I’ve just about had it with NewsGator

Sunday, July 31, 2005 5:46 AM

I had my gripes with NewsGator when I was using the Outlook Edition 2.0 because it wouldn’t sync my read state of postings.  So in 2.5 they fixed that, but I still say “why don’t you sync my categories & flags as well?” 

Well, I’ve found something else out about v2.5: I’m not the only one who’s PC is essentially overloaded for the first 10–15 minutes when I login or when it starts downloading my feeds.  I have 2GB of memory, a P4 2Ghz w/ HyperThreading, a large disk, and 293 subscriptions.  I’m 4 minutes into an update as I type this, only 25% complete, but my CPU is pegged @ 100% and the Outlook.exe process is consuming 149MB!!!  This is PATHETIC!

I really like the Outlook integration… I really do.  But I’m just about fed up with it.  I’ve bitched and moaned so many times here, here, and here.   Problem is that I don’t see another aggregator out on the market that I like.  RSSBandit’s UI isn’t as slick as I’d like (plus organizing my 293 feeds into categories is a b***h), Omea Reader is a memory hog (not to mention I can’t change the font or layout of the reading panes the same way I can in Outlook… see: 1–line lists), I’m not a fan of SharpReader or any of the others.  I’m kinda holding my breath for NG to release FeedDemon to the masses.

But… is anyone working on a next generation RSS aggregator?  I’ve toyed with the idea of making my own.  I’d like to make it a killer WinForm client with offline feed storage, sync ability between multiple PC’s, features to make it a killer research tool, and visually appealing.  Above all, it must be performant and able to run in the background without eating up the rest of my PC.  From a technical perspective, I don’t see a reason NOT to use SQL Express & the 2.0 Framework as my platform & storage.  As a one man show it would take forever to complete.  Maybe open it up as an open source project?  I wonder how that would affect my desire to use some commercial UI components (Infragistics, DevExpress, or ChartFX… which I have licenses for)?  Maybe I’ll work on the design in my spare time…

We’ll see… but for now, NGOE 2.5 will stay until I have some time to really play with RSSBandit.  And for now, I’ll stay pissed, using that “don’t start downloading feeds for 10 minutes after Outlook starts” so I have time to get through my critical emails.

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