FeedDemon – Worth Buying ?

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As mentioned in the About Me page, till now I have paid for 2 software which I thought were really worth the price.

One was for the Flickr Pro account using which I could archive and share “GB’s” of photos. Its probably the best photo sharing/management application that I have come across.

The other application that is worth paying is Mint. Its one of the best web analytics software out there and also one of the best looking application as well.

It provides real time visitor data and being a self-hosted application, it gives you complete control over your analytics data.

As of now I track/read around 70-80 RSS feeds everyday (unlike Scoble who manages to go through 622 RSS feeds :)). One thing which will ease this task is a powerful RSS reader.

Somehow I am not comfortable with web based RSS readers including Google Reader. I was on a lookout for an ideal Desktop based RSS reader from quite some time.

After evaluating FeedDemon for around 30 days, I had shifted to RSS Bandit, which I thought was a good alternative to FeedDemon. One of the feature missing in RSS Bandit is the synchronization of RSS feeds. (Web based readers have an edge here).

Income from some of my sponsored posts pushed me into buying FeedDemon :). With FeedDemon I am now able to synchronize my feeds across 3 machines

  • Personal Notebook
  • Office Notebook
  • Office Desktop

So If I happen to find some free time at my workplace and read some of the feeds, they are synchronized when I access FeedDemon at home.

FeedDemon uses NewsGator to synchronize the feeds. So you have an added advantage of both an Desktop and Web Based RSS reader with FeedDemon.

FeedDemon has an amazing user interface;its a pleasure reading feeds on FeedDemon. There are lot of options to customize the reading view and it also has powerful filtering and searching capabilities.

Additionally it shows me the Feeds that I pay the “Most Attention” and “Least Attention”, which in turn helps me to re-organize my feeds 🙂

Which RSS feed reader do you use ? Do you prefer Web Based or Desktop Based Reader ?

Do you think its worth paying for an RSS feed reader ? If yes, which reader would you recommend ?

16 comments… add one

  • Shankar Ganesh Jun 16, 2007

    Well, my all time favourite is Google Reader. But I’ll definitely give FeedDemon a try. It’s the best desktop feed reader out there. I’ve seen many positive reviews about it.

  • Shivaranjan Jun 16, 2007

    Venu, even I am thinking of buying feed demon. Currently I am using feedreader 3 since it does not offer sync with web based readers I am thinking of opting feedreader. I may buy that soon, BTW how much does that cost?

  • Venu Jun 16, 2007

    Yup Google reader is famous among geeks and such. Try feedDemon you will definitely fall in love with it.

    Shiv, it costs around 30$ and I remember trying FeedReader also after you recommended that.

  • Nick Bradbury Jun 16, 2007

    Thanks for blogging about FeedDemon, Venu – glad to hear that you like it!

  • TheAnand Jun 16, 2007

    I love the google reader, but its slow at times when I access it with a temporary dial up….never tried a desktop based reader….i am looking at firefox extentions these days….

  • Venu Jun 16, 2007

    Thanks Nick.. Nice to see you commenting here…Thanks for coming up with a useful software… 🙂
    After few days If I come up with improvement suggestions for FeedDemon (If there are any), I am sure you would consider them also 🙂

    Anand, Irrespective of dialup or broadband, Google Reader is sluggish. You can’t navigate between multiple feeds quickly.

    Firefox extension.. hmm me personally wouldn’t like bloating up my browser (in fact there are many extensions out there I guess).

  • TheAnand Jun 16, 2007

    Hmm…I prefer to use the Live Bookmarks for the easiest access….i started using the reader only since a lot of people suggested it….now that you have suggested another one….I might as well test it out!

  • Vasuki Jun 18, 2007

    I am using Google Reader and I am pretty happy with it. I think the initial version of Google Reader had lot of issues, but the current one seems to be fine. There is an occasional “unexpected error”, but its not too frequent to motivate me to look out for a change.

    And I am almost always connected to the Internet, so I dont have the need to get the content on the local machine and read them “offline”. Is there anything really worth (in terms of features) that Google Reader lacks drastically compared to FeedDemon?

  • Ramki Jun 18, 2007

    Frankly, I feel that it doesn’t make too much sense to pay for a RSS reader when there are really good free readers available. Even in case of desktop readers; Feedreader, Greatnews and Snarfer offer sync options. Greatnews and snarfer can sync with Bloglines, while feedreader offers sync thru’ file transfer (FTP). Awasu also offers similar sync options.
    I use Jetbrains Omea Reader for my feed reading. It is as powerful in terms of features as the best readers out there, but doesn’t offer sync facility. This is a drawback, but if you don’t use two systems to access feeds, then it is worth giving a shot. I reviewed Omea sometime back and it was also on the top of the list of RSS resources compiled at Mashable.

  • venukb Jun 18, 2007

    Vasu, Google Reader is not bad, but it doesn’t suit the number of feeds that I read and the application is not scalable I feel.

    The way most of us read feeds is to first check the title and then skim the content a little and if its good, read the entire post. (Atleast this is how I read the feeds)

    In Google reader, everytime I click on a feed, it takes some time to load. Partly I have to even blame the broadband connection. In US its pretty fast I believe.

    Ramki, I have tried most of the readers that you have suggested. Few of those lacked in UI navigation and few had problems in downloading the feeds (very slow download of feeds). In some I couldn’t set the links to open in an external browser. Some of the readers (i guess even omea, is written in Java, and I have seen MFC/.NET based readers do better than the Java ones )

    I always faced some or the other problem with these alternate feedreaders. FeedDemon was perfect, you would also probably agree, if you try it. The only negative is the price attached to the application 🙂

    Meanwhile you have a good review on Omea as well.. 🙂

  • Ramki Jun 18, 2007

    I can’t say for sure if Omea is written in Java or not, but it doesn’t state that as a requirement. (requiring Java to run).
    Maybe I should try Feeddemon and then start comparing it with Omea, but at the moment I am really happy with Omea.

  • John Jun 20, 2007

    If you like web based RSS reader you should try: http://www.itsmynews.com. I used to use google reader because it had been my homepage, but i like itsmynews much better. For one i think the layout is cleaner, and i think they have better features. They have a site of the day that i think it cool, and they also make it really easy to share feeds you like with your friends.

  • Benjamin Cass Jun 27, 2007

    Personally, I think FeedDemon is a ripoff.

    Google Reader for me 🙂

  • Venu Jun 27, 2007

    I am not sure if its a ripoff, for me its one of the best desktop based feed reader for windows. You should try it out once, if you haven’t 🙂

    when it comes to web based readers, i second your opinion on Google Reader 🙂

  • Arpit Jacob Jul 5, 2007

    Hey Venu Try Rss Bandit its almost similar to FeedDemon. Plus its Free I have more than 300+ Rss Feeds. It great if you are a power feed reader like me.

  • Venu Jul 5, 2007

    Arpit, I did try RSS Bandit as well, (after feeddemon trial expired) but I don’t know, there was something unique/nice about the FeedDemon UI, which dragged me back to FeedDemon.

    I did have my say on RSS bandit here 🙂

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