The Bottom Line
- Pluck lets you read RSS feed headlines right in Internet Explorer
- You can organize and conveniently read feeds in folders
- Pluck comes with preset feeds and a generally friendly and approachable interface
- Pluck lacks item flagging and saved searches for your own feeds and folders
- Unaware of item relationships, Pluck does not show the context of posts
- Pluck's interface can feel a bit crowded
- Pluck is an RSS feed reader that works inside Internet Explorer.
- You can organize you subscriptions in folders and read all of a folder's news in one place.
- Pluck comes with a handful of preset subscriptions, but adding more is easy.
- Clicking on an RSS feed's XML link opens the feed in a special "Surfed Feeds" folder.
- You can subscribe to and reorganize feeds by drag-and-drop.
- The Pluck system tray icon announces if a feed has been updated.
- You can import and export your RSS feed subscriptions using OPML files.
- Pluck provides persistent searches for Google, news, eBay and Amazon, too.
- Pluck supports Windows 2000/3/XP/Vista.
Guide Review - Pluck 0.9.5 - RSS Feed Reader
Pluck turns Internet Explorer into a so friendly and capable a news aggregator as if this had always been the browser's real calling. You get a three-pane interface with a neat feed and folder list on the left (Pluck comes with a handy list of feeds preset for you), the items on top and the associated web page at the bottom.
Adding new feeds to Pluck is a matter of drag and drop, but Pluck provides a subscription wizard, too, which points you to CompleteRSS if you want to search for a feed matching your interests. While you can search through your subscriptions easily and while Pluck comes with pretty smart saved searches for news, Google and auction sites (called "perches"), it does not combine the two for virtual RSS feed folders.
You can hide read items, and Pluck automatically purges old news, but you cannot flag or otherwise use news items, so Pluck as an RSS reader is best suited for reading. If Pluck has found new news (you can specify the update interval for each feed separately), it lets you know via a system tray icon even if no browser window is open.