Beaver RSS aggregation tool

Well, I post­ed not long ago, extolling the virtues of Fee­dRead­er, but I’ve run into some bugs that dri­ve me absolute­ly nuts. Take this for exam­ple. Every­time I restart the app, it tells me that my web­site has 276 new entries! That’s because the app isn’t prop­er­ly sav­ing or read­ing whether a post is marked as “read” or “unread”. Sucky.

I’ve installed all the com­mon win­dows apps, and none of them comes close to the usable design & fea­tures of Net­NewsWire for OsX… Appar­ent­ly, I’m not the only one going through all this, too.

Enter Beaver, a great new app just begun this month. It has all the sim­plic­i­ty and use­ful­ness of Fee­dRead­er with­out all the bugs. And we’re only at v0.3.9! Kudos to Sumod — I look for­ward to watch­ing the devel­op­ment.

UPDATE: On Dave Win­er’s rec­om­men­da­tion, I installed anoth­er small RSS app called Wild­Grape News­Desk… I was less than impressed. Nev­er­mind that I had to down­load and install a BETA of the .NET Frame­work, but the UI is repul­sive. For starters, there isn’t a sub­scrip­tions but­ton. It’s hard to add cus­tomized feeds, e.g. my RSS 2.0, and it does­n’t have a famil­iar 3‑pane lay­out. Kin­da lame.

2 Responses to “Beaver RSS aggregation tool”

  • Hi Ned,

    Repul­sive? Ouch.

    That’s def­i­nite­ly not the impres­sion I hoped to make. Did you find the Sub­scrip­tions win­dow on the Sys­tem Tray menu? It’s only there tem­porar­i­ly — I’m going to uni­fy the News and Sub­scrip­tions win­dows this week, and hope­ful­ly come up with a clean pre­sen­ta­tion for RSS 2.0 feeds.

    I haven’t writ­ten any help or doc­u­men­ta­tion, so I’m sure some fea­tures are buried too deep for most to find:

    1. Drag and drop feed URLs from any browser.

    2. News­Desk emu­lates Ampheta/Radio sub­scribe func­tion­al­i­ty. In oth­er words, turn on News­Desk’s HTTP lis­ten­er, and you can add feeds sim­ply by click­ing the handy AmphetaDesk, Radio, or News­Desk but­ton on many syn­di­cat­ed pages.

    3. Import (and export) Open Con­tent Syn­di­ca­tion (OCS) feed lists.

    As always, feed­back is welcome.



  • Just curi­ous, I see some weird lay­out when load­ing this blog using Mac OSX. Maybe it is only my problem.

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