another first: me actually reviewing something !
as i mentioned, i was checking out sage and habari xenu as options to bloglines. bloglines is neat, but it checks the RSS feeds at certain preset intervals.. sometimes doesn’t check for days – in which case one gets 4 posts in a row. i’m not complaining about a free service, however it is irritating to find out that you’re reading old stuff simply coz the server didn’t check correctly.
at any rate, a half hour check on extensions for firefox threw up sage and habari xenu as recommended ones.. there were others, but not as refined.
installation and the rest is straightforward, one can import subscriptions via an OPML file.. the inbuilt manager for both is the default bookmark manager for firefox- but thats just background.
both the extensions have a simple 2-pane interface, with blogs on the left, and the entries on the right. optional panes are for search, list of entries, etc. when asked to update, the aggregators check all the concerned RSS/RDF files and highlight the updated ones.
one main difference is in the method of entry display. habari xenu shows you the simple headline, with a link to the entry. sage on the other hand gives you as many details as will be provided by the feed file – meaning you can read the entry via the feed itself.
both the aggregators don’t have an auto-update function for feeds – this is one main difference from bloglines. they won’t check at preset intervals.. they check when you ask them to check. as they directly read the RSS/RDF file, this means they don’t have time delays when it comes to updates.
habari xenu didn’t work as well as it should – it crashed a couple of times.. and updating was a little cranky too. sage is working great so far – however one has to manually mark feeds read/unread to prevent confusion.
wise man know which reader better now 😛