FeedDemon

FeedDemon

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1.0.12
  • Total Downloads:
    154,037
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 03, 2010
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Easy to use, fairly intuitive"

February 15, 2010  |  By nomad496

 |  Version: FeedDemon 3.1.0.12

Pros

comes with some feeds to get you started

Cons

A little hard to find some buttons, until you know where to look

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3 stars

"Nice features, but temporary files can fill up drive"

February 05, 2010  |  By mscritsm

 |  Version: FeedDemon 3.1.0.12

Pros

Displays summaries of each feed.
Managing feeds is easy.
Downloads manager is nice, but has bugs.

Cons

Download manager does not get rid of temporary files after each file is downloaded.
No way to contact authors with bug reports.

Summary

This is the best RSS feed manager I found so far. However, its handling of temporary files during the download process filled up my C: drive. I was doing downloads of backissues of video podcasts, each several hundred MB long. Instead of deleting each temporary file on the C: after each download was completed, it waits until all files are downloaded and the program exited to delete the temporaries. As a result, my C: filled up. Also, I have been unable to find any way to contact the authors with bug reports.

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4 stars

"Easy to use for first time user."

February 04, 2010  |  By ccronenw02

 |  Version: FeedDemon 3.1.0.12

Pros

Preset news feeds.

Cons

To much stuff to read.

Summary

Program is easy to use for first time users. The number of preset news feeds is simply to much to read. An interest list to choose from would be easier to use.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher NewsGator Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.newsgator.com/
Release Date February 03, 2010
Date Added February 03, 2010
Version 3.1.0.12
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
Download Information
File Size 3.9MB
File Name FeedDemonInstall45.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 154,037
Downloads Last Week 90
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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