My first RSS aggregator was NewsGator for Outlook which I enjoyed immensely but I’ve always felt that it held me back to some extent especially with synchronization and the speed at which I’m able to sift through all the incoming information. For those reasons I started looking at an alternative.
Now, however, the beta for the next version of NewsGator has started, and of course I couldn’t resist partaking. The feature list for the next version is really cool, almost every feature I want from an aggregator is in there. Here’s the word from Katriana Hutchison, QA lead for NewsGator 2.5:
The primary new feature for version 2.5 is the all-new synchronization mechanism. With the previous (2.0) sync system, items would be marked read in NewsGator Online as soon as they were downloaded; however, this is of course not exactly what you really wanted.
In 2.5, read/deleted state is synchronized between Outlook and NewsGator Online, as is folder hierarchy and all other relevant information. It pretty much works as you'd expect - read/unread counts and feed organization will be mirrored between Outlook and Online (and other copies of Outlook, of course).
Sadly my first bout with the beta has not been successful. Outlook constantly crashes for me with it installed so I’m eagerly looking forward for the next beta.