NewsMonster 1.0 Released
Wednesday July 9th, 2003
Kevin A. Burton writes in with news that NewsMonster 1.0 has been released: "Come and get it gang! This build focuses on stability while we work hard on 1.1. Screenshots are available as is a full introduction to NewsMonster PRO."
Actually I found it to be a really nice addon to mozilla - Only problem it adds time to Mozilla's long startuptime and Loads the Java plugin for some reason. Couldn't live with that so I took it out after only day...
#2 Almost there, but not yet
by toyg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday July 11th, 2003 1:28 AM
NewsMonster is very promising, but still not ready. I've installed it three days ago and then uninstalled after it fired stupid errors ('Drive D: empty, please insert a disk') on startup. Uninstalling itself, it also took all my right-click menu extensions with it. And worst of all, it can't create subscription categories (when you have more than 20 feeds you need different folders). I'm still waiting, and I'm confident NM will be a great app in 6 months, but not now.
I have been trying out NewsMonster for the last two months or so, off and on. It has come along very nicely. Start up times greatly improved, it has folders so you can categorize your feeds (and has had them for some time now), aggregation speed is greatly improved though could get better still. Also, if you do not want to have it automatically run when you start Mozilla (or a recent Firebird nighlty), you have a preference somewhere that allows you to specify that. I think it is a very fine tool and goes above and beyond with additional features such as its reputation system (PRO version) and its weblog universe popularity tool. A great benefit for me was the ability to import my feeds from AmphetaDesk using the OPML import wizard. Great work Kevin.