Google Reader is powering down...

You have likely read by now that Google is planning to shutdown their Google Reader service by summer. If you love synchronization (I do!), consider to sign this petition to keep it alive. Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements how RSSOwl will support synchronization in the future and how you can import your subscriptions safely. Please keep in mind that Google Reader will still continue to work for some months.

RSSOwl 2.1.6 is available

This bugfix release resolves an issue when synchronizing articles with attachments with Google Reader.

Find more Feeds should work again

The service to find feeds based on keywords should work again now, apologies for the down time. You can search for feeds by keyword from the tools menu (Find more Feeds).

RSSOwl on Windows 8

As you might have heard, Windows 8 is around the corner. I went ahead and did a test how RSSOwl works on this new OS. As you can see from the screenshot below, thanks to the native UI library RSSOwl is using, the app adapts to the new theme easily:

RSSOwl 2.1.4 is out

This bugfix release resolves an issue when synchronizing articles to Google Reader and receiving an error "Bad Request (400)". This could happen when RSSOwl synchronized several hundred articles in one chunk to Google. As such this issue was only showing up for power users. If you have never seen this problem, you can stay on 2.1.2.

Feature Guide: RSSOwl on multiple platforms in multiple languages

To reactivate this blog, I am going to post a tour around RSSOwl features in the upcoming weeks. For power users these posts are likely no news, but it will certainly help newcomers to get the most out of RSSOwl.

Today I would like to emphasize the fact that since RSSOwl is running with Java, you can use RSSOwl on Windows, Mac and Linux. On top of that, RSSOwl is available in nine languages that you can install through plug-ins from the tools menu.

Check out our FAQ for some general tips and tricks while using RSSOwl and come back next week for another feature guide.

Tip: Use Google Reader synchronization to never loose any news

Since RSSOwl 2.1 you can synchronize your entire list of subscriptions with a Google Reader account. One of the less obvious advantages of doing so is being able to download an unlimited number of news from any feed you are subscribed to, even if the news is old enough to no longer be part of the feed. This is because Google stores all news of the feeds you are subscribed to on their servers and RSSOwl can access them directly from Google.

To configure this, simply set the number of news to keep per feed (Properties | Clean Up | Maximum number of news to keep) to a high value (up to 1000) and RSSOwl will download all news until the limit is reached. Similar, even when you are on vacation for some weeks, as soon as RSSOwl loads the feed after you are back, you will not loose any article.

More advantages of using Google Reader synchronization can be found in our FAQ.