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45caliber reviewed on 04 Jan 2012
Of the feed readers I've tried, I feel that Pulp has the slickest and most efficient UI. Being able to scan multiple feeds at once is a far more productive use of my time then navigating the traditional frame and column views for parsing feeds one-by-one. I also like that I'm not forced to sync with Google Reader as I am with Reeder and others. I have no use for this whatsoever. It's beyond me why people are so intent to share all their browsing activities with third party "cloud" services like Google, Instapaper, Evernote, etc. I'd much rather manage these things locally than have my every internet action monitored, analyzed and sold.

Unfortunately, these features seems to be the tradeoff for having an otherwise full feature set. The options are extremely limited and generally non-customizable. I think the thing that annoys me most is the inability to delete feeds you've read. Dimming them is okay, but then they just take up space where I could be seeing other articles I haven't read in a given feed. Screen real estate (and the number of article subjects) begin to run thin the more feeds you have on a page. Rather than seeing 2 unread and 3 read, I'd rather have 3 more unread move up into the wasted space. Chances are that if I've read it, I'm not going to read it again. To be fair, other paid readers like NewsRack don't have this feature either, but why not? To me, this is the single most useful feature of the free Vienna and even Apple Mail. Because of this, I still have to use Vienna for the feeds I visit most frequently. I need to be able to clear the junk I've read or am just simply not interested in. As another reviewer mentions, I also find the badge to be pretty useless. It seems to only briefly show the number of new articles before disappearing. It doesn't give any indication of how many are unread. Also noted in other reviews is the wasted space in article view. This really just needs to be a button rather than an odd reflective bar that takes up a fifth of the reading space.
[Version 2.1.2]



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45caliber reviewed on 14 Dec 2011
I want to like this application because it reminds me of a similar feature I miss from Entourage 2004. I'm afraid it's fallen behind in this category, however, alongside apps such as QuickCal that do more for less. For as long as it's been around, there's still little you can do to customize the display of events or tasks besides sorting. For example, it would be nice if you could have events that have passed drop off the list or dim or something. It would also be nice if you could display the name of the calendar (either inline or as a grouping). Though the colors make a visual distinction, they don't indicate context (like @work, @home, @computer, etc.). Also, I would like to see a better method for getting it out of your way most of the time. It does have a menubar toggle to make it disappear, but I would prefer to have it autohide from a side of the screen, like (the unrelated application) Adium.
[Version 2.9]



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45caliber reviewed on 04 Dec 2011
I've recently trialed a number of like applications hoping to better manage a growing number of ebooks. Of these, I like iDocument's interface and intuitive feature-set the most. It falls short for me in a few areas, however. First (and this seems like a bug), smart rules and folders don't work as you would expect for negation of tags. For example, say I have 10 documents and 5 have the tag "apple". If I set a smart folder to say "Tag is not" or "does not contain apple", I would expect to see the 5 documents without the "apple" tag. This would be the behavior in Finder. In iDocument I get nothing unless the remaining documents have no tags at all. If the remaining file are tagged with "mac", the "apple" negation (or any other negation) ignores them. Second, there's no support for epub. I find this strange considering the proliferation of devices and apps that support this format. Even iTunes now supports epub files directly (in addition to pdf). Third, the ability to import an existing folder structure in under "collections" doesn't seem very useful without the ability to resync the source folders. Things get messy pretty quickly under collections if you start rearranging files and folder that have already been imported. It would be a lot more useful to be able to track those changes. Otherwise, why bother retaining the structure? Finally, updating tags seems a little buggy. I was getting duplication and other odd behavior when trying to add tags to existing sets (with "replace existing tags" unchecked). Duplicate tags would also appear in the sidebar with the associated documents split between the dupes. This was not the case with openmeta outside of iDocuments. In fact, another application I tried in this category has none of these issues, but is overcomplicated, overpriced and has a terrible UI. I would definitely prefer using iDocuments if I could at least import epub and have tag filters work as expected. Tracking imported folders would then be value-added gravy (assuming the other tag quirks are also worked out).
[Version 1.6.34]



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