FeedDemon 4.1 Released

Martin Brinkmann
May 17, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

FeedDemon back in the days has been a popular RSS feed reader for the Windows operating system. Development slowed down considerably in recent years though, with no new updates released since 2010. Many users thought that the software had been abandoned by its developer, and some switched to other feed readers as a consequence.

FeedDemon 4.1 has been released yesterday, and while the new releases does not introduce any exciting new features, it refutes claims that the project has been abandoned.

The biggest change in FeedDemon 4.1 is the removal of social features that rely on Google Reader. FeedDemon supports synchronization with Google Reader, and one of the effects of that synchronization was the inclusion of shared items in FeedDemon. For those who do not know, Google Reader users were (or are?) able to share feed items with friends, and FeedDemon managed to display those shared items in its interface.

The release notes list about 30 fixes, additions and changes in FeedDemon 4.1. Here is a quick list of the most important ones:

  • The initial startup time of the program has been improved
  • Send To Twitter and Delicious buttons have been fixed, and are working again
  • Fixed YouTube and Vimeo HTML5 videos from being displayed as embedded videos
  • Recommended articles are now more relevant

Many of the changes fix issues with the program that have accumulated since the release of the last version. Existing FeedDemon users can simply install the new version which will automatically update the current program version to the new version. Another option is to click on Help > Check for new version to run the update check this way.

FeedBurner Lite, the free version of the program, is ad supported.  If you do not like that, I suggest you take a look at either RSSOWL (which is Java based) or the excellent Windows feed reader Greatnews.

Are you using a desktop or online feed reader?


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  1. b003 said on June 1, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Great News was the best but it’s starting to look like vapor ware. Using feeddemon now though.

  2. Stevan, Belgrade said on May 19, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I just want something that will search automatically for what I want and inform me if it show up. For example, new Wenders movie, or Lou Reed album. I just enter names in txt file what to look for and some key words as New, Final, last etc. It would be nice, program works in background…for the RSS im using opera

  3. Peter (NL) said on May 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Greatnews ? It looks a bit outdated when I visit their website. Is it still version 1 as Beta ?

    The problem with RSS Feed readers for me is the overwhelming of getting all messages at once. I find it difficult to determine, what is interesting or not.

    Hopefully comes Feedly 10 also for the desktop. Interesting to see which sites are now supported and how the new layout will look.

    At this moment I only visit the relevant websites and decide there what I want to read.

  4. zach said on May 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I Use netvibes online reader and rssowl program for reading the news . Rss owl offers more than what Goolle reader has

    1. Daniel said on May 18, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Netvibes would be my no.1 if it had basic free search feature.
      $499/month for the Pro version that does this, is rather a bit steep.

  5. B. Moore said on May 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Nothing comes close…

    desktop app or webservice that can compete with Google Reader and a couple Greasemonkey scripts.


    1. Ademas Z3MN said on May 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      What Greasemonkey scripts to be exact?

      1. B. Moore said on May 20, 2012 at 2:42 am

        ok here is my list:

        Google Reader Prefetch More
        Google Reader Remove Explore
        Google Reader Sanity
        Enhanced version of ‘GReader Highlight Row’
        Google Reader Bottom Link

  6. Paul B. said on May 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    One of the reasons I like the Opera browser is the built-in mail,news and feed client, all in one tab. While more work could be done on them, it’s a very serviceable way to go.

    Opera has another feature, Notes, which is like Evernote, but in this case I do not think it is up to par.I wish they would devote the needed effort, because it’s easy to take Opera, with all its features, portable, and it also has built-in syncing across machines.

    1. Andri said on May 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Too bad Opera doesn’t sync RSS. This is what drove me away from it. I really like Opera RSS features, but I can only read them on my computer. Now I installed Tiny Tiny Rss on a server and I read the news in the web interface or in the android client (whch is even better)

  7. Daniel said on May 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    FeedDemon has always been my main RSS feed reader but over the last (long) while, Feedly has edged in as runner up. The later comes in handy when working with Linux.

    Latest FeedDemon has become quite responsive (one of my main displeasures about it) and so, it will likely continue to be no.1

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