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.