Featured Freeware: Portable FeedReader

The world is full of feed readers. Portable FeedReader's claim to fame is its portability, but there's more to it than just that.

The world is full of feed readers. Portable FeedReader's claim to fame is its portability, obviously, but there's more to like than just being able to cram it on your USB drive with room to spare.

The program offers a standard RSS feed-reading interface with three vertical panes. One lists the feeds, the second shows the titles of the selected feeds stories, and the third serves as a viewer. Although the panes' width can be changed by clicking and dragging, the viewer pane is a bit narrow to comfortably read a typical Web page story. Portable FeedReader offers at launch selections from preloaded feeds, and adding a feed is a simple process.

Occasionally, the reader didn't respect the default browser settings and opened a new browser window instead of a new tab, but that's largely a minor quibble. Whether a novice or an expert, Portable FeedReader is worth trying out. And the price can't be beat.

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