|By Jeff Baker|
November 17, 2008
Lektora seems to be the only RSS Reader that almost has exactly what I want. It installs a toolbar into Internet Explorer and Firefox. This toolbar just has two little icons. One icon takes you to the subscribtion list of your feeds so you can read it in your browser. The other icon searches for an RSS feed on the current page. It only will find the first feed on the page however.
The best thing about Lektora is that it lets you easily click on an RSS feed icon in your browser and it displays a summary of the current items in the feed and asks if you would like to subscribe.
Internet Explorer 7
You can download Internet Explorer 7 from here:
Internet Explorer has many good RSS features such as Easy Click to subscribe to RSS feed and Auto-Discovery of RSS Feeds. Even so, I have a hard time giving it a good rating because you have to download a bulky browser that asks too many questions after installation, like "Who do you want for your search provider?" and "Do you want to enable phishing scam filter?". Also the Menu Bar is missing until you enable it.
The other reason why I have a hard time giving it a good rating as an RSS Reader, is that even though subscribing to RSS Feeds is easy, finding out how to read them is not as easy. There is no easy button that links to your subscribed RSS feeds. In fact the buttons for Search, Favorites, and History to open up in a side-panel are also missing.
To read the RSS feeds you can go two ways: 1. If you have the "Menu Bar" activated (Hint: Right-click on a blank space on the top toolbars and check "Menu Bar" to activate menu) then you can click on "View" -> "Explorer Bar" -> "Feeds". 2. There is a new item on the toolbars called "Tools". Click on "Tools" -> "Toolbars" -> "Feeds". You can also find the old Favorites and History side-panel buttons in these same two locations.
So even though RSS is built-in to Internet Explorer 7 as you can see from their way of getting to it, it is still a toolbar. Toolbars cause poor performance from browsers.
Here I will be discussing Pluck for Internet Explorer which you can download here: http://www.pluck.com/products/getpluck.html.
Active Web Reader
You can download Active Web Reader here: http://www.deskshare.com/awr.aspx.
Firefox 220.127.116.11 has a built-in RSS subscribe feature called "Live Bookmarks". You can download Firefox here: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/.
You can download BlogBot Lite here: http://www.blogbot.com/lite/.
When I first starting using BlogBot I didn't understand it's features so I didn't take advantage of them. After playing with it I finally realize that it is pretty nice.
Crysanth NETime channel
When I saw this part of the description for Crysanth, "Alternatively, you can also click on the tiny orange colored RSS or XML buttons on any web page and view the content as a nicely formatted webpage instead of gibberish!", I thought to myself, "This is finally the RSS Reader that will let me subscribe by actually clicking on the RSS icon". But I was wrong. After further investigation I found the reader is not very good. You can download it here: http://www.netimechannel.com/FreeRssReader/.
GreatNews is a stand-alone RSS Reader. It does not integrate into Internet Explorer in any way and it does not stay memory resident when you aren't using it. However, it is a nicely organized RSS reader. It can display web pages in its own program using the Internet Explorer engine. You can download it here: http://www.curiostudio.com/