Windows only: If you can't always get online to read your feeds, and would prefer to browse more than just post headlines, check out GreatNews. The default browsing view opens up feeds in a two-column, full-post view that's more reminiscent of newspaper site layouts than long lists of post headlines. I had no trouble importing my collection of subscriptions from Mac's NetNewsWire using an OPML file, though it took a long time — even though the product's site declares "GreatNews is extremely fast. Even with hundreds of rss feed subscriptions." For Bloglines users, GreatNews will actually synchronise with your the online feed reader — so that you don't end up reading the same posts twice, and can keep reading even if you aren't connected to the web. Other helpful features include labels for articles, great search functionality and the ability to watch particular sites and keywords to make relevant articles stand out and harder to miss. Any GreatNews users out there willing to share their experiences, good and bad? GreatNews is a free download for Windows. Thanks, CharityAethalides!
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TechCrunch reports that web-based feedreader Bloglines has stopped pulling in updates for "thousands of blogs" with no word from its parent company, Ask.com, about what's going on. We made the switch from Bloglines to Google Reader two years ago. How about you?
An explosion of public beta releases of our favourite web browsers, operating systems, and webapps recently have made brave testers and curious early adopters very happy. Many of these betas appear fit for full-time use, but they all come with that obligatory disclaimer that things may break. Whether or not you're willing to test unstable software, here's a quick roundup of what's hot on the beta beat. Firefox 3 Beta 4 (direct link) Leaner, meaner, and much more polished than Firefox 2, Firefox 3 may be in beta, but its significantly reduced memory consumption and snappy performance makes it worth the risk of running it full-time. Remember, you can test the Firefox 3 beta safely using the portable version, and make your old extensions compatible with a few about:config tweaks. Mozilla Add-ons preview Along with Firefox 3, Mozilla's cooking up a new add-ons site that's cleaner, prettier and easier to use. Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 (direct link)Microsoft is still playing catch-up with Firefox in the features department, and Internet Explorer 8 is a step in that direction, with an interesting non-Firefox-like feature called "Web Slices," which monitors sections of web pages that change often, similar to Mac OS X Leopard's Dashboard's Web Clips. Ubuntu Linux 8.04 "Hardy Heron" Beta (direct link) The next version of Ubuntu Linux, named "Hardy Heron," is the basis for Ubuntu's next long term supported release. Check out our exclusive interview with Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth about Hardy Heron and how he gets things done. Bloglines Beta (direct link) Available at least since August of last year, the Bloglines Beta offers a drag and drop interface plus more customisable features. Question is, when does it become official? What's your current favourite beta? Anything here ready for primetime yet? Let us know in the comments.
Did you know there are more ways to read RSS content than with Bloglines or Google Reader? MakeUseOf suggest fourteen other ways to maximise sites that have RSS, from utilising previously mentioned FeedJournal to reading RSS content via IM with FeedCrier. Alternatively, for sites that offer RSS feeds but no direct email subscriptions, SendMeRSS is a great way to get that content delivered directly to your inbox. How do you consume or distribute your RSS content outside of the standard feed readers? Share your favorite RSS tools and tricks in the comments. 14 Other Ways to Use RSS Feeds