Scott Hanselman

It's official - FeedDemon is the Bomb

August 7, '05 Comments [12] Posted in Musings
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Forgetting for the moment that they are the same company, I've just officially moved off Newsgator 2.5 and onto FeedDemon.

Bottom Line: I couldn't handle the Physic Weight of the bold unread [9689] messages in my Aggregrated News folder.

It was making me ill, and ever since I got deeply GTD and reached Zero Email Bounce (ZEB) nirvana in Outlook, I just couldn't have thousands of emails sitting there.

That said, FeedDemon is great - Highly Recommended. I've got it on my work laptop, my home PC and my home laptop. And finally, something that never worked even with (gasp) Newsgator 2.5, items, feeds, and read-status is sync'ed between machines. Happy Day.

I've got three folders, Friends, Tech, and News, and hundreds of feeds. However, it's easy to read them with Newspaper view. It's easy to save stuff with the News Bin. It's easy to watch for keywords with Watches.

Most wanted Feed Demon Feature: RSS Comments Support

I'm still using iTunes for my Podcasting. Haven't quite figured out why I'd use FeedStation. It's not like I'm going to care about any surprise enclosures that may show up. Audio that I want to listen to is easily added to iTunes. We shall see.

Now playing: Kaysha - La Zouk Hooray

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Monday, August 08, 2005 5:15:21 AM UTC
I would like to see support for RSS comments added as well. So far the best support for comments that I have seen was in Sauce Reader.
Rob Boek
Monday, August 08, 2005 5:31:08 AM UTC
Congrats. I was very happy to forgoe Outlook for RSS cause it STRESSED me out! Now I can run FeedDemon on my home desktop and enjoy reading blogs (and mark an entire folder read with a keystroke) much easier.
Monday, August 08, 2005 11:14:11 AM UTC
I have looked at FeedDemon and may switch over to it. I am an old Delphi developer (that has transitioned to C#) and it makes me proud to see a great Delphi application. The best thing I see about FeedDemon is the small memory footprint it has. I use Omea Reader and I like it but it's a memory hog that takes nearly 80M of memory. I think FeedDemon is less than 20.
Monday, August 08, 2005 3:19:12 PM UTC
I've been using FeedDemon for a long time (in Blog years) and I've been happy with it. But the lack of support for comments has started to hurt too much. I am now settling into RSS Bandit, which has comment support and also has some support for synchronizing between multiple computers. RSS Bandit is pretty good on the latest release, and should be even better on the next one.
Monday, August 08, 2005 3:43:41 PM UTC
What version of Feed Demon do you have? I thought the one that synched between machines was still in beta? Or, are you talking about the beta version?
Bob Archer
Monday, August 08, 2005 4:02:30 PM UTC
BobA - 1.6b2 I think. It's the one that all subscribers get.

Walter - RSS Bandit is far to unpolished for me to use. As a former UI person the UI is too skunkworks for me. True it leads the pack in functionality, but the UI still feels prototype-y.
Monday, August 08, 2005 5:28:01 PM UTC
The only thing I don't like about FeedDemon (and I may be over looking something here) is how you can't delete an entry with the DELETE key, nor is there an "X" in the toolbar. You have to right-click on the item and select "Delete News Item" or hit Ctrl-Delete. I'm a lazy loser.
Monday, August 08, 2005 6:14:32 PM UTC
I'm using Thunderbird to read my feeds, and I like it because it's just like reading my email.

I may be missing out on something here, but what benefit would I have by using a separate reader like FeedDemon?
Tuesday, August 09, 2005 2:00:20 AM UTC
Ah, welcome to the dark side my friend. And hey, you're listening to podcasts???? HUH??? :)
Tuesday, August 09, 2005 8:43:22 AM UTC
Omea Reader. Switched to it 2 weeks ago after 1 week side by side with my previous readers newsgator/rssbandit and so far it was a good decision (support for comments is there).
Thursday, August 11, 2005 10:23:31 PM UTC
Well, you must be special, cause when I go into Newsgator online and go to the downloads page I see the following message under the Feeddemo logo, "FeedDemon 1.6 is in beta and will soon be available to NewsGator subscribers."

If there is a trick to get the beta, other than being special, let me know.

BOb

Bob Archer
Saturday, August 13, 2005 5:25:02 PM UTC
Bob...does no one Google these days? :)

I am not special:
http://nick.typepad.com/blog/2005/07/ann_feeddemon_1_1.html
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