FeedDemon 2.0 Smokes the Competition

By Davis D. Janowski  |  Posted 2006-04-20 Print this article Print

Review: If you worship RSS for delivering news of updated Web content, but managing it bedevils you, FeedDemon is your savior. (PCMag.com)

Beauty is not alone in the eye of the beholder—ugly is there too. Behold most RSS aggregator/readers, and youll get an eyeful of ugly. Not so with FeedDemon 2.0.
It starts with a look and feel similar to Microsoft Outlook 2003, but with a much prettier interface thats tailored to managing RSS feeds.
Click here to read about RSS features in Internet Explorer 7.0. RSS sends info on the latest blog or Web site updates directly to you: usually headlines along with a short description and a link. An aggregator/reader does the work of gathering the feeds that interest you and displaying them. Youll find dozens for free—Web-based ones, add-ins, extensions, sidebars, Microsoft Outlook-integrated plug-ins, even stand-alone software (and plenty more are coming). So why buy one? Because none of the free alternatives offer the same level of organization and filtering abilities—or breadth of features—as FeedDemon. The product, which NewsGator purchased from Bradsoft.com in May 2005, is simply the most comprehensive, feature-rich, and intuitively organized RSS feed aggregator/reader for Windows. Attensa for Outlook (watch for my review, coming soon) is the only challenger Ive seen that even comes close. puts feeds into folders it adds to Outlook.) Read the full story on PCMag.com: FeedDemon 2.0 Check out eWEEK.coms for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.
Davis D. Janowski Davis D. Janowski is Lead Analyst for Web Applications and Software, charged with covering the likes of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and millions of other Internet and Web companies. Prior to this, he served as Section Editor for Consumer Networking, GPS Products, Phones & PDAs (Mobile and VoIP), Associate Editor for Networking Infrastructure, and Associate Editor for Internet Infrastructure. Before joining PC Magazine, Janowski worked as a medical editor, covering epidemiology and infectious diseases, receiving training at the Centers for Disease Control. At one point, he acted as guide for a CDC team, collecting ticks for a study on the origins of human ehrlichiosis in the Florida bush. Before that he made a very modest living as a freelance writer and photographer, covering scuba diving and nautical archaeology.

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