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Wanted : Top 10 RSS Readers

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    dcshadow

    Hey all,
    Good morning to you all from a rather windy Glasgow. I am sick and tired of having my install of Sauce Reader crash on me OR take up 99% of my laptop's brain every time I REALLY need to do something quickly so I decided to ask you all for some help.

    Does anyone know of, keep track of, or publish themselves a top10 RSS readers chart. I am sure this has been done ....surely

    RSS Readers is such a hot topic as we all know and having an up-to-date list of the latest (and more importantly BEST) RSS readers would be beneficial to us all.

    I've tried RSSBandit, and really liked it's taskbar notification (best i've seen yet). I like the newspaper view in Sauce Reader and FeedDemon. But to date I have not found ONE killer app...

    I realise that C9 might not be the best place to publish this kinda list (affiliations and all that) so your ideas please...

    Thanks alot !

    DC


    ps. If any part of this email didn't make sense then I appologise....it's the drugs.....i mean the pain killers I am on as a result of busted ribs after a brilliant days mountain biking on Saturday....urg it hurts.

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    Loadsgood

    #1 - Desktop Sidebar

    It isn't just a RSS reader it shows the clock shows the CPU usage, mem usage, network usage and others as well. Shows your unread mail and calendar, shows quick launch, you can get a plugin that puts windows explorer in it, another that puts the start button in to Desktop Sidebar, get the rubbish bin in DS, shutdown from it so you don't have to click start, and so many more plugins that do anything you want them to.

    You can even code your own plugins as well. This program was started because of the Longhorn Sidebar, but DS is so much better!

    Here is some stats:
     - When I am typing on a web page my CPU usage ranges from 20% - 30%.
     - When I'm not doing anything my CPU ranges from 0% - 2%.
     - I have used it on a 166mhz computer with XP and it ran completly fine with no dramas and no stuff ups. And it didn't crash once. Best program ever!

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    risu

    I've been using Sharp Reader since I heard about it here and I have no real problem with it. It's basic and does just what it should. I haven't tried any others though so my experience with RSS readers is fairly limited.

    I believe I got it from gotdotnet.com but can't remember right now.

    Thanks,
    Risu

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    Blkbam

    I'd have to agree with Loadsgood,  I use DS also and the fact that it hides itself off screen is its best feature (i think at least).  I can't seem to get it to read my mail in the panel but it does recognize when I get mail and displays a popup.  Sometimes before it reaches Outlook (but I think the it may be the cause of the delay)

    Another cool feature is that it reads your calander and displays your appointments for a date range.  Handy for when you schedule many things at once.

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    Jeremy W

    Bloglines.

    I was an avid SharpReader user until I got sick of sending OPML files back and forth to home so that both lists could be sync'd.

    Bloglines lets me stay sync'd with no work because it's web based. So I can check my subscriptions from anywhere. Toss in the ability for it to serve up your Blogroll and publish a LinkBlog and it's all I can see myself needing this year.

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    Bebo

    I like RSS Bandit the best of the ones I've tried. Here is a list of the ones I've tried (definitely not exhaustive):

     * RSS Bandit http://www.rssbandit.org/
     * RSS Reader http://www.rssreader.com/
     * Sharp Reader http://www.sharpreader.net/

    I think I'll try Desktop Sidebar next. It sounds really cool! Wink

    ~Bebo

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    izynews

    A unique and entirely new approach to RSS-reading is http://izynews.com/"> IzyNews.

    It adds RSS reader capabilities to your preferred eMail application (Mozilla, Thunderbird, Eudora, Pocket PC, Palm, NOT limited to Outlook) without an extra download, plugin or whatever.

    http://izynews.com/">IzyNews goes far beyond simple POP3 message delivery.

    It does not bombard you with new messages and does not clutter the Inbox, feeds are automatically organized into folders and it even deletes old notes as they are removed from the feed.


    BTW: If you are concerned about RSS bandwidth consumption (see Scoble's Blog):

    IzyNews is extremely efficient in its resource consumption and not susceptible to the issues from the post.


    For more details, check out
    http://izynews.com

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    Karim

    izynews wrote:
    A unique and entirely new approach to RSS-reading is IzyNews.


    There's some tiny gray print at the bottom of your registration page:

    During its introduction phase, IzyNews is a free service. We reserve the right to transition into a paid service at any time.

    Do you know when "any time" might occur?

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    Karim

    No one's mentioned NewsGator yet:

    http://www.newsgator.com/

    Runs inside of Microsoft Outlook.

    It's ok.  Can't say I recommend it wholeheartedly.  It has a nasty tendency to slam my Tablet's CPU to 100% while it's downloading new headlines.  But, if you "live" inside Microsoft Outlook, it's pretty cool not to have another app just for RSS.

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    jackbrewster

    I'm a grade-A Bradsoft fanboy so I heartily recommend FeedDemon.

    While I realize you've already looked at it and have found it lacking, sometimes, it's not just about the software and its capabilities.  Probably the best think about Bradsoft is Nick Bradbury.

    If there are things that you want to see in FeedDemon, go to the forums and see if someone has already asked for it.  If not, post your own request.  Nick takes all of this input seriously and even if he doesn't like your suggestion, he'll tell you why which gives you a chance to convince him.

    Nick's support and involvement with his user base simply can't be beat.

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    Briden

    Feedreader
    http://www.feedreader.com/


    I really like it, although last weekend when I was gone for 3 days and about 40 new blogs got posted to.  I think it got confused and ended up with some duplicate posts..  haven't seen that happen again yet though (only one thing was posted this weekend though)

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    Maurits

    I cast my vote for RSS Reader - it's simple.
    I have had it crash and lose all my feeds.  So now whenever I add a new feed I export an OPML file.

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    glebd

    Check out Novobot (http://www.novobot.com). The main difference from most of the other feed readers is that it uses single-pane interface and gathers all headlines in one window, which you can then browse like a newspaper. And it also has a [transparent] news ticker.

    Disclaimer: I'm the author of Novobot Smiley

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    eagle

    Check-out this thread.

    Please check-out ATOM, RSS is a mess.

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    dcshadow

    izynews wrote:
    BTW: If you are concerned about RSS bandwidth consumption (see Scoble's Blog):


    Hey Izzy, thanks for the reply (and the rest of you for that matter). Really a brilliant community we have going here.

    On the bandwidth topic, that's exactly the blog entry that got me thinking about my network Smiley

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    dcshadow

    jackbrewster wrote:
    I'm a grade-A Bradsoft fanboy so I heartily recommend FeedDemon.

    While I realize you've already looked at it and have found it lacking, sometimes, it's not just about the software and its capabilities.  Probably the best think about Bradsoft is Nick Bradbury.

    If there are things that you want to see in FeedDemon, go to the forums and see if someone has already asked for it.  If not, post your own request.  Nick takes all of this input seriously and even if he doesn't like your suggestion, he'll tell you why which gives you a chance to convince him.

    Nick's support and involvement with his user base simply can't be beat.


    Hey brewster,
    Don't get me wrong, i don't consider any of the apps that I have used 'substandard' and indeed I am to a keen bradbury'ian and feeddemon is my reader of choice (this week Smiley).

    I've even considered paying the couple of pence for it Smiley..

    DC

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    RedWolves2

    RSS Bandit  as someone mentioned above.

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