It has been fun watching the news spread about the latest FeedDemon 3.0 Beta even though I never “officially” announced it. It started with a couple tweets from me, then spread to Twitter at large and on to web sites like Digital Inspiration, Shooting at Bubbles and Lifehacker.
So, I guess I should make it official now: the first beta of FeedDemon 3.0 with Google Reader synchronization is now available from the FeedDemon Beta Site. If you're new to FeedDemon, you'll be given a choice between NewsGator and Google Reader synchronization at startup. If you're already synching with NewsGator, you can convert to Google Reader by selecting Tools | Synchronization Options | Advanced and clicking “Convert Now.”
Since this is a beta release, it comes with the usual “use at your own risk” warning. I try to make my beta releases very reliable, but there’s still a good chance you’ll encounter a hair-raising bug or two, so please don’t download this unless you’re comfortable using unfinished software.
I should also add that Google Reader synchronization is still a work in progress. I’ve been using it for several weeks and overall it has worked very well, but there are some missing pieces. In particular:
- Tags you add in FeedDemon are synched with Google Reader, but tags you add in Google Reader won’t always sync back to FeedDemon.
- If you convert from NewsGator synching to Google Reader synching, flags/tags you add to items that existed prior to the conversion may not sync with Google Reader.
- If you have thousands of unread items in Google Reader, FeedDemon will not download them all. This isn’t actually a bug – I do this on purpose, primarily because I couldn’t justify consuming so much of someone else’s bandwidth to download items you’ll most likely never read. If you have a ton of old, unread items in Google Reader, I recommend selecting “Mark all Read” to be free of them :)
The first two issues are ones I’m actively working on, and my goal is to have them resolved prior to the final release of FeedDemon 3.0.
PS: If you follow me on Twitter, please understand that I can’t provide tech support on Twitter (I’ve tried, but it just doesn’t work). Our support forums are a much better place to report problems and ask questions!