The Bottom Line
- Sage displays news feeds in a pretty, customizable newspaper rendering inside Mozilla Firefox
- Integrating with Mozilla Firefox bookmarks, history and live bookmarks, Sage is a snap to use
- Feeds can be organized (albeit not read) in folders
- Sage does not update feeds on a schedule and cannot notify you of new items
- You cannot search your news or have them grouped automatically using filters or smart folders
- Sage does not allow flagging or archiving of news items
- Sage is an RSS feed reader extension for Mozilla Firefox.
- Subscriptions can be grouped in folders in the Sage sidebar pane.
- Next to headlines, Sage can show entire postings newspaper style in the browser's content area.
- Sage can use existing Live Bookmarks or keep its own subscriptions as bookmarks.
- A feed discovery mode makes it easy to subscribe to any site's feeds.
- The newspaper display can be customized using a style sheet, of which the Sage site offers many.
- Sage supports Mozilla Firefox 1.x.
Guide Review - Sage 1.3.6 - Mozilla Firefox RSS Feed Reader Extension
What if you want more than just the headlines, though? If you want to see at a glance what is new? Do you have to turn to another program that, most likely, long has abandoned simplicity and embraced the common babushka of features inside features inside features? Not if you stumble upon Sage first.
In a sidebar panel of the browser window, Sage displays, grouped in folders if you so desire, your subscriptions and, upon a click, their headlines. In addition, and this is what makes Sage so sweet, you get a newspaper-like display of all headlines (including the accompanying stories) in a pretty, useful and customizable manner. The Sage site has a number of styles prêt-à-porter. (Unfortunately, using them is not automatic and requires some saving and copying.)
Sage can pick up existing Mozilla Firefox Live Bookmarks, but it can discover the feeds on any page itself, too, and supports OPML for feed import or export. While Sage does include a handy shortcut to common blog search engines, you cannot search the items of your subscriptions.
For a news reader, it is also a pity that Sage does not check feeds on its own and a schedule, letting you know about anything new discovered. You do have to open Sage and check the feeds manually.