The Bottom Line
Pheeder is no longer available.
- Pheeder reads not only RSS and Atom feeds but can display just about any XML document source
- The streamlined interface is remarkably simple and you can arrange feeds in folders
- Pheeder search folders collect matching items automatically
- You cannot search, archive and flag news items in Pheeder
- Pheeder does not show relationships between blog posts
- Pheeder's interface can still need some polishing
- Pheeder reads RSS and Atom feeds.
- You can also make Pheeder read any other XML document using plug-ins.
- Pheeder lets you organize your feeds and documents in folders.
- Search folders automatically look for items in all feeds matching your keywords.
- Using per-feed XSLT transformations, you can customize feeds and their display in Pheeder.
- Pheeder automatically finds RSS feeds when you use use the integrated browser.
- Pheeder supports Mac OS X 10.3.
Guide Review - Pheeder 0.6.3 - RSS News Feed Reader
It's easy to subscribe to feeds (via drag-and-drop) in Pheeder, you can organize them in folders and read them comfortably in a built-in (bare-bones) browser. Pheeder also offers search folders that automatically search all your feeds for keywords you are interested in.
Pheeder's search folders are useful, but they could be more flexible, and setting them up displays how Pheeder's user interface can — in spite of its welcome simplicity — still need some polishing and attention to detail. Interestingly, Pheeder takes a step beyond the essential when it comes to the sources of the "feeds" it displays. Not restricted to RSS feeds, Pheeder can be taught to understand and render any XML document (the examples Pheeder comes with include weather conditions and e-texts.
Unfortunately, Pheeder lacks skills that would make life with RSS feeds easier. You cannot flag, archive or delete news items and you cannot search them easily. Pheeder does not recognize relationships between blog posts and does not integrate news search indices easily either. While individual feeds are displayed in a nice newspaper-style page, you cannot read the collected items of all feeds in a folder in the same manner.