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  • Date Added:
    Apr. 30, 2008
  • Price:
    Free to try (Nag screen); $18.00 to buy
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Editors' Review

Abot News Reader touts its more than 2,000 newspaper links, but unless you're fluent in Chinese, you'll miss out on most of its features.

At the start of the program, a nag screen asks you to register and buy the product, but you'll be able to try the product by clicking OK. The interface is very plain with a tree menu on the left listing "National," "World," and "American State" newspapers and an expandable screen on the right for viewing them. It comes with three different skins, none of which are very attractive or noticeably different from each other.

All the links that we selected during our tests loaded very fast and we were able to view our desired newspapers, but the American State links displayed sites in Chinese. There's a Favorites folder, but you'll have to choose from the preloaded links as you can't add newspapers to the list. A help menu is included, but it takes you to the publisher's site and offers no real help. Additionally, our IE home page was changed without our permission and the program didn't block any pop-up ads.

It should be no surprise then that we can't recommend this program as a viable newsreader.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.7
Version 2.7 includes unspecified updates
Publisher Abot
Publisher web site
Release Date April 30, 2008
Date Added April 30, 2008
Version 2.7
Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 1.5MB
File Name
Total Downloads 1,376
Downloads Last Week 0
License Model Free to try
Limitations Nag screen
Price $18
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