Ryan Farley has a blog post entitled In Search of the Perfect RSS Reader where he compares a number of the most popular desktop aggregators for Windows in search of the best of breed application. Ryan compared RSS Bandit, SharpReader, Newsgator, FeedDemon, SauceReader and Gush. The application that Ryan rated as the best was RSS Bandit. He writes

RSSBandit has the best of everything. One of the things that I was wanting in an aggregator was support for the CommentAPI so I could read and post comments from it. RSSBandit has a nice interface and has a really clean and professional look to it. I like nice looking software. For me, that was one of the biggest things in the favor of RSSBandit. I love the “auto-discover” feeds, where you can scan a given URI for feeds. Search folders and some cool searching features. Written in .NET (I love to support the cause). Also, when a post is updated, it just updates the content of the post (seems to pull it each time you view it instead of caching it?). I like that it does not pull down a second copy of the post, however I do wish it would somehow indicate that the contents of the post has changed. The only gripes I had about RSSBandit are very small (and they're not really gripes, just small things I'd change if it were mine). I hate the splash screen. It is ugly and does not match the rest of the clean and XP/Office/VS/etc look of the application. Also, I don't like the icon. The smiley-face with the eye-patch. Give me a break. I don't really care for silly looking software (at least since it is open source I can change that myself if I really want to). But overall, a completly awesome job Dare (and other sourceforge team members)

Mad props go to Torsten and Phil Haack who contributed a great deal to the most recent release. We've tried to address a lot of user pain points in dealing with RSS Bandit and there's still a lot of stuff we can do to make information management with an aggregator even better.

Thanks to all the users who gave us feedback and helped us improve the application. Expect more.


Saturday, May 15, 2004 11:48:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

i'd love to use rss bandit. tried to use it several times. each time, it simply crashed within minutes.

sharpreader, otoh, eats ram like nothing and is missing a lot of features rssbadint has - but it never crashed on me for months.

i don't think i'm doiny any especially complex things, so it _seems: rssabandit simply isn't stable enough for me to use...

sorry to say so.

-thomas woelfer
Sunday, May 16, 2004 1:42:48 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Dare, I may be able to do something about the icon. I know a couple graphic designers who owe me a favor. ;)

However, when are you going to announce the new name?
Sunday, May 16, 2004 2:07:03 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
How did it crash on you? We recently found an issue in the recent release with hanging when you drag and drop a link into the tree view which is fixed in CVS and will show up in a refreshed version of the installer. Is that the problem you saw or is there another?
Sunday, May 16, 2004 4:17:15 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

I've not had a problem with RSSBandit crashing even once with the latest build. I wonder if you are doing something different than what I am that is cauisng the crash?

Sunday, May 16, 2004 10:46:18 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I'm using RSS Bandit on two different PCs during a year and had only several crashes. It's really stable app.
Sunday, May 16, 2004 4:14:49 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Phil: these icons here (http://www.supergarv.de/serendipity/archives/379_Thunderfirefoxbird.html) are very nice. Would be cool we would got similar one(s) for the version.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 8:30:33 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Please keep the icon - to my mind it reflects the name. It always raises a smile when I see it and a little light heartedness helps now and again.

And the app is great - but you know that
Alan Bell
Friday, May 21, 2004 5:44:47 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
RSS Bandit is my first aggregator. I moved from a browser to an aggregator when the number of bloggs I was following increased to the point I was spending too much time checking for updates.

RSS Bandit so far meets all my needs and hasn't crashed. As far as icons are concerned, I an not bothered what is used.

Alex Kazovic
Saturday, May 22, 2004 7:05:37 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
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