- It won’t allow me to sort feeds from oldest to newest, which made navigation pretty awkward for feeds with serialized posts.
There are a lot of web-based RSS readers with mobile apps out there (don’t they all have one?), but the number one problem for me is their compatibility with my phone. App developers now usually don’t think of creating something for Froyo.
So in my search for an alternative to Netvibes, I worked backwards: instead of searching for a web-based reader and then looking at the mobile app, I searched for a Froyo-compatible app on and looked at its web version.
Setting Inoreader up is quite easy. I signed in and imported my subscriptions list, which I previously downloaded from Netvibes. There’s a progress bar for the importing process, which is pretty good to see since two of the previous other RSS readers I tried only used a vague message similar to ‘Your feeds are importing in the background’.
Inoreader has a dashboard which lets you see your newest feeds. As a free user, I can’t customize it.
You can add and edit subscriptions by clicking on the gear button next to ‘Subscriptions’. Alternatively, you can add a subscription by searching the site on the top-left search box.
Inoreader has several keyboard shortcuts, which you can see by pressing H. When reading, you can move between feeds by pressing J and K. Pressing keys 1-4 would change how it shows your feeds.
At first I don’t notice it, but you can mark a feed as read/unread by clicking on the blue/grey bar on the left side of it. You can star a feed, share it on Facebook and Google+, email it, and even save it as a PDF.
I don’t like it when I can’t read an article or a webcomic straight from the feed, but Inoreader has a button that loads the webpage directly inside the feed via an iframe. Yet this didn’t work with all feeds, and I have to click the button again when I move on to the next feed. You know what’s more annoying? There’s no keyboard shortcut for this.
Inoreader has two unique features: Rule and Bundle. Using Rule, you can assign actions when your feeds suits one or more criteria, while a Bundle is a collection of subscriptions you can share with other Inoreader users. For example, here’s a bundle of Linux-related news.
Inoreader has a browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome that lets you see your unread feeds and subscribe to the currently open page.
You’ll see ads on Inoreader. They’re usually placed on top and right side of feeds and on the start/end articles (they even appeared on FeedMe). At first all of the ads came from Inoreader itself, but after a few days they’re replaced by third-party ads.
I found Inoreader to be a worthy replacement to Netvibes. It has more features and settings, even for the free account I’m using now. The ability to create Rules is a killer feature. It might be easily overlooked, but I love it that the settings are easily accessible from the main interface; you don’t have to go to the Settings menu to make small adjustments.
But I have problems with the keyboard shortcuts. I love starring articles for future reading, yet there’s no shortcut for this function, nor there’s one to load the original webpage of a feed. Thanks to Marjorie at the comment section, there are actually shortcuts for these features.
- Easily-acessible settings
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Ability to create rules and bundles
- Integration with browser and other services
- Ad-supported for Free users
- Cannot load original website in many feeds
- Automatically move to next item after reaching end of article
- Ability to bulk-select feeds with checkboxes
Developer: Innologica Ltd.
API available? Yes