Choosing RSS Readers
March 23, 2004
I’ve been very pleased with FeedDemon on Windows over the past six months or so, and have been disappointed that I can’t seem to find a similar RSS reader on the Mac. The biggest thing I miss is the ability to follow a link (either to the actual entry or to another site) within the same window (or on a new tab), without spawning additional windows.
Using Bloglines in Safari works quite similarly, however. I can right-click (okay, I use a two button mouse on a Mac, which probably makes me a heretic) and open links in new tabs, which is just fine.
The (lack of) speed takes a little getting used to, as I’m used to the summaries already being on my machine, but that’s the price for using a web app. The tradeoff is that I can check the feeds I watch (a metric ton of them, it seems like) on any web browser, and it knows what’s new regardless of where I am. There’s also a pocket browser version, which I’ll be checking out on my e800 soon.
Bloglines is a very well implemented web app—the integrated management works well, you can mail your OPML to other people, generate a blogroll that stays in synch, and (niftiest of all, so far) you can add mailing list subscriptions to it and treat them as any other feed. Now I can go back to watching a couple of Yahoo Groups I’ve been ignoring since I started using RSS readers…
All of this for free—can’t beat a deal like that!
The only thing I wish is that they had an applet (does Safari do applets?) that would add “subscribe in bloglines” to Safari’s right-click menu.
Check it out!