I have been looking for a good feed reader for a while. I don't like the online solutions, for the same reasons I don't like web-based email clients - they are slow and awkward to navigate. I tried one or two that were supposed to integrated into IE, but they crashed my system, and I am trying to move to Firefox anyway. I have not yet tried the new Mozilla email client called Thunderbird, but I am told it has a feed reader in it.
FeedDemon is a third party standalone app that is a combination of feed reader with tabbed browsing to pursue links in feeds. The embedded browser can be switched between IE and Firefox, but even with the IE code, it has tabbed browsing! I have been very happy with it.
The only complaint I had was that it was difficult to synchronize my already-read feeds between home and work. For a week or so, I carried a usb memory key back and forth with the cache, but this was a Kluge. Fortunately, the FeedDemon 1.5 beta has (almost) fixed this. By integrating with bloglines, I do not get repeats at work of feeds I read at home. There are only 2 downsides to this:
- You have to go online to bloglines to add a new feed to your reading list, though this is pretty fast
- Feeds downloaded at the office do not show up at all at home. This is not what I ultimately want. What I really want is to be able to download and have on my computer all feeds in both locations, but with the read/un-read status synchronized. This may already be possible, but I can't figure out how. Since this is a beta, I am sure more improvements are to come.
30 day free trial. Recommended.