FeedMonster is an RSS and Atom feed reader written on top of Microsoft's .NET platform. RSS, which stands for Rich Site Summary, is a family of document types for listing updates to a particular web site. For instance, you could use RSS or Atom to track updates to your favorite website or blog.
.NET Framework 2.0
- Added: Support for RSS 1.0; Has been a long time in the making but is now finally finished
- New: Template Switcher; FeedMonster is now able to handle more than one template. Users can now select from a variety of templates with all of them being made by the maker of the new template from Beta 2
- New: Basic Newsgator Syncronization; FeedMonster now allows you to sync your feeds with Newsgator's online reader
- Changed: Revamped Options dialog; The options dialog from previous versions has been overhaul/simplified
- New: Automated Update Service; Can be set to notify you when new updates, or new versions of FeedMonster are available
- Fixed: Minor bug with web browser; A bug in the web browser ment that you had to open a tab manually before trying to visit a site
- New: Logo; A new logo will be introduced with this release
- New: Minor additions to template engine, and User Interface
- Fixed: Several Major feed incompatiblity errors; One line of code in FeedMonster's feed parser was blocking correct parsing and loading of several feeds. This code has been removed
- New: Error Logging System; To prevent a steady stream of message boxes when an error occurs, all FeedMonster errors are logged to the file "fmdebug.log"
Reviewing 2.0 Beta 3 Build 2744 (Dec 30, 2007)
Not even promising. GARBAGE.
Does nothing and has no options.
Reviewing 2.0 Beta 1 Build 2454 (Sep 22, 2006)
Failed to install correctly. Missing Plugins directory, then unable to locate assemblies.
Shame. Looked quite promissing.
Reviewing RC1 (Jan 1, 2006)
Answer for the earlier reviewer:
RSS was originally designed by Netscape in 1999 and stood for "RDF Site Summary" because it had an RDF header in two of the early versions. Over the years, there have been several versions which omit the RDF header. Some people call those versions "Rich Site Summary." Most recently, the folks responsible for RSS 2.0 have chosen to call it "Really Simple Syndication." The RSS 2.0 is a superset (backward compatible with older versions) which means that all these names are valid descriptions of RSS, depending on your context.
Now for my review of RC1:
This release is screwed up. The RC1 installer is less than half the size of Beta 3 which should have given the author a clue but he obviously didn't care to test the installer so why would he bother to look at the size? After installing RC1, it simply crashes upon startup. I've got all versions of the .NET Framework installed and working, and this machine was previously running Beta 3 fine.
Whenever he gets around to fixing RC1, it would be nice if he included some basic info for people upgrading from Beta 3, especially since Beta 3 installed to a version-specific subdirectory and the uninstall fails to remove the COM Interop typelib for the WebBrowser control.
Make sure that you've got admin rights not just during install but also for running FeedMonster because it stores most of its data in its Program Files path instead of Application Data where a proper Win32 app should. Therefore, you can't run FeedMonster as a normal user. Oddly, there is one file (feeds.fdbx) stored in Application Data, so it is puzzling why the author didn't understand to put all data there.
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