FeedDemon

FeedDemon


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 87 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.5
File Size:
3.9MB
Date Added:
July 01, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
155,967
Downloads Last Week:
60
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0

Editors' review

Long thought of as one of the best RSS and Atom feed readers around, FeedDemon 3.1 is a good effort to move beyond some of the controversial changes that were implemented during the upgrade to version 3. This latest update includes multiple new features, although we found that performance hadn't changed much.

FeedDemon has dumped its proprietary online synchronization site, newsgator.com, in favor of syncing with Google Reader. New users won't notice, but older users are likely to lose many unread feeds since Google can't import feeds with more than 10 unread items. Once synced, unread items can number more than 10 items again. There's also a new, persistent ad placed in the lower left corner of the interface that goes away when you buy a $10 license. FeedDemon's performance could be a lot better--its RAM usage was hefty and even 3GB of RAM didn't prevent occasional program hang-ups. FeedDemon's database can be massaged into being a bit quicker by regular compacting, but that extra step is cumbersome.

The new features list is mostly about bringing FeedDemon into parity with Google Reader, although that's not necessarily a bad thing. The program has relied on Google for online syncing since version 3, and now includes on-the-fly item translation, a "Shared by people I follow" for syncing shared Google Reader items, and a "like" icon that must be enabled in the new option for customizing item icons. More short URL previews are supported than before, you can automatically mark incoming items read on a per-feed basis, and the Send To option now includes Twitter. Still, FeedDemon remains a favored option for desktop feed management.

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  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 87 votes

    • 5 star: 37
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 2 stars

    "locks up system staring"

    January 11, 2012   |   By dwgjr330

    Version: FeedDemon 4.0.0.22

    Pros

    it catches rss

    Cons

    freezes often, takes several min. to load

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  • 3 stars

    "I have not used it enough yet to form a full opinion."

    December 18, 2011   |   By Demandred71

    Version: FeedDemon 4.0.0.22

    Pros

    Easy to add feeds and present them to you in a tabbed fashion.

    Cons

    I may have not fully explored it enough to know for sure, but I would like it to be able to use an external player to play the video of downloaded video podcast. Right now I go to the download folder to play back video downloads.

    Summary

    So for so good. It seems to be a very capable program.

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  • 5 stars

    "Does the job"

    August 28, 2011   |   By bciocco

    Version: FeedDemon 4.0.0.22

    Pros

    Intuitive and has a pretty good browser.
    Easy to use

    Cons

    none that I could find

    Summary

    I was using another product. I switched to a new computer and already formatted the old hard drive before I remembered that I needed the other reader. I could not remember what it was called. I tried this and it does the job. I couldn't be happier.
    I use it mainly for rss feeds of craigslist searches.

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  • 5 stars

    "Love this program"

    April 20, 2011   |   By bedeboop

    Version: FeedDemon 4.0.0.22

    Pros

    Flexible, easy to read and organize.

    Cons

    None I can think of at moment.

    Summary

    Try it, you will like it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Underrated"

    February 12, 2011   |   By zeitfliesst

    Version: FeedDemon 4.0.0.22

    Pros

    Convenient access to all your feeds

    Cons

    None really

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  • 1 stars

    "Avoid This Version!"

    December 16, 2010   |   By RcJ2

    Version: FeedDemon 4.0.0.20

    Pros

    It's quicker on Windows XP PCs

    Cons

    Charges for (almost) everything important

    Summary

    I was a fan of this software for a while. So whenever there was an update, I expected things to get better. Not with this version. There are features I used that was taken away such as my FeedStation and placed into a "Pro" version. Also, I was forced to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 to view feeds correctly. Overall, they ruined what was once as close to a perfect product as possible and because of this, I've uninstalled and found another program. Thanks FeedDemon for a few good years.

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  • 3 stars

    "Long Time Users in for unpleasant shock with 4.0"

    December 09, 2010   |   By Freezer

    Version: FeedDemon 4.0.0.20

    Pros

    Same old reliable FeedDemon

    Cons

    4.0 is a "Lite" version, which removes several features

    Summary

    Upgrading from 3 to 4 gives you a choice of either going to FeedDemon Pro or FeedDemon Lite. Lite removes several beloved features and you have to pay for the pro option to get them back. Things like the customizable CCS stylesheets, authenticated feeds, prefetching and content filters.

    This. Sucks. With so many RSS reader choices out there, that NewsDemon decided to gimp the product to extort money seems like a horrible move. I will be looking elsewhere for a desktop RSS reader.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good product"

    November 30, 2010   |   By RDavidCole

    Version: FeedDemon 3.1.0.30

    Pros

    Like the access to the categories

    Cons

    I wish someone could develop the RSS that travels along
    the bottom of the screen. That would be coooool.

    Summary

    overall good product

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  • 1 stars

    "Can only use Internet Explorer"

    November 12, 2010   |   By c1a436

    Version: FeedDemon 3.1.0.30

    Pros

    None, there are other feed readers available for free, there are no reasons to use this one.

    Cons

    Can only use Internet Explorer.

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  • 5 stars

    "Clean simple RSS Reader"

    August 14, 2010   |   By gtgene

    Version: FeedDemon 3.1.0.30

    Pros

    FeedDemon keeps it simple,akin to my old RSS reader,Outlook. I just want a menu,navigation pane and reading pane. I can go directly to a full webpage of the RSS item instead of opening my browser,and can keep that page as a tab,even when I close FD.

    Cons

    I have not found anything so far.

    Summary

    If you want something simple that keeps you focused on the content rather than the controls,FeedDemon may just be right for you.

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