IE Users Can Pluck News

By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2004-11-08 Print this article Print

Users who want to get their news feeds from the same place they browse the Internet should take a look at Pluck.

Users who want to get their news feeds from the same place they browse the Internet should take a look at Pluck, a newsreader from a company by the same name. The free newsreader integrates with Microsofts Internet Explorer and allows users to read news feeds from within the browser. Microsoft Outlook users will find the interface familiar and easy to navigate.

Ive been using a beta version of Pluck, Version 0.9.5, for a couple of months. For the price—free—its hard to beat. Plucks RSS Reader allows me to subscribe to RSS feeds by dragging and dropping the orange XML icon from a feed subscription site and into Pluck. The reader also supports OPML import and both RSS and Atom feeds. Feeds can be updated every 15 minutes.

Plucks tools allowed me to share Web pages with colleagues, as well as sort and filter queries completed on Amazon, eBay and Google. Pluck works only with IE, so users of Mozillas Firefox and other browsers are out of luck. So are Mac users—youll need Windows 2000 or later to run this application.

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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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