PortalPanel is a new website designed to address one claim. To be a page to rule them all. It is a free web-based online bookmarking tool that also features a Calendar app, a Library app, and an advanced RSS reader.
By now, most of the web is abuzz with news of Google axing its Google Reader, which is a platform that most bloggers, including me, identify with. I've lived with Google Reader open while I worked for several years, either via FeedDemon and also directly. With the demise of Google Reader, Nick has also decided to kill FeedDemon, most of you might already be hunting for alternatives.
I'm sure most of you have heard of it already, but FeedDemon now includes synchronization for Google Reader as well as the already existing Newsgator, which has been a part of it ever since the beginning. I've been using FeedDemon for several years now and the best part of it is the complete synchronization it has with Newsgator. I've been running the beta versions and it's turning out better with time.
Google Reader isn't really my favorite feed reader since I prefer Feed Demon for this purpose. However, I know a lot of users who swear by Google Reader mainly because it is online and accessible from anywhere. Last year Google Reader added the ability to share feeds and added a sharing bookmarklet to make this task even easier.
The first release candidate of FeedDemon is out today and the major changes are: Added: Embedded ads via The Deck Added: Cleanup Wizard and Panic Button can now be limited to specific folders Added: Separate confirmation before removing a feed, watch or clippings folder that contains tagged items Changed: Simplified Cleanup Wizard (now a simple dialog instead of a wizard) Changed: Cleanup Wizard now defaults to not removing tagged items Fixed: Embedded video overlaps fixed header in newspaper (only partially fixed in previous versions) Fixed: "Share" icon fails when synching with NGES (150640) Fixed: Clicking the previously selected feed/folder doesn't refresh the newspaper In a post on his blog, Nick talks about the decision to make this move. I purchased FeedDemon two years back and last year the software was released for free. The ad is rather non-obtrusive which is a good thing.
Spent the last few days working on WordPress plugins and have managed to churn out three of them. Add to Feed Add to Feed is a feed enhancement plugin that allows you to easily add a copyright notice and custom text/HTML to your WordPress blog feed. The custom text can be entered before and/or after the content of your blog post.
Using FeedBlitz or any third party service requires your visitors to move away from your site when they are subscribing or using that service. Google's Custom Search Engine as well as Adsense for Search ensured that visitors stayed on your site by embedding custom forms on pages of your site. Now, FeedBlitz has introduced Embedded Subscription Forms.