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Google Reader Updates – Gets “Collapsible items, hide unread counts” and more features

Google Reader has got an overhaul: First up, the Reader interface has been updated with a softer palette, faster components and a fresh new look with the removal of the old rounded corners, drop shadows and heavily saturated colors.

Each section of the navigation pane now has its own options menu and minimize/maximize controls. You can collapse each major section of navigation down to one line and focus on only the things you choose to use.

Shared items have got their own section in the navigation pane, which you can collapse to see everything your friends have shared, or leave it open to track friends with shared items. You can add new friends in “Sharing settings”.

A featured is being added to turn off unread counts for each section of navigation independently. Subscriptions with unread items will still appear as bold, and you can see the number of unread items if you hold your mouse over the subscription name.

Feed bundles are small sets of feeds related to a topic that you can subscribe to all at once. A bunch of new topic-based bundles are added for easier feed discovery. Just find the “Browse for stuff” link in the main navigation pane and look for the “Browse all bundles” link on the bundles tab. 

Looking for something that’s moved?

  • The “Refresh” button from the subscription list is now in the Subscriptions options menu or triggered by simply clicking on the word “Subscriptions”
  • The “Show all – updated” controls are now in the Subscriptions options menu.
  • The “Add subscription” button has moved to the top of the navigation pane.
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