The Windows-based RSS reader FeedDemon has recently released as freeware. Abilon by now defunct SisyphSoft was originally my favourite RSS reader until two weeks back after I decided to give FeedDemon 2.6 a test drive
While Abilion’s clean and sleek two-panel interface was a big plus, it was sometimes quite a memory hog and updating all feeds often consumed an incredible amount of bandwidth which significantly affected browsing and download speeds. Feeds with embedded media like Youtube videos also had display issues.
I like FeedDemon because it’s very fast in updating feeds unlike web-based readers like Google Reader which sometimes takes an eternity to update my 130+ feeds Plus it doesn’t have the memory and embedded media problems of Abilon so that’s always a Very Good Thing™.
As stated earlier, I love Abilon for its minimal interface and thankfully, FeedDemon allows you to configure it that way.
In fact, FeedDemon allows you to heavily customize the application to your liking but I found that changing the following options mimics the familiar Abilon feel the most.
Switch to Full Posts instead of the default Summaries view.
Check Mark feed read when feed changes and Mark the current newspaper page read when I change pages under Tools > Options > Reading.
I have also set FeedDemon to minimize to the system tray when clicking the X button and turned off the Desktop Alert under Tools > Options > Desktop Alert as I find it too disruptive but I guess that’s just my personal preference
I didn’t like FeedDemon’s way of breaking up feed items into pages but it was probably a compromise to load and display items in the feed more quickly. Besides you can always change the number of feed items per page under Tools > Options > Reading > Newspapers > # items to display per page.
While DownloadSquad and PC Magazine have already declared FeedDemon the best Windows-based RSS reader out there, it’s still subjective thing IMHO since I believe most users define “best” as the one with the most comfortable and familiar interface rather the one with the largest number or most powerful features available. That said, FeedDemon is still a very fast,very easy-to-use and more importantly, highly customizable, application that’s worth a try for anyone who does a lot of RSS reading.
As an added bonus, registering a free Newsgator account allows FeedDemon to remember when your feeds were last updated, enabling you to always catch up with your favourite feeds whether you’re in office or at home. I was also relieved to find that I didn’t miss a single feed item when I launched FeedDemon after a week of Internet-less holidays
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