Active Web Reader

Active Web Reader

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 21 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.49
  • Total Downloads:
    72,618
  • Date Added:
    February 15, 2007
  • File Size:
    2.06MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    10
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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If you want an RSS newsreader, Active Web Reader is one of the better ones available. This application offers all the standard features you need, plus a few extras that make it easy to get your news fast and all in one place. Active Web Reader comes with a sampling of feeds and Web sites you can explore in the three-pane interface common to most readers in this category. If you want to add your own feed, you can right-click a category, title the feed, and enter the XML link and how often you want it to update, and you're done. The viewing window offers tabbed browsing and a brief summary of each story, so you can decide if you want to open a link. Our favorite feature is the ability to import your Internet Explorer bookmarks, so in addition to your RSS newsfeeds, you can check all your favorite Web sites. Our only criticisms of this reader are its reliance on Internet Explorer and the inability to drag and drop feeds into the interface. Active Web Reader offers an ease of use that's unmatched in this category, and it remains free (though the developer would like your donation). Due to its mostly intuitive interface and excellent feature set, we recommend this newsreader for beginning as well as for advanced users.
 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"sucks"

November 19, 2007  |  By Napoliforever

 |  Version: Active Web Reader 2.49

Pros

nothing

Cons

does not do anything and does not work

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2 stars

"Too many default subscriptions--taking too much screen spacd."

July 13, 2007  |  By AmmariEyad

 |  Version: Active Web Reader 2.49

Pros

Efficient with RAM.

Cons

Not for the person on the run...

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1 stars

"Rubish"

December 28, 2006  |  By coligny

 |  Version: Active Web Reader 2.48

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Pretty much junk.

Fake "free" software with 10 preconfigured feeds that can't be removed. (sponsorship deal).

Don't call it a freeware it's an ads supported software. Not ran Adaware yet to see how many spyware it installed on the side.

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4 stars

"Have all you need"

December 01, 2006  |  By KonnyTary

 |  Version: Active Web Reader 2.45

Pros

This is the best way to read the website. It's free

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4 stars

"Stay at your desk but know all on the world"

November 12, 2006  |  By Torane78

 |  Version: Active Web Reader 2.45

Pros

It will automatically renew the feeds so you can know the breakout news everytime you turn on your computer.

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5 stars

"Great Reader"

November 04, 2006  |  By blue-ink

 |  Version: Active Web Reader 2.45

Pros

+Slick interface, fast updates, fast input of new RSS Link(s), user friendly

Cons

-Nothing so far

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4 stars

"Quite good"

October 14, 2006  |  By Jameclinton

 |  Version: Active Web Reader 2.45

Pros

It's better than a lot of others

Cons

Not supports asia and latin language

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3 stars

"Reinvention of wheel"

July 15, 2006  |  By Porkus Bellus

 |  Version: Active Web Reader 2.42

Pros

Fast download, easy to install.

Cons

Kept crashing, had to uninstall. Did not find it useful at all. Was easier to visit my favorite news sites and click the story I want to view. Isn't that what Favorites or Bookmarks are designed to do? This whole concept of RSS is an extra step.

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4 stars

"Good"

June 01, 2006  |  By Ufatasah

 |  Version: Active Web Reader 2.42

Pros

Not very exactly but it helped me much. I saved a lot of time when looking for the document on internet.

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4 stars

"simple, easy to use, hasn't crashed yet, no account required."

November 07, 2005  |  By donwalthers

 |  Version: Active Web Reader 2.42

Pros

This is the first RSS reader that hasn't crashed (tried Tristana (kernel32.dll error) and Sharpreader (internal error)). Pluck requires creating an account. Attensa, which integrates into outlook, still required loading IE to read the actual story. The auto-find module looks for RSS feeds while browsing web sites. This may be a good feature for some and an annoyance for others but installation is optional.

Cons

Can't delete default folders (but can deleted included feeds except in the software folder) but most are catagories we all use anyway. This is a minor flaw for a free program that doesn't require creating an account and having a web site track which feeds you're reading. I would hardly call it an intrusion or abuse of privacy as other have. The email feature is built into the program (doesn't use your default email reader) so there is no easy access to your address book. Hopefully this will be corrected in the future.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.49
Version 2.49 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher DeskShare
Publisher web site http://www.deskshare.com
Release Date April 15, 2011
Date Added February 15, 2007
Version 2.49
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.06MB
File Name awr.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 72,618
Downloads Last Week 10
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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