In the year 2011 A.G., let it be known there really is life after Google. I have very happily left Google Reader and returned to my roots – Sage RSS Reader for Firefox. This is blog-reading in high style.
I like things simple and clean and that’s what I’ve got. No logging in and out. No Google Account tracking my interests and contacts. Free of buttons and tabs and options up the yin-yang. Just straight to my browser for a private and quiet cup of tea while reading what the rest of the world is up to. A single button on the Firefox navigation toolbar opens and closes the sidebar.
The sidebar is split into two parts. The top is the list of feeds. The option to “Organize Feed List” works the same as bookmarks. Alphabetizing, sorting, tagging, adding or deleting folders, etc.
The lower part of the sidebar shows the most recent 10 or 20 posts (depending how many that blogger has set their feed for).
There are 4 simple buttons above the list. Mark as Read, Mark as Unread, Mark All as Read, Mark All as Unread. Unread posts are Bold.
When I click on an item to read it, it opens in my browser window. No more going from partial feed posts to another window. No more having to go the extra click to a new window to read the Comments or leave one. Every post in Sage opens just as any web page does in its full glory including page design, sidebars, links and author profile.
Refresh, at the top of the Sage sidebar, will update all feeds to the latest posts. To add a new subscription, click the Search icon.
If there’s a feed on a page, (and you know there is if you see the orange RSS icon in the address bar) it will open a small window with an ‘Add Feed’ button.
To keep a backup of the database, do an occasional OPML export from the Options menu. It takes about a second. By the way, that’s how I brought it all over from Google Reader. Export, then Import.
I’m a much happier blog reader now.