FeedDemon 2.0 is only for News Junkies
1. When FeedDemon was first introduced to me it was touted as a “free” product. Only after I installed it and used it for awhile did Nick Bradbury fess up that I was being used as a beta tester until the product was ready for sale. I felt deceived, especially after all the free promotion that I gave his product.
2. I’m concerned that he sold out to Newsgator. For crying out loud it was still only version 1. It speaks volumes to me where his priorities are. These days it seems that everybody wants to make a fast buck off the blogosphere. But then again maybe I’m just too naive for my own good.
3. Admittedly I have a lot of subscriptions and when I refresh my feeds FeedDemon grinds my ‘puter to a halt. So much so that I had to shut off automatic refreshing of my news groups. (Ironically speed is one of the selling features that they promote over using Bloglines but I have found the opposite to be true). If you can’t refresh regularly for current content then what’s the point??? It’s a real pain in the a** if you know what I mean. Funny thing is FeedDemon is supposed to be for us power users.
4. And speaking of Bloglines, synchronization with FeedDemon totally sucks. Again, I have a large OPML file and it grinds everything to complete a standstill. Using Bloglines in my browser is much faster.
5. Personally I’m biased towards browser-based RSS newsreaders. Why? Because despite the fact that FeedDemon has a built-in viewer, I find it too small to be of much use and I’m continually loading the page in my browser to get a better look-see. So why not just use a browser newsreader? Makes sense to me.
6. Having said that FeedDemon is probably the most sophisticated news reader around and it will appeal to those that crave the latest and greatest bleeding edge toys. But it is definitely not for everyone and overkill for most users. Weighing in at a hefty $30 for my money I say screw the bells and whistles. Until they have improved performance and marketing issues I would not even consider an upgrade.
I realize that I’m going against the grain with this post and I don’t take any delight in panning a product. But I call it as I see it. That might not necessarily be news, but is reality.