I use SharpReader and like it, despite having to endure the bloated 24MB download of .NET Framework which it requires.
I find RSS extremely useful to scan through a whole load of news stories and forum postings quicky.
I've tried to persuade various friends to try RSS, but with one exception nobody - technical or non-technical - showed the slightest bit of interest. I did eventually get one person (technical) to give it a go, but he hated it and said he far preferred to visit web sites.
Perhaps it's my lack of persuasive powers, but not entirely, I think. RSS for the general public appears to be a complete non-starter at the moment, sadly.
Right now I use Sharpreader. First I tried Bloglines, but I didn't like it. Next I'm going to try Newsgator for a while and see if that is any better.
I've tried to persuade various friends to try RSS, but with one exception nobody - technical or non-technical - showed the slightest bit of interest.
It takes abit of getting used to. But once I got that "eureka!" feeling there is no going back!
I'll throw in a vote for bloglines as well.
NewsGator or IntraVnews (because they are integrated into Outlook).
RSS Bandit or Sharpreader (cause they works well with Channel9's comment feeds).
FeedDemon (nice user interface and fast performance).
Bloglines (for reading on the Web).
Here's some other reviews:
I personally love the idea of aggregators. So nice to get all of the content in one place. I turn people onto it when I can, but I do get mixed reactions.
I love SharpReader. I have tried RSSBandit, but I keep having this problem with it - it doesn't seem to remember which entries I have read or haven't read after I shut it off and start it back up. It drives me crazy so I stick with SR.
It basicly allows me to monitor an order of magnitude more sources of information on a daily basis. And I don't have to do a thing but start the program. Being both curious and lazy it works out great.
FeedDemon for me, the UI is great and the performance is top notch. I refuse to use a reader that takes up 50+ Megs of memory. I like to leave it open all day while I work, and I need all the free memory I can get.
The only thing I dont like about Feeddemon is the lack of comment feeds, but Nick is pretty open to feedback so hopefully we will have this in one of the next editions.
NewsGator for me.
I'm David Janes and I wrote BlogMatrix Jäger. I'm going to start this backwards and tell you why you might not want to use this aggregator:
- If you think Outlook (and Outlook-style) is the greatest UI model in the world, there's lots of aggregators out there for you. I hear some of them are quite good.
- If you need a web-based aggregator, I hear Bloglines is quite nice.
It has a pile of other features too:
- extendability (it plugs into Technorati, Waypath, language translation tools)
- there's a Mac version
- Watch Lists (marks entries that contain keywords)
- Some level of BitTorrent integration/RSS 2 enclosure support
I use a feed reader. I prefer receiving my information this way. So far it is uncluttered by Flash junk, banner ads (mostly) and some of the good ones let me share! (opml)
The app I use currently is called RssFeedEater. It is made by www.babisoft.com and is at .9.2 beta.
It is simple, easy to add subs and reads atom feeds. It doesn't integrate into anyone's email or browser. That is smart. Dependency is so outmoded.
It even lets me (blogger) blog from my reader. What more could you ask for? If nothing better comes around, I may pay up to $20USD for this app.
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I have used Sharpreader, Bloglines, and few others before deciding to stick with Newsgator. Outlook is always open on my laptop or desktop - so newsgator is the perfect fit for me.
I like having the ability to forward / reply to posts as well as use the Search Folders feature in Outlook 2003 to catch information on certain topics. My opml file has almost 800 feeds in it so that proves to be quite helpful from Monday to Friday - since I usally dont have time to check every individual feed during the week.
There was a good feed reader I used on the mac a while back...can't remember name right now.
I like RSS Bandit because it can synchronize my feeds, read items, unread items between work and home.