The team over at Netvibes have clearly been working hard at getting out new features that are both useful and intuitive. Just last week, we mentioned Netvibes2Go, their version of a personalized homepage for mobile devices. Today they’ve just announced new features in preparation for the new Coriander version of Netvibes.
One of the first things that you’ll notice is their new Coriander theme with rounded corners and shiny colors that make this theme my favorite so far. If you’re a Netvibes user, you know that you can have up to four columns to organize all of your content. Now you’ll be able to set each of those columns to a custom width. This means that if you have modules that are wider than others, just place them in one column that can be adjusted so that you can easily read them.
You’ll also notice that your feeds can be read beyond the display limit to view older RSS items. To do this, they’ve added a ‘next’ button so that you can easily scroll through your feeds and read all of the content. Feed navigation is a great addition to Netvibes, and one that I’m surprised they haven’t offered all along. And for Mac users, they’ve added the .Mac mail module which will be offered alongside the mail modules already available for Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL, and others.
Netvibes also took an important step recently by unveiling their Universal Widget API. It’s really good to see that widget standards are forming, which makes the job for developers that much better. This means that building widgets will be easier, and you’ll be able to make them instantly available for other widgets out there like the Google Homepage. It will even work with Vista, Mac, and Opera Platforms. Cross Platform Widgets are something that people have been requesting for a while now, so it’s great to see Netvibes taking the step towards doing this.
I’ve seen a few comments saying that some of the modules are not working, so if you come across a problem, be sure to let them know.