In the world of instant news cycles and proliferating blogs, a good RSS newsreader can be a necessity. This download is aimed at people who aren't looking for a full-blown reader, but still want to keep up on the latest headlines. It installs as a toolbar for Internet Explorer, and then displays the latest 25 headlines from a user's RSS feeds.
However, even with these limited aims, we have some concerns. It provides no way of reading article abstracts, instead opening the entire article if a user clicks a headline. The interface lacks a few obvious features, like an automatic way to subscribe to a page's newsfeed by clicking an RSS link.
The program also suffers from a few stability issues, including freezing for about 10 seconds when adding a new link. The download may be well-suited to people who want to follow a few feeds without leaving IE, but anyone who spends much time with RSS will want a more powerful tool.
The RSS Feeds Toolbar monitors RSS feeds and displays the latest headlines from the feeds in an Internet Explorer toolbar. The headlines are updated at a configurable time interval. A button in the toolbar launches the full article associated with a headline. The toolbar is not a full-featured RSS reader. It just makes it easier to stay up to date. For example, instead of navigating to the home pages of 10 news sources 10 times a day, you can just add the corresponding RSS feeds to the toolbar and get all the latest news inside the Internet Explorer. The toolbar works well with RSS feeds that are continuously updated and include publication date and time for each news item. Not all RSS feeds fall into this category.
Version 1.3.04 features: support for ATOM feeds; feed recognition on visited Web sites.