SharpReader is now available at

Changes since the last version are:

  • Improved discovery of links between articles by fixing some minor bugs in the Regex used to find links in item-descriptions (with the help of Roy Osherove's Regulator)
  • Returned to pre-0.9.3 algorithm for item comparisons - new algorithm was causing duplicate items in some feeds.
  • Better memory cleanup when closing to systray.
  • Improved keyboard navigation of threaded view (previously, arrow-left kept old item selected and arrow-right did not go into an expanded tree-branch)
  • Fixed NullReferenceException that was thrown when right-clicking on a "retrieving comments" node.
  • Fixed bug where the user would be unable to subscribe to a feed that was loaded thru a feed:// link under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed SystemTray alert windows to stay in the bottom-right corner in case the user changes the screen resolution.
  • Fixed bug that could cause SharpReader to stop downloading feeds altogether.

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SharpReader -> New & Improved

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Trackback from ススムココロ at November 19, 2003 9:32 AM


I use SharpReader and really like it. However, it seems that categories are not working (at least for me). If I create a category I can only drag one feed into it and after that it won't accept other feeds. Also once I put that first feed in the category I can't get it out again (without editing the XML).

Thanks for this great product!


Posted by Bryant at November 19, 2003 12:53 PM

Bryant: Don't drop the second feed on the category-node, but rather on a feed that is already in that category.

Posted by Luke Hutteman at November 19, 2003 2:32 PM

I can't Sharpreader to work anymore, nothing happens when I launch it. If Im quick Ill see it appear in task manager, but then it will just exit. It worked ok up until recently Im not sure what Ive changed to break it though might be office 2003.

There doesnt appear to be very much in the way of error messages or eventlog stuff to tell me anything either.


Posted by _brg_ at November 19, 2003 3:32 PM

I'm using under Windows XP Pro and have encountered a nasty bug. When I use Remote Desktop Connection (a version of Terminal Services) to connect to the computer, SharpReader begins consuming close to 100% of CPU time and starts chewing up memory at an alarming rate. Typically, I get up to about 500MB used before I have to kill the process. If you need any help tracking down the reason for this, let me know.

Posted by Ed Bott at November 19, 2003 4:22 PM

Got it! Thanks!

Posted by Bryant at November 19, 2003 8:09 PM

Hi - like sharpreader and an RSS convert thanks to you! Much appreciated. Quick question, if upgrade to latest release will it automatically import all my subscribed feeds? Also, will category views (read/unread feeds) remain?

Posted by Steven Buckley at November 21, 2003 10:04 AM

Steven: yes

Posted by Luke Hutteman at November 21, 2003 11:02 AM

Any chance the space-bar keyboard shortcut could be made to wrap around to the first unread article in the list if there aren't any below the cursor?

Posted by Steven Grimm at November 21, 2003 1:43 PM

The notification popup thing is killing me. try importing an OMPL from site like with an OK machine (mine is PIII 700MHz, 256MB, notebook running XP Pro), and you pretty much have to wait for 30 minutes before SharpReader usable again. At least give me an option to turn that thing off, or even better, make it off by default.

Posted by Jerry at November 21, 2003 1:56 PM

Free Feed Reader
RSS feeds are the underlying syndication technology of weblogs. Without being forced to browse to every weblog that interests you,...

Trackback from Rodent Regatta at November 23, 2003 5:36 AM

Free Feed Reader
RSS feeds are the underlying syndication technology of weblogs. Without being forced to browse to every weblog that interests you,...

Trackback from Rodent Regatta at November 23, 2003 6:32 AM

Is there a way for us to list the Author as one of the rows in the article view? And if so is there some way we can filter against that? Personally I'm trying to figure out which authors I like most on the so I can add them directly because there is just wayyyyyyy to much noise on there for me to continue using it.

Posted by Shane Courtrille at November 26, 2003 1:38 PM

Slashdot really ought to just go and fuck themselves
In the days before Sharp NewsReader, killing time meant hitting reload on a few of my Favorites Menu, like CNN and Slashdot -- sites that were regularly posting new content. But not now. With Sharp, as I encounter interesting, low-frequency blogs, I ju...

Trackback from Black Coffee at November 30, 2003 9:03 AM

I am also getting the Remote Desktop WinXP bug. The Memory usage just keeps going up and up and up. The UI locks as well.

Posted by Gp at December 1, 2003 1:46 PM

Gp: There's a bug in the Alert windows ("Toast") component from Genghis that is causing that problem when using remote desktop. The component author is aware of this problem and will probably have a fixed version out soon.

Until then, if you need to access SharpReader remotely, your best bet would be to turn off AlertNewItems at the root level ("Subscribed Feeds" tree-node)

Posted by Luke Hutteman at December 1, 2003 2:42 PM

Any plans for a near term update since Blogger will be supporting Atom feeds Real Soon Now?

Posted by BillSaysThis at December 1, 2003 10:34 PM

great rss reader, any chance of adding 'minimize to system tray' feature?

Posted by primortal at December 3, 2003 9:45 AM

try the little [x] button at the top-right... ;-)

Posted by Luke Hutteman at December 3, 2003 10:24 AM

Luke Hutteman's SharpReader and PyDS - Amazing Combination!
Luke Huttenman has released SharpReader and it is fantastic. I can't say enough about this RSS Aggregator. First it took me about 5 minutes to set it up to post to PyDS ... amazing. To do that I used the BlogThisUrl plugin. I created in a ...

Trackback from Ed Taekema - Road Warrior Collaboration at December 4, 2003 11:56 PM

Also, #R still doesn't remember that I had it opened maximized and always opens in the 'middle' window size. Boohoo!

Posted by BillSaysThis at December 7, 2003 6:32 PM

I have the same problem as _brg_, SharpReader doesn't start. I've tried with a new clean installation in a new directory with the same problem. But I have not Office 2003 installed here.

Posted by David Pettersson at December 9, 2003 8:24 AM

Hi Luke - I was wondering if you'd considered writing a ticker application (or if anyone else has) that uses SharpReader as the source for the feeds? SharpReader is easily the best Aggregator out there that I've found, and it would be really cool if a ticker type application could use the list of feeds I have in my SharpReader.

Posted by Daniel Merriott at December 10, 2003 8:26 AM

Is there any way to play a sound when SharpReader is minimized and new data comes in?

I work on another computer and don't notice the "toast" popping up, unless I catch it out of the side of my eye.

Also, can the time the "toast" is on the screen be made configurable. By the time I get back to it, it's disappearing on my. Then I have to bring up the reader to catch up.


Posted by RSSNewbie at December 11, 2003 1:43 PM

Hi Luke,
I am using your sharpreader for months now and found it great already in summer!
Thanks for this new version and your ongoing effort you put it this project.


Posted by Christoph C. Cemper at December 14, 2003 8:53 AM

new SharpReader RSS Reader

Trackback from Tech-Weblog by Christoph C. Cemper at December 14, 2003 8:59 AM

I just lost 100 or so locked posts... :'(

Posted by Shannon J Hager at December 16, 2003 6:16 PM

I'm still having the problem of SharpReader resetting entries that have already been read to 'unread' status, though the italic typeface remains. I had thought perhaps it was additional trackbacks, but it does it with entries with no trackbacks too.

Also, now that we have the 'toast' dialogs, maybe an options to disable them if a full-screen app is being used? Kinda sucks to be right in the middle of a battle and have the screen stutter a little bit as the toast dialogs slide up and down. :/

Posted by Scott at December 17, 2003 10:37 AM

I solved my problem with SharpReader not starting by repairing the installation of .NET Framework. See "Repairing the .NET Framework after an operating system upgrade" on Release Information for the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK version 1.1.

Posted by David Pettersson at December 20, 2003 11:01 AM

I really like SharpReader, its multiple categorys, and sub-categorys allows a lot of flexability in setting up my RSS feeds. One complaint however: under win98SE/IE6, P4 w/384 megs ram, I'll click on a story and watch my resources crash to nothing.

It may be due in part to the small amount of ram dedicated to resources (three 64K blocks) under Win9X or problems with IE6, I dunno for sure. My planned upgrade to WinXP next month might fix it, but I'd like a little feedback as to the cause and solution of this problem. I'd really like to continue to use this feed reader, but if this continues, I'll have to switch.

Posted by David M. Hartzell at December 22, 2003 10:40 PM

There doesn't seem to be a way to select multiple feeds at the same time to (say) move them into or out of a folder. Can I suggest control A and or shift or control selecting feeds should be made to work as you might expect?

Posted by David Brake at January 4, 2004 10:24 AM

Mostly the same comments. This is a great product, and it has made me more productive at not doing my work, but I would second the request for an option to turn off toast.

Posted by theCoach at January 8, 2004 9:38 AM

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Trackback from Everybody knows this is nowhere at January 29, 2004 1:09 PM

SharpReader takes up a LOT of memory on my machine (~130Mb). Does it keep all the articles in RAM or something? Is there any way to reduce this? I've been ignoring it for ages, but now its bad enough that it can really slow down my machine.

Posted by Rick Byers at February 5, 2004 1:22 PM

Luke, sharpreader is very helpful. One problem - the blue "sharp" in the tray turns yellow sometimes even when there's nothing new (I presume it's only supposed to turn yellow when something is new). I'm using Is this a known issue that you're already working on?

Also, any idea when the next version might be available?


Posted by Jeff Cohen at February 12, 2004 11:58 AM

It would be useful to have a way to start the program with it only in the system tray. That
way I could run the program on windows startup without the window popping up. Perhaps a command line switch? Is this already possible?

Posted by Allen O at February 14, 2004 6:07 PM
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