To configure your feeds and your groups (a group is a collection of feeds), you start by clicking on the currently feed group’s name in the main view:
This gives you a pop-up where you can:
- Select group to show in main view by clicking on the group
- Select to see your bookmarks, if any have been saved
- Add/Modify your feeds/groups, described in the next paragraph
Configuring feeds and groups
Selecting to Add/Modify your feeds & groups takes you to this view:
Here you can:
- Rearrange the order of your feeds & groups (drag using the icon to the right in the row)
- Move feeds between groups (use the same icon)
- Delete feeds & groups
- Set a custom name for an existing feed or group; this is done by a long click on the name
- Add a feed or group by clicking on the ‘+’-button at the top right
For groups, adding a new one is simple: Click the button and input the name of the new group. For feeds, adding new ones can be done in multiple ways, described in the next paragraph.
By clicking the share icon, you can export your feeds to a simple text file where you will have 1 feed / row. In a future release, OPML export will also be added.
After clicking the ‘+’ button in the top right, you will see three different ways to add feeds:
Add feeds from top list
This is a list of the most popular feeds among Heartfeed users, sorted according to popularity. You can simply click a feed to subscribe to it.
Add feeds from the web
Here you can add feeds in multiple ways:
- If the page you visit has an auto-detectable feed, a popup will ask you if you want to add the feed.
- If you click on a link which can be identified as a feed link, the popup appears.
- If you visit a page which is actually a feed itself and this isn’t detected automatically (nowadays web pages can be really complex so it can be hard to detect this), you can click the ‘+’ button.
So for example you can search for something like “CNN rss” which will give you both direct links to CNN’s different feeds and links to CNN’s pages listing their feeds.
Some search engines like Bing (but not Google) has specific search functionality for feeds. If you prepend a search in Bing with “feed:”, you will get feed-specific links.
Note that this browser is a more primitive one than the browser used when reading news on the web. The reason is that here it is necessary for the app to check for example the links clicked, to be able to add the feed. This means, for example, that even if you are logged in to an account in the standard Safari app, you will have to log in separately here.
Import feeds from file
Selecting this option will open the standard iOS file import view. Here you simply select the file with the feeds in it to import them.
The supported file formats are OPML, a standard file format for listing feeds which many feed readers support exporting to, and plain text files which consists of 1 feed address / row.
Adding feeds from outside Heartfeed
Once you have installed Heartfeed, any link clicked in other iOS apps which is recognized by iOS as being RSS feeds will result in a popup asking if you want to open the link in Heartfeed. Answering yes will then add this feed to your list.
Similarly, opening/exporting a file in a format which Heartfeed supports will give you the choice to open Heartfeed for importing.