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BottomFeeder is a news aggregator client (RSS and Atom) written in VisualWorks Smalltalk.

What sets BottomFeeder apart?

  • View news in 3 pane or 2 pane modes
  • Subscribe to any RSS or Atom format in use
  • View items in a summary Newspaper View
  • Synchronize 2 or more BottomFeeders via HTTP or file import
  • Subscribe to feeds or feedlists
  • Supports HTTPS, HTTP Authentication, and HTTP Digest Authentication
  • Plugins for blogging, IRC, and MSN Messenger contacts
  • Easy to update or upgrade from within BottomFeeder
  • Save as many or as few feed items for as long as you more...

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Version 4.6: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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Pettifogger0712 Member IconComment+41

Looks like this app is no longer available:

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is no longer available on this server and there is no forwarding address. Please remove all references to this resource."

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Version 4.6
shaolin Member IconComment+1

This appears to be a port from Windows and as such exhibits the interface design methodology typical of Windows programming. The most fundamental action (pasting your feed into a field and hitting return) should be instantly and immediately obvious upon launch. Instead there are rows and rows of tiny, inexplicable icons with other rows and rows of tiny menu items and nothing pointing the user to the primary functionality of the program. The functions are there, no doubt, but impossible to discover without spending hours learning the programmer's mind and method. Not good, in other words, and I deleted it after 1 minute of reviewing the interface.
Note to developers everywhere: not only does interface design matter, it's critical!!
thanks for listening . . .

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Version 4.2
sabreman Member IconComment+0

Crashes on start.

OSX 10.1.5

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Version 3.7
Anonymous Member IconReview

Sorry, this program hurts my eyes. It's free, which is cool, but I'm a sucker for good looks and NewsFire takes that category hands down.

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Version 3.7
Anonymous Member IconReview

I am new to the world of RSS and I have installed several RSS readers. This one has an 87 page user manual as well as a succinct tour guide. Using it is so enjoyable that I installed it on my G5,iMac as well as on my Windoze machine. Succinctly the flexibility,and features offered by THIS newsreader are wonderful! The author should be commended and encouraged for offering it FREE! I would GLADLY pay 25 to 35bucks for this app if it were shareware.

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Version 3.7
luxuryluke Member IconComment+0

First of all... why is this download 10MB for a RSS reader?
Second of all... why is this program 23MB? It isn't even loaded with preloaded RSS feeds? So why the bulk?
I'm confident this could be a great app, especially since it's free, however, it looks to be made with a developer program that compiles for every platform (which is great, don't get me wrong).
But it does not utilize Apple specified GUI standards and as a result it is clunky, interface elements overlap eachother, and at that point, i quit the app and i'll pro'lly never open it again.
Sorry. Props and evrythang, but.... sorry. not interested.

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Version 3.7
Anonymous Member Icon

It's huge because it's a Smalltalk program.

Smalltalk is a wonderful programming language that had the bad luck to become associated with the first (very first) generation GUIs at Xerox. While Smalltalk did many things right for the first time, it didn't get everything right (how could it have?) ... but nobody's seen fit to separate the GUI from the language, so Smalltalk programs are built around an updated but still quarter century old GUI model.

What's really sad, though, is that there's been so little advance in GUIs over the past 25 years that it's not immediately obvious that it's such a relic of the past.

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Downloads 11,186
Version Downloads 3,213
License Free
Date 06 Oct 2008
Platform OS Classic / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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