As of now, I’ve tried every RSS reader I can get my hands on, some of them were:
Abilon I actually used this one first but knew there had to be more. I liked it but I want power.
Active Refresh is the pay version of Abilon so I didn’t try it.
aggie (I actually kind of liked aggie because it was simple, but it lacks so many features.
Amphetadesk Is nice but I feel like I want more control without the confusion.
Awasu I didn’t use this one because the free version limits me to 100 feeds.
So far I like most of it with one or two beefs in the UI and that’s
about it. Bottomfeeder is really close to being my favorite, but it
lacks some intuitiveness.
CustomReader not bad but kinda bare bones.
Feedreader It’s kind of simplistic but if I wanted simple this would be the one I’d pick.
Feed Demon This is a pay item so I didn’t mess with it.
Great News I like this one it actually is pretty slick.
klipfolio Too many system resources and too “pretty” but less functional for me.
Lektora Embeds itself in your browser- yech!
Newzie – Way cartoony – Overly busy and harder to do what I want. Just don’t like it-yech!
– nice and easy but a bit too restrictive for me at the moment in it’s
effort to be simple. I almost Kept Nutshell and in fact haven’t yet
uninstalled it but I’m not sold yet either.
RSS Owl Buaah ha ha ha I have (almost) absolute power!
RSSReader Too Basic, didn’t like it.
RSS reader 2.0 had too many problems with my opml file for me to spend much time on it, but it looked promising to be honest.
SauceReader Again not bad but they left out a few things like “Automatically mark as read.”
Sharpreader Tried it before and didn’t like it I tried it again just now and Sharpreader is too weak.Yeesh!
There were a few more I’ve forgotten. I don’t love any of them, and a
few I downright hate.The powerful ones lack a few key features and the
the wimpy ones have a few features I wish the powerful ones had.
how about one button that gives me a complete web page of EVERY unread
file. RSS Owl
comes close but misses it just a bit, not to mention that it complains
about a few feeds which work in nearly every other reader. I’ve seen
the same though the other way around.
One of the things that I love/hate about the software community in
general is that everyone tries to be exactly like the other guy. In
fact its the few that have “gone the other way” from everyone else that
I actually like the most.
Nutshell’s “read all new news” feature is nice but it doesn’t expand every story like I wish it did.
Well that’s enough griping, what’s my pick? for now it’s Great News. but RSS Owl is right behind it. Honestly though I liked Abilon , but prefer Great News over it. I like RSS Owl and Bottom Feeder
because they’re powerful but they’re both a bit of a kludge to read the
news the way I want to. So my final round up in order:
Right now all three are still on my machine.
EDIT: As of July 2013 the only one of these still under active development seems to be RSS Owl.