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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
If you want an RSS newsreader, Active Web Reader is one of the better ones available. This application offers all the standard features you need, plus a few extras that make it easy to get your news fast and all in one place. Active Web Reader comes with a sampling of feeds and Web sites you can explore in the three-pane interface common to most readers in this category. If you want to add your own feed, you can right-click a category, title the feed, and enter the XML link and how often you want it to update, and you're done. The viewing window offers tabbed browsing and a brief summary of each story, so you can decide if you want to open a link. Our favorite feature is the ability to import your Internet Explorer bookmarks, so in addition to your RSS newsfeeds, you can check all your favorite Web sites. Our only criticisms of this reader are its reliance on Internet Explorer and the inability to drag and drop feeds into the interface. Active Web Reader offers an ease of use that's unmatched in this category, and it remains free (though the developer would like your donation). Due to its mostly intuitive interface and excellent feature set, we recommend this newsreader for beginning as well as for advanced users.

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What's new in version 2.49

Version 2.49 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.


Date Added February 15, 2007
Version 2.49

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Developer's Description

Active Web Reader is a free RSS feed reader. Browse feeds, Web, and search RSS headlines. Advanced auto discovery identifies new feeds as you browse. Small and extremely fast. Active Web Reader s has an excellent interface which makes it easy to view and read your RSS feeds. Control all RSS feed properties including the update frequency. It notifies you when updates a occur. A unique instant e-mail feature allows you to send any interesting article you find while browsing to friends with a single click of the mouse. You can also monitor Web sites changes. It will highlight the exact content that was changed on the Web page. Now you can easily import your favorite Web sites and automatically monitor them for changes. Active Web Reader includes a few interesting feeds and a RSS pop-up blocker.

Version 2.49 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

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