Dare Obasanjo has just released the new version of his aggregator, RSS Bandit, and to put it bluntly, it completely rocks.

For the past eight months, I've been using my own home grown aggregator Katana. I wrote Katana as an experiment in C#/.Net programming and because nothing else out there did everything I wanted an aggregator to do.

Now, RSS Bandit has come forward in leaps and bounds. My favourite features?

  • The “River of News”/Newspaper view when clicking on a feed rather than the an article.
  • Great feed discovery.
  • Tabbed browsing.
  • Performance. This release is way faster than previous releases.
  • Support for folders. This is a key one that many other aggregators miss.
  • Newsgroup integration.
  • Style. Somewhere along the line, RSS Bandit got sexy…

If there's one thing it's missing, it's the ability for comments to appear in the article window, inline with the article itself. I really like this feature in Katana. I'd also like some form of visual notification (article/feed in italics for example), that there are new comments available.

Other than that, I think I'm hooked. The “River Of News” view has accelerated my blog consumption.

I don't have enough time to keep working on Katana (though I'll still be using it for Podcast downloads), so, regretfully, I'm freezing it.