I have been using the FeedDemon RSS Reader from the past 29 days and the trial version will expire in a day. I am definitely not going to shell out 30$ for the full version. The reader has all the features that I need, but there is nothing special in it, for me to buy it.
So I went on a hunt of finding a free desktop based RSS reader. Before trying out FeedDemon, I had tried these applications/RSS readers.
1. Firefox Live Bookmarks – Easy to add the feed, but doesn’t it bloat your toolbar or what ?
2. Sage RSS Reader – Sage is a lightweight RSS and Atom feed reader extension for Mozilla Firefox. But again I was not comfortable using a reader within the browser, the browser as such is already bloated with lot of tabs and toolbars !
3. Microsoft Outlook RSS Reader – Outlook 2007 has in-built support to subscribe for RSS feeds. Its easy to use and I am currently using it at my workplace. However I am not comfortable using the same at home, since I just don’t want to open a “big” application like outlook just to read RSS feeds. It does have a very big memory footprint.
4. Google Reader , Bloglines and NewsGator – I somehow have a aversion for online RSS readers. The good thing about online RSS reader is that you can maintain one centralized place for all your feeds, however the bad thing is that it doesn’t allow you to read the feeds offline !
Google Reader for one, is one of the most unusable application from Google. When I started subscribing/reading more and more feeds, I just couldn’t handle it with Google Reader.
Currently I am trying out RSS Bandit and RSS Owl. RSS Owl demonstrates the power of Eclipse. Its an RCP application built on Eclipse. Again I am not too happy with these 2 readers as well !! The number of options available from the toolbar and menu just makes me dizzy !!
I want an RSS Reader
- Which has a simple User Interface (No bloated toolbars and menus)
- Easy Navigability (Including keyboard shortcuts) and Search
- Not in-built into any web browser
Can anyone recommend me a good desktop based RSS reader for Windows ?