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Friday, December 17, 2004

Earlier this month Christopher Steen gave a CMAP presentation on ReSharper by JetBrains. Chris had a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ going. I was prepared to steal Chris’s laptop and lock myself in a room- just to spend a few minutes alone with the tool before surrendering to police, but I exercised patience instead.

While checking out the JetBrains site I noticed Omea Reader (currently free) and Omea Pro. I’ve been looking for a better newsgroup reader. For the last 10 years I’ve used Agent, but it still doesn’t support multiple newsgroup servers in a single instance.

Omea Reader currently supports multiple newsgroup servers, has a sharp interface and RSS feeds. The app offers various ways to categorize, annotate, and flag posts. The major downside to me is the need to use the Ctrl key for short cut operations, like to mark a post as read, or move to the next unread post. There also doesn’t appear to be a kill file, or a way to mark a thread to ignore. Without these features, the app feels too cumbersome for high volume groups (300+ posts a day). Agent has these features, and the commands need only a single finger.

Omea Reader isn’t quite out of the running yet though, because there is a plug-in architecture….

Jeremy Friday, December 17, 2004
RSS Bandit will soon have NNTP support. And there was much rejoicing. Yaaaay.
<br>I'm hooked on RSS Bandit so I won't be changing but for someone that hasn't really found their news aggregator shopping around for one that includes many different &quot;news sources&quot; is almost a must now. Having one client for every little thing starts to be a bit much. That's probably why Newsgator, etc are so popular.
Frans Bouma Friday, December 17, 2004
I tried omea but it didn't cut it for rss feeds. I want to have desktop alerts for a couple of rss feeds, not all of them.
<br>For news it was not useful IMHO. I use thunderbird 1.0 for news, and it's very easy to use and reliable. I used to use XNews for a long time before that. RSS in thunderbird is a joke, so don't throw rss bandit (which I use too) out the door yet ;).
<br>(now, if they only could fix the hanging thread problem with rssbandit it would be great (i.e. rss bandit reads the feed but apparently hangs as the server isnt responding or something, and there is apparently no timeout).
Robert Friday, December 17, 2004
Omea Reader (and Omea Pro) allow you to have desktop alerts by keyword, subject, and a host of other filters ... it's pretty bad ass when it's not so buggy. Plus, Omea allows you to SEARCH quickly (kinda like Google) those groups/feeds by keywords, phrases, etc... it's nuts. I say, give Omea Read and Omea Pro (for Outlook, ICQ, local file storage indexing and searching) a go ... Newsgator is a better RSS feed reader, but Omea is an all around nice tool -- and I'm sure it's gonna get better fast.
Scott Allen Monday, December 20, 2004
Frans: I'm having some reliability problems with OR. It seems to have the occasional &quot;internal error&quot;, but I do like it, and as Robert points out it should improve, so I'll keep an eye on it. I should try out RSS Bandit again too, I have not used it since the beginning of the year...
Dan Housman Thursday, January 27, 2005
If you like or find Omea reader interesting you probably would also find Viapoint interesting. Both products handle desktop content organization. In our case we are also integrating with Google Desktop Search. I am a marketing guy from Viapoint. We are releasing a new version in Feb. and if you are interested we are looking for beta testers who will install and provide feedback. Drop me a line if you are interested (dhousman@viapoint.com)
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