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Sunday, January 02, 2005

Give Sage Some of Your Thyme

If you're a FireFox user looking for a simple yet elegant RSS newsreader that integrates into the Mozilla browser, look no further. Sage fits the bill nicely. Sage is an RSS newsreader extension that adds an RSS sidebar to FireFox, and enables you to get news and blog updates in a non-obtrusive window while you browse.

For many people, a browser-based RSS aggregator is superior to one that integrates into e-mail clients or standalone applications. It just feels right to get your newsfeeds while you browse, rather than firing up your e-mail or a separate program.

For Internet Explorer, Pluck is a similar solution, but I found it to be buggy and sluggish (sluggy?). Future versions will probably increase its stability and functionality, but for now, it's a dealbreaker for me.

The major features of Sage include:

Reads RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds
Feed Discovery
Integrates with Firefox's bookmark storage and Live Bookmarks
Imports and exports OPML feed lists
Newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets
Technorati and RSS search engine integration
Multiple language support

Posted by Cory Kleinschmidt




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