A while ago I talked about authenticated RSS feeds (those that require a user name and password so the world cannot grab them) and readers that can handle them. Newsgator is a popular reader that can handle them…and deliver feeds via email by the way.
- Newsgator seems slow. It’s refreshes are at least double the time that it takes for Bloglines to do the same. When your used to Ferrari, it’s hard to go Yugo.
- Newsgator’s user interface just seems more difficult to read. Maybe it’s smaller font size…but I don’t prefer how it breaks apart let’s say 100+ entries into multiple "pages" that one must click through. Since I had it set to "mark all as read" when I entered the category, it took me a few times of missing more than half the posts to realize that I hadn’t clicked over to "page 2".
- I have never really gotten the email delivery to just "work". It worked a few times but when I set up newsgator the first time, it defaulted everything to arrive via email too…thus I received 1000+ emails over a 1 hour period. This is probably user error on set up but it happened.
- The "settings" tab is not so intuitive. It took a long time for me to extract the method for exporting the OPML file. I’m comparing this to Bloglines where the export function is clearly exposed on the home screen.
- I think Newsgator is well positioned as an enterprise RSS tool, but even as a paying subscriber, I’ve gone back to Bloglines for now and I’m reading and getting through my RSS feeds as fast as I used to.
The key decision point for me came when I realized I was AVOIDING feed reading because I knew it would take so long.