RSS is like a drug for news junkies, allowing headlines, blog posts, and podcasts to be sent automatically to a computer's desktop every day. RSS Bandit is a freeware software program for subscribing, managing, and reading this flow of news.
It has many attractive features, allowing a user to merge news headlines from multiple sources onto a single page and organize articles based on keyword, read/unread status, and age. We liked the built-in tabbed browser that allows a user to read the full article and search for new newsfeeds without quitting the program. Adding newfeeds is a simple one-click action, and the software lets users customize frequency and display settings for each individual feed. Once those settings are chosen, the program updates automatically and can display alerts whenever a new headline is available.
We would have liked to see a more flexible search capability, and the internal browser could have used an address bar to make Web navigation a bit easier, but on the whole RSS Bandit is an attractive choice for Web news hounds.
RSS Bandit is an RSS and Atom reader written with the .NET Framework. Features include the ability to view news items in customizable newspaper views, the ability to synchronize the read and unread state of the application across multiple computers via Google Reader or NewsGator Online, the ability to expire items so they get deleted after a certain amount of days, fine grained control of how often items are downloaded, support for password protected feeds, reduced bandwidth consumption by using HTTP conditional GETs and GZIP encoding, search folders, viewing comments directly in the reader without going to the site, posting comments from the reader, integrated Web search, tabbed browsing, and security settings for disabling unsafe browser features like ActiveX.