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Author Topic: RSSOwl Alternative?  (Read 8346 times)

Tuxman

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RSSOwl Alternative?
« on: November 29, 2010, 03:13:02 PM »
During the past few years I have tested quite a lot of RSS reader software. Online RSS readers are ridiculous, I use RSS because I don't want to visit a website for everything.

Currently I am stuck to RSSOwl for one simple reason:
I am stuck to subfolders.  :D

I have quite many RSS feeds (> 100) in my list, and I sorted them into subfolders just because I had the chance to do so. Now RSSOwl is not really resource-friendly (Java...), so I wonder if there is a decent alternative with subfolders support.

FeedDemon does not.  :(

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2010, 03:52:58 PM »
I just use google reader .... one interface on the web for sharing on all machines ... no installs needed
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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2010, 04:04:34 PM »
Google will never know what I like to read.

And it doesn't support subfolders.

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2010, 04:34:26 PM »
Have you tried Newzie? It has a few different view styles you can toggle between, designed for getting through your feeds faster. It does subfolders and is quite good at handling a large number of feeds (I have around 300).

And if you want to fuss with it and install it, it can use gecko instead of IE's engine for it's browser.

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2010, 04:45:52 PM »
Hmm, not bad, app103. :-)
Looks like it works. I'll give it a try. (Funny UI, though.)

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2010, 05:04:11 PM »
I hate threads like this cos I just HAVE to go and try the alternatives (damnit!!)

GreatNews is another

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2010, 05:22:43 PM »
It's not about "alternative feed readers" but about "alternative feed readers with subfolders support", so my initial question requires experience with feed readers, not just "list me some RSS readers please".  :)

GreatNews fails to import some of my feeds, "unknown format", WTF?  :huh:
Oh, and it does not support subfolders, so: Bye, GreatNews.
« Last Edit: November 29, 2010, 05:24:29 PM by Tuxman »

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2010, 05:39:29 PM »
Oh, and it does not support subfolders, so: Bye, GreatNews.

no problem (and just what exactly do you mean by folder support?)

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2010, 05:46:55 PM »
Subfolders. I can put my feeds into folders, even Google Reader is said to support that, but I want folders inside these folders.

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2010, 05:48:44 PM »
I've used a few feedreaders (GreatNews, Feedreader, RSSbandit) and flirted with several more. In the end, I keep coming back to using Firefox with the Sage add-on. While Sage doesn't have all the bells & whistles some newsreaders come with, I can't say I miss them all that much. (And it does do folders.)

In the end, I gave up on wanting one tool to do it all. For me, the ideal newsreading/web research/archiving setup is the following combo:

Firefox + Sage + ReadItLater + Canaware NetNotes + CintaNotes

There's a few other items in my "keeping up" toolkit, but the above five handle the "web part. " :Thmbsup:




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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2010, 05:55:22 PM »
(And it does do folders.)
Folders vs. subfolders?

I had NewsFox before I decided to use separate feed readers. My Firefox is fat enough.  ;D
Never tried Sage though. Yet.

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2010, 06:08:02 PM »
My Firefox is fat enough.  ;D

Agree 100%  ;D

But I'll make an exception for Sage. It's one add-on I actually use on a regular basis.  :Thmbsup:



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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2010, 08:04:03 PM »
Subfolders. I can put my feeds into folders, even Google Reader is said to support that, but I want folders inside these folders.

aha... that's way more folders than I want to deal with 8)

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2010, 05:14:38 AM »
(And it does do folders.)
Folders vs. subfolders?

Sorry I missed your question.

Yes, Sage does subfolders.  :Thmbsup:

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2010, 08:49:08 AM »
Ah, good to know. Might be another try.

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2010, 10:41:10 AM »
^ If you have a big feed list, do a lot with RSS, and you do decide to go with Firefox/Sage, I suggest you set it up under a different profile. That way you can use it like a standalone reader without further bloating up your day-to-day Firefox setup.

Also might consider syncing your list with GoogleReader (*choke*) for when you're not @home and don't have your own PC with you.  :)

8)
« Last Edit: December 01, 2010, 10:47:21 AM by 40hz »

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2010, 11:24:28 AM »
Ha, Google Reader. Never.  ;D

The major advantage of Sage is that it has direct access to Firefox, so a separate profile would probably discard that.  :)

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2010, 03:23:02 AM »

Also might consider syncing your list with GoogleReader (*choke*) for when you're not @home and don't have your own PC with you.  :)

8)

I thought that was what FirefoxPortable was for.  Load the extension into FP and off you go.... :P

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2010, 03:39:46 AM »
Strange. Nobody mentioned FeedDemon, arguably the best feed reader available. And it sync with Google reader too. (use v4.0 beta)
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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2010, 04:04:05 AM »
Strange. Nobody mentioned FeedDemon, arguably the best feed reader available. And it sync with Google reader too. (use v4.0 beta)

Does it still put ads in the lower left?


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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2010, 04:22:25 AM »
Does it still put ads in the lower left?

Yes it does, but the ad is unobtrusive. Are you really not using the software for such a trivial matter?
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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2010, 06:02:33 AM »
FeedDemon 4 is available in a non-ads version. Anyway, I asked Nick to add subfolders support, he denied because of Google Reader compatibility.

Stupid Google.

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Re: RSSOwl Alternative?
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2010, 06:59:00 AM »
Does it still put ads in the lower left?

Yes it does, but the ad is unobtrusive. Are you really not using the software for such a trivial matter?

Simply asking a question, if that's ok by you.  :)