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News on Demand - RSS Reader Reviews in PC World
PC World's July issue has my review of five RSS aggregator programs and a sampler of sites worth subscribing to with them, plus a Web supplement table
that adds a baker's dozen more reviews to the package. That's 18
mini-reviews online... and I reviewed another five aggregatprs, as
The PC World article also links to an earlier RSS backgrounder
by Eric Dahl, the editor who pulled my story into a shape (and length)
that fit the magazine's space available! (His article works nicely with this weblog's orange-tag explanation page.)
In the process of crowding deadlines, I did overestimate how much time
or space would be available for the online supplement to the print
edition. Five of my 23 news reader reviews didn't make it into that final Web
table, so I've posted them here.
They include free online aggregators from Feedster and Yahoo, an
Outlook plugin called IntraVnews and two interesting standalone
programs, NewzCrawler and WinRSS.
There are other representatvies of those categories in the main story
and table. For a fairly narrow software category, aggregator developers
certainly have found a variety of approaches to putting newsfeeds on
your computer screen. That's great, because I think users will have a
variety of preferences for reading RSS feeds. The new Really Simple Syndication community discussion site is exploring some of those issues, and gives people an opportunity to post their own reviews.
Meanwhile, since it was PC World commissioning the article, I didn't formally review any Macintosh-only software -- but I can add here that NetNewsWire, Shrook
and PulpFiction for the Macintosh are all up to the competition from the best Windows-only
aggregators. (The online RSS reader services as well as multiplatform and Mozilla browser
plug-in RSS readers listed on the PC World chart are equally accessible for Mac users.)
I also have some rough notes on aggregator characteristics available for discussion.
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