With so many great websites across the internet, it’s hard to keep up with all of the news that you want to read. Fortunately, there are a lot of great RSS readers available to manage all of that content for you on every platform – we took a look at 5 news readers for the iPad just last month. One such reader for Windows is FeedDemon, which is available to download for free. Interested? Let’s take a closer look…
NOTE: If you don’t know what an RSS feed is, we recommend reading our ‘What is an RSS Feed’ article before reading on
At only a few megabytes big, FeedDemon will only take a few seconds to download, and installation completed in under 5 seconds on our test machine. Needless to say, you’re not dealing with a lot of bulk here.
The first time you launch FeedDemon, you will be able to synchronise your content with your Google Reader account. If you already have a Reader account set up with feeds, all of that content will automatically be transferred to FeedDemon as soon as you enter your Google credentials. Even if you don’t have any existing feeds in Reader, it’s still a good idea to enter your Google account information, as the program will be able to sync content both ways.
The interface of FeedDemon is really straight forward, with all of your feeds and folders being shown in the sidebar on the left hand side of the window. To add a new subscription within the program, you can click on the ‘Subscribe’ button in the top left hand corner of the window. From there, simply enter the URL of the feed which you want to subscribe to and select the folder where it will go.
That’s the great thing about FeedDemon; it doesn’t get in your way. The interface is functional enough to provide you with all of the options that you need, but minimal enough to get out of your way when you just want to read articles from the web. The standard Windows style interface means that there isn’t much of a learning curve involved, and you can start to subscribe to feeds across the internet straight away.
Despite the minimalism of FeedDemon, it did consistently hover around 100MB RAM usage when I was testing it, so if you don’t have a massive amount of RAM in your machine then keep an eye on how many resources the program is using up as it may slow down your machine a little. Without excessive bloat, though, it seems like a pretty good bet for anyone looking to download a free, usable, and simple RSS reader. You can download it from the FeedDemon website, so let us know what you think in the comments!