The Bottom Line
- Lektora displays RSS feeds in a functional manner
- You can arrange feeds in groups, and Lektora lets you bookmark searches for fast access
- Using browser toolbars, Lektora makes it easy to find and subscribe to RSS feeds
- Lektora does not update feeds in the background
- You cannot synchronize multiple Lektora installations
- Lektora cannot search more than one day's worth of news
- Lektora is an RSS feed reader integrating with Internet Explorer and Firefox.
- Feeds can be arranged and read in groups in Lektora.
- Lektora automatically moves old news to daily archives.
- News can be searched for keywords easily, and searches can be bookmarked in Lektora.
- Lektora comes with a browser toolbar that lets you subscribe to feeds as you browse the web.
- You can also import from OPML files and Lektora includes a directory of popular feeds.
- Articles can be forwarded by email easily in Lektora.
- Lektora supports Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/3/XP/Vista, Mac OS X and Linux.
Guide Review - Lektora 1.0.1 - RSS News Feed Reader
Lektora has a certain tendency to avoid the advantages of a web-based service while missing out on the advantages of desktop software. You have to download and install Lektora, but you use it in your browser (Internet Explorer on Windows and Firefox on Windows, Mac and Linux are supported). Lektora does not update your feeds on a schedule, automatically or in the background (when you click the Lektora button, the waiting begins), but you cannot access your feeds from any computer with just a browser.
All that being said, Lektora has good points going for it. The browser toolbar makes it easy to subscribe to feeds (although it really should check automatically and display whether a feed is available in some way), and, arranged nicely in groups, you can read them conveniently fast in Lektora's stylish newspaper display. Searching is easy and fast, too, and you can bookmark search terms for even swifter access.
Since Lektora treats RSS feeds like dailies, all news are archived by date. Unfortunately, this means you cannot see all a feed's news or search across dates in Lektora. Not that I'd do that so often. And reading the latest is really nice in Lektora.