My feed reader of choice – Bradsoft’s (now Newsgator’s) FeedDemon – has gone to beta yet again. This time, the big feature is syncing with Newsgator’s web services so your stuff stays in sync wherever you log in. The beta is only available for registered users.
I’ve installed it on my end. It’s a slick little tool. For me, the real story with feed syndication interfaces is how best to present large amounts of information in an easily digestable way. I think the great majority of feed reader interfaces, in both web and client applications, miss the point about where we’re trying to go with RSS.
In short, RSS is not email. If I see one more damn layout that is based on the email client interface design pattern, I’m going to barf. The layout of folders on the left, entries in the midddle, full entry on the right (a la Outlook) simply falls short for RSS. In an upcoming post, I’m going to throw around some ideas of how we can approach the information/interaction design of feeds more effectively. I think Nick is onto something with how his “newspapers” (essentially XSL templates for viewing feeds) allow users to lay out feeds.