Several months ago I started writing a review of FeedDemon and NewsGator, together with an explanation of why I switched (twice). Now that FeedDemon has been bought out by NewsGator, it’s probably time to finish that review…
Like Alex Barnett, I actually bought both products (Alex, which one have you used the most, and why?) In my case, I ended up with both due to wishful thinking. After trying the demo versions, I decided on NewsGator, because it would result in one less client app to learn. But after trying really hard to like it, I came back to FeedDemon. Here’s why:
The major problem is that the Outlook mail reading paradigm has a fundamental assumption which turns out to be flawed. It assumes you want to read every item you get in your inbox.
So why are they joining forces? So that NewsGator gets a downloadable desktop aggregator, and FeedDemon gets NewsGator Online sychronization support, according to the Lockergnome interview. But I’m wondering if the bigger picture isn’t, as Marc Orchant points out, a fear of Yahoo and Microsoft moving into the space. I’m not quite as down on the whole deal as James Avery is – after all, I can always jump ship to RSS Bandit, which will still synchronize with something – but I’m definitely in the anti-Outlook camp. Or, as Steve Makofsky puts it, “RSS is NOT email”.