Another RSS reader (Alesti)

Here is another online RSS reader that some may find useful: http://www.alesti.org/.

Once you have registered, you can log in and set up your feeds. If you are already using a reader that can export feed details to an OPML file, that’s good news as Alesti can import it. It takes some time over the import process because it checks each feed carefully and then offers subscription details to you so that you can add tags, edit the name and say whether or not you wish to subscribe.

The layout is a standard 3-pane one and the instructions are presented in a fairly cryptic style but once you become familiar with them it’s straightforward to use.

The display is unusually versatile and you can view articles in several ways. You can see a preview of the article; the entire article (as formatted by Alesti); you can click on the article and this displays the original page in a new tab or window; or you can ask it to “show original”, in which case, the article is presented within Alesti as it appears onthe original Web page – quite a tour de force. For each feed, you can chose to always “show previews” and/or to “show original” as default.

One particular blog which never displays in the original in any other RSS reader displays quite happily in this one.

When you click on a feed, any article highlighted will automatically be marked “read” but it can be manually marked “keep unread”. Articles not highlighted remain unread, which is a very good point in favour of this reader.

Each feed can be assigned one or more “tags” and the list of tags appears in the left panel. Click on a tag name and a list of feeds with that tag appears. This is similar to using the folder system in other readers except that in Alesti, a feed can have more than one tag.

I haven’t explored Alesti throughly yet but I am impressed by what I have seen so far and if you are still looking for that elusive thing, the Perfect RSS Reader, I recommend that you take a look at Alesti.

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6 Responses to Another RSS reader (Alesti)

  1. emalyse says:

    I haven’t tried this one so I’m always up for trying all the options. The ‘show original’ feature is what I liked about netvibes and pageflakes rather than having to open up the original blog page all the time, especially for commenting. Still looking for the uber reader that has all the good features in one place but then again I’m a dreamer.

  2. SilverTiger says:

    It’s a familiar problem, looking for the perfect application, in whatever field it happens to be. Quite often even the best examples have some glaring fault or miss a vital feature.

    One of the problems, I think, is the time and effort it takes to develop a piece of software. Sometimes the most promising projects fall by the wayside because it is uneconomic to keep them going.

  3. Chris says:

    Just had a quick glance at Alesti and it looks pretty good. Seemed fairly quick-loading, too.

  4. SilverTiger says:

    There are a couple of other points that I didn’t mention. Firstly, the top line of the display actions as a menu with the 5 options you are most likely to need. Secondly, at the bottom of each article is a “comments” button which, when clicked, loads a blog article’s comments page.

    The only criticism I have is that it doesn’t seem to set up Alesti for your browser to log you on automatically. You always have to enter your username and password.

  5. As far as Alesti is concerned, i dont know abot it. Might be a good RSS reader!

    There are many Online RSS feed readers and selecting 1 according to your needs is a big task. This leads to the comparison of these feed readers.

    I found a detailed comparison, including Pros & Cons, of some of the best Online RSS feed readers at – http://forums.techarena.in/showthread.php?t=971829
    &
    http://forums.techarena.in/showthread.php?t=971861

  6. SilverTiger says:

    Thanks for providing this information, Yogesh.

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