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If you're looking for a personal newsreader, Custom Reader isn't for you. It's an RSS platform that marketers can customize with feeds and distribute as a privately branded package. Will end users run such a program? We're doubtful. Custom Reader supports enclosures and the Atom syndication format, but otherwise it lags behind other freeware products. Instead of the now-standard three-pane interface, Custom Reader offers a choice of one pane or two. In the one-pane view, clicking a feed brings up an immobile, nonresizable window with individual news items. This window sometimes extends off the screen, making items unreadable. The two-pane Classic mode works better. In either case, users can't aggregate feeds into a virtual channel. Nor can they mark a feed unread with a single-click. Marketers will like how Custom Reader's online control panel lets them, for instance, keep users from unsubscribing preset channels. It's a good deal for them. But for everyone else? Not so much.
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5 stars

"A brandable RSS Reader what a great idea!"

April 17, 2005  |  By quintonm

2005-04-17 07:35:51  |  By quintonm

 |  Version: Custom Reader 1.1


Im not sure the other reviewer fully understood what this software is about.

Lets start with some of its features hardly think its back to the drawing board..

right click a feed and download enclosure, (rss 2 enclosure support)

Ading a feed, select your rss file press + add a password if it requires http or get authentication (which a lot of readers dont even support)

Select the category and the the update dont exactly need to be a scientist to add a feed now do you, whats hard about that!

Even suppports feed: protocol.

Saying you marked all as unread then giving no option to mark as unread is untrue, right click the news item and whats that...OMG "mark all as unread" option.

Anyway isnt what the last reviwer said not a bit like writing 100 words on a text file and closing it up then complaining that he didnt save it so it must be the text files fault??

You can update categories or even single feeds whenever you like.

The reason why you couldnt unsubscribe to the feeds as the brand gets to set wether ther users can unsubscribe or not...

As for the help section, again the brands fault not the software as that is set in an online management panel that has full "live" statistical control.

It allows the user to "open in new window" if desired.

It can filter out certain words you do or dont want to see.

It has internal rss search or external search which the "brand" can decide upon.

It doesnt rerequest a feed using http 200 each time but uses 304 so saves a sites bandwidth.

Rename categories, move feeds and a lot more.

Back to the drawing board, i think not.

One of the most advanced marketing tools around today!

Ohhh what else...its free.

Please name me something this reader does not do.


Waaay too simple!

This might be a bit too simple for techies, who like buttons and may not understand how to simply add a feed by clicking the + sign.

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1 stars


April 14, 2005  |  By tag-junk

2005-04-14 22:36:05  |  By tag-junk

 |  Version: Custom Reader 1.1


Collects RSS feeds OK.

FREE -- but what a hassle!


1) NO ONLINE Help (error 404) as advertized

2) Dumps 3 pre-opted RSS feeds & you CAN'T DELETE THEM!

3) Hard to add RSS Feeds to menu.

4) Can mark single RSS stream as READ, but cannot mark as UNREAD (ie, I hit "ALL READ" by accident & couldn't UNDO).


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Full Specifications

Publisher Custom Reader
Publisher web site
Release Date November 07, 2005
Date Added November 07, 2005
Version 1.53
Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 1.14MB
File Name customreader_33.exe
Total Downloads 4,901
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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