SharpReader

SharpReader is an RSS Aggregator for Windows. Features include the ability to handle all RSS versions, ATOM, modules like dublin core, advanced threading support that allows you to view connected items together in a threaded fashion. SharpReader also detects and shows connections between items if they have same link, if one item links to another, if two items both link to the same external webpage, or if an item has comments (for feeds supporting the standard). In addition, SharpReader groups subscribed feeds into custom categories and reduces bandwidth by using HTTP Conditional GETs and gzip/deflate encoding. This new version adds Atom support.

SharpReader is an easy to use RSS Aggregator. The clean interface allows you to organize your feeds, set subscription options and more. You can view feeds without having to subscribe to them, re-order headlines, filter items by time and search for keywords in the current channel. Additional features include Feedster and Technorati integration and plug-in support.

Here’s a list of the main features of SharpReader:

  • Handles all RSS versions, ATOM 0.3 and 1.0, modules like dublin core, content:encoding, xhtml:body, etc.
  • Advanced threading support allowing you to view connected items together in a threaded fashion. SharpReader detects and shows connections between items if they have same link, if one item links to another, if two items both link to the same external webpage, or if an item has comments (for feeds supporting the standard).
  • Group subscribed feeds into custom categories.
  • Feed settings like refresh-rate and purge timeout can be set per feed or per category.
    Category-wide settings apply to all feeds in that category that are still set to “Default” for the setting in question.
  • Dialog-less way of subscribing to new feeds – just drag a link from your browser into SharpReader, or enter the url into the address-bar at the top.
  • Feedster integration to easily search weblogs and newssites for specific terms, and even subscribe to such a search to be notified of new results.
  • Support for proxy-servers and proxy authentication.
  • Reduces bandwidth by using HTTP Conditional GETs and gzip/deflate encoding.
  • Minimizes to the system-tray.
  • Systray popup when new items arrive (can be disabled on a per-feed or per-category basis through the properties pane).
  • Easy keyboard navigation to go the next or previous unread item.
  • Import and export your subscriptions using OPML.
  • Filter items.
  • International Character-set support.
  • HTTP Authentication support.
  • The requirements of the SharpReader program are:
    • Prior to running SharpReader, you will need to install the .NET Framework, version 1.1 SP1. If you do not currently have the .NET Framework installed, you can get it at Windows Update.
    • A recommended 5MB of free hard drive space 32MB of RAM and a 450Mhz CPU.
    • An active internet connection, a broadband connection is recommened.
Review by Jared Moya

SharpReader has an average rating 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 user ratings.