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BitsCast

Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

This RSS newsreader aggregator arrives preloaded with a variety of feeds, including podcasts, making it attractive to nearly all newsreader users.

BitsCast has a familiar, functional interface--similar to e-mail clients like Outlook or Thunderbird--that will prove reassuring to novice users who may be intimidated by the cluttered appearance of some other newsreaders. The row of icon-labeled buttons along the top of the BitsCast interface include pop-up helpers that easily guide a user through adding feeds, archiving feeds, exporting playlists to your system's default player, and so on.

The preloaded feeds come from a plethora of sources. News sources include BBC, CNET, CNN, InfoWorld, New York Times, and Washington Post. Podcast sources are ABC News, CBS News, CNN Marketplace, Rocketboom, The Wizards of Technology, and a number of YouTube topics. BitsCast also features a BitTorrent downloader.

In our tests, the program performed quickly and reliably, except in one case in which BitsCast crashed while we were adding a podcast feed. Afterward, the app responded with no problems, and we found that BitsCast had indeed saved the feed in question. Users at any level of expertise should find this free newsreader reliable and simple to employ.

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Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

This RSS newsreader aggregator arrives preloaded with a variety of feeds, including podcasts, making it attractive to nearly all newsreader users.

BitsCast has a familiar, functional interface--similar to e-mail clients like Outlook or Thunderbird--that will prove reassuring to novice users who may be intimidated by the cluttered appearance of some other newsreaders. The row of icon-labeled buttons along the top of the BitsCast interface include pop-up helpers that easily guide a user through adding feeds, archiving feeds, exporting playlists to your system's default player, and so on.

The preloaded feeds come from a plethora of sources. News sources include BBC, CNET, CNN, InfoWorld, New York Times, and Washington Post. Podcast sources are ABC News, CBS News, CNN Marketplace, Rocketboom, The Wizards of Technology, and a number of YouTube topics. BitsCast also features a BitTorrent downloader.

In our tests, the program performed quickly and reliably, except in one case in which BitsCast crashed while we were adding a podcast feed. Afterward, the app responded with no problems, and we found that BitsCast had indeed saved the feed in question. Users at any level of expertise should find this free newsreader reliable and simple to employ.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.15

Version 0.15 includes Major bug fix for database lockup on multi-core CPU system and brings libcurl/libtorrent to the latest.

General

Publisher BitsCast
Publisher web site http://www.bitscast.com
Release Date April 09, 2009
Date Added April 09, 2009
Version 0.15

Category

Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 3.18MB
File Name ReleaseWinXP.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 14,347
Downloads Last Week 1

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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