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Scott thinks that desktop aggregators have no future. I have to agree. I used to be a FeedDemon user. FeedDemon is a great piece of software, and Nick is smart enough to allow owners to install it on multiple machines - however I found it annoying having to maintain new and removed subscriptions between my work and home installations. Since FeedDemon was purchased by NewsGator I haven't tried the new beta's - for all I know they provide a method of synching subscriptions between installations now, I don't know....but in the meantime I've already switched over to Bloglines, and I love it.

I will say that being a FeedDemon user felt like I was using a piece of software that was really cared about and supported well. On the other hand, I made one feature suggestion to Bloglines (to allow me to specify my own title for a feed I add to my subscription list, since some of them are too long to display neatly in the Bloglines "My Feeds" list) and the response I got back was less than stellar. I was told to add the feed, then edit it to change the title. Duh, I already knew that but thanks for the news flash mister helpful Bloglines support personnel! Modifying your user interface to provide convenience to the user should be a high priority, but I'm not sure if it is at Bloglines after this experience.

Maybe I should take a look at some of the other online services like Findory. Maybe I will work out my own solution with the IP*Works! RSS component.

Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:43 AM Software | Back to top



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Lance, I felt the sameway about the lack of feed syncing. I recently switeched from Sage to Pluck for this very reason. While Pluck is still far from perfect, it is the best solution I have found thus far.
Left by Scott Schecter on Oct 07, 2005 1:19 PM

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I have not yet tried Sage or Pluck. I have since yesterday played with both Findory and Google Reader (although Google Reader was reaaaaaly slow, so I put that off for a while). I will check out Pluck.
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