I noticed over on Brad Feld's blog that the first beta of FeedDemon 2.0 has been released.

As I seem to be permanently on a quest to find the perfect RSS reader (well, for me anyway), I thought I'd give it a try. I wasn't holding out too much hope as the 1.x series of the product didn't really agree with me.

I am very happy to report that FeedDemon 2.0 completely blew me away.

The UI is nice and responsive, the tree view is nice (though I really wish it would support sub-folders).

I especially like the “River of News”/Newspaper implementation, and all it all it just looks and feels nice and polished.

But for me, the real wow moment happened when I selected a feed from Flickr. Above the content appeared a thumbnail pane that contained all the pictures. Clicking on them takes you to the specific Flickr photo page.

Thumbnail pane

Oh, and did I mention the feature that keeps track of (and presents to you) information about which feeds you're paying the most (and least) attention to? Mind you, I'm not sure if this is a real Attention implementation. I can't seem to find an attention.xml file anywhere…

Very, very cool. Newsgator has a winner on their hands.

Well done Nick.