I had been using NetVibes.com as my main reader for the past number of
months. During that time, I found that I had been actually tracking
less feeds, taking longer to do it, and spending more and more time
going to blog web pages to see if there was any news on something.
don’t exactly know how I slid into this work pattern, but upon
realizing it, I knew I needed to switch back to a more standard reader
and fast. I had tried a bunch of readers before and never really found
one that I was thrilled with. With that in mind, I decided I’d try a
few again and see if there was anything new (and free) to look at.
Luckily for me, I remembered a post from Ryan Farley on a similar vein from a few months back. I looked it up and found GreatNews.
GreatNews seems to have a lot going for it.
It started on a good note as I didn’t even need to run an installation
program to try it out. I just downloaded a zip file, unzipped it, and
ran the program. (There is an msi available, but if I don’t need to
run an installation script, I won’t.) The UI is very clean and I liked
the styles and view options that were available. I was quickly able to
get my feeds loaded and I was reading away. In addition, unlike when
Ryan wrote his mini-review, GreatNews now supports comment tracking.
is also actively developed with new builds available frequently. The
latest build offers a “Work offline” option which might be of interest
to the dial up crowd.
So far, I’m fairly pleased.