Nick Bradbury has announced the availability of FeedDemon v2.0 beta 1.
As you may know from reading this blog, we’ve decided to skip FeedDemon 1.6 and go straight to version 2.0, which will be a free upgrade for all FeedDemon customers.
Since I had more time to work on FeedDemon, I decided to redesign it with these goals in mind:
1. Make it easier for new users to get started
2. Make it easier for power users to deal with information overload
The screenshots look great – I like the new explorer-like folder metaphor (although I’m yet to try it to see how well it works in practice). Some of the other improvements sound promising too.
I’m undecided yet whether I’ll upgrade just yet – I tend to not use beta versions of software I rely on heavily for my day-to-day work, because they are (by definition) unfinished and potentially full of bugs. I might wait until the first release candidates to give it a go – it’s going to be tough to wait, because I really like the sound of the new version.
I currently use FeedDemon v1.6 RC2 to manage over 500 RSS feeds (no I don’t read them all !) and have a workflow that involves most of the key features of FeedDemon: flagging news items; search channels; variable update frequencies per channel; watches; and most importantly – news bins.
I run half a dozen blogs and a couple of other websites where gathering news is an important part of my daily life – and FeedDemon really helps me do that. I don’t think I could live without it!