Installation Instructions

NOTE: The following assumes that your device is powered by an ARMV4i compatible processor. The vast majority of the devices has such a processor. If you're unsure about your device, just try to install the first component. The CAB installer automatically verifies that your device has the correct processor before anything is installed.

  1. Make sure your device is connected to your desktop PC via ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center.
  2. On the desktop PC, download the Mews.Application.armv4i.zip of the currently recommended release.
  3. Unzip the release file and copy NETCFv35.wm.armv4i.cab, sqlce.ppc.wce5.armv4i.CAB, sqlce.repl.ppc.wce5.armv4i.CAB and Mews.Installer.CAB to your device (e.g. under \My Documents).
  4. Install Microsoft .NET CF 3.5 (you may skip this step if you are upgrading from an earlier release):
    1. On the device, tap Start, Programs, File Explorer, navigate to the location where the files were copied to and tap the file NETCFv35.wm.armv4i.cab.
    2. If prompted for an installation location, tap Device and Install.
    3. Wait for the installation to finish.
    4. Complete the installation by tapping ok.
  5. Install Microsoft SQLServerCompact 3.5 Core (you may skip this step if you are upgrading from an earlier release):
    1. In the File Explorer, tap sqlce.ppc.wce5.armv4i.CAB.
    2. If prompted for an installation location, tap Device and Install.
    3. Wait for the installation to finish.
    4. Complete the installation by tapping ok.
  6. Install Microsoft SQLServerCompact 3.5 Repl (you may skip this step if you are upgrading from an earlier release):
    1. In the File Explorer, tap sqlce.repl.ppc.wce5.armv4i.CAB.
    2. If prompted for an installation location, tap Device and Install.
    3. Wait for the installation to finish.
    4. Complete the installation by tapping ok.
  7. Install Mews:
    1. In the File Explorer, tap Mews.Installer.CAB.
    2. If prompted whether or not to continue (unknown publisher warning), tap Yes.
    3. If prompted whether the previous version of Mews should be removed, tap OK.
    4. If prompted for an installation location, tap Device and Install.
    5. Wait for the installation to finish.
    6. Complete the installation by tapping ok.
  8. Start Mews:
    1. Tap Start, Programs, Mews.
    2. If prompted for a data directory, select one and tap Done.
    3. Wait for the main window to appear.
    4. Follow the Quick Start instructions below (also available on your device by tapping Menu, Help, Quick Start).

Quick Start

This guide (which is also available under Menu, Help, Quick Start in the application) assumes that you have just started up Mews for the very first time (all settings are unchanged from their defaults).
Warning: When executed for the first time, either of the following procedures will receive roughly 500 kilobytes of data, so you best do this when you don't pay for network traffic by volume.

Receiving Articles

  1. Make sure your device is either already connected to the internet or is capable to do so. If in doubt, start Internet Explorer Mobile and try to surf to one of your favorite sites.
  2. In the Mews main window, tap Menu, Go To, Mozilla Test. The screen remains blank, since no articles have been received yet.
  3. Tap Menu, Send/Receive, Full, Group. This starts a background article send/receive operation. You can see the progress in the status bar.
  4. As soon as send/receive has finished, the screen refreshes and the articles are shown in the main window.
  5. Articles are arranged in trees that can be expanded and collapsed by tapping on the +/- signs.
  6. To read an article, tap it. This opens up a new dialog, tapping ok brings you back to the main window. 

Sending Articles

  1. Make sure your device is either already connected to the internet or is capable to do so. If in doubt, start Internet Explorer Mobile and try to surf to one of your favorite sites.
  2. In the Mews main window, tap Menu, Tools, Options.... This opens the Options dialog.
  3. Tap news.mozilla.org. This opens the Host Properties dialog.
  4. Fill in at least Your Email Address. Optionally you may also want to fill in Your Name. Note: This email address will be visible in the article you are about to post to a public forum. Publicly visible addresses tend to attract more spam than those that are kept private.
  5. Tap Done twice.
  6. In the main window, tap Menu, Go To, Mozilla Test.
  7. Tap Menu, New. This opens up a new dialog.
  8. Fill in Subject and Body as appropriate and tap Post.
  9. Back in the main window, tap Menu, Send/Receive, Full, Group. This starts a background article send/receive operation. You can see the progress in the status bar.
  10. Sent articles are stored in the Sent folder, which is reachable through Menu, Go To, My Articles, Sent.

Manual

First of all, thank you for using Mews! Your feedback is important to me. To report issues and suggest new features, please use the issue tracker. For questions, please use the discussions page.

Principles

  • Unlike many desktop NNTP readers, Mews is designed for offline use. That is, a network connection is only necessary while a Send/Receive operation is running.
  • The application should behave mostly like Internet Explorer Mobile regarding connection management. Therefore, Mews automatically uses an existing network connection (e.g. when your device is already connected over Wi-Fi or cradled) and attempts to connect over cellular radio otherwise. The latter requires at least one modem connection entry under Start, Settings, Connections, Connections. A dial-up connection is closed automatically 30 seconds after a Send/Receive operation has finished. However, GPRS/3G connections are kept open because doing so neither costs anything nor consumes any additional battery power.
  • The application can be fully controlled with the touch screen and mostly with hardware buttons (as far as Windows Mobile and your particular device allow).

Main Window

Depending on the mode, the main window is either a ...

  • Blank Page
  • Group Hierarchy View
  • My Articles View

Group Hierarchy View

  • To display the article hierarchy of a group, tap Menu, Go To, Group Display Name.
  • As in most other NNTP readers, articles are arranged in trees. Original articles appear leftmost, follow-up articles appear indented under the article they reply to. Original articles are sorted newest (top) to oldest (bottom).
  • Threads can be expanded/collapsed by tapping the +/- icon. Pressing the right/left action button does the same with the currently selected article.
  • Unread articles appear bold, watched articles appear red. Moreover, the icon of an article also shows whether the full article content is available: A torn icon appears when only header information has been received. If such an article is watched, a torn icon with an arrow indicates that the full article content will be received during the next Send/Receive operation.
  • Tapping an article displays the article. Pressing the enter key (if your device has one) or the center action button does the same with the currently selected article.
  • Tap & hold on an article brings up the context menu. Holding the center action button does the same with the currently selected article. Watch All marks the selected article and all its follow-up articles as watched, Mark All as Read does the obvious.
  • To write a new original article, tap Menu, New.
  • To follow up to an article, tap Menu, Follow up while the article is displayed.

My Articles View

  • To display your articles, tap Menu, Go To, My Articles, Folder. Folder can refer to Draft, Outbox, Sent and Deleted, with the established meanings.
  • Tapping an article displays the article. Pressing the enter key (if your device has one) or the center action button does the same with the currently selected article.
  • Tap & hold on an article brings up the context menu. Holding the center action button does the same with the currently selected article:
    • Delete (available in the Draft, Outbox and Sent folders) moves the currently selected article to the Deleted folder.
    • Restore (available in the Deleted folder) moves the currently selected article back to the original folder.

Main Menu

  • Send/Receive starts a background article send/receive operation. Irrespective of the mode, each such operation always receives the full content of all incomplete articles that are watched and all new articles that follow up to a watched article. All other new articles are received as follows:
    • Minimal receives header information only. This mode is intended for situations where the network connection has limited bandwith and/or is billed by volume.
    • Full receives full article content. This mode is intended for cheap high bandwith connections.
    The scope of the Send/Receive operation can be limited as follows:
    • Group sends all outbox articles associated with the same host as the currently displayed group and receives articles of the currently displayed group.
    • Host sends all outbox articles associated with the host and receives articles of all groups associated with the host of the currently displayed group.
    • All sends all outbox articles and receives articles of all groups.
  • Filter
    • All Threads displays all threads.
    • Watched displays only threads where the original article and/or at least one of its direct or indirect follow-up articles is watched.
    • Unread displays only threads where the original article and/or at least one of its direct or indirect follow-up articles is unread.
    • Watched & Unread displays only threads where the original article and/or at least one of its direct or indirect follow-up articles is watched and unread.
    • Interesting displays only threads where the original article is unread and/or at least one of its direct or indirect follow-up articles is watched and unread. Unlike the watched & unread filter, this option ensures that new threads are shown to the user at least once.
    If you'd like to read all articles that are posted in a group, you probably want to leave the Unread filter on most of the time. If you only like to follow a few select threads in a group, the Interesting option is probably the most useful. This filter assumes that you immediately watch each article you find interesting. Once you have read the original article of a thread without watching any of the thread's articles, the whole thread is deemed uninteresting and is no longer shown after the tree is refreshed.
  • Tools, Options... opens a dialog where hosts and groups can be added and removed. Initially, the tree contains a sample host and group. Their settings may serve as examples for additional hosts and groups. The meaning of the following host settings might not be obvious:
    • Account Name: The account name for a server that requires log on (must be left empty for public servers like e.g. news.mozilla.org).
    • Password: The password for a server that requires log on. Both account name and password are stored in encrypted form.
    Possibly non-obvious group settings:
    • New Inbound Articles Receive Limit: The maximum number of new articles for which information is received during each Send/Receive operation. Only new articles count toward this limit. In any event, the full content is received for all incomplete watched articles that are already present on the device (the ones having a torn icon with an arrow). This setting comes into play during the very first Send/Receive operation for a group and when Send/Receive is executed rarely.
    • Cached Inbound Articles Limit: The maximum number of inbound articles that are held in the local cache. At application startup, if the total number of excess articles of all groups is larger than 500, the oldest articles are deleted from the cache such that the number of articles in all groups drops back to their respective limits. Due to technical reasons, articles are only ever deleted from groups that do not contain any unread articles.

Last edited Mar 24, 2011 at 8:35 AM by andreas_huber69, version 39

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