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Read­ing the news for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time is the type of ac­tiv­ity that can lead to se­vere pro­cras­ti­na­tion in cer­tain cases. There’s noth­ing wrong with stay­ing in­formed about what’s going on around you, but we should point out the im­por­tance of the way peo­ple re­ceive news.

Most online me­dia sup­port the RSS format that en­ables you to subscribe to a site’s feed and read news head­ings and briefs with­out us­ing a web browser. Fee­dreader is a beau­ti­ful RSS client that brings read­ing to a new level of com­fort. The ap­pli­ca­tion is based on GTK3 and has a pleas­ing, sim­pli­fied ex­te­rior.

Af­ter the first run you’ll need to pro­vide ac­count de­tails for an RSS ag­gre­ga­tion service that you’ve sighed up for. Yes, Fee­dreader in­te­grates with such a service in­stead of im­port­ing RSS di­rectly, so you’ll re­ally need to sign in. The ap­pli­ca­tion sup­ports Tiny Tiny RSS, Feedly, Own­cloud and InoReader. We went with Feedly that in turn makes it pos­si­ble for you to log in us­ing your Google cre­den­tials.

The Fee­dreader win­dow quickly got pop­u­lated with subscriptions that were pre­vi­ously reg­is­tered us­ing Gmail. The ap­pli­ca­tion lay­out is sim­i­lar to what we’ve seen so many times in mail clients: the list of feeds on the left, the cur­rent feed’s news in the mid­dle, and the se­lected news con­tent on the right.

Fee­dreader needs some time to fetch your subscriptions, but as for the rest, it de­liv­ered a pleas­ant and undis­tract­ing read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. When used with desk­tops such as Unity or Pan­theon, Fee­dreader dis­plays the num­ber of fresh un­read news right over its icon in dock or ap­pli­ca­tion panel.

Inside the reader you can mark news as read or un­read, add tags, search feeds and news for any­thing, share news and more. It re­minds us of an email work­flow, but when com­pared to read­ing news in a web browser, us­ing RSS feeds within Fee­dreader was ben­e­fi­cial in many ways. No ads, no di­vert­ing ma­te­ri­als – you get ex­actly what you sub­scribed to!

“It de­liv­ered a pleas­ant and undis­tract­ing read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Sort, tag and ex­plore news within this fast ap­pli­ca­tion.

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