PC World Best of the Web: SharpReader

PC World recently published their Best of the Web and picked SharpReader as their aggregator of choice.

Other mentions in the Blog Sites & Aggregator Tools category are feedster (well deservedly so) and memigo, which I had personally never heard of before. It claims to be an intelligent news agent that presents you with stories from around the web based on your interests, your weblog and how you and others have rated items. An interesting concept that I'll definitely have to check into.

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Congratulations. I haven't exactly done heavy research in the aggragator field but SharpReader is my favorite of the ones I've tried and the only one I continue to use.

Posted by Shannon J Hager at January 14, 2004 2:06 AM


Posted by bill at January 14, 2004 3:49 AM

Well done.

Of course I agree .. now if I could just turn off these pop-ups .. ;)

Posted by R at January 14, 2004 4:15 AM

Well deserved in my opinion.
I have tried several aggregators and Sharpreader tends to beat them all, now if I could just find a few extra hours to keep up with the 50+ blogs and news sites I subscribed to!

Keep up the good work!

Posted by Cinomed at January 14, 2004 7:20 AM

Congrats! Definitely a well deserved award. Keep up the great work!


Posted by DonXML Demsak at January 14, 2004 9:01 AM

Luke, you rock! I've tried four different aggregators, and I keep coming back to SR (see, it's so cool that I can just abbreviate it now!)

Hey R, if you want to turn off pop-ups, just right-click on the top-most feed category and select properties. In the property box, set 'AlertNewItems' to No. That turns them off for all feeds. You could also select just the feeds you wish to see alerts for.

Posted by Lance at January 14, 2004 10:04 AM

SharpReader garners PC World's best aggregator nod
but they say it only works in IE, which just ain't so

Trackback from leuschke.org links at January 14, 2004 8:09 PM

Google weirdos

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Posted by Paul at January 15, 2004 4:41 AM

Just wanted to add my congrats as well.

Posted by magores at January 15, 2004 12:41 PM

Luke, Congs!!!
I am not good at computers,can you or anybody guide me thru this.I tried the download and got confused with the plugins!! Help!!


Posted by Davis at January 17, 2004 10:10 AM

Any chance you can try compiling SharpReader with Mono? C'mon, you know you want to. ;-) Linux really could use a good news aggregator.

Posted by R.U. Deranged at January 18, 2004 3:23 AM

afaik mono does not include windows.forms
and it definately won't have SendMessage, PostMessage and other direct windows calls that are made from SharpReader...

Posted by Luke Hutteman at January 18, 2004 2:14 PM

I personally use SharpReader ony my PC for some time now, and it's great. Only thing that disappoints me is I can't choose the storage location of the SharpReader's cache file (which defaults to the Application Data folder of the windows installation).

If one could change the path, I could set it to a samba mount on my local webserver, or to an ftp mounted drive. The benefit of doing this is, I could access my data folder from every PC I have access to: From my home PC, my home laptop, even my work PC. Currently, I have to mentally keep all three SharpReader installations in synch, and mark all items as read I have read earlier. Of course, that's a pain in the back.

So, please Luke...make the path configurable. This shouldn't be that hard, right? :-)

Best regards,

Posted by Garvin Hicking at January 18, 2004 3:06 PM

> afaik mono does not include windows.forms and it definately won't have SendMessage, PostMessage and other direct windows calls that are made from SharpReader...

Bummer. At least some of this work is well underway for Mono, so you're only off the hook for *now*. ;-)

Mono & System.Windows.Forms --> http://www.go-mono.com/winforms.html

Posted by R.U. Deranged at January 18, 2004 10:07 PM

Great Article on SharpReader

Trackback from Dave S Sample Blog at January 20, 2004 2:50 PM

What do you use SendMessage / PostMessage for?

Posted by reader at January 25, 2004 8:20 PM

auto-scrolling the treeview during drag-n-drop and indentation of listview-items to create the threading effect, among others

Posted by Luke Hutteman at January 25, 2004 9:37 PM

My PET Features_2_add to an otherwise great program:

- Atom feed support (many sites are popping up with this feed type)

- Some way of "seeing" which feeds have new elemenst: The tray icon goes yellow, you open the app... and then have to figure wich fee has new elements.... Bummer!

- Some way to be able to "sync" the app. data between two instances / computers (ie. at home&work, or laptop&workstation at work) (of course, if there was a way to "im/ex-port" the data to other RSS Aggregators, so I could "try" them w/o having to go through the hassle of setting them up _and_ losing the links I've stored... that'd be bliss!!

But as I said, those are new features I'd love to see to make a great program even better. Thanks a lot for a wonderful program!!

Posted by Javier Jarava at February 3, 2004 9:03 AM

Stirb, SharpReader: RSS Bandit + s9y Kommentarpostings
So. Lange genug habe ich Luke Hutteman per Mail und in s

Trackback from superBlog at February 6, 2004 4:53 PM

I looks like the Weather RSS problem was in their feed. It is now showing that it has been updated regularly.

Posted by Shannon J Hager at February 6, 2004 6:12 PM

SharpReader is indeed the best desktop aggregator I have found... but I second the request for Atom feed support! Now I really have to start lobbying my favorite weblogs to get their feed-mojo working...

Posted by Chris L at February 18, 2004 8:48 PM
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