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Recently, Pageflakes released their new RSS Reader. It provides all the features of a good desktop RSS reader and with AJAX, it gives you the smoothness of regular desktop reader. The good thing of a web application is that you don't have to install it in your PC and you can use it from anywhere.


The reader has two view modes: Outlook View & Newspaper View. In both view mode, you can resize the panes just like any desktop application. You can also use hotkeys for navigation. At the bottom, there are a number of options for sorting, marking the articles read/unread etc.


The reader also has option to save articles. You can save unlimited number of articles (in beta version). Even after few months or even years, you can still keep you feeds. Pageflakes also archives old feeds for a period of time. So, if you are busy for a day and couldn't read your favorite articles, it will be saved there for you. The Forward article option allows you to share your articles with others.

 This RSS Reader is actually a part of the RSS flake. You can import your OPML or add feeds directly into the page or save as bookmark. The pre-caching feature is coming soon. With that, you can configure the reader to download feeds in background and read articles even smoother.

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006 8:49 AM ATLAS , Javascript | Back to top

Comments on this post: Can a web based RSS Reader replace the desktop RSS apps?

# re: Can a web based RSS Reader replace the desktop RSS apps?
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I think 'no', a web based RSS reader cannot replace a desktop reader, at the moment, for the following main reason:

If your desktop app crashes, you can restart it easily; very rarely will something else that crashes on your desktop take your RSS app down with it (if it does, you're generally on a few minutes away from a full reboot situation anyway!).

In using a web app, you are relying on the framework within which that application is hosted, e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox (other browsers are available).

Firefox is a multi-tabbed browser (IE is trying), if something crashes in a tab, it may take the whole of Firefox down with it, and thus your application.

IE is so closely tied to Windows Explorer that if something in Windows Explorer hangs and you have to end task it - you will take all instances of IE and Explorer out at the same time. The same generally happens if a website crashes another instance of IE.

Just my opinion...
Left by Carl on Aug 24, 2006 12:20 PM

# re: Can a web based RSS Reader replace the desktop RSS apps?
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Hi Carl,

I can't agree with you.

In point of 'crash', as you said, you need to restart the application and rarely you may need to restart the pc. But in case of 'crash' in web application (i.e. javascript problem, image/files not downloaded properly...) in most cases you only need to refresh the page. Which will not take more time than restarting a desktop application; rarely you will need to close your browser and open again. Even if it happens, the second time page load will be much faster as many files will be cached in your system already.

This web apps save data in background using AJAX technology. So, you will not lose any data. In worst case, you may lose your last action which is also the same for any desktop application.

Actually, I am thinking about using web applications for my daily activities. For example, maintaining todolist, addressbook, notes, calender, mail checking etc. All you can do from web and don't need to install a thing in your pc. As its in web, you can access it from anywhere. I realized that last week when I went to Malaysia for few days and I did not take my laptop with me.

Left by Shahed on Aug 24, 2006 1:55 PM

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