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Download Central | Redefine RSS readers

Download Central | Redefine RSS readers
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First Published: Tue, Oct 25 2011. 09 38 PM IST

Updated: Tue, Oct 25 2011. 09 38 PM IST
Most of us moved from desktop RSS feed readers to Google Reader because it was faster, easier and better. Readefine by developer Anirudh Sasikumar completely changes things by bringing in offline functionality and a simple, appealing interface to the mix. It automatically divides text into “pages” for reading without scrolling, and supports catch-up services like Read It Later, along with Twitter and, of course, RSS feeds.
It also lets you share what you’re reading through these services. Readefine works using your Google Reader account—the heavy lifting of feed management is done via Reader, and then you log into your account using Readefine to view your feeds in a Flipboard-like format. Readefine is definitely the best-looking RSS reader around, and it’s also fast and free.
However, it’s not a finished product by any means—for example, you can’t delete feeds, and you need to first log into Google Reader. Video display is still very experimental and other options like time stamps on items are needed.
Also, Sasikumar is adding features such as unread counts for folders. Readefine is also a little unintuitive at first—Flipboard works because it’s natural to poke at the iPad. But the interface looks so much better than Google Reader ever did, that most people will want to take the 5 minutes needed to get used to the system.
gopal.s@livemint.com
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First Published: Tue, Oct 25 2011. 09 38 PM IST