Back in 2005, I built an open source RSS Feed Aggregator Desktop client which has been quite popular since its release. It has 48,672 downloads so far. From the activity I see on sourceforge statistics, it's being used about 20,000 times per day.
What is RSS Feeder.NET
RSS Feeder.NET is a free open source desktop RSS feed aggregator which downloads feeds from web sources and stores locally for offline viewing, searching and processing. It is also a rich blogging tool which you can use to blog to variety of blog engines including WordPress, B2Evolution, .Text, Community Server etc. You can be fully MS Outlook® dependent or can run fully standalone. You can also use both at the same time whichever you find comfortable to work with. It does not increase Outlook load time, nor does it make Outlook slow frequently or prevent from closing properly. It is a Smart Client that makes best use of both Local Resource and Distributed Web Information sources.
Download Installer ver 3.3 (Nov 10, 2005)
Download Source Code ver 3.3 (Nov 10, 2005)
Here’s an Article which explains how it is developed: A RSS Feed Aggregator & Blog Smart Client
- Newspaper mode. You can read feeds in a more readable newspaper mode called “Blogpaper”
- Auto Discovery. Drag any hyper link and I will find out whether there is any RSS Feed in that page
- Outlook integration. You can store feeds in Outlook folders
- Blogging. It provides you a Outlook 2003 style convenient workspace to manage your blog accounts and write rich posts
- Blog from Outlook. You can specify an Outlook folder for a weblog account. All the posts from that folder is automatically posted to the weblog during synchronization. You can write posts as HTML using Word editor. Post content (HTML markup) is cleaned rigorously before posting to the weblog.
- Outlook View. It uses a customized view to present a more readable list of feeds in Outlook Folders. The standard Post view is not easy to browse through quickly. The view puts the subject first in bold and an excerpt of the post under the subject.
- Optimized Startup. You can safely put RSS Feeder at startup and it won’t make your Windows® start slower. A clever lazy loading process puts no effort on Windows® during startup instead starts the app when Windows® has finally regained its strength after the long boot up struggle.
- Newsgator Import. Newsgator users can use RSS Feeder to import all the subscriptions and seamlessly replace Newsgator without any modification to Outlook folder locations.
Outlook 2003 View