It's pretty easy to use, but this free RSS reader has been surpassed in features and functionality by more recent entries in the category. RSSOwl's interface helpfully opens with information on program operation. You'll have to go to the View menu and manually select the standard feed reader elements: tree menu of feeds, viewing pane, and nav bar.
RSSOwl's do-it-yourself approach is consistent throughout the app. Enter a URL and the program will scan for feeds, but there's no integration with your browser. While surfing, you have to copy and paste URLs into the program and still go through several steps before the feed is finally subscribed. Viewing feeds is easy enough, and anyone who's used a standard e-mail program will find RSSOwl familiar. Selecting a feed displays entries in one pane, with details for a selected entry in another pane. Clicking a link takes you directly to the site in your default browser.
Although RSSOwl gets the job done, most users will want a more modern approach to finding and adding feeds. We weren't overly impressed with this version of RSSOwl and suspect experienced users won't be either.
RSSOwl is a free RSS / RDF / Atom Newsreader in Java using SWT as fast graphic library. Supported OS are Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris. Some features are export of news to PDF, Import / Export with OPML and the full text-search with syntax highlight. For easy execution, a .exe is provided on Windows, a shell-script on Linux / Solaris and the Mac version is deployed in an application bundle. RSSOwl comes with a huge list of sample favorites.