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NewsGator Online Services - RSS News Feed Reader

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NewsGator Online Services - RSS News Feed Reader

NewsGator Online Services - RSS News Feed Reader

Heinz Tschabitscher

The Bottom Line

NewsGator Online Services make your RSS feed follow you. Using intelligent subscription and item synchronization, you can read news on the web, via POP email, on a mobile device or in NewsGator for Outlook. Unfortunately, the NewsGator Online Services web edition lacks a bit in features and functionality.

Pros

  • NewsGator Online Services provides web-based, POP and mobile access to RSS feeds
  • Synchronizes subscriptions and read items of all editions and with NewsGator for Outlook
  • NewsGator Online Services offers news search feeds as well as related and rated content

Cons

  • NewsGator Online Services web edition lacks search
  • IMAP access to the email edition of NewsGator Online Services would be great

Description

  • NewsGator Online Services is a web-based news aggregator and RSS feed to POP email gateway.
  • Additionally, NewsGator Online offers NewsGator for Outlook integration and a mobile edition.
  • NewsGator Online Services keeps all subscriptions and read/unread status in sync across editions.
  • Each access point can have its own set of subscriptions, and subscribed feeds can overlap.
  • The email edition of NewsGator Online is accessible via POP, provides clues for automatic filtering.
  • NewsGator Online Services offers smart feeds tracking keywords or mail sent to a specific address.
  • You can organize feeds to folders in the web edition, save posts for later and rate content.
  • Based on your subscriptions and ratings, NewsGator Online suggests related feeds and postings.
  • NewsGator Online Services also allows you to subscribe to select premium content feeds.

Guide Review - NewsGator Online Services - RSS News Feed Reader

RSS feeds are a fantastic way to follow news and web site updates fast and efficiently — until you try to access your subscriptions from more than one point. If you use NewsGator for Outlook at home and a web aggregator on the road, keeping the subscriptions in sync is a pain and having to read everything twice or missing something important is almost inevitable.

Enter NewsGator Online Services. Using smart synchronization that not only makes sure the subscriptions match but also and always know which items you have already seen so you're not confronted with them again, NewsGator Online Services provides universal and efficient RSS feed access via the web, email, mobile devices and, of course, NewsGator for Outlook. You can even specify for each feed which access point should carry it, which makes differing and overlapping subscriptions possible.

The email edition of NewsGator Online Services allows you to read your news in any email client. It's a pity there's no IMAP access, though. The web and mobile editions are simple, elegant and efficient. You can organize feeds in folders and save individual posts for later (the system could be more flexible here, though).

Using your feeds and your ratings of individual posts, NewsGator Online can suggest interesting content. The lack of "internal" search is compensated by comprehensive smart feeds that track keywords or content related to a specific post or web site, or aggregate mail sent to a certain email address.

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