Wanted: RSS Reader that „fits me”
Dear reader, boys, girls
I need your help.
I am looking for a RSS Reader. OK, not just any reader but one that fits my style of work with RSS feeds. Let me explain.
RSS feeds are an important part of my work. I basically live in my RSS Reader. So far, that has been BlogBridge. You can use it via keyboard, it handles images in an OK way, has no issues with the display of Umlauts, works off-line, has multi-platform support (Win, Mac, Linux) and supports synchronisation so you can use several PCs to read your feeds and keep the „read”-marks in sync.
But there are also issues. It is a memory hog. Based on Java and faced with my 300+ feeds it uses 148 MB of my machines memory. It fetches images „on the fly” as you enter a feed and not in the background. And does not buffer those images. The screen-flicker as the images are loaded should be fixed in the BlogBridge 5.7 - Weekly Release. And I also have a problem with Digg-Feeds. Digg is not accepting RSS request, if the client-string contains „Java”. As this is the case with BlogBridge, I can not read Digg-Feeds with it.
The biggest problem I am having with BlogBridge right now is, that it is „free” but with some artificially imposed limits. I am limited to 300 feeds and two synchronisations per day. I could accept the 300 feeds limit, but not with the sync-limit, which was announced in March 2007 in the blog, but not displayed in a splash-screen if you did an update.
Two syncs per day seem crippled to the point of worthlessness. You sync first thing in the morning at work, read on-and-off throughout the day, and sync before leaving. Then when you get home you have to sync first thing, do some reading and sync again before going to work on the next day. That means you really need 4 syncs/day to get any realistic use out of it.
Therefore, as I am not willing to pay USD 100 per year to get unlimited feeds and syncs, I looked for an alternative and found none so far. That is the point, where you, my dear reader, come into the play.These are my requirements (in descending order):
- Thick Client, no Browser-based solutions
- Unlimited number of feeds
- Correct Umlaut-handling (UTF-8, 8859-1, 8859-15, …)
- Off-line capability (including images)
- Capability to „Read by Group/Feed” as well as a „River of News” view
- Free (as in beer as well as in freedom)
- Completely keyboard operable
- Multi-Machine capable with unlimited number of syncs
I tried out Google Reader, but as it has it’s issues with Umlauts and the offline-capability in early Beta (Google Gears) this is not an option. Bloglines/GreatNews sounded promising, but Bloglines’ webinterface is – for me – more than awkward to use and the synchronisation is still flaky and definately not for the faint at heart. RSSOwl is a nice reader but misses the synchronisation feature, FeedDaemon is expensive and Windows-only and Sage is nowhere near the stability I am looking for (I do not want read-marks that get lost, etc.).
As a Notes-Addict, I naturally checked out the offering in the Notes-space, as off-line-capability, web-interface and synchonisation would be inherent in such a solution. But I was disappointed. Manfred Dillmanns madicon RSS Reader sounded promising, but the attached price tag is too steep for me right now. This is also true for the PAVONE NewsReader. Steve Castledine’s ProjectDX Feed Reader does not offer the display-experience I would expect (HTML, Images, …) and Lance Spellmans/OpenNTFs Studio Blog Reader can’t display Umlauts properly.
Those funky little „feed reader” for the Vista Sidebar (which in my case is disabled anyway), Yahoo Widget, Firefox Live Bookmarks and similar gimmicks are no use to me. I need a fully fledged Feed Reader and not some „i will scroll by the title of the story in a funky way that will annoy you within the hour” gadget.
So, if you have any suggested in regards of a RSS Reader, that could cope with me and my requirements, please drop me an e-mail or post a comment. Your help will be appreciated.