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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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1 stars

"Avoid This Version!"

December 16, 2010  |  By RcJ2

 |  Version: FeedDemon


It's quicker on Windows XP PCs


Charges for (almost) everything important


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


Same old reliable FeedDemon


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


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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Full Specifications

Publisher NewsGator Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.newsgator.com/
Release Date December 08, 2010
Date Added December 08, 2010
Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
Download Information
File Size 3.9MB
File Name FeedDemonInstall45.exe
Total Downloads 154,037
Downloads Last Week 90
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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