Finally I have managed to come to an end of the loooong expedition. The expedition insearch of an RSS reader. A good one. One that fits Chanux’ needs. One like Google reader. Oops… I said that.
OK let’s face it. The best RSS reading experience I ever had was with Google reader (GR). I really like all the control I get over my subscriptions, through Google reader. But I wanted to switch. Yes I have reasons.
** Google Readers bandwidth usage is pretty high.
This maybe a myth. But I believe that I experienced it at the last time I used it. And my Internet connection has a bandwidth limit.
** I want to get rid of cloud madness. I’m afraid of cloud.
** I want my RSS subscription to be with me even when I’m out of internet. (now I have my HP mini with me all the time :D )
Because of those reasons I wanted an alternative & was googling for Good, great, nice, Google reader like RSS readers all the time. I found a lot of RSS readers & actually tried following readers. All I have to say is here in the shortest way I can express.
Mozilla Thunderbird. (Mozillas email/news reader : seejay suggested)
- I didn’t like the overall experience at all. (Only RSS experience. It’s my primary mail client).
- It downloads the RSS headings & then fetch the page itself when requested. I don’t like that.
Snownews. (Command Line Interface tool : found when googling)
- Since this is a CLI tool I really liked it.
- But had problems importing my GR feeds list (you have to convert xml to snownews format). Too lazy to ‘investigate’.
Snowl. (Firefox extension : found when googling)
- The interface was not compelling.
- I didn’t like the user experience.
- Less control over feed etching (or I didn’t find proper controls ).
- Annoying bandwidth overhead.
Brief. (Firefox extension : found on mozilla site)
- Great/cool user Interface.
- Usability, control over feed fetching is great.
- Almost GR like navigation with “Headline View”.
- Author of the software says that he doesn’t have plans to implement synchronization with GR. (Well I still want my RSS be synced with GR).
Akregator. (I knew that : seejay was using)
- Good interface.
- It’s KDE software (I <3 KDE) .
- Easy navigation with widescreen view (for me).
- Sync with GR is somewhere in the air :D .
- (my) processor cries in compact view.
- Couldn’t find syncing anywhere other than developer chit chat.
Akregator & Brief will saty here with me. But I’ll choose one as my primary RSS reader soon. Most the time it’ll be akregator because hopefully it’ll sync with GR. Yes GR sync definitely makes akregator win over Brief even though Briefs’ User Interface is GREAT.
Note: AFAIK snownews & akreagtor do not have Windows versions. Thunderbird, snowl & Brief are available for win. For a long list of RSS tools check this great post. But Please choose free & open source software.