Iâ€™ve been a user of FeedDemon RSS reader ever since it became freeware. Itâ€™s a fantastic application and has a lot of great features, not the least being synchronization between NewGator Online and multiple devices such as Mobile phones and desktops.
However good as NewsGator Online is, after a while I began wishing FeedDemon synchronized with Google Reader instead. I much preferred having a desktop application then a web-based, but I would prefer still more to have access to both.
NewsGator Online is adequate as a web RSS reader, but nothing more, I find it slow and un-intuitive. In contrast using Google Reader offline through Gears just canâ€™t be compared to a dedicated desktop application like FeedDemon.
However just this week I was excited to see the first Alpha version of RSS Bandit released. RSS Bandit is a desktop feed reader written with the .NET framework and which synchronises with either NewsGator Online or Google Reader!
I have only just downloaded it and begun using, so Iâ€™ll provide a better update later on how I find it, but so far Iâ€™m loving it.
The first thing youâ€™ll notice is it looks very much like Outlook which provides for an attractive, clean and familiar interface, but it would be nice to have the option to change it a bit, even just the colour scheme.
Yes, there are quite a few little bugs, but I havenâ€™t noticed anything major so far. Itâ€™s very fast, in fact a lot faster then FeedDemon, although I will have to wait and see if it slows down as it gets more feeds to handle.
As I said, Iâ€™m liking what Iâ€™m seeing, but havenâ€™t had a proper opportunity to try it yet, so when I have I will let you know wether not it really is a better solution the FeedDemon and if Iâ€™m converted.Advertisement