RSSOwl is a feature-rich application that lets you read feeds in a user-friendly environment. It supports RSS, RDS and Atom feeds.
At startup you can use a wizard to import recommended feeds, from a file or website, or that match particular topics.
Clear-cut interface and options
The utility’s primary window has well-defined elements; feed topics are organized in a folder structure, and you can access any of them to view the title, date, author and category for each subject.
Manage and share feeds
Feeds can be marked as sticky, archived or labeled as anything you want. Thus, you can manage a favorites list. It is also possible to use a real-time search function for titles and contents, as well as share a subject on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit and other online communities.
RSSOwl also lets you export labels, news filters and preferences to an external file (OPML or XML format), print content, undo/redo your actions, copy links, create filters, clean up feeds, manage add-ons, as well as customize the UI appearance (e.g. columns, toolbar, full screen, layout).
Configure app settings
A wide range of options can be modified from the Preferences screen. You can select which online communities to show, configure the integrated web browser, manage stored passwords for feeds, redefine keyboard shortcuts, assign a master password, customize the notification settings, and so on. They can be restored to default at any time.
Evaluation and conclusion
RSSOwl offers multilingual support and a help file for less experienced users. It performed well during our evaluation, had minimal impact on computer performance, and didn’t hang, crash or show error notifications. All in all, RSSOwl comprises an intuitive layout and advanced settings for reading feeds, which should be appealing to all types of users.