RSS Reader

By Elakbar Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

There's promise in this feed reader, which has a very small footprint, but it ultimately disappoints. RSS Reader's bare-bones interface appears unfinished. It includes a simple feed and a headline listing with an internal browser in a second tab. Both tabs include advertising banners that point to a defunct site.

RSS Reader uses a separate XML file to maintain the list of subscribed feeds. Most users should be able to easily edit the file to add or drop feeds. Delete and Add buttons on the main display also make it easy to update the subscription list one feed at a time. Reading feeds is a quick two-step process. Select a feed from the pull-down list then click a Read button. The app doesn't maintain a list of read articles and must load the feed for each use. Selecting a headline displays the article's raw HTML text. Double-clicking the headline immediately displays the article in the reader's Internet Explorer-based internal browser. We experienced many script errors with the browser and it lacks the usual IE toolbar buttons.

This application doesn't require installation and is less than 100KB of code, but it consumes as much memory as Windows Explorer. Most users will quickly tire of script errors and the irritating broken advertising banner, especially with the number of better functioning freeware options.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1

This version is the first release on CNET Download.com


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added May 22, 2007
Version 1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows Me/NT/2000/XP, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.50727


Total Downloads 2,794
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

RSS Reader - At least 300 major sites with news and articles. Choose your Feed, download the list and read the articles. Easy and Free. Bussiness, Sports, education, Health, Social Life, various articles ands news. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
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