Update: FeedDemon Minus Explorer

Since my earlier posting about my decision to abandon Internet Explorer and how this has affected my webfeed reader, some new information has come to light. Here are a few updates…

  1. One tradeoff from making the switch to use a different Web browser than Explorer from within FeedDemon is that FeedDemon’s group newspaper feature appears to stop working. That’s what I’ve heard, anyway. Actually, the group newspaper feature never really worked for me in the first place – but I suspect that’s because my copy of Explorer was so buggy. Some people love the group newspaper, and therefore should consider this switch more carefully. But for me, FeedDemon’s other display functions sufficed. So I’m personally not bothered by this loss.

  2. Nick Bradbury, creator of FeedDemon, has told me that there is a new and as-yet-unsupported feature to integrate Mozilla as FeedDemon’s internal browser. You have to download and install a new component, and edit your registry. I’ll try that later and will report on how well it works.

  3. Clarification: Previously, I wrote this concerning the other webfeed reader that I recommend, Sauce Reader: “…It immediately detected my default browser (Firefox) and started using that, rather than resorting to Explorer against my wishes.” Let me clarify – this does NOT imply that FeedDemon has done anything “against my wishes.” Rather, when I installed Sauce Reader, it listed all of my installed browsers and asked me which Web browser I preferred to use with it. It did not resort to Explorer as a default, even though (like FeedDemon) it comes with Explorer embedded. I liked that bit of consideration. I was able to start using Sauce Reader with my preferred browser, Firefox, right from the start. I didn’t have to change any defaults. Nice.

That’s all for now. I may update more on this later.