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Aggie is a native .NET application. As of now that means it runs on Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP. Aggie is OSI Certified Open Source Software.

Aggie is multi-threaded, making more efficient use of your internet connection and getting the news to you faster. Aggie also uses HTTP/1.1 features to only download RSS files if they have changed, and uses compression if available.

It has no embebbed web server. No configuration through web pages. Aggie is a native windowing .NET application, the web browser is just used to view the news.

Aggie comes with an alternate console application that can be driven as a scheduled job.

AmphetaDesk is a free, cross platform, open-sourced, syndicated news aggregator - it obediently sits on your desktop, downloads the latest news that interests you, and displays them in a quick and easy to use (and customizable!) webpage.

AmphetaDesk is developed with Perl and XML. All GUI functions are coded in Perl using libraries from the specific OS as well (since forcing the user to download Tk is a bad thing). Runtime versions are built with Perl2EXE (for Windows) and MacPerl (for Macs). The latest source code is available from SourceForge CVS and is designed to figure out what OS you're using at the time and load in the correct libraries (although you'll probably need to download and install various modules from CPAN). Besides the module dependency, the source code should work without modification.

"Awasu (TM) is a free Windows news-reader that runs in the background on your computer and monitors news sites for you. When it sees that something new has appeared, it will let you know. Awasu will also keep track of what you have already read which saves you even more time since you no longer need to search through your favorite sites for new stories."

"A functional RSS aggregator. Beaver is capable of subscribing to, and presenting all flavours of RSS feeds in a comfortable three-pane view."
"Blagg [pronounced "blossom aggregator" ;-] is an RSS aggregator designed for (yet useful beyond) Rael Dornfest's Blosxom weblog application. As with Blosxom, Blagg was designed from the ground up with simplicity, usability, and interoperability in mind. Aggregate (i.e. read and blog) RSS syndicated feeds of about any flavour via a simple command-line interface. Made for, but in no way limited to, Mac OS X. "
"Bloglines is a free online service that makes it easy to keep up with your favorite blogs and newsfeeds. With Bloglines, you can subscribe to the RSS feeds of your favorite blogs, and Bloglines will monitor updates to those sites. You can read the latest entries easily within Bloglines.

Unlike other aggregators which require you to download and install software, Bloglines runs on our servers and requires no installation. Because your Bloglines account is accessible through a web browser, you can access your account from any Internet-connected machine."

Bot A Blog
"Bot A Blog is a free service where "bots" send you simple text e-mails when your favorite blogs are updated and new entries are added. "
"BottomFeeder is a news aggregator client (RSS and Atom) written in VisualWorks Smalltalk. BottomFeeder runs on Intel Linux, Windows (95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP), Mac OS X, AIX, SGI Irix, Compaq UNIX, HP-UX, and Solaris."

"Caf�RSS is a simple RSS aggregator that's quite easy to integrate into your pages. It supports RSS 0.9, 0.91, and 0.92 feeds."
"Composite is a free RSS/RDF feed aggregator. It's a .NET desktop app. You will need to have the .NET runtime installed in order to run it."

"The EffNews RSS Reader is a minimalist RSS reader for Windows. The reader is shipped as part of the effbot.exe application framework.

The reader is based on the effnews toolkit, which is a freely available Python library that includes a tolerant RSS parser and an asynchronous HTTP client module."

era - the Email RSS aggregator
"ERA is an centralised (server-based) RSS aggregator which emails updated content to subscribers."

"FeedDemon was written by Nick Bradbury, creator of TopStyle and HomeSite. FeedDemon makes RSS as easy to access as your email. FeedDemon is still under development, but a pre-release is available. "
Feed On Feeds
"Desktop aggregators are great. They sit there all day, pinging away at sites, and as soon as they notice something new, they pop up little windows on your desktop, and let you read items. But what about when you go home from work? Or what about when you are on a trip? You get totally out of sync, and don't know what you've read and haven't read.

A server side aggregator solves this problem. It keeps track of what items you've read, and keeps happily checking up on your feeds no matter where you are. Whenever you want to see what's new, you just bring up a web page and scan the newest items."

"Feedreader is a freeware Windows application that reads and displays Internet newsfeeds aka RSS feeds based on XML. It supports all major RSS formats - 0.9, 0.91, 1.0 and various extensions such as Dublin Core and Slashback. Feedreader utilizes advanced caching methods to reduce bandwitch usage, making the program ideal for mobile communication.

From 29.12.2002 Feedreader is licensed under GPL. You can get Feedreader sources from Sourceforge. Co-developers are welcome. "

"The Fetch Reader is a lightweight client for Windows that, in combination with a friendly management application, lets everyone in your organization stay informed and up to date."
"Flock is a server-side rss aggregator written in java. It is a server-side web application accessible with a browser, similar in spirit to AmphetaDesk."
"FMRadioStation is an alternative user interface for the Windows version of Radio Userland. It integrates the news aggregator, the Radio publisher and a tabbed browser into a single application. "
"fyuze is a personal information aggregator that automatically collects information from the internet so that you don't have to. Sign up for an account, tell fyuze what sites you read, and you'll be able to - at a glance - see what news is new, each time you log on."

"Genecast is a series of products that establish your presence on the web, and keep you informed about someone else's. The Genecast News Service is the first product in the Genecast family.

Stop downloading those news aggregators! You no longer need to stay connected and chew on the web all day. Chances are you've had the perfect news reader installed all along. From now on, you can read any XML newsfeed from the comfort of a Usenet news reader such as MS Outlook Express. News will pop up in your inbox automatically, instantly."

Headline Viewer
"Headline Viewer is a Windows application that lets you see news headlines from a configurable list of Headline Providers (news sources and weblogs). Instead of continuously jumping from site to site to check on headlines (and using a big fat browser window), you can let Headline Viewer do it for you."
Hot Sheet
"HotSheet is written in Java 2. That means it will run on most any machine with a Java Virtual Machine that is capable of running Java 2 applications (e.g. Windows 9X/NT/2000, Mac OS X, Solaris, Linux) can run it."

"InfoSnorkel is a Windows application that makes it easy to create customized, up-to-date, personal news pages that contain information from many different sources.

InfoSnorkel combines the portions of web pages you regularly read into a single web page, email, or document. "

"mobilerss brings RSS (RDF Site Summary) Feeds to mobile users. mobilerss enables you to view RSS News anywhere on any mobile device. Just Add your selection of RSS feeds and synchronize with your PDA."

"myRadio extends the Radio Userland aggregator from RSS to any networked data (XML, HTML, SOAP, personalized services, etc), and any layout. It is exceedingly simple for developers to add functionality to the framework. The GUI is reminiscent of My Yahoo! and other server-based personalization tools."

Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA)
"The Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA) is an XML and news feed aggregator written in ColdFusion that allows readers to monitor their favorite weblogs and other syndicated sites in a single place. It aggregates content by parsing, categorizing, and storing RSS XML feeds."

"NetNewsWire is an easy-to-use RSS Web news reader for Mac OS X. Its familiar three-paned interface�similar to Apple Mail and Outlook Express�can fetch and display news from thousands of different websites and weblogs, making it quick and easy to keep up with the latest news."
NewsApp, by
"The NewsApp is a web-based RSS news aggregator. It can periodically poll RSS feeds from various websites and integrate them for you on one page. So, instead of visiting a bunch of different websites, you can visit your NewsApp and get the latest headlines."
"Wildgrape NewsDesk is a fast, convenient, and easy to use RSS headline reader for Windows.

NewsDesk comes with more than 50 news sources that you know and trust. After you've had time to explore these preloaded sources, you'll want to find sources for news and information about specific topics, regions, or industries. Wildgrape and NewsIsFree, a leading news portal and syndicator, have teamed up to give you point and click access to more than 6,615 high-quality sources in 25 languages."

"NewsGator is a "news aggregator" that runs in Microsoft Outlook. It allows you to subscribe to various syndicated news feeds (such as weblogs, news sites, etc.) and have news from these sites be delivered right into your Outlook folders. You can also read NNTP newsgroups in NewsGator"
"A hosted web-based aggregator and a syndicator of news feeds (a directory)."
"NewsMonster is a news, weblog, and RSS aggregator that runs directly in a cross-platform web browser (Mozilla). NewsMonster offers a superior web experience and outstanding integration with existing websites and weblogs that support RSS. Even sites that don't support RSS can work with NewsMonster. NewsMonster incorporates an advanced reputation system to prevent spam and discover and inform you of important news. "
"NewzCrawler gathers news content from each source channel and displays them in different views: scrolling list, News Balloon and News Ticker. NewzCrawler features a familiar MS Outlook Express-like user interface, many back-end headline syndication files formats support and embedded web browser for extra fast news surfing.

The main difference from similar software is that NewzCrawler rapidly retrieves news from different web sources in background and displays them in comfortable customizable views. It is the only solution available that combines news from different sources. "

"nntp//rss is a Java-based bridge between RSS feeds and NNTP clients, enabling you to read your favorite RSS syndicated content within your existing NNTP newsreader. RSS feeds are represented as NNTP newsgroups, providing a simple, straightforward and familiar environment for news reading.

nntp//rss contains both an NNTP server and an RSS aggregator, with a web interface for administration and monitoring. Installation is as simple as unpacking the distribution and running the application. It has been tested against popular NNTP newsreaders, including Mozilla, Outlook Express, MT-NewsWatcher, Free Agent, and text-based readers such as Gnus, tin and nn."

"Novobot is a smart headline viewer and news ticker that can dramatically improve your web browsing experience. You build a queue from the available sites, run the queue and do your work. Novobot will load each site from the queue, and extract headlines together with sub-headings and links. When the queue processing is complete, you can browse through the resulting headline list and surf to the content of interest with your default browser.

Novobot differs from other available headline viewers in its ability to process not only syndicated XML content, but almost any web site (HTML) that has headlines and links clearly defined in any of its parts. Other differences include visibility of all headlines in the same window, for easy browsing, channel updating over Internet, user-selectable fonts, History feature to hide read headlines, semitransparent news ticker, and more."

Python Desktop Server
"The Python Desktop Server is a combined Weblog authoring tool, XMLRPC/SOAP server, and news aggregator. It allows one to read RSS news feeds, publish a Web site to a community server (such as Radio Community Server or Python Community Server installations) or FTP server, and includes tools for Weblog and homepage management. It features a Web interface, a built-in Web server, a multithreading architecture, and a simple database. It is extensible through scripts that connect via XML-RPC, HTML templates, macros, and a plugin architecture. "

"R3R is a reader for RSS, ESF and Atom feeds. It will retrieve feeds and display the items in a convenient list view. You can subscribe to feeds that you wish to view everytime that the program starts. R3R is conditionally compliant with HTTP/1.1, though some advanced features aren't supported."
Radio Userland
"Radio includes a powerful newsreader that allows you to subscribe to all of the sites you like. Radio will automatically go out onto the Web and find new updates to sites like the NYTimes, the BBC, and weblogs that you subscribe to every hour. Radio will then display all updates to these sites in a single news page for easy scanning. It is a great productivity tool for people that want to keep up with the news."
"rawdog is an RSS Aggregator Without Delusions Of Grandeur. Written in Python, it uses Mark Pilgrim's feed parser. It runs from cron, collects articles from a number of feeds, and generates a static HTML page listing the newest articles in date order. It supports per-feed customizable update times, and uses ETags, Last-Modified, and gzip compression to minimize network bandwidth usage.

rawdog's output format is similar to that of PyDS and Hep; this is what a small fragment of it looks like in Konqueror with the default configuration."

"Reptile is a P2P (peer to peer) application designed to locate and filter the best news on the Internet. Reptile provides a distributed and decentralized mechanism to search, cache, subscribe, and publish news and other content. Reptile also provides an infrastructure for increasing information diversification and reducing censorship and bias."
"Written in PHP (version requirement unknown, probably needs PHP4) Doesn't require any compiled-in optional libraries that don't ship with PHP Stores its cached data in flat files, no database needed Freely licensed and customizable under the GNU GPL version 2 Downloadable in a well behaved tarball."
R News
"Rnews is a server-side rss aggregator written in php with mysql.

Keeps your aggregator in your web browser, where you're going to be reading your news anyway. Is accessible from anywhere with a web browser. Keeps a record of what you've seen and what you haven't, no matter where you are."

RSS Viewer
"RSS Viewer is a Java-based ticker application. It uses JAXP to parse RSS-sites (RDF site summary). It is easy to use and easy to configure. It has 2 different views: a browser-like view and a simple ticker-view. "
RSS Bandit
"RSS Viewer is a Java-based ticker application. It uses JAXP to parse RSS-sites (RDF site summary). It is easy to use and easy to configure. It has 2 different views: a browser-like view and a simple ticker-view. "

Sharp Reader
"SharpReader is an RSS Aggregator for the .NET framework, created by Luke Hutteman. Prior to running SharpReader, you will need to install the .NET Framework. (20MB download)"
"Shrook lets you keep up to date with your favourite websites via a fast growing web technology called RSS. Shrook keeps track of which items you've read, when the site was last updated, and by automatically checking the channel, it lets you know when your favourite sites update.

Features synchronization with Keeps your folders, channels, their settings and which items you've read in sync accross different computers, and lets you read your channels from anywhere. Distributed Checking is a system that coordinates various copies of Shrook to keep them all updated within minutes of the channel itself updating."

"SlashDock is a simple Mac OS X Application that fetches and updates headlines for the lastest postings on slashdot-compatible sites and RSS-compatible sites (aka RDF). Updates are obtained automatically, if new articles are available, the dock icon will flash with an image representing the article 'topic'. Selecting an article from the dock menu will take you directly to that article in your preferred web browser."
"Straw is a desktop news aggregator for the GNOME environment. Its aim is to be a faster, easier and more accessible way to read news and blogs than the traditional browser.

News aggregators read news, weblog or other feeds over the web and aggregate them so the news items are readable from a single place, regardless of their source. The data formats aggregators utilize to do their job are called RSS, standing either for Really Simple Syndication or RDF Site Summary, depending on who you ask, and Atom. At the moment, there are two different, incompatible specifications of RSS, with different objectives: RSS 0.9x/RSS 2.0 and RSS 1.0. Straw supports both of them. "

"A syndicator of news feeds (a directory). Lots of great statistics on RSS standards, languages used, etc."
"Syndirella is a desktop information aggregator - a program which provides a comfortable environment for reading the information coming from multiple sources, or feeds. The most common uses for Syndirella are reading news sites and weblogs.

Currently, Syndirella can show the information from regular Web pages and from RSS feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and is a commonly used format for presenting the list of news items on a Web page in a machine readable form. The RSS format is most commonly used in weblogs.

Syndirella is free software, distributed under the GNU General Public License. Syndirella is a .NET application, and requires Windows 98, Windows 2000 or later, the .NET Framework version 1.0 and Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later. "

"Tollwut is a perl rss aggregator for websites. it does straw opml subscription exports, does templates and 'multiuser'. "

"Tollwut Vox Lite allows you to keep up-to-date with all your favourite sources of information that support the RSS protocol."

Unlimited Hierachical Folders. Treeview Drag and Drop. Dockable Treeview. Combined news page view including title and content. Minimize to system tray. Tabbed Browsing. Enclosure Support. OPML Export and Import. Auto Updater. System Tray Notify when New Content has arrived. Feedster Support.

"WINKsite is a community-focused microcontent publishing platform designed for personal expression and social networking for those who enjoy a mobile lifestyle.

Each WINKsite is outfitted with easy-to-use mobile channels including mobile chat, blog, syndicated feeds, RSS-to-Mobile aggregator, surveys, journal, rant/rave, agenda, guestbook, links, field reports, notes, email and more. Navigating WINKsite's channel-based interface is simple and intuitive, bringing clarity to the mobile experience. No programming knowledge or software installation is necessary."