made using the CTRL key) - this means the feed is added
84 to another group.
86 {style:type=span|color=#0099ff}~~Feed Advanced Properties - Entering a Name, Multiple Group Selection, Using a Search Engine~~{style}
88 You can add feeds into groups:
89 * during the feed's adding process, within the properties
90 * editing a feed's properties
91 * select a group and press "Add Feed" button
92 * with drag&drop
94 You can also have feeds outside groups (this is an
95 implication of using the One Step Add Feed - where you mention only the
96 URL and no other properties).
98 The Add Feed feature provides the basic mode people will want to use upfront (One Step Add - you are requested only the URL, name is get implicit) and use gradual display techniques for advanced features (you can specify the feed's name, containing groups or use a search engine for collecting information).
100 {style:type=span|color=#0099ff}~~Selected Group, Hovered Group, Edit Group Action, Delete Group Action~~{style}
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103 When a Group is selected it's gonna be displayed by changing its color. The group properties (Edit, Delete) will be displayed only when someone hovers the group and they are gonna be in-place available (not using modal dialogs). The configuration will disappear when you hit Cancel or change the focus to another panel.
105 {style:type=span|color=#0099ff}~~Selected Feed, Hovered Feed, Edit Feed Action, Delete Feed Action~~{style}
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108 By default, when you edit a feed you can change its name. If you want to edit other properties you can go to the "Details" (Advanced mode)
110 Articles Zone
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114 You can Select, Favourite, Delete or go to Original Article in one step. You can operate "Mark as Read", "Favourite", "Delete" on multiple articles. You can view the number of comments, tags, name, location, post date and hour for each article.
116 The articles are visually represented by colors (grey - read, blue - active, black - new).
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118 The pagination helps browsing by page and shows the number of total articles.
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120 You can sort the articles by "Most Recent" (date), "Source" (group, feed), "Alphabetical" (article name) or "Reverse Sort".
122 The sharing features lets you share articles through the export feature or favourite them so they will be available to users within XWatch. The export feature allows the creation of a list of filtered articles and makes them available for download in PDF, RSS, HTML format or to be e-mailed (through an compose message dialog) to external users. Whoever gets the review will get a full version of what you're seeing, along with links to the original story, assigned comments and options to subscribe to the RSS feed on XWatch.
124 If you really want to speed up the reading process you can select to browse articles in three views: Headlines, Summaries, Full Posts. Clicking on an article title makes the article expand to full view, displaying the full content.
125 XWatch gathers up what the content owners and publishers provide. Some sites send out updates with entire stories; others give just a headline or brief summary of the story. If you want to see the full version of the story, simply click on "Original Article" and you'll go directly to the source website.
127 {style:type=span|color=#0099ff}~~Summaries View, Headlines View, Deleting an article~~{style}
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130 Deleting an article won't ask for confirmation. The deleted articles can be retrieve from the "Deleted" group in the Feeds Zone.
132 {style:type=span|color=#0099ff}~~Full View with comments management, Adding | Deleting a Tag, Go to Original Article~~{style}
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135 Articles can be favourite or deleted depending on their interest. You can comment directly under the content
136 and add tags to provide a quick overview of the article.
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139 Comments enrich the information and help team members make decisions about the article's content.
140 The proposal has a better organization of comments entries and tags then the actual implementation. You can individually delete or reply to comments. Each comment displays the author and the creation date.
142 Tags are a way to organize articles so they can be used for later filtering. Tags are comma separated. You can tag any article on the fly by clicking the tags button and you can delete each tag separately. Clicking on a tag activates the tag filter for the selected tag.
144 You can navigate through articles using keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts save you time by helping you quickly explore your articles. You are able to select the view mode or mark articles in different states.
146 Filters Zone
148 {style:type=span|color=#0099ff}~~Filter Zone, Text Analysis, Multiple Type filter selection, Archive option~~ {style}
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151 Filters can be applied to feeds in order to narrow results by specific information.
152 Filters provide you quick access to relevant data.
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154 You can filter articles by keyword, type, date or tag.
155 * The Keyword option is a search that can be defined and used to display only the articles containing the requested keywords. You can highlight the searched entries.
156 * The Type option allows you to filter articles by their status (All entries, Unread or Read entries). You can multiple select the type of an article (Favourite, Tagged, Commented, Deleted).
157 * The Date option has commonly used date periods (Today, This Week, This Month) or you can select a specific period using the archive feature.
158 * The Tag Cloud option reflects the status of tags frequency and allows simple or multiple filters selection.
160 You can reset all filters before starting a new filtering process or you can save the current filters for later reuse.
161 This way you automate and reuse an usual search or a combination of filters. The saved filters are available in their own folder. When
162 restoring a saved filter, the context where it was created (the feed or the group selection) is also restored. On reset, the standard folder to be displayed is "All Articles".
164 Text analysis posts the words that appear most frequently in the displayed articles, providing a fast outline of occurring content. You
165 can select the language of the content to analyse (different words have less importance in different languages).
167 1.1.1 Conclusions
169 The proposal is concentrated on interaction, not necessarily on design. Different colour schemes can be applied.
171 The focus of the proposal is on organizing information and the space used by it. The features are easily visible and easy to use. The UI is concentrated on details and overall integration and consistency.
173 1.1.1 Discussion
175 See the dev-list thread about this proposal: .

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