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Feedreader website goes fresh, clean and mobile

Our team has recently renovated the Feedreader website’s UI in order to streamline and adapt it for mobile devices. We hope you will love our new elegant and modern look!

Get ready for the news observer by Feedreader!

Just imagine a service, which on the one hand lets you preview any site’s RSS feed without even subscribing to it in Feedreader Online, and on the other hand helps you broaden your horizons by suggesting some alternative news sources.

We are glad to present Deets Feedreader!

Feedreader has proudly expanded its platform with a new service - Deets Feedreader!

 

We take the challenges of user safety very seriously and that’s why we decided to start a free service that would allow you guys to check the websites’ statuses (e.g. 'live' or 'stale', safe or dangerous) before subscribing to their RSS feeds.

Get ready for the brand new FeedReader!

Hello, everybody!
Get ready for the brand new FeedReader!
We worked hard during last year to present you the latest creation of our team.
Now it is almost complete. Check our site later this March for a new amazing web service, featuring industry-best RSS search and analysis.

Feedreader Gets a New Look

Good day, everyone!
 
We are glad to present you our newly redesigned website that unites the best solutions from Feedreader family: Feedreader Online, Feedreader Lookup and Feedreader Browser. These are the three solutions we're going to concentrate on developing. We hope that you will appreciate our new sleek, smoothed and polished to perfection design.

Feedreader Online as a great alternative to Google Reader

Unexpected news has reached us today: Google Reader is closing on July 1. The world's most popular feed reader has caught many of us off guard and puzzled as to what RSS tools to use now.

Feedreader Connect for Linux available

It has been quite long time when we have announced something. That does not mean that Feedreader is dead. We have some corporate projects with what we have been busy.
 
But now it's time for new announcement. We are announcing Feedreader Connect Updater Linux version. It's meant to run on linux console and uses MySQL as database backend.
 
Please refer to our site for information about Feedreader Connect. It runs the same way in both Windows and Linux.

Sites running on top of Feedreader Connect - give it a try

Sometimes you want your own portal. And you want it fast. And you do not want to develop it. You have some interesting feeds that you are reading and an organization (or a bunch of friends) who in your opinion should like to read the feeds, too. Till this time quite only way of giving feeds out to your friends or co-workers has been the RSS way (like Feedreader) or using Google Reader and reading list functionality. But these technologies are sometimes too difficult to understand for persons who are not into all this RSS stuff.
 
So here is the alternative. We have designed a system that runs on top of Feedreader Connect. And all we need to do for creating new news portal is giving it a domain name and specifing the feeds that you would like to be included in portal. And that's it. After 15 minutes news portal is ready.
 
We have some examples here :
 
www.techtrack.eu talks about gadgets. We have gathered best technology blogs and feed them into the system. There's also a section about Shanzhai technologies that I find really breaking then talking about technology future.
 
hkblogs.net is basically an aggregator of blogs talking about Hong Kong or blogs written by people living in Hong Kong. I really love Hong Kong, so creating a portal based on my favorite blogs is natural step :).
 

If you would like to test out your own portal then just write to us. We can create a demo for you.
 
RSS has taken a fast lane with free games and Free-Games.net has an RSS feed for their subscribers to get the best free games available.

News from Feedreader Connect front

We have been quite busy lately because of the developments that are going on on Feedreader Connect Server front. We are happy because there are a lot of orders, product evaluations, consulting customers and so on. Feedreader Connect Server has been in production for about three years but only now companies are getting really interested in gathering data and analyzing it.
 
What comes to our clients and their use cases then basically there are two different uses of Feedreader Connect Server. Some customers are using Feedreader Connect to update the feeds and then present data on public portal with their own user interface. Another example is Techtrack - leading technology blogs in one site and blogs.station - all Estonian blogs in one site. Other group of customers uses Feedreader Connect Server as media monitoring tool for use inside the corporation. We also have some professional media monitoring companies as our clients who offer services to end users.
 
We are always happily giving out Feedreader Connect Server evaluations. If you are interested then contact us and we will help to get it running. As we have more than 10 years of competence then it comes to both technical issues and media monitoring and data analyzing then we can be quite helpful then it comes to deciding how to implement some service, how is the best way to gather data, analyze it. We can also offer development services then it comes to building your product/service on top of Feedreader Connect Server.
 
We also remind you that we still run the "depression special ;)" campaign - you can get Feedreader Connect Server with unlimited feeds for 990 Euros.
 

Now a little brief about developments.
 
Based on customer request it's now possible to change working database in Feedreader Administrator and in Feedreader Connect Server and in Feedreader Connect Indexer.
 

 
So from now you can create multiple databases - one for testing, another for production and so on. We also came to clever idea - create a simple script that stops services, changes database location and then starts services again. Doing this you can basically have multiple instances of Feedreader Connect Server running - each instance updating it's own feeds.
 
Another cool change that we did is the change of threads count in Feedreader Connect Server. Before the change maximum thread count was 16, now it's 24. What does thread count mean and how it changes the performance? Basically thread count is the number of thread that download feeds simultaneously. The bigger is the thread count the more feeds can Feedreader Connect Server update. And we must tell that Feedreader Connect Server is not a toy at all. Although it's shares the roots with normal Feedreader, it's quite different kind of beast. In our tests Feedreader Connect Server can easily update 500 feeds in one minute - this is of course true with decent hardware (decent sql server).

Another example of custom Feedreader programming - Screensaver/Information Screen

We have played around with the idea of using RSS as data source for screensavers and information screens for a long time. And today we present you the next demo application based on Feedreader platform. It's called Feedreader Screensaver.
 
You can use Feedreader Screensaver either as just a Windows screensaver or install LCD monitor / LCD TV in some public location and use it as public information screen for displaying news / twitter tweets / company blog / company alert messages using Feedreader Screensaver software.
 
If you are interested in producing your own information screen with different graphic layouts and settings (currently the application shows only article titles) then do not hesitate to contact us.
 




 

If you would like to run the proof of concept application then it's available for download here. Unzip the package and after importing registry run frscreensaver.exe. IF you want to close application then just press ESC. Of course it's just a proof of concept – so it's not meant as a product for working environment. Please do not forget to import registry file to set all the feeds.
 
By default we are subscribing to specific twitter feed. You can easily change this in registry file ("import into registry.reg"). If you would like to change feed then please delete "rssengine.fdb" for feed changes to take effect.
 
If you want to use this application as windows screensaver then please rename frscreensaver.exe to frscreensaver.scr and copy all files from zip package to windows folder. After this you can open "Display properties" > "Screensaver" and set this screensaver as your default screensaver.
 
If you want to "reset" frscreensaver then just delete rssengine.fdb.

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