ReadAir Brings A Much More Lustrous Google Reader To Your Desktop

15May08

ReadAir is an application built on Adobe Air that brings your Google Reader to your desktop. First of all, it doesn’t resemble Google Reader in any way, aesthetically speaking. It has a lot of the same features that Google Reader has, but in a much sleeker interface. You can log in right away with your Google account and all of your feeds, tags, stared and shared items are ready and waiting. There are a few things missing though (I think, because I don’t use Google Reader). You can star items but it doesn’t seem that you can share them in ReadAir. Also, you can’t use any keyboard shortcuts and it doesn’t seem that you can drag and drop feeds into folders or rearrange feeds with drag and drop. ReadAir is still in very early stages, so I’m anxious to see what features they add next. Here’s my screencast tour of ReadAir:

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7 Responses to “ReadAir Brings A Much More Lustrous Google Reader To Your Desktop”

  1. 1 sensho

    Which RSS Reader do you use?

  2. 2 Adam

    Hi, thanks for the review and the screencast of my app!

    The drag and drop idea is a good one, I thought about implimenting it. The only problem is that feeds can live in several tags at the same time, so if you drag a feed out of a folder into another one do you delete it from the previous folder or leave it in both places. Will give that some more though…

    Also, just to let you know I’ve added support for the two main keyboard shortcuts (j/k) in the latest version (0.11).

    Thanks again for your review

  3. Wow, that’s sweet! I’d definitely use ReadAir without a doubt if there was a Vista-themed version – but, nonetheless, it’s a great application that I’ll use even without the Vista theme on it.

    Adam, thanks for creating ReadAir.

    Have a great day, everyone.

  4. 4 Ola

    Here is an alternative, Update Scanner. http://updatescanner.mozdev.org/en/help.html

    Update Scanner scannes for all type of changes on a web-site. Meaning it just don’t check for new posts, but everything new; conversations, links, etc
    You can also set the minutes, hours, days weeks between the scanns. And it is fast.

  5. sensho – I use bloglines

    Adam – thanks for a great product!

    Herbert – I think there will be an option for skinning ReadAir in future updates.

    Ola – I made a screencast of updatescanner already: http://demogirl.com/2008/04/25/use-update-scanner-to-keep-up-on-websites-without-an-rss-feed/

  6. 6 thierry ry

    Pfff, i try…cool stuff…but impossible to share news…so..just wait for an update… and then it’ll be perfect (for me)!
    thanks for that and have a good day

  7. Hey I just happened to write a post on ReadAir. The main reason which prompted me for it was even I got bored using Google Reader for a long time now. Needed a change. ReadAir is nice. Have you tried FeedDemon or RssBandit?



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